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Vegan Outreach 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.

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

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

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.
-Emily Pepe, 5/19/08

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.
-Miranda Robbins, 5/14/08

I wore my Vegan Outreach shirt 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!
-Steve Roggenbuck, 5/15/08

At 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.
-Eileen Botti, 5/12/08

Jennifer Greene leaflets at Suffolk Community College; photo by Eileen Botti.

Yesterday, my 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 since.
-Joe Espinosa, 5/17/08

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.
-Karen Johnson, South Africa, 5/13/08

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!
-Heather Leughmyer, 5/17/08

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.
     At the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, I had a conversation that served as an important reminder of why I do this work. A young man approached me and told me that I had “put him in check” by giving him the leaflet. He had no idea what factory farming was before receiving the leaflet. It looked like he was pretty embarrassed by this, so I told him that I had been totally unaware of animal suffering and factory farming until I got a brochure at my college. I read it and it changed my life. This seemed to raise his spirits and I gave him a GCFE and he walked off, brow furrowing, obviously deep in thought. It was amazing to see a leaflet have such a sincere and profound affect.
-Brian Grupe, 5/16/08

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 on her."
     Earlier, at Towson University, I had a good conversation with a young man about factory farming, two separate individuals told me they did a report "on this" (holding up the booklet), several mentioned the booklet being sad, that they cried after reading it, that they supported this cause. I also had the following exchange:
     Young woman: I think we should care about humans first.
     Me <in an amiable manner>: We can care about both. I'm not sure I see how being brutal to animals helps people.
     YW: Good point. I just think that human problems should come first.
     Me: I'm grateful for those working on human rights issues; we need them. In all fairness, though, humans aren't kept in cramped warehouses amongst their own excrement, trucked many miles, hung upside down by their feet and slaughtered, then consumed.
     YW: Ok, I hear you. May I have a booklet?
-Jon Camp, 5/16/08

 

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