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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 2, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Link of the Week: The Girls Gone Green Talk with Matt Ball

Matt Ball

“He stands behind the idea that education is power and the more people are educated about factory farm practices, the more they will choose a compassionate lifestyle.”

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Notes from Our Members

Anne Marie Vastano
Anne Marie Vastano doesn’t let the cold rain get between her and students at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Diana and I had a productive evening at Harold Washington College. One man stopped to tell me it was receiving a booklet from us three years ago that caused him to become vegetarian – it completely changed his life. Several students mentioned that they are moving towards vegetarianism. One student stopped to say she read the leaflet and thought it was terrible what is happening to the animals. She wanted to know what she could do to help and we talked about how we can prevent the cruelty just by making vegetarian food choices.
—Leslie Patterson, 2/28/11

Wednesday was a long but good day at Florida International University and Broward College, where I reached over 1,500 students. Two different people mentioned getting a booklet in the past and thanked me for doing this work. One man said he’s been thinking about it for a long time but today was the push he needed. He seemed thankful. We chatted for a while and he accepted a Guide.
     Yesterday and today, I reached even more students at Florida Atlantic University, with help from Jessie. More great comments and conversations; e.g., after looking at a leaflet, a young man exclaimed, “Wow, I will be changing my diet now!”
—Lana Smithson, 11/19/10

We continue to meet more receptive people at the art walk. Heard from two who are almost vegetarian as a result of receiving a booklet before. Another guy said he didn’t eat meat for two months after he got one. Also had many short conversations – many people want to change but have setbacks or are taking it slow. It’s good we’re out there to remind them and support them.
—Jeff Boghosian, 12/3/10

New vegan at MiraCosta
Nikki finds another new vegan because of a booklet – this one at MiraCosta College.

Yvonne, Adrianna, and I reached over 3,200 students at Cal State, Los Angeles. Heard from many veggies. One student – Crystal – was in tears after receiving a booklet; I watched her morph into a vegetarian right before my eyes.
     The next day, Yvonne, Shannon, Marc, and I reached 2,800+ students at Pasadena City College. Within the first hour we made (at least) two ladies cry. We helped wipe their tears with Guides.
     Today at Santa Monica Community College, made a young lady cry again…she’s oh-so on her way! Also heard from a young lady who, with her received leaflet, said, “You guys made me quit eating meat.”
     Meat industry folk: here’s hopin’ your mama taught you to pick a plan B!
—Nikki Benoit, 1/12/11

At the University of Colorado, a woman told me it was timely that I gave her a Compassionate Choices today, as she was thinking of going “more vegan.” A number of students thanked me for leafleting. One of them currently eats animals, but said he read the brochure and wants to try being veg one day per week.
—Barbara Bear, 1/25/11

The state of Indiana had not salted I-65 yet Monday morning, so my trip to Purdue was at a snail’s pace. I arrived without spinning off the expressway like 12 cars I saw along the way, and was in action from 9:40am to 5:45pm. A student who had grown up in a pig farming family at first dismissed the offer of the booklet, but later came back and apologized for his attitude. He talked briefly with me about my history with animal agriculture and the change to my present work in animal protection. He took a booklet with seemingly genuine interest in learning more about the transformation of animal agriculture that he himself had seen, which had inspired him to turn away from a future in farming.
—Joe Espinosa, 1/24/11

Chip Ballew
Chip Ballew spreads compassion at Cal State, Northridge.

Reached 419 students at Seattle Central Community College, Cornish College of the Arts, and Antioch University. A man who was waiting for his son to get out of class came over to see what I was doing. He told me that his son has been vegetarian since he was four because he made the connection of not wanting to hurt animals. He was excited to talk to me and asked for a booklet to give to his son – and I saw him looking through it. After taking a booklet during one class change, a girl came back to talk to me during the next – she’s working on becoming vegan and had some questions.
—Amanda Schemkes, 1/25/11

Day one of my tour: Olivia and I reached 1,100 students at West Virginia University. One young man told me the booklet made a profound impact on him and that he was going to take his first step towards the goals of the booklet.
     I also had a productive conversation with a young man whose family raises grass-fed cattle. He wasn’t necessarily a fan of the booklet, but I mentioned that my dad grew up on a farm; some of my family is still involved in animal agriculture; if people were to eat only one animal product, I would prefer them eating grass-fed beef and cutting out chickens and fishes first; if I were to pick one animal NOT to be reincarnated as, it would be an egg-laying hen, etc. Much of this caught him off guard and he found himself agreeing with a lot of what I said. When he left, we shook hands and he said that my points were reasonable.
—Jon Camp, 3/1/11


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