|Enewsletter • June 9, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Awesome AAC Advocates Achieve the Amazing!
Adopt a College activists knocked it out of the park, handing a Vegan Outreach booklet directly to 535,575 students this spring semester. That is way up from 486,219 in the fall!
At least as impressive is that the 200+ activists and groups leafleted at a record 810 schools, smashing the old record of 718!
Thanks so very much to everyone who has made this possible – the donors who print and ship the booklets, and the leafleters who work so hard to provide the animals a voice!
As you see in the feedback every week, this work is changing lives! As you can see from the news stories below, it is also changing the world!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Tons of great news!
Product of the Week
Notes from All Over
Vegan Calcium Needs: Working Through the Myths
By Ginny Messina; excerpt: “The research findings are not in 100% agreement but for the most part, they just aren’t supportive of a lower calcium recommendation for vegans. That can be kind of discouraging, I know, but vegans need to know where we really stand regarding calcium needs. It’s unfortunate that some activists continue to promote the myth of lower calcium needs as part of their argument for a plant-based diet. Does anyone actually believe that giving vegans inadequate information about calcium helps the cause of veganism and animal rights?” Full story.
Notes from Our Members
Reached 1,087 students at
three schools today. At Cypress College, I had
a couple very powerful connections. One girl
was still recovering from Food, Inc.;
I successfully pushed her over the edge. She
(with the help of her Guide)
will be grazing the vegetable isles from here
on out. You’re welcome, mystery girl! This is
also where I got my first unsolicited-stranger-thank
you-hug and “I LOVE YOU!”
Reached over 900 students at
Bakersfield College and CSU Bakersfield.
I heard the word “vegetarian” a ton
of times today, mostly by eavesdropping on many
conversations that were sparked through leaflets.
It was almost always referenced in a serious/important
positive experience at Salem State!
I had several great conversations with students,
including one who seriously wanted to go veg,
one wanting to go vegan, another asking about
“free-range” and organic. Met two
vegans and a woman who said she has been trying
to start a student group for vegetarians and
was encouraged to see me there. A professor
stopped to thank me for “spreading this
important information.” Several students
commented, “Oh, we were just talking about
but productive lunchtime leafleting
at Arizona State University. One student said
she wanted to be vegetarian. Another student
stopped to chat for a few minutes. She used
to be veg in high school and was interested
in going back.
than expected day at the University
of Chicago: lots of good questions and I heard
from a ton of vegetarians. Some of the kids
were rude or ignoring at first but I stayed
cheerful and after a few hours they seemed to
get more comfortable, and some took a booklet
on their third or fourth pass by. One senior
came back to tell me he was veg in high school
but did not stick with it and has been thinking
about this recently. He said getting the leaflet
made him realize he was out of excuses and it
was time. He was excited to receive a Guide,
and came back later to thank me for being there.
A staff member told me she sees the animals
in the labs when she is making her deliveries
and seemed to think the labs are pretty sinister.
I mentioned the difference we can make for animals
with our diet; she seemed to agree and accepted
a Guide. One professor yelled, “Oh
yes! I am totally into this!” as he took
a leaflet, prompting the students behind him
to take leaflets.