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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  January 13, 2010
This issue sponsored by
The VegE-News

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Jon Camp

Jon Camp Coming to the Northeast!

Between late February and early May, Jon Camp, VO’s Director of Outreach, will be leafleting colleges throughout the Northeast. In order to save valuable funds, he depends on housing from those willing to put him up. Jon still needs housing in select areas of MA, NH, VT, ME, QC, and upstate NY. If you would be willing to house America’s Most Courteous House Guest for 1–3 nights – or if you’d like to leaflet with him or have him give a talk on advocacy to your local group – please email jon (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks!

 

Activist Profile: Brianne Donaldson

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Brianne Donaldson. By the time you read this, Brianne will have reached nearly 90,000 individuals with Vegan Outreach booklets!

Here are excerpts from her profile:

Brianne Donaldson

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

I have a “most positive experience” nearly every time I leaflet. Truth be told, leafleting has renewed my hope in humans and our longing for inspiring visions. I wouldn’t have expected that, but the sincerity and curiosity I witness among students on college campuses or death metal concertgoers reminds me that personal transformation is not a passing fad and the space between who we have been and what we might be is rich with compassionate possibilities that have a seemingly infinite reach.

When someone is uncertain about their ability to go veg, it is always satisfying to represent the spaciousness of VO’s philosophy to encourage others to take a next step, to reduce the number of chickens and fish one eats, to choose a few meals each week …to go for a sustained commitment, rather than a crash and burn attempt at vegan “purity.”

Because we don’t need to have all the answers nor are we trying to convince others of the impossible, we can offer the literature without expectation or apprehension, trusting that if others are ready to consider this issue, they will take the information. If not, maybe next time. VO’s philosophy respects the freedom of human decision as well as the freedom of animal lives.

Read the full profile!

 

Product of the Week

Brianne: “The vegan Wrap Boot from TOMS Shoes. For every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair to a child in need. One for One. Comfortable, saucy shoes and fashion philanthropy at its finest – not too shabby!”

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

 

Notes from All Over

VegGuide Relaunched!

Derek Coons of Mercy For Animals has joined up with the good folks at Compassionate Action for Animals to create an updated joint version of CAA’s VegGuide.org: “We hope that VegGuide.org will be your one-stop site for finding veg-friendly restaurants wherever you are. With listings in over 70 countries, whether you’re in Pittsburgh or Paris, Los Angeles or London, Toronto or Taipei, we’ve got you covered. The site is collectively maintained by a community of users from around the world. We encourage you to visit the site and contribute your expertise to the guide as well.”

 

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Raphaella Banholzer
Raphaella Banholzer reaches another UC Santa Barbara student with the truth.

This was a badly cold, below-zero-windchill evening leafleting with Mikael (Nielsen) by Columbia and DePaul. The reception was good; a few unlikely targets asked for a booklet, including a group of cops and a couple of tough-looking guys who said they were veg. One guy tried to poke fun at me saying, “You could have picked a different day to do this,” but after hearing, “Animals don’t get a break from this. I can handle standing here for an hour,” he nodded with a serious face.
—Darina Smith, 12/10/09

I met a woman who had gotten a booklet from me last semester and had drastically reduced her meat consumption. She was very happy to receive a Guide and thanked me profusely for providing her with such valuable information. Six guys (all taller than me, and I’m 6') were walking together towards me and I offered them booklets. We formed somewhat of a circle and I was able to successfully “bro-down” with them about animal cruelty and veganism. One commented how he liked soy milk, and they all wanted Primal Strips. They yelled out lots of thanks as they walked off. Pretty amazing experience.
—Brian Grupe, 12/8/09

At the University of South Florida, Tampa, a member of the school’s environmental group said he would show the leaflet to others in the group. A vegetarian student chatted awhile and pondered about how many people would continue to eat meat if they had to kill the animals themselves. We joked (and lamented) that most self-proclaimed “carnivores” are actually vultures, since they’re eating animals who are already dead (carrion) – killed by someone else. The carrion just happens to come in nice, neat packages. I used to eat from those packages without thinking about it. Now I’m helping others think about how gross and awful the meat industry really is.
—Lana Smithson, 12/10/09

Arnold D. Gardiner
Arnold D. Gardiner provides evening commuters with Compassionate Choices at Chicago’s Fullerton Red Line Station.

Montgomery College, Takoma Park was solid for the first day of finals. Within minutes, a young fellow let me know that he got a booklet from us in January at Frostburg State U, way on the other side of MD, and has been veg since. He took a Guide. Additionally, a young woman let me know that she got a booklet from me last month and subsequently did a report on the issue for a class of hers.
—Jon Camp, 12/14/09

Pretty good take rate at Oakton Community College, despite the snow and wind. One young man was especially happy to see me because he wants to go vegetarian for the animals. He had questions about nutrition and how to handle the issue with his meat-eating friends.
—Leslie Patterson, 12/9/09

Heard from 11 vegetarians and three vegans at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One of the vegetarians let me know that it was getting the booklet from me in the past that moved him to become vegetarian. With our persistence, the norm is changing.
     I also had the opportunity to lock horns with a professor of animal agriculture. He said our booklet was inaccurate. I pointed out the citations from the USDA and animal agriculture journals and textbooks, and invited him to let Dr. Cheeke and Dr. Rollin know that he thought that their research and reporting was crappy. He accused me of having a singular focus that does not see the other side of it. I pointed out that I ate meat for 21 years and entered UIUC in 1989 in the College of Agriculture seeking a career in agriculture, but learning the truth about what happens to animals in modern farming had me leave that field. I explained that producing and consuming meat, milk and eggs causes unnecessary suffering, and that causing unnecessary suffering is wrong.
—Joe Espinosa, 12/15/09

 

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