|Enewsletter • October 10, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Reaching More Every Day!
Anne Green leaflets at the University of Arizona; photo by Matt Ball.
For the Fall term, 215,000+ booklets have been handed directly to students across North America -- already more than all but the last two semesters! Several weeks ago, AAC passed the 1.5 million mark.
Thanks so much to everyone whose hard work and generous contributions have helped grow this program.
If you would like to expand these efforts, please consider a donation today.
Shirts Are Back!
After many years, Vegan Outreach t-shirts are back, in both unisex (S-XL) and "girlie" (S-L) styles! These lightweight, certified organic, US-produced, non-sweatshop, preshrunk shirts are American Apparel's sustainable edition, printed with water-based ink by tsdesigns.com.
Many employers (e.g., Home Depot, Microsoft, Google, etc.) match contributions to Vegan Outreach -- be sure to ask about this where you work. The federal and many state governments allow employees to contribute pre-tax dollars. For example, Texas state employees can donate to Vegan Outreach (agency code #085085) during the State Employee Charitable Campaign that runs throughout the month of October.
Product of the Week
Nina: Van's Organic Waffles are delicious! They taste great and keep me full for the morning. Vegan waffles are all USDA organic and the choices are Blueberry (my favorite), Original, and soy-flax. The waffles taste great with Soy Garden Butter spread. They don't even need syrup! They really are that good!
Notes from Our Members
Today was my first
day leafleting and
it went great! A total of 3 people
turned me down, and all 300 booklets
I brought were gone within 55 minutes
-- an hour well spent! I met several
vegetarians and one girl who is
working on cutting meat out of her
diet and was really interested in
the booklet. I also gave another
girl five copies of EI to give to
her friends. She was really appreciative
of getting the booklet and was glad
to meet someone who felt the same.
Her warm smile really made my day.
Miranda Robbins at Stanford; photo by Victor Tsou.
While leafleting at Rutgers with Gary and Renee, one soft-spoken young woman walked up to Renee to let her know how grateful she was of VO's work. She got an EI on campus a year ago and has been veg since. I also had this conversation:
-Jon Camp, 10/2/07
Well, I finally did
it -- I got my first
leaflet outing under my belt. The
first brochure handed out was definitely
the hardest, but after that, it
just felt good to actually be doing
something productive for the cause.
It often feels to me like it is
the AR people against the rest of
the world, but I am constantly reminded,
that most people just don't know
any better. That is why leafleting
is so important.
Members of AgireOra pause from handing out Perché vegan? Members of AO have handed out thousands of copies at universities in Italy (Rome, Milan, and Naples).
I recently founded
promoting environmental activism
through conscientious endeavors)
at my high school. To promote the
club, I posted flyers around the
school urging people to join. Some
flyers were informative, some were
eye-catching, but some, I learned,
were a little disturbing. I posted
a flyer with a photo of a cow's
head that read, "Did your food
have a face?" People who had
not seen such photos before were
affected to the point of tearing
my signs down. Government classes
throughout the day discussed my
right to post the signs, as well
as others’ rights to tear them down.
In my sixth period Government class,
I explained my philosophy and took
questions and comments at the head
of the class for about twenty minutes.
I also passed around pamphlets from
Vegan Outreach. Additionally, there
was not one person who spoke up
to say that my posters deserved
to be taken down. I was thrilled
to have the interest, attention,
and support of my peers.
I am always completely
people your articles, brochures
and website -- you present the issues
with a high level of intelligence
and factuality and are never radical
or overly emotional. My own advocacy
has suffered due to my inability
at times to not become emotional
about the plight of the animals.
Your take on things never fails
to appeal to the hard cases in my
After I handed a booklet
to a woman, her companion
said, "Watch out, I grabbed
one of those in 8th grade and haven't
eaten meat since."