|Enewsletter • May 21, 2008|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Answers of the Week: Dealing with Family
Last week, we asked about dealing with intractable family members. Here are some excerpts from a few of the many responses we received.
Products of the Week
Abigail: Trader Joe's has a vegan roasted vegetable pizza that is very tasty. It has artichokes, a yummy balsamic glaze, caramelized onions and all sorts of other delectableness. Plus, the crust is made with whole wheat dough. Bonus! It's in the refrigerated section (not frozen).
Deborah: Oskri Organics makes wonderful gluten-free, lactose-free products that are incredible. Our favorites are the Turkish Delights with pistachios, apricots, pumpkin seeds and the Muesli Bars with cranberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds. I found that purchasing them through Amazon's marketplace is the most cost-effective.
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
We loved leafleting
the line of people waiting for the
Barack Obama event in Portland!
We handed out over 900 booklets
in less than two hours. We saw tons
and tons of people reading the pamphlets
-- they had nothing else to do,
so they were really studying them!
Ramona met a couple that has gone
vegan after getting an Even
If in Athens, Georgia!
They were very excited to see me
leaflet with the same pamphlet that
changed their lives.
Kira Vincent leaflets at Cinco de Mayo in Houston; photo by Casey Constable.
At Mt. San Antonio
College, I met Jessica,
who just became a vegetarian. After
speaking with me, she is going to
go vegan. She also took a stack
of booklets and leafleted in other
parts of the campus. Spoke with
a number of people who were thinking
of going vegetarian. At least 5
people told me they want to go vegan.
Met a couple of vegans who want
to get active in the Los Angeles
area (in addition to Jessica). A
professor came up to me and raved
about the booklets; she took 20
for her class. Saw tons of people
reading the lit.
I wore my Vegan Outreach
to class yesterday
-- very first time in public! --
and a girl behind me told me that
she thought it was awesome. She
explained how she's vegetarian but
she’s confused about veganism because
she wouldn’t know what to eat. The
next day I brought in a GCFE
before class and we discussed the
veg options at local restaurants;
she was happy to have the information!
City College, I observed
several students reading leaflets
outside, and saw one student reading
it for at least 15 min. When his
girlfriend stopped by, I watched
him show her the booklet and flip
through the pages, looking visibly
upset. A biology teacher requested
a few leaflets to give to his students.
The teacher who was walking with
him (who ignored me earlier) also
took a leaflet and expressed interest.
Jennifer Greene leaflets at Suffolk Community College; photo by Eileen Botti.
co-worker Laurel let me know that
she has decided to become vegetarian.
I had an open box of Why Vegetarian
booklets stored under my desk
at work, a desk that she uses when
I am done with my shifts. Well,
she could not help but take and
read a booklet, and was moved by
the amount of suffering that she
witnessed, and has not eaten meat
I just had my best
day tabling ever --
there were too many great stories
to list here! For example, a teacher
said she'd just finished writing
a module on sustainable food for
the world that morning, but after
seeing my pamphlets, she was going
to re-write it! I met an animal
science graduate, who looked at
the Even If and said, so
sadly, "Yes, this is exactly
what I learned and I can't work
in this field anymore." Another
man told me about how he went vegetarian
15 years ago after having to run
a marketing campaign for an animal
product manufacturer. He said that
after seeing all the absolutely
disgusting horror, he refused to
run the campaign, resigned, and
never ate animals again. He said
that he was thinking about going
vegan just last week and that it
was perfect timing to meet me.
I have been doing MySpace
activism lately. So
far I have had several people tell
me that they are either going veg
or vegan or reducing their meat
consumption because they watched
videos on my page. My favorite is
a mother of two who said she was
going vegan and so were her children!
At Brookline High School,
I leafleted by walking
around to groups of kids, which
resulted in more talking than normal.
Met lots of vegetarians, some wanting
to go veg or reduce meat consumption,
and one young man who exclaimed,
“I want to go vegan!” I was told
I was doing a good thing by several
people and got a high five.
Joe Haptas leaflets at the National Zoo; photo by Jon Camp.
At the University of
Maryland, one young
man said, "I'm a vegetarian,"
gave me a pat of the shoulder and
added, "and your booklet helped
with that." One older man told
me that he didn't eat pork, but
that after reading the booklet,
would not be eating chicken as well.
One young woman told me that she
had received the booklet before
and that it made a "big impact