|Enewsletter • August 12, 2009|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Link of the Week: Tips for Promoting Veganism
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Products of the Week
Selange: “Field Roast sausages and roasts. As a former carnivore chef and sausage maker now turned vegan, chipotle flavor is my favorite.”
Colleen: “VegNews Gift Packs are on sale in August for $40.”
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
Leafleting Food, Inc. in
Des Moines, IA, I met three vegetarians,
one mother of a vegan, and someone who may leaflet with me in the
future. People were very receptive, as they were depressed after
the movie. The manager let me sit in the lobby all day and evening
and leaflet people as they came out. They had vegan granola bars for
sale at the snack bar, and there is a vegan on staff.
Super reception rate at Food,
Inc. in Tampa. People waited to get a booklet!
I recently read The Animal Activist’s Handbook and enjoyed it quite a bit. I think your book does a great
job in addressing a lot of pressing concerns for AR activists and effective
ways in which to pursue those goals.
At Thompson Rivers University
in Kamloops, BC, I had almost 100% of people I approached take a leaflet. I also had
a security guard approach me and take a leaflet. He talked to me about
trying to cut back on meat, and I gave him a Guide to help him make cruelty-free
choices. He wished me luck with my leafleting before he left. A second
guard approached me a minute after the first one left and took an Even
If You Like Meat.
Handed out 428 booklets at the
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – not bad for a second summer leafleting.
Within the first 20 minutes of starting, I heard from a woman who let
me know that getting a booklet from me last semester is what moved her
to become vegan. Heard from 3 other vegans and 10 vegetarians as well.
No Doubt was an excellent concert
to leaflet, lots of young and/or thoughtful people. We reached 6,825 people in four
nights and almost no one tossed them to the ground. In fact I remember
one young lady last night who took a leaflet from me, pointed straight
to the ground in front of my feet, and told her two friends, “Right here,
in this very spot. This is where I went vegetarian.” You know it happens
all the time, and once in a while, we’re in earshot to hear it. And
so, we are now closer to the moon than we were just a few days ago.
No Doubt was a great show to leaflet. I watched
one young woman take a leaflet from Rebekah Sinclair and head toward
the trash can. Just as she was about to drop it in she stopped, flipped
it from one side to the other, paused over it for a second, and said
to her friend, “Let’s read this one.”
Lots of good interactions today at the Boulder
Farmers’ Market. A number of people approached me for a brochure (I love
when that happens). I especially enjoyed meeting two young girls who
are interested in going veg/vegan. Thankfully, in both cases they had
supportive parents. Two adorable little boys asked for a brochure, but
I told them they needed an adult’s permission. They scrambled all over
looking for their guardian so they could have one. The guardian had already
gotten a brochure, but they were insistent that they needed one of their
own. Another enthusiastic interaction was with a woman who walked away
with the Compassionate Choices, then came back later to thank
me for being out there, said she had no idea this happened to animals,
and she was proud of me for leafleting. I thanked her and gave her a