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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 30, 2009
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Activist Profile: Vic Sjodin

Vic Sjodin

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we present Vic Sjodin. Vic started leafleting a little over a year ago, and is already one of VO’s all-time leading leafleters! He holds the one-day leafleting record (5,172 at Penn State); and as of this writing, he’s closing in on 200,000 individuals reached with the animals’ plight and the case for ethical eating!

Here is an excerpt from his profile:

What was your most positive leafleting experience this year and why?

I can’t say just one – more of an overall journey. I’m just thankful to be able to work for animals every day, and meet so many wonderful people. I have had so much fun. Leafleting with Barbara, Jon, Italia and Don, the kids at Penn State, dragging a dozen friends out, recruiting people at parties, meeting David in Knoxville, laughing with Eileen in NYC, conning people into joining me on the Warped Tour, and so many others, embracing the suffering every day, Julie in Boston, getting to meet Joe and Casey, my trip to Kentucky with Darius, Dan in Youngstown, telling bad jokes and watching people wake up and go veg is awesome. Leafleting has enriched my life in so many ways and has been such an adventure, I feel like the luckiest man alive sometimes. Not that it’s easy – got to earn it – but that allows me to sleep, knowing I wasn’t silent, that I didn’t turn my back on the helpless ones. I know a lot of people have sacrificed to put me out there on campus, so I take it very seriously to represent veganism and the animals’ plight, as one of the few who is able to do so full-time. I thank you for all your sacrifices and for making this work possible.

Read the entire piece!

 

Products of the Week

Jack: “I was so impressed with Dr. Greger’s nutrition DVDs that he and I set up a limited time deal for readers. Details here!

Anne: “To me, the once-again-vegan Boca Chik’n Nuggets (in the new resealable bag) taste way too much like actual chicken. Serve to your not-yet-veg family and friends and see if they notice.”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Link of the Season: Who You Callin’ Vegangelical?

Too good for just an excerpt – please be sure to read the entire thing!

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Tracy Martin
Tracy Martin (above) and Elizabeth Gulick (below) let students at Spokane Falls Community College know what modern agribusiness hides from them.

I would just like to thank you guys. I go to school at Anne Arundel Community College. One day I picked up one of your brochures and was horrified by the treatment of the animals. I have not eaten meat since. You guys are awesome.
—MB, 9/25/09

A few weeks ago at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a guy told me he had gone vegan from getting a booklet. Today, his girlfriend told me she is now a vegan, too, and wants to become an activist.
—Barbara Bear, 9/11/09

The students at the University of Wisconsin, Stout seemed more receptive, and there was more interest in Guides. Some people responded with “Yes, of course!” or “This is exactly what I need!”
—Fred Tyler, 9/11/09

At CUNY Staten Island, several students who had already received a leaflet urged their friends to take one as they passed by. Katie (Pryor) overheard a number of positive comments, including: Guy to girl: “You should read that! It was very interesting.” Another guy to friends: “If you read that, you will never want to eat chicken again!”
—Eileen Botti, 9/15/09

Elizabeth Gulick

Taylor (R), Edward (S), and I had great responses from students again at Fullerton College (CA)! One guy said his sister has been a vegetarian for a year because of the pamphlet! One girl looked through the brochure and forced her friend to look at the pictures, who was trying to run away. Taylor met a couple students who were interested in leafleting, and her sister saw several students reading the pamphlet in class.
—Kristine K, 9/17/09

At the University of Utah, there was a man who got a booklet last year and was moved by it; as a result, he had cut back on his meat consumption. He spoke with Darina and me at length – he’s looking to take his next step re: his diet and activism, so I will be in touch with him. At Salt Lake City Community College, a young woman mentioned that she cried after reading the booklet. She is now the proud recipient of a Guide.
—Jon Camp, 9/14/09

Boyd Weidman
Boyd Weidman leaflets Florida International University.

Another awesome day of outreach at Kent State! Saw SO many people sitting outside between classes intently reading the literature. Love seeing that. Take rate was somewhere around 90% or higher.
—Jen Kaden, 9/16/09

It was a great day at George Washington University and the University of Maryland, College Park. A number of people thanked me for having Guides. One student said she went vegan last year because she received an Even If You Like Meat. She didn’t know how to stay healthy only eating chips and french fries, but after reading the Guide, her diet became a lot healthier.
—Rob Gilbride, 9/16/09

 

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