|Enewsletter • December 20, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Adopt A College Soars to New Record!
The record of 191,245 booklets handed out in the Spring didn't last long! Adopt a College activists almost doubled this, handing out 342,512 booklets in the Fall term! Each one of these booklets was handed directly to someone on a college or high school campus.
Victor Tsou topped the charts at 53,841. VO outreach coordinator Jon Camp set a new personal record of 47,651 booklets. New employee Jenna Calabrese became the third person to break the 40k barrier at 43,847.
Among volunteers, Casey Constable handed booklets to 26,291 people at campuses in the Houston area, and also handed out thousands more at concerts.
Here is a list of the top leafleters (the full list can be seen here):
Tsou, Victor -- 53,841
Above, Ben Doress leaflets at Boston University; photo by Jenna Calabrese. Below, students at Slippery Rock U read Even Ifs; photos by Ellen Green & Matt Ball.
41 people and groups are over 1,000 for the term, and over 100 hit three-figures. It is safe to say this has been the most successful semester in the history of grassroots vegetarian outreach! Each year, we will see more and more impact from the work we're doing today.
Thank you so much to everyone who leafleted this semester. None of this would be possible without the donations from our members, whose generosity allows us to print and distribute these booklets.
Please consider being a part of this powerful program. With your help, we can reach even more people in 2007!
Goody Basket of the Week
Sunflour Baking has developed a new Vegan Outreach basket of goodies. Perfect for the holidays, or anytime!
Notes from All Over
excerpt: "A type of salmonella found in eggs is turning up more often in chicken meat and needs to be reduced, according to the Agriculture Department. From 2000 through 2005, there was a fourfold increase in positive test results for salmonella enteritidis on chicken carcasses." Consumer Reports found dangerous bacteria on 8 of 10 tested bird corpses; read the full article, "Dirty Birds."
Kids With High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians
excerpt: "British researchers have found that children's IQ predicts their likelihood of becoming vegetarians as young adults." See also this page of vegan kids.
At right, vegan-from-birth Ellen Green prepares to dig into a meal of vegan drumsticks, Trader Joe's meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes (made with Silk Enhanced) and gravy (also made with Silk Enhanced). Organic carrots, too.
excerpt: "One of the odder manifestations of the fabrication future may well revolutionize the world of medicine -- and quite possibly change how we eat and offer a new way to fight global warming, too."
Notes from Our Members
I received my starter
pack and would
like to say "Thank you"
for opening my eyes. My 12 year
old became a vegetarian 4 months
ago, and I researched it to make
sure she would be healthy. Because
of your info, I ended up becoming
vegetarian myself, and I'm now on
my way to becoming vegan. After
reading your pamphlet, I'm sure
my husband, who was a big meat eater,
will not eat it again. My 5 year
old is also becoming vegetarian,
and I'm educating her about the
animals. I have been so blind all
my life and so desensitized. No
My volunteers and I
set up a video table
for 6 hours every Sunday inside
either of two ideal locations; busy
Penn Station and busy Grand Central
Terminal. Often, we even get New
York City police officers and U.S.
National Guardsmen watching, accepting
a booklet on occasion, and even
asking questions related to a vegan
diet. Lots of people (the general
public) showing genuine and strong
consideration for changing their
diet to exclude flesh and in some
cases, all animal byproducts. Vegan
Outreach provides an invaluable
tool -- the colorful, informative
booklets -- for us here in New York
City to be extremely effective.
Personally, it gives me so much
I just finished reading
your pamphlet about
vegetarianism and I wanted to tell
you that you have changed my whole
way of thinking about the world.
I had no idea this cruelty was going
on and I will definitely now think
twice about what I eat. I would
like to become a vegetarian and
appreciate all of the resources
you've provided to help me with
that change. Thank you for opening
At right, a University of Kentucky student reads an Even If booklet; photo by Ashley Watson.
While leafleting at
Montgomery College, one
young man was outside talking on
his cell while reading the Even
If booklet; when he hung up,
he continued to read it for quite
a few minutes. Later, when I went
into the library, I saw a woman
reading the booklet she had received
from me. When she looked up, her
face bore an expression of absolute
horror. One man asked me if everything
in the book was real. I said that
it was, mentioned that the sources
are referenced; he mentioned how
horrible this was. And last time
I was at MC, a woman came up saying,
"This is great! Let me know
how I can join your group."
She gave me her email address at
the time and I got back to her with
a link for donating. Today, she
passed by and said, "Great
to see you here again. I joined
See you in 2007!