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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 4, 2009


This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Be a Part of Adopt a College!

Would you like to leaflet for the animals, but prefer to join someone on your first time out? If so, please email us at info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org and let us know where you would be able to leaflet. We'll make every effort to hook you up with an experienced leafleter.

House an Activist
Within the next few weeks, Vic Sjodin will begin an outreach tour throughout PA, OH, TN, KY, and WV. He will need a place to stay in or near Charlestown, Morgantown, and Huntington, WV; Chattanooga and Memphis, TN; and Bowling Green, KY.

Also, Jon Camp starts his three-month leafleting tour on Monday. He still needs a place to stay in or near Auburn, Montgomery, Athens, Florence, and Huntsville, AL; and Potsdam, Oswego, Buffalo, and Fredonia, NY.

If you'd be willing to house either of these courteous young men for 1-3 nights, or if you'd like to leaflet with them, please email info (at) Thanks so much!


Why Vegan Outreach in Six Minutes

Amateur video of Matt Ball's "Vegetarian Campaigns" summary at AR2006.

Also, A Meaningful Life is now available in French (pdf).
If you would like print copies of the English version, please contact us.


Recipe of the Week: Unbeatable Game Cookies

Office: Matt grew up rooting for the Steelers; Matt and Anne lived in Pittsburgh for 14 years; Ellen was born there; VO was founded there; and Jack lived there with all of the above for longer than he likes to remember. Thus, we became part of Steeler Nation.

During both of the Steelers' recent Super Bowl runs (and, importantly, not during any other year), we made these cookies before each playoff game.

Coincidence? We think not!

Send your product of the week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.


Notes from All Over

Why Does a Salad Cost More Than a Big Mac?

Breakdown of federal subsidies, with meat and dairy receiving 73.8%; from PCRM.


Stephen Colbert Interviews Paul McCartney

And mentions his beef with beef.


Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

Good leafleting at MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges. One student said, "I got a booklet 2 years ago and I no longer eat meat." One student said, "I read that and it's very compelling." To my standby offer "Information to help animals?" I got several "Absolutely!" or "Heck yeah!" or "Right on!" It seemed everywhere I looked someone was reading a leaflet.
-Brianne Donaldson, 1/28/09

Inga Ambrosia waits for the next student at FIU Biscayne Bay; below, Matt Ball makes sure University of Arizona students learn the power of compassionate choices.

Thanks for coming to DePaul this month and handing out your pamphlets. It was what finally helped me make the decision to go vegetarian, and I am also making an effort to cut back on dairy products. It's been over two weeks and I have no desire to go back. Many of the things in your pamphlet I have never heard before -- I have shared them with my friends. Thanks for getting that information out there.
-BA, 1/28/09

So many great responses at John Jay! Heard several students telling their friends, "You gotta read that!" / "Take one -- its really sad." One student said she was thinking of going vegan and was very thankful to receive a Guide. A professor stopped to get a few extras, saying that he stopped eating meat because of receiving an Even If You Like Meat booklet last semester.
     At CUNY Baruch, one man stopped and had many questions, saying that he thinks all of this horrible treatment to animals needs to change, but that it’s a lot to ask people to give things up (meat, dairy, etc). I emphasized that it's not so much about giving something up -- we are asking people to switch to eating something else, and that by eating mock meats and soy cheeses, especially while transitioning, you really won't feel like you're missing anything, if that's the main concern. He liked this response, said he never thought of it that way, and was thinking of going veg.
-Eileen Botti, 1/30/09

I was driving by a community center when I saw a group of teenagers just hanging out. I pulled into the parking lot, walked up to them, and started handing them pamphlets. Before I even finished, one girl said, "Oh I want one, I want one." A guy said, "So you want us to go vegetarian...," and before I could reply another girl said to him, "At least you could cut down on your meat consumption."
-Lana Smithson, 1/29/09

This morning I went down to the bus station at University of British Columbia and handed out 250 pamphlets in about 1 hour and 10 minutes. A bus driver asked me for a bunch to leave on his bus. One student said he was vegan and asked for pamphlets to give to his friends. Another student said, "Thank you for being here."
-Joanne Chang, 1/29/09

At Bakersfield College, one student said "I read your flier and it's gross. I'm going to stop eating animals." I then gave her a Guide. A few students said they are going to reduce the number of animals they eat, and I also gave them Guides. I even met a student who is vegan and was thrilled to see information being handed out on campus. I leafleted a health instructor, who said "Perfect, just the information I wanted to share with my students." Eleni [Vlachos] had a long conversation with a non-veg student I had leafleted, who then said to his friend, "I learned more in the last few minutes than I have in all of my classes!"
-Rockin' Rob Gilbride, 1/29/09

It was a good day of outreach at Truman College, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago today, despite the weather -- many students were reached and productive conversations were had. One woman said "This is so right!" when she saw the booklet and heard my request to "Help stop violence." Another woman stopped to tell me she read the booklet and it was disgusting what is happening to animals. She said, "'I really did not know this was going on."
-Leslie Patterson, 1/30/09

Great leafleting at Encinal High School today. Students sat around me and read the leaflets. One sat totally engrossed and read it cover to cover.
-Brian Grupe, 1/30/09

Lynn [Halpern] and I had a number of good conversations and comments at the University of Colorado today, including, "What are you going to do with all that good karma?" Toward the end, a student came up and asked how she can get more involved. She had been veg in the past, but "did it wrong" and got sick. After receiving a VO brochure recently, she decided to go back to being veg and sticking to it.
-Barbara Bear, 1/28/09


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