|Enewsletter • April 9, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Best of Luck, Team Vegan!
On Saturday, the dedicated runners of Team Vegan will be donning their racing shoes and taking to the course in Santa Cruz (and in other races across the country). All of us at Vegan Outreach deeply appreciate the runners' hard training and fundraising. All the best on race day!
Our sincerest thanks to all the donors who have pledged their support to the Team Vegan runners -- especially John and Fany for their incredible generosity in matching these contributions! This support is essential if Vegan Outreach is to keep growing. This year's distribution is proceeding at a frantic pace -- over 630,000 overall, with more than 318,000 handed directly to students as part of Adopt a College. We will continue to do our very best every day to make your money go as far as possible for the animals.
Product of the Week
Organic Three Grain Tempeh is versatile
and healthy for you -- I love it!
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
While leafleting at
the National College
Recruitment Fair, I overheard one
student say to her friends:
"Oh my gosh
-- this is what made me go vegetarian."
Also, a large group of kids came
out to ask me questions, and they
each requested a GCFE.
UT, Austin, I met
several people who had gone veg
after receiving a booklet. One jokingly
said, "I made the mistake of
taking one of those last year and
have been veg ever since."
Too much other good feedback to
remember. During lulls in traffic,
when someone said they had gotten
a booklet before, I asked them what
they thought and if they made changes.
Most thought it was horrible and
many implied that they are eating
less meat, working towards veg,
and some are already veg. So my
little tests seem to have proven
our claims, because most do read/look
them over and a reasonable amount
do make tangible lifestyle changes.
Annetta Stoker leaflets at the University of Houston; photo by Casey Constable.
At CA State, East Bay,
a student came out
of her class crying, saying she
needed to speak with me about the
booklet. I told her the best thing
she could do was to stop supporting
the system of oppression with her
dollars and go vegan, and then to
tell everyone around her to go vegan.
She was very interested in learning
about how to go vegan. She and her
husband are trying to have a baby,
who will be vegan as well!
in the school year, Ellen
[at right] was supposed
to participate in an 8th grade project
that benefited Heifers International.
After explaining why she wouldn't
take part, she gave the teacher
some Vegan Outreach literature.
A few weeks later, the teacher said,
"Ellen, you've compelled me
to become a vegetarian."
Our campus group,
held our 5th annual Meatout event
on Monday, and it was the best ever.
We distributed an enormous amount
of free vegan food as well as 483
pieces of literature. JC and I leafleted
while many other volunteers staffed
the food and lit tables. We were
pleased that The Red & Black
(student newspaper) featured a front-page
story about our Meatout event,
despite a few unfortunate misquotes.
More surprisingly, they also ran
an unexpected but excellent opinion
piece by their editorial board
about SOS and Meatout.
I just wanted to say
how proud I am of your work. My
brother picked up one of your pamphlets
from a man in downtown Pasadena
-- the pictures, as horrifying and
gruesome as they are, are shocking
Carla Wilson leaflets while Bryan Wilson wears a BodyTV for Friday Night Videos in Orlando, FL.
Leafleting at Rutgers
today, one student
stopped and said, very sincerely,
"I read what you gave me this
morning, and I had no idea what
went on. Thank you -- it really
is important." Another stopped
and said, "You're doing awesome
work. Someone was handing these
out in Philly 1.5 years ago, and
as soon as I read it I quit eating
meat cold turkey." Someone
said he found one on the bus and
wants to go veg now.
I've seen a couple
of different publications,
websites, and other sources that
advocate a vegan and cruelty-free
lifestyle. What I like about your
program is that you advocate everybody
doing what they can to make steps
in the right direction, even if
that just means eating less meat.
I was recently handed your booklet
Even if You Like Meat,
and I was impressed by the way you
reached out to everyone: meat eaters,
vegetarians, vegans. I think that
this is the best way to make a change
towards the better, because it shows
people that it doesn't take a life
makeover to make a difference. It
only takes each of us saying "what
is one change I can do right now
to make a difference?" every
time we go to the grocery store
or sit down at a restaurant. I've
just signed up for a monthly donation
for your organization. I hope that
your organization can help to bring
change elsewhere in the world.
With all the problems
of this nation, I
am so glad your organization is
here. You make this country worth
staying in. Thank you!