|Enewsletter • August 4, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
More Voices for the Animals…Because of You!
Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard and gave so generously to make Team Vegan 2010 such a huge success! Very special thanks go to John and Fany, for making Team Vegan possible! Also to Anonymous, for the double-doubling, and to Steve, Joanna and Kevin for extending the challenge!
Because of all of you, Vegan Outreach will be able to reach many, many more people with the animals’ message this coming school year! This is the necessary work for a world that isn’t just a bit less bad, but fundamentally better.
As always, VO will do our best to make sure your support has the maximum impact!
Product of the Week
Jack: “If you are looking for an alternative to the almost candy-like taste of many energy bars, try the Bora Bora bars.”
Notes from All Over
Notes from Our Members
MFA’s leafleting this evening,
one guy came over to talk to me after reading
the Compassionate Choices. He said
he recently read JSF’s Eating Animals and
saw Food, Inc. and stopped eating meat.
Now he is interested in becoming vegan and was
happy to see us there because he had so many
questions about what to eat and how to be veg.
He told me, “The thing is, I’m just a regular
guy, but I don’t want animals to suffer.”
We talked for a couple minutes and he took a
and my card in case he has more questions. Talk
about being in the right place at the right
time! One of the great things about leafleting
is being there when someone is ready like that.
but awesome day of outreach at
UC Davis, where Matt (Zavortink), Theo (Summer),
and I reached over 1,500 students. A woman told
us that nine years ago, her brother had brought
home a VO pamphlet he’d gotten at UC Davis,
and she’s been veg ever since. She told
us it was really nostalgic seeing one of our
of interest in vegan meal ideas
at Hollywood Beach today. When people ask me,
“So what do you eat?” I like to say,
“What do you eat?” and then
give them the vegan version of all their meals!
had a few minutes, but Nick (Kuiper)
and I were able to hand out a quick 101 booklets
at the Art Walk. The most interesting interaction
was when I gave the brochure to two girls, one
of whom was non-veg and dropped the brochure.
The other girl, a vegetarian, picked it back
up and pleaded with her friend to read it, saying,
“This is why I’m vegetarian!” Then
I met someone who said they went veg after reading
students at Corvallis High School were
very receptive. One guy told me that they watched
Food, Inc. in his health class. Another
came over and asked for a few for friends. I
saw the students standing around reading the
booklets. Met four kids who were either vegetarian
or almost vegetarian.
from ten vegetarians and five
vegans at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Also heard from three people who stated that
getting the booklet in the past had moved them
to decrease their meat consumption. I seized
the opportunity to point out that dropping smaller
animals from their diets such as fishes and
chickens would spare more animals from suffering
and death compared to larger animals.
at Sapperton Day was fabulous!
We handed out almost all of the Why Vegan?
and Even If You Like Meat booklets
you sent. We had great conversations with many,
many people about veganism and making compassionate
choices. There was a group of teenage girls
that I spoke to for some time. One of them was
vegetarian, and her friends suddenly seemed
to understand. One was almost in tears after
looking through the Why Vegan? booklet,
but in a good way, as if she was enlightened
and knew it was her calling to make a change
in her lifestyle.
(Marion) rocked the Indianapolis
Pride Festival this weekend! It’s exciting to
see more and more outreach springing up and
taking hold in different metropolitan regions.
What kudzu is to the south, Vegan Outreach is
to North America – pervasive, quickly spreading,
and impossible to control. But unlike kudzu,
we are welcomed by residents with open arms,
and not sprayed at with herbicides. Vegan Outreach:
The invasive species you’ll learn to love.