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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 18, 2008

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

A Million Steps Closer

Last week, Vegan Outreach's 2008 distribution passed 1,000,000. Nearly half of these have been handed directly to students as part of the Adopt a College program! Every day, thousands of new people are discovering the hidden realities of factory farms and the steps they can take to stand up for the animals.

Vegan Outreach President and Cofounder Jack Norris and Susie (left) enjoy life at Animal Place; photo by Kim Sturla.

Thanks so very much to the hundreds of volunteers and donors who make this possible. We can't say it enough: your efforts and contributions are providing detailed, irrefutable information to many more people, bringing closer the time when animals will no longer be viewed as food, but rather as individuals whose lives are complete and important unto themselves.

 

Activist Profile: Jon Camp

In the past few years, Vegan Outreach has profiled some of our top leafleters. This summer, we will feature several more.

Editors' note: One benefit of being involved with Vegan Outreach is working with some of the best people in the world. One of the finest we've met is Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach's longtime national Outreach Coordinator.

Since the inception of the Adopt a College program in 2003, Jon has handed booklets directly to over 350,000 students across the country, and thousands and thousands more in other venues. For years, he has inspired many new people to get involved with Vegan Outreach -- leafleting and contributing.

Jon's selflessness and humility are matched only by his total dedication to the animals. It is an honor to count Jon as a colleague and friend.
-Anne Green, Jack Norris, & Matt Ball

Here are excerpts from Jon's profile:

Who has been / is a major influence in your life and why?
I'm continually influenced and inspired by those who work earnestly to better the lot of others, especially my DC activist friends and the VO leafleters and donors I've gotten to know. Also, growing up, my parents provided me with an environment that encouraged kindness and independent thinking.

What made you decide to start leafleting? If you were nervous the first time, how did you get over it?
In late 2000, as a way to step up my efforts for animals, I attended a feed-in put on by Compassion Over Killing in Washington, DC. While some activists were handing out vegan food to passersby, others were leafleting. There was a need for more leafleters, so I tried it; it was painless and fun.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?
There is no one event that stands out as the definitive, most positive leafleting experience. But I'm always heartened when individuals come up to let me know that, because of being handed a VO booklet, they are now vegetarian, vegan or thinking differently about the treatment of animals. This happens all the time.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
Jump in and don't think too much about it. It’s ok to ask someone if they'd like to take a booklet and consider some information. You don't need to be an extrovert or an encyclopedia on animal issues; being friendly and sincere is all that is needed. Part of life is challenging ourselves to go beyond our comfort zone so that we can live more fully in accordance with our ideals. Leafleting is a great opportunity for this, as well as a hugely effective way to push the ball forward for the animals.

Read the entire profile here!

 

Product of the Week

Jon: Eden sells ready-to-eat canned Rice & Beans, which consist of brown rice coupled with different legumes. These are organic, low in sodium, and cost less than $2 -- not bad for about a pound of food! My favorite is the Caribbean Black Beans meal. Stir in some guacamole and nutritional yeast and you've got yourself a great lunch or dinner!

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

 

Notes from Our Members

I just had to react to the "parenting" email. Do these people "force" their religious and social beliefs on their own children? Funny, isn't it, how it's "teaching" children when it's something people agree with, but it's "forcing" when it isn't. [Ed note: the on-line version has been modified to reflect this point.]
-SH, 6/12/08

Most kids have to be taught or fooled to eat meat. I've met many teens who can't wait until they don't live with their parents, because then they can go veg.
-Fred Tyler, 6/11/08

In Italy, we have launched the campaign "VeganMay” and some people participated in adopting a university or a high school (at right). The leafleting of high schools has been REALLY successful -- a teacher went vegan, many students went vegetarian and are already becoming vegan, others who were vegetarian are now vegan, and in various classes, debates have been held!
-Marina Berati, 6/12/08

If it hadn't been for Vegan Outreach, I wouldn't have turned vegan 12 years ago when I picked up a pamphlet at a punk rock show on Long Island. This booklet, in turn, inspired dozens of people I know, who are still vegan today. It works! Thanks for keeping up the work.
-Jesse Mann, 6/11/08

Thank you so much for all the wonderful booklets you sent me! They are definitely going to help me educate my friends, family, and schoolmates on the issues I feel so passionate about.
-AB, 6/12/08

At the Argyle Red Line stop in Chicago, I saw a couple young women standing, intently reading the booklet (separately). I'm always glad to have leafleted, even when it's slow. Even if I just get a couple people thinking about the issue, it's completely worth it.
-Pam Blair, 6/13/08

Josh Balk leaflets in Gaithersburg, MD.

Vegan Outreach is WONDERFUL! Thanks for providing activists with such informative and well put-together booklets. We couldn't do it without you!
-KM, 6/12/08

 

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All donations are tax-deductible.

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