|Enewsletter • July 5, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
2006 Interim Report
As of June 30, overall distribution stood at 519,655 for the year to date. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible!
History of Vegan Outreach
Ever wonder who the people are behind this e-newsletter? Now is your chance to find out.
A few months ago, Jack Norris gave a talk at UC Berkeley about the history of Vegan Outreach and the animal rights movement. We decided to put the talk down on paper so people, especially those new to vegetarian advocacy, would know where we've come from, what we've tried, and what has worked.
We hope you will enjoy the article!
Matching Donation Update
Vegan Outreach has received $13,553 towards the $20,000 matching donation challenge. Thanks to everyone who has donated. If you haven't yet, please help us meet this challenge and put the money to work for the animals. You can donate securely on-line here, or send a check or money order to:
At right, Riley Law leaflets at the Chicago Gay Pride parade, 6/25/06; photo by her father, Mikael Nielsen.
Product of the Week
Danielle Marino: "McCain's came out with 'Smilies,' a French fry outside and mashed potato inside in the shape of a smiley face. With no trans fats and only vegan ingredients, these are sure to put a smile on your face. You should be able to find these in about any mainstream grocery store - I purchase mine at Dominick's."
Bonus link: Almost Vegan.
Notes from All Over
Animal Rights 2006
The long-running conference returns to the East Coast, from August 10-14, just outside of Washington, DC. Matt Ball and Jon Camp of Vegan Outreach will be there, along with many other speakers, video presentations, and tables.
excerpt: "Animal-rights activists won the right to spread their message during the final two days of Taylorsville's annual city celebration. During an emergency hearing Friday, the same day the Utah Animal Rights Coalition filed a complaint against the city, Judge Bruce Jenkins ruled in favor of UARC, allowing a temporary restraining order halting the city's use of a 'free-speech zone' at the Taylorsville Dayzz festival in Valley Regional Park.... At this year's Taylorsville Dayzz celebration, UARC activists greeted passers-by and offered a Why Vegan? pamphlet, two members testified. Aaron Lee and Krista Stoker said they engaged those who were responsive and said, 'Have a nice day' to those who weren't."
Another View of Charity
From The Daily Show.
Notes from Our Members
I wanted to say
what a huge success our Australian
Why Vegans are!! We distributed
the first 12,000 within 12 weeks,
then had a second print run of 25,000
done, and they all went in 8 months.
Now we have had another 15,000 delivered.
They have gone to every State and
territory in Australia and to two
groups in New Zealand. Our President
and a small band of 8 or 10 people
go leafleting in different parts
of the City and talk to people and
hand out about 150 every half hour.
They also have a couple of enlarged
abattoir photos from our website
which they have on display. This
usually gets the attention of the
passers-by and they are then really
interested in taking the booklets.
I appreciate the literature!
It really helps to
explain to Boy Scouts why their
troop friend is a vegan.
At Central Washington
University, I distributed
200 EIs over the course
of this weekend. One of the girls
I gave a pamphlet to was a vegan
student from Uruguay, and she requested
a handful to take home with her
to distribute at her university
After using your resources,
my life has been a lot easier and
my husband has actually started
eating many of the alternative meat
products such as Boca Burgers and
the Gimme Lean Sausage. If it wasn't
for your pamphlets I would not have
been able to get him to to take
this step. Now we are much happier
in our marriage and don't fight
about meals anymore. Thank you for
pushing me to finally give up almost
all of it and helping my husband
see what he was supporting.
Thanks for all the
hard work you are
doing. I have been impacted by the
materials. I stopped eating meat
on a bet, someone said I couldn't
do it for a week, and I told them
I could do it for a month. I have
increased energy and have been going
to the gym and riding my bike. I
realize I have a ways to go, but
knowing that I am having a small
impact towards the way animals are
being treated is very exciting.
I'm now working on getting rid of
dairy and exploring all the substitutes.
This August will be
our 7th year having
our Vegan Outreach booth at the
Jefferson County fair. It's generally
not the most receptive audience,
although improving a little each
year, especially among younger people.
Still, we ask ourselves whether
it is worth tabling again the following
year for such a small audience.
Two things happened recently that
convinced me we are making a difference.
First, a new acquaintance (who did
not recognize me from the booth)
talked about it like it was a well-known
fixture in this town. Secondly,
a friend distributing Why Vegan
brochures and Meet Your Meat
CDs at our local theater after a
showing of Al Gore's film reported
to me that many people said they
were already well aware of the animal
issue, thanks to our booth.
the Why Vegan I was given
after a concert, my mind was changed
completely. I thought I knew how
bad factory-farmed animals had it,
but I was way off. It is so much
worse than I imagined. I've decided
to go vegan -- please send me the
Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.