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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 11, 2007


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Still Too Legit to Quit!

Without schools in session, June and July used to be relatively slow months for Vegan Outreach. Not anymore!

With leafleters out every day at the Warped Tour and other concerts, walkathons, summer festivals, and other venues, Vegan Outreach booklets are being directly handed to thousands of new people every day.

At right, Maria leaflets at Washington DC's Live Earth event; photo by Jon Camp. See also this video by Andre Inglis of activists showing Meet Your Meat and handing out Vegan Outreach booklets in Toronto.

So far this summer, more than 100,000 booklets have been handed out at 116 non-school events across North America. Thanks so much to everyone who has made this possible!


Product of the Week

Several people wrote in to nominate Parma Zaan, by Vegetarian Express -- "just delicious on bread for a yummy cheese bread, or on steamed veggies, or pasta and marinara sauce." See also these recommendations for toppings.

Jenna Calabrese: My friend Drew and some of the other fantastic vegans have begun a do-it-yourself wallet-making project called SoyWallets. They are hand-crafting wallets out of empty Silk cartons and donating to Vegan Outreach. They also have instructions to help you make your own.

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous products can be found here.


Notes from All Over

Loudest Voice = Majority Opinion

From PsyBlog: "Familiarity doesn't breed contempt at all, it breeds attraction. Making your voice heard is the only way to let others know what you think. Otherwise they will think you agree with the loudest person.
      "Similarly, and more worryingly, when an opinion is repeatedly broadcast at us by the same organization -- think of a particular media conglomerate or an advertiser -- we're likely to come to believe it represents the general opinion. That's despite the fact it is analogous to the same person repeating themselves over and over again.
      "So, next time James spouts off, I'll make a point of speaking up. And make sure I repeat myself. Several times." Read more.


An Ambivalent Vegetarian

Via, from Self magazine: "Of course, I can continue to live a conflicted life, and no one will judge me but me. But though I crave resolution, so far, I am unable (or unwilling) to make the sacrifice. What does this say about me? Am I incapable of exercising empathy when it's inconvenient? Which leaves me to contemplate a particular irony: It is not other people but animals who are forcing me to consider the depth and breadth of my humanity. Every time I pick up a menu." Read more and participate in the forums.


Feedback from Our Members

From my friend Ben Doress, who is in the process of going vegan:
     "One of my close friends who LOVES eating meat was asking me why I am going vegan. I told him, plus I gave him some literature that Vegan Outreach sent me. He later told me, 'I am thinking of becoming a vegetarian.' I could not believe it."
-Jenna Calabrese, 7/5/07

At right, Greg Oschwald leaflets at the Metro stop in Wheaton, MD; photo by Jon Camp.

At the Warped Tour event yesterday in Vancouver, BC, Nick and I handed out 3,000 Vegan Outreach leaflets. Just as we were packing up our luggage carts to go back to the car at the end of the day, I heard one girl say to her friend, "I want to go vegetarian. Hey -- let's go vegetarian together!"
-Suzanne Haws, 7/4/07

Leafleting at the "Last Thursday" event in Portland today, I had a lot of great encounters, including a young couple who said that they had an Even If booklet on their fridge and all of their friends read it when they visit.
     Felix, a 10 month old vegan baby, was there looking super cute in a little cow outfit. I overheard a man stop by and say "She's not vegan, is she?" Felix -- like the other vegan babies I know -- is really happy, healthy, and advanced (she's already walking). It was cool that she was there. I overheard a woman with a toddler talking to Felix's mom for a while. It sounded like the woman was interested in feeding her child a vegan diet, too. She took a handful of literature.
-Jessica Dadds, 6/28/07


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