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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 13, 2010

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Rick Hershey

Activist Profile: Rick Hershey

Our series of activist profiles continues with Rick Hershey. Since we started keeping track, Rick has handed booklets to over 130,000 individuals!

Here’s an excerpt:

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

When I reached my 100,000th booklet last April. Other positive experiences include the many people I have reached out to who later tell me they have become vegetarian as a result of my influence, or even simply that they have reduced their meat consumption.

As a Washington U freshman, I took an ethics course in the Philosophy department, “Present Moral Problems.” I wrote my paper on the ethics of vegetarianism. However, this was before Peter Singer’s book Animal Liberation, and the grader wrote that he thought the subject of my paper was a joke. When leafleting there recently, a vegetarian freshman told me he was taking that very same course, taught currently by the son of my professor, and now animal rights is a regular component of the course. That, too, was one of my better leafleting experiences!

Read the full interview.


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Notes from All Over

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Notes from Our Members

Riley Law
Riley Law spreads sunshine and compassion throughout Chicago.

Thanks for your outreach program about lessening meat consumption. My sister is vegetarian, but I’ve never had the guts to take the plunge, especially while in college, and pretty much just eat whatever I can get.
     I am appalled at the way animals are treated on modern farms, and really appreciate the attitude of your organization that simply lessening meat consumption still helps.
     Other groups, with attitudes of all-or-nothing, hemp-wearing vegan or sadistic burger-eating monster, are polarizing and drive people away from a worthwhile cause. Thank you for offering reasonable goals!
—MS, 10/5/10

Cassandra, Marguerite, and I reached 958 students at SUNY New Paltz today. As people walked past me after receiving leaflets from Cassandra or Marguerite, it was common for me to hear them discussing the leaflet. I overheard tons of conversations all day, from “That’s going to make me vegetarian” to “This is so sad – did you read it?” It’s so great to get people talking to each other about this!
—Eileen Botti, 9/2/10

Jack Norris
Jack Norris makes another connection for the animals!

Great leafleting at City College of San Francisco with Jack (right) today! Quite a few “Good for you!” and “Thanks for handing this out!” type comments. One young lady said her sister went veg after receiving an Even If You Like Meat booklet. I saw one guy walking and reading Even If three different times. The third time I asked him what he thought about the material and he said he was really shocked. He said one of his teachers had been urging the class to boycott fast food because of how badly animals are treated but he didn’t realize the problem was so big. He accepted a Guide and told me he would definitely be working towards a more veg diet.
—Brian Grupe, 9/1/10

I wasn’t really in the mood for leafleting the University of Georgia today, but talked myself into it. I’m sure glad I did, as it turned out to be a great day! The acceptance rate was around 90%. In addition to leafleting, I had some good conversations, met quite a few vegetarians, and also was able to direct several interested students over to our table to learn more.
—Eric Griffith, 9/1/10

Cal State student
After receiving a booklet from Nikki Benoit, a student at California State, Los Angeles studies the formerly hidden truth.

A slow but very worthwhile day at Miami-Dade College Homestead campus today. A lot of the students I interacted with seemed really open minded; I saw many students reading their booklet intently! After a conversation, one couple said they would consider going veg. Another great moment came when a Latino couple I’d given a booklet to earlier came back. Although they didn’t speak a word of English, they had looked through the booklet closely and were now curious to know more about it. We had a great conversation and I was impressed that, with all the benefits of a vegan diet I’d discussed with them, they totally stayed focused on the main point – that going veg is the only way to do the best thing for the animals themselves! Weird to me, but I almost seemed to be more convincing about the merits of being vegan in Spanish than I normally am in my own language!
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 10/6/10

At the University of New Hampshire, Durham, one student who recently went veg after seeing Food, Inc. was very grateful for a Guide to help with her new way of eating. A young man was looking through a leaflet and it prompted him to tell his friend about the Meatrix. A student who said he couldn’t go vegan was impressed with the idea of simply reducing animal-product consumption: “I could do that.”
—Lana Smithson, 8/30/10

Stewart Solomon
Little did this CSU Northridge student know, Stewart Solomon was about to change his life!

At Northeastern Illinois University, one young woman asked if it was hard knowing that a lot of people won’t change. I told her that a good many people do, in fact, change, and that even if not everyone comes around to our side, the change we create is very real to those we impact.
     Big change usually starts modestly and grows. Paraphrasing Howard Zinn, if we do get involved in activism, there is a decent chance we can help bring about needed change. If we don’t do this, there is no chance we will bring about such change. And when adding the fact that working for a cause greater than ourselves can bring about an exciting, life-affirming existence, there is only one feasible option for those looking to make an impact in the world – to get involved.
—Jon Camp, 9/1/10


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