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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 11, 2006

 

Until today, I had been skeptical of the Even If booklet. I didn't know if it was powerful enough to make a difference. However, after leafleting using the EIs for just a few hours, I realized how accessible they are. I felt comfortable handing them to anyone, even the guy eating a hot dog, because it's something to which most people can relate -- liking the taste of meat, and wanting to reduce animal suffering. I think people are more likely to read this booklet and actually feel like there's something they, personally, can do.
     Leafleting is by far the most effective and efficient form of animal advocacy out there; it's the benchmark by which we should be judging animal activism: "Is this action as effective as if I had spent the same amount of effort leafleting?"
-John A, after leafleting for the first time with Jenna Calabrese, 10/6/06

At right, a student reads an EI at Slippery Rock U on 10/9/06; photo by Matt Ball. On Monday, AAC activists over 7,000 booklets were distributed on campuses across the country.


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Products of the Week

Professor Laura Dilley: "My nomination is for Celestial Seasonings' Tea Dreams frozen dessert with Rice Dream in Imperial White Peach flavor. It is entirely vegan but tastes like cheesecake and is unbelievably delicious."

For best sandwich, Caryn in Texas: "I nominate Boca's Original Burger served on a sprouted grain bun (Ezekiel Bread by Food For Life) with melted vegan soy cheese, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach and avocado. Yum! It's an easy, quick week night meal my family enjoys, especially the kids!"

Gentleman Jack has this advice:

Looking for a fast, yet delicious meal on the go?
    -Can of vegetable soup
    -Macaroni or other pasta noodles as desired (already cooked)
    -Canned beans of choice (about 1/4 Cup)
    -Olive oil, if desired, to taste (especially for fat-free soups)

Don Pomodoro vegetable soups are available at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and are amazing, but the above "recipe" can be used with any vegetable soup.

At right, Ellen Green leaflets at Slippery Rock; photo by Matt Ball. Send your nominees for Product of the Week to product (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from Our Members

While leafleting tonite, I met a guy who had worked on filming a chicken commercial. He told me that the filming was done at the rendering plant itself, but the only part that they filmed was the last section of the plant, where the chickens come out in neat plastic packages. He explained how they didn't film the other rooms, such as where the chickens heads are cut off. He said that after filming that commercial, he wasn't able to eat chicken for a while. He also said that it was terrible that people don't know how badly the animals are treated, and how their entire lives are so miserable. After our conversation, his girlfriend took a GCFE with them.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, 10/7/06

I received an amazing email from a former student at my school: "While I was at school about two years ago, I came across a table the Hamilton Vegetarian Association had set up at school and picked up a flyer called Why Vegan? That one flyer has had such a big impact on my life. I've since become vegetarian. I just wanted to thank you and the other members and let you know that your efforts have touched people and changed lives."
-c/o Margi Ende, 10/7/06

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending me the lit that I requested for a brand new AR org here on the coast of NC. Your Even if you like Meat brochures flew out of my hands and was eagerly scooped up by those who would not take the time for a veg brochure. More than that, I read Matt's thoughts on animal advocacy and was so grateful to hear him discussing the stereotypical angry activist, and how we must become more compassionate in order to truly teach compassion. We all go through that angry stage, but understanding that it closes more doors than it opens is an epiphany that more of us advocating for animals need to have, especially in less progressive towns such as the one that I am temporarily stuck in! Thank you, Vegan Outreach, for keeping your eyes on the activities that equal maximum benefit for the animals that suffer so.
-Cara S, Morehead City, NC, 10/4/06

The leafleting at John Jay College of Criminal Justice was absolutely perfect. Even as I stopped to get water or answer my phone, students would WAIT for me to collect myself and give them a leaflet. I had so many great conversations with students, many very supportive or already vegetarian, and I am thrilled to know that these are our future lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officials.
     Some awesome exchanges for the day:

     Jenna: Brochure to help animals?
Student A: Oh, yeah, I saw this earlier. What can we do?
     Jenna: Well, you can cut back on the number of animal-based foods in your diet. Try eating vegetarian one meal a day, or one full day per week.
Student A: That's a good idea... maybe I'll cook a vegetarian dinner for my family tonight!
     Jenna: (gives the student a GCFE) Here are some recipes to get you started!
Student A: Awesome, thanks.

     Jenna: Brochure against animal cruelty?
Students B & C: We're already vegetarian!
Students D & E: (Taking EIs) We're not.
     Jenna: You all should go to a vegetarian restaurant together! There are so many good ones here in NYC.
Students D & E: (Looking at the brochure) Oh my god!
Student D: (to B & C) I see why you guys don't eat this stuff.

-Jenna Calabrese (at right), 10/4/06

 

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