|Enewsletter • August 1, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Jack, Jenna, Jon, and Matt would like to thank everyone who came to our table and/or to our talks at AR2007 and Taking Action for Animals. It was an absolute thrill to catch up with long-time members and to meet so many of you for the first time!
Activist Profile: Stewart Solomon
Continuing our series of profiles, here are some excerpts from Stewart Solomon's:
Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?
The person who has influenced me in ways she probably cannot even imagine is Margie Solomon, my wife of 21 years. She taught me compassion. She taught me over and over again that when someone is in need, we have to help them. And she taught me that animals are loving, feeling, emotional, and intelligent creatures.
What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?
Leafleting UC Santa Barbara, my alma mater, for the first time was extremely enjoyable. Going back to my own beautiful campus during a regular school day, interacting with the students and watching them react to the leaflet was quite spectacular. They open the leaflet and core beliefs they have held since childhood are instantly challenged. And then their feelings of compassion and empathy are suddenly at odds with their habits and tastes and what they perceive as necessary to survive. As a teacher, I take great pleasure in making my students think, and this is no different.
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Leafleting might not be the most glamorous form of animal activism out there. In fact, it is downright simple. But it is, by far, the most effective method of raising awareness, making new veggies and vegans, saving lives, and changing the world!
Product of the Week
Anne: Crum Creek Mills makes a great pretzel-like snack in single-serving, ~100 calorie packs. 'Soy Bites' come in rosemary & garlic, onion, sesame, and everything flavors. They are low fat, 6 grams of protein. Good straight out of the bag, but even better with dip or hummus.
Feedback from Our Members
I want to thank you
for including the [Guide
to Cruelty-Free Eating]
with my order. I had thought that
I really researched vegetarianism
before I stopped eating meat, but
after reading your brochure I realized
that I was missing out on some vital
nutrients -- namely B12.
I had not been taking any supplements,
and my vegetarian diet wasn't exactly
healthy. I have lived/worked on
a dorm on campus for the past two
years and so finding what I could
in the cafeteria without meat has
been difficult... It's unlikely
I was getting significant B12 from
anything. I followed what the brochure
said about taking the dissolvable
B12 for two weeks and then taking
a supplement after that... and I
feel a lot better!
I'm a little nervous
emailing now because of the great
impact Vegan Outreach has had on
my life. In a way, you're somewhat
of a hero to me. The last six months
of my life have been dramatically
altered since I found the pamphlet
(at Sacramento State, where I attend
school). I feel like a different
person, and a lot of that is the
direct result of Vegan Outreach.
I would love to do leafleting in
Sacramento for Vegan Outreach, and
I might even be able to bring a
friend or two to help out.