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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 13, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

 
  Jennifer Greene lets another SUNY Stony Brook student know the truth behind his food choices.

Adopt a College Across the Continent

From sub-zero temps in the Great Plains to 90+ degrees in Phoenix, Adopt a College activists have handed booklets to 484,415 students this spring semester. And 686 different schools have been leafleted—a new record!

A total of 48 volunteers are over 500 booklets for the term, with 28 over 1,000! Joe Espinosa, Casey Constable, and Leslie Patterson are each over 10,000! See the full list here.

Congratulations to everyone for their great work, and thanks to all our donors who make this work possible!

 

The Latest Nutrition News

VO President Jack Norris, RD has recently discussed new vitamin D research; be sure to subscribe to his informative blog!

 

Product of the Week

TJ's Beef-less StripsOffice: Morningstar Farms Meal Starters have disappeared from Tucson, so instead we’ve been using Trader Joe’s Beef-less Strips (link to Vegan Guinea Pig—a great blog).

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

 

Notes from All Over

Public Perception

Erik Marcus on Max Fisher on Vegans.

Editor’s note: Whenever Vegan Outreach links to an article like this, we receive angry emails from people upset that we are “tearing down” vegans. But VO doesn’t exist to glorify vegans or veganism – we exist to save as many animals from the horrors of modern agribusiness as possible. Only nonvegans are in a position to change their choices to help animals, so what is important is their perceptions of vegans, not our self-esteem.

 

Bruce on the Book

Bruce Friedrich (Matt Ball’s coauthor on The Animal Activist’s Handbook) was interviewed for PETA’s Podcast and the PETA Files.

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

 
  A student at SUNY Buffalo studies Even If You Like Meat.

Lots of vegetarians and interested folks at the College of St. Scholastica. One woman came back and said, “I just read this whole thing. It’s really amazing. I didn’t know anything about this." She asked for the Guide mentioned in Even If You Like Meat. She also took 10 more Even Ifs to pass out to her friends.
-Fred Tyler, 5/2/09

I became a vegetarian and eventually a vegan because of being handed one of your booklets while in college. It changed my life!
-BS, 5/10/09

Today, Brandon [Becker] and I handed out 2,716 Vegan Outreach booklets at UNC-Chapel Hill. I picked a place in the center of the lower quad where two footpaths intersect. Since the weather was so nice, a couple hundred students were sitting and lying all around the quad. I noticed that some of the groups of students were looking at booklets together and discussing the information. This was very rewarding to witness. I leafleted one professor during his lunch break. After reading the booklet, he came back and told me how glad he was that I had given this to him, because he had been wanting to go vegetarian for 25 years. He said that his son is vegetarian, that he had already stopped eating certain animal products, and that he thought that receiving this booklet might just help him finally stop eating meat altogether. We celebrated for a moment, and then I gave him a Guide.
-Loren Hart, 4/27/09

"Anger, Humor, and Advocacy" was very meaningful to me. Particularly this passage: "One suggestion is to always remember your ultimate goal. In my case, it is the alleviation of suffering. If I allow myself to be miserable because of the cruelty in the world, I am adding to the suffering in the world. More importantly, I am saying that unless utopia is instantaneously established, it is not possible to be happy. Thus, my goal is fundamentally unachievable." When I read your simple words, I could see how I was allowing myself to be miserable because of the cruelty in this world. The suffering of animals is an indescribable horror to me. So thank you for giving me an alternative way to look at—and ultimately change—my own reactions toward suffering and misery.
-CT, 5/10/09

I had about six very good conversations with interesting people while leafleting Michigan Ave. Several people told me they had been thinking about going veg, and getting a booklet was a "sign" (as one woman described it).
-Darina Smith [right], 5/4/09

I read Handbook in one sitting—devoured it—and have imbibed and osmosed its principles of meaningful living. I’ve read it three times since, and it now lives on my bedside table. Last weekend, I gave one of your Why Vegan? booklets to the teenage daughter of a friend of mine. I used the same line that my then 20-year-old and brand newly vegan daughter used on me nearly 7 years ago when she handed me the booklet: "I’m only giving this book to people I love. Will you read it?" The girl text messaged me one hour later (I had already left) and announced that she was now vegetarian.
-PB, Melbourne, Australia, 5/8/09

Jennifer [Greene], Heather [Kramer], Peter [Bass], and I handed out 2,918 Vegan Outreach booklets at SUNY Stony Brook. There were too many awesome moments to list—here are two: The president of the faculty senate walked up to me after getting a leaflet, saying, "I am sick to my stomach, I can’t even eat now"; I gave him a Guide. He returned later with the B12 question and to talk a little more about factory farming. Later, a student almost threw out a leaflet, but I convinced him to keep it and read it. He returned later and we talked for quite a while about how to go vegan, and why free range is a myth, etc. He was shocked to hear that the males in the egg industry get discarded, and left, saying, "I don’t think I even want to eat meat anymore!"
-Eileen Botti, 4/27/09

Acceptance was very high at Montgomery College. Two separate African American guys let me know that they were veg; one of them yelled out, "vegan!" with his fist in the air while another opened up his jacket to reveal that he was wearing an "I’m Not a Nugget" shirt.
-Jon Camp [right], 5/1/09

Great day at Evergreen Valley College. One guy was really thankful for the information, since he had a presentation on animal abuse he was preparing to give tomorrow. I hooked him up with some other pamphlets. One young lady asked as she approached, “Are those vegan pamphlets?” She and her friend told me they had received said pamphlet before and “were trying really hard.” I gave them Guides, for which they were very grateful. Also heard lots of aahs, oohs, and, “Oh, interesting.” I definitely saw quite a few people take one after noticing the pictures of the pigs on the front and once again heard more swine flu comments.
-Brian Grupe, 5/4/09

 

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