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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 17, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

93.7 Miles for the Animals

Alex and Michelle

Inspired by the incredible generosity of John and Fany and wanting to make sure all of the $75,000 matching challenge is met, Alex Bury and Michelle Cehn (right) each ran in a 12-hour ultramarathon this past weekend to raise money for Team Vegan. Together, they covered 93.7 miles and raised $1,874 from Henry and Steve. Lots of Team members pitched in – a bunch came out to run along for part of the marathon, and cheer on their teammates; others watched online and sent emails that Alex and Michelle received at the aid stations.

Team Vegan is in the homestretch now, racking up hundreds of miles getting ready for their races next month. Please support these dedicated folks with a donation to Vegan Outreach – doubled, dollar-for-dollar by John and Fany! – and help Vegan Outreach provide the animals a voice. You can make a donation to one of the runners, or make a general donation to the team – either way, your contribution will go twice as far for the animals!

Bay Area Members: Don't Miss the Vegan Prom!
If you’re in the Bay Area, please join us for “Starry Starry Night,” San Francisco Vegan Prom, an evening of fun and dancing to support Vegan Outreach. Click here for details.


Link of the Week: Letter to a Young Matt

Matt Ball in Chicago
Matt Ball speaking in Chicago (courtesy of Mikael Nielsen).

A talk presented by Matt Ball in Chicago on June 7:

One thing long-time vegans often forget is how hard it can be to be vegan in this society.… [I]f I think back to when I went vegan about two decades ago, I do remember some of how hard it was. Not so much finding vegan food (although it was much harder then), but living in a nonvegan world.… Being vegan became my defining characteristic, and I became obsessed with justifying and glorifying veganism (and, thus, myself). Debates about language, philosophy, hypotheticals all took on vital importance. I had to take part in any protest that came along – driving long distances, being out in sub-zero weather, getting arrested, etc. I couldn’t “turn my back” on the animals – I was just that dedicated!

I’m afraid that if my 21-year-old self met my 41-year-old self, prior me would loathe current me. Young me would consider older me an intellectual coward, a pathetic sellout, a traitor to veganism. I fear there is nothing I could say to change my mind – I was so self-righteous, so angry, so obsessive.

But sometimes, I do think about what I would say, if I had the chance....

What would he say? Find out in the full article!


Notes from Our Members

Leslie Patterson
Leslie Patterson (above) and Joe Espinosa (below) promote compassion on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

I have been a vegan for a year and a half. I contribute to Vegan Outreach and leaflet when I can. I do a lot of e-leafleting which has been very successful. is just great. It is needed as much as undercover whistle-blowers in factory farms. Anyone interested in transitioning their diet gets sent to your page first. Thank you so much for your work and your continued research.
—JT, 6/13/09

East LA College was a really great school, just like last time – receptive and interested students. I’m still looking for a quick response to “Are there gross pictures inside?” I did come up with a satisfactory reply to “Will it depress me?” to which I said, “It might empower you.”
—Brianne Donaldson, 5/15/09

University of Delaware folks weren’t the easiest crowd, but I helped offset this by speaking significantly louder than normal, greeting students with a big smile, and leaning towards them. One young woman let me know that she received a booklet on campus about a year ago and has been vegetarian since. At DePaul today, a young woman let me know that she has been veg for the last four months since receiving a VO booklet from a different leafleter at the very spot I was standing.
—Jon Camp, 5/20/09

At the Boulder Creek Festival, a high school–aged girl saw the Compassionate Choices and said, “Oh, but I like meat” (in a sincere, not snide, way). I told her I had a pamphlet written specifically for her and gave her the Even If You Like Meat. Her friend took a CC. By the end of our conversation, the EIYLM girl said, “You know, I’ve been thinking about this for a while and have been on the fence, but could I have one of those guides (Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating) too?” (I’d given one to her friend.) It was great to see her attitude change after chatting briefly.
—Barbara Bear, 5/27/09

Joe Espinosa

At the University of Illinois, I heard from a student within the first ten minutes who stated that getting the booklet in the past had moved her to become vegan. I offered her the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating and she explained she had gotten it before and found that the material within it really helped her know what to eat with dropping meat, dairy, and eggs, and the article on nutrition eased her mind about making the move to nonviolent eating.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/27/09

In two cases today [at the Galleria Mall in Houston], I overheard a person telling their friends that the Why Vegan? pamphlet is what made them go vegetarian. A third person told me that she had gotten the Why Vegan? pamphlet earlier in the day, and that she is a vegetarian now.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 5/30/09


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