|Enewsletter • March 10, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!
Jon Camp (right) will be giving a dinner talk at Harvard, March 24. He will also be speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, VT on April 6, and is a featured speaker at the Worcester, MA VegFest, April 17. Jon will also be representing Vegan Outreach at AR2010 in Washington, DC, July 15–19.
Matt Ball and Anne Green will be speaking in both Boulder and Denver, CO in mid-July. Matt and Jon will be at Taking Action for Animals in Washington, DC, July 23–26.
Also, an expanded Team Vegan is under development – watch for details next month!
Speaking of Jon…
“Wednesday morning he was at Central Connecticut State University. He stood outside for over three hours in the snow and rain, distributing about 200 leaflets and hoped to distribute more that afternoon at Wesleyan University in Middletown.” Full article.
Product of the Week
Natalie: “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese is by far the best non-dairy cheese ever made. Look if it is in your area or order online!”
Notes from All Over
Veg Meats, the Animals, and Progress
Two great articles:
Notes from Our Members
from VegPolytech (right) and I
did a quick leafleting at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute. Even in that short hour, we had a
big impact. A number of WPI kids read through
the booklet right in front of us (below) and
asked good questions about factory farming and
vegetarianism. We heard from people who had
been impacted by the images in the booklet and
the info they read. One person said she would
try going veg for a month. Another student said
he would try being vegetarian for two days a
Written to Eleni
didn’t want to leaflet today,
but if I had stayed home, a young man I spoke
with today might not have begun his journey
towards a more compassionate life. After looking
over the booklet, he told me, “Man, that
gave me some stuff to think about.” He
said he didn’t realize it was so bad.
He told me about his companion animals and how
much he cares for them, and we both agreed that
there is no reason this same care and genuine
respect for life should not be extended to farm
animals. Seriously, all sorts of gears and light
bulbs were going off in this dude’s head,
it was amazing. He happily accepted a Guide.
so excited to receive my box of
pamphlets that I started this morning at the
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, even
though it was starting to snow. I handed out
fifty in no time flat. When I had only one left,
two girls were walking along together and I
handed it to one of them. As I headed toward
the library to do some homework, I looked back
and saw them fighting over it. It was so cute
and gave me a smile for the first day of my
and I rocked Northwestern University.
Two journalism students also stopped by to interview
and take pictures of us. I did not want to take
time away from leafleting so we scheduled the
interviews for another time. A high point: a
guy stopped and said, “You know, I got
this from you last time and I just want to thank
you for doing this.”
about 25% of the 900 people I
reached at the University of South Florida were
high school students. One student came up to
me and said, “Can I have that chicken book?”
She came back to me 20 minutes later. I said,
“What do you think?” She said, “I’m
going to oppose this cruelty.” I then gave
her a Guide. I spoke to another student who
read the booklet in front of me. He really liked
the message of reducing animal products. He
is going to reduce his consumption to eating
meat one day a week.
conversations while tabling at
Middle Tennessee State today. One guy told us
he doesn’t eat pork but couldn’t
believe other animals were allowed to be treated
this way, too. It definitely had an impact on
him and he walked away with literature he picked
up on his own. Also had an interaction with
a young lady who came back to the table and
asked us why
we don’t work to help humans first.
I talked about how human problems are very complex,
but reducing animal suffering is something we
can do every time we go out to eat or go to
the grocery store; it’s not complicated
and anyone can do it, three times a day.
a very positive afternoon at Cal
State Fullerton. I haven’t been out there for
a while, but it feels like more and more students
understand there is cruelty in the meat
industry and that a vegetarian diet is a healthy,
solid alternative to an omnivorous diet.