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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  April 21, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Activist Profile: Lana Smithson

Lana Smithson

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet Lana Smithson. Up and down the East Coast, Lana has reached over 26,000 individuals with Vegan Outreach booklets!

Here is an excerpt from her profile:

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

If you were suffering, you would want someone to help you. Helpless animals are suffering and you can do something about it. That’s powerful. Ultimately, consumer dollars control everything, so we need to present the information directly to the consumers.

Keep in mind that leafleting is tremendously effective and quite easy. Most people will be willing to take a leaflet and some will be extremely thankful. Negative comments are not common. When they happen, don’t worry at all about them; just smile and remind yourself that perhaps sometime in the future, those folks will be willing to hear the message with an open mind. There’s always hope. For that moment, just be friendly and move on to the next person if you feel there won’t be a productive conversation.

Also, even if you go leafleting by yourself, you are never truly alone: Other leafleters are out there every day in other areas and we all cheer each other on. You’ll be part of a wonderful team and that is very motivating.

Lastly, in any crowd of people there are many who are potentially interested in the information but they don’t even realize it yet! You’re going to be the one presenting the information that will change their lives and help them on their journey of compassion! They will be grateful to you. Countless animals will be helped. Wow, aren’t you excited? Now get out there!

Read the full interview!

 

From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” Blog

 

Product of the Week

Rene: “SoyRizo is a great meat substitute for chili, burritos, scrambles.”

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

 

Notes from All Over

Lightning Round

 

Notes from Our Members

Reagan Kimball
Reagan Kimball lets a student at Bowie State know what modern agribusiness hides.

Students at my school in Baltimore (UMBC) were handing out free booklets. These shocking images and stories have really affected me!
—KH, 3/26/10

The pamphlet about animal cruelty that someone was handing out on campus strongly impacted my life. Thank you so much.
—SB, 4/2/10

I just received your Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. It was an insightful read. I have been struggling with how to communicate to my friends and family in order to promote veganism. I realize now I was not communicating my message about veganism properly.
—BH, 4/17/10

Alene Anello and I reached over 1,800 students at the University of Massachusetts, Boston today. There were lots of people reading, asking questions, giving us support for this work. Conversation of the day:
     Man A: He loves his meat! <points at Man B>
     Man B: And I ate a salad for lunch today after reading that booklet.
—Jon Camp, 3/23/10

KU student
Studying the truth at the University of Kansas after receiving a booklet from Eva Helsel.

I felt so much more comfortable leafleting after the first couple times. By the third time I had lost the jitters. I just told myself that this is one of the most effective ways to help the animals, and I desperately want to help them, so go for it! Knowing you guys figured out what works gave me the drive.
     The Animal Activist's Handbook was a godsend. It was exactly what Nettie was saying we needed so badly: concise advice on handling the tough questions and on how to cultivate a winning demeanor, plus how to keep from despairing over the animals you cannot help.
—Laura H, 4/15/10

Very fruitful day at Auburn University, where I reached 1,950 students. Two students told me their classes discussed being veg; also heard groups walking by talking about issues, saw lots reading pamphlets, met two former vegs who said they would now go veg again. Feedback of the day: “I already got one and let me tell you, I read the whole booklet in class and I am never eating meat EVER again.”
—Vic Sjodin, 3/30/10

We reached over 2,000 students at George Mason University today. Met many vegans and vegetarians, and had great discussions with students and faculty. One student who read through an entire booklet said he was going to go vegan! Another student read the Even If You Like Meat and asked where she could find vegetarian food in the area.
—Aaron and Kate of The Animal Awareness Project, 3/24/10

Karen James
Karen James provides the animals a voice at Western Connecticut State.

Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, a woman I had given a leaflet to earlier in the day came back to say she was interested in volunteering in the future. Another student was very excited to get the leaflet. He was doing a project about animal cruelty and said the Even If was exactly what he needed. A second guy said he was going to take his Even If to his Environmental Studies.
     Today at Gustavus Adolphus College, a student came to find me and said her teacher wanted me to come speak to their Philosophy of Environment class. Students seemed to like the idea that making changes to their diet didn’t require an all-or-nothing stance. Several people were interested in Guides. The professor had me stick around for the next class as well.
—Fred Tyler, 3/23/10

Some antagonism today at LA City College and LA High School, but lots of enthusiasm, too. My third leaflet catalyzed a conversation with a young man who was swept away immediately by Even If’s cover. Plans to request a Guide, and took three leaflets to hand out on the way to his car. Agrees this is all insane.
—Nikki Benoit, 3/27/10

Kasey and Kassidy Ball

Leslie (Patterson) and I were joined by Monica Ball and her kids, Kasey and Kassidy (right), at Illinois State. We reached over 1,400 students. Had some good conversations; e.g., a woman in her late 40s stopped to say that she was impressed with our polite efforts, rather than simply expressing our outrage in a way that would make people stop listening. She let me know that she and her five children, all boys, have reduced their consumption of meat due to her getting the booklet from me in the past. I took the opportunity to congratulate her and underline the great suffering reduction that comes from avoiding the flesh of birds and fishes, as being smaller animals and also due to those who suffer to death in production or as bycatch respectively, more of them suffer and die to feed a meat eater during the year compared to eating larger animals.
—Joe Espinosa, 3/27/10

 

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