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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 8, 2007

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Game On for New Semester!

We all know that our day-to-day individual choices have an important impact in the world. Every day, though, we can take action to multiply this impact, by reaching out to more and more people with the truth of modern animal agribusiness.

Aashish Bhimani leaflets at the Van Dorn Metro station; photo by Jon Camp.

During spring semester 2007, Vegan Outreach activists handed a total of 343,120 leaflets directly to students at 458 schools across the U.S. and abroad. Since August of 2003, the Vegan Outreach Adopt-a-College program has enabled leafleters to visit 810 schools, distributing 1,346,853 leaflets to college students.

Please join this effort for the upcoming fall semester, and increase your impact on the world! Even if you have just an hour or two, you can reach hundreds of students who may not otherwise learn of the horrors of today's factory farms, or see a thorough case for choosing compassion. You can learn more at the Adopt a College site, and order booklets via the catalog.

 

One Million

One week ago, Vegan Outreach passed the 1,000,000 booklet mark for 2007 -- well ahead of last year's pace. Thanks so much to everyone who has made this possible with your hard work and contributions!

 

Activist Profile: Jodi Chemes

Continuing our series of profiles, here are some excerpts from the interview with Jodi Chemes:

What made you decide to start leafleting?

I decided to start leafleting because I realized I had a responsibility to spread the word about farm animal suffering. I knew these animals could not wait until the rest of the world stumbled across a video on the internet like I did....

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

It is hard to put ourselves out there sometimes because we are afraid someone will make fun of us or be rude to us. However, just remember that this is very rare. I've handed out thousands of leaflets and 99% of the time the interactions are positive. I've learned to brush off the negative ones and just let them walk away. Also, just remember this one phrase that I picked up from Chicago activist, Omnia Ibrahim: "That's ok, I just want you to read this." It pretty much works with every comment you could possibly get from people. Also remember that the animals are counting on us to speak up for them. The people we hand leaflets to might otherwise never have been exposed to this issue, and might not have changed their eating habits to help animals had you not given them a leaflet. That is powerful!

What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?

My most positive leafleting experience was at University of South Florida in Tampa. A young man came up to me and said "Hey, I just wanted you to know that you gave me one of those last semester and I went vegetarian. Thank you." I have positive experiences every time I leaflet because there are always people who thank me for being there or who take an obvious interest in the material.

Read the entire profile here!

 

Product of the Week

Linda: Nutiva Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds. This product is a perfect substitute for Parmesan cheese. Comes in a bright yellow bag and I've bought them at Vitamin Shoppe and at Wild Oats.

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

 

Feedback from Our Members

At the Sounds of the Underground Tour, I had ~80% acceptance rate, and about 50 really positive responses, along with a few negative. I have truly reached the point that I enjoy the negative stuff every bit as much as the positive. For one thing I find it humorous. But also, I realize that I am showing something they clearly recognize as the truth. They did not want to see it or know about it and they are angry.
-Stewart Solomon, 8/5/07

When I saw your brochure at Virgin Fest, I was shocked to see what these poor animals go through. Here we are watching all these horror movies thinking they are just pretend, but what the animals in these slaughterhouses go through is worse than that. I think that you should keep up going to events where teenagers will see your pamphlets and read up on being vegan. This has changed me and inspired me to change my lifestyle.
-JB, 8/6/07

While leafleting at the Glenmont Metro station, I separately met two former vegetarians interested in going veg again after reading the Even If booklet. I was able to spend some time talking with them and I gave them both a GCFE. They each seemed grateful, and sincerely committed to changing their diets again.
-Jon Camp, 8/2/07

While leafleting at the street fair, I gave a girl an Even If, and she excitedly told the guy she was with (as she was pointing to the VO info on the back of the pamphlet), "These are the people who got me to go vegan!"
-Jessica Dadds, 8/3/07

Leafleting at the Bethesda Metro station with Jon and Jenna, we had to raise our voices to be heard above the musicians playing. Being more forceful and focused than normal with my question, "Booklet to help animals?" reminded me that we are, literally, the animals' voice.
-Matt Ball, 7/30/07

 

Every Donation Prevents Suffering

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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