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reducing the suffering of farmed animals
by promoting informed, ethical eating.

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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 4, 2011
This issue sponsored by Vegan Essentials
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

Join Team Vegan!

Students, Leaflets, the Animals, and You!

Wow! Adopt a College activists have been on a roll!

Just look at these results – already this semester, dedicated activists have handed detailed booklets directly to 613,726 students at 716 schools!

This already surpasses last spring’s total, and is closing in on the all-time semester record!

Every single day, activists head to campuses across the continent to let more students know the truth about the hidden cruelty inherent in modern agribusiness, as well as the steps they can take to live true to their values.

Every single booklet, every single student reached, every single new vegetarian – these exist only because of the generosity of thoughtful donors dedicated to having the greatest impact possible.

Here are 55+ of these individuals – Team Vegan 2011!

You, too, can be a part of this
world-changing team!

Sign up, complete a profile, and get a donation (of $10 or more) by Friday the 13th (!), and a generous donor will contribute $125 towards your fundraising goal – money that will then be doubled!

Please – join up today and be a part of this amazing team!

Thank you!

PS – Looking for another way to help? Come by the team page and make a tax-deductible contribution to a member, or to the general fund.

Your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

New veggie at VVCNew vegans at COD
On the spot results, c/o Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit:
New veggies at Victor Valley College (left) and College of the Desert.


TY to Hotel Vegan Outreach!

Jon Camp

Thanks so much to everyone across the continent who opened their homes to our traveling activists this semester! Instead of paying for hotels, Vegan Outreach can use more resources to print more booklets and reach more new people!

Team Vegan member Jon Camp, who has the most “Hotel Vegan Outreach” frequent-stay points, sent this report April 29:

After 60 days on the road, I’m home. Stats for tour: 10 states, 42 schools leafleted, 43,044 students reached, 9,365 miles driven. Thanks for your support!

If you’d like to be a future link in the Hotel Vegan Outreach chain, please contact info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.


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Notes from Our Members

Danielle Williams
Danielle Williams of VIVA (Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness) brings the change!

I am someone’s Vegan Outreach success story! I was walking on campus at UCD, and someone from VO handed me a pamphlet. One look at those pictures, and I was done with meat. I talked to my boyfriend about it, and we decided to give being vegetarian a try – we haven’t looked back since!
—Kayla Knopp, from “Veg Life in the Mile High City”

Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Parade was great leafleting with ¿Por qué vegetariano? I was delighted to be joined by Yolibeth, a terrific budding activist although still in high school! Yolibeth and I spent two hours at the parade, walking down the sidewalks to reach more people. We focused on high school and college age, and this audience is largely in the dark about the whys and hows of veganism. It’s important to plant seeds especially with the youth – this is a fast-growing population whose low average income and large families tend to fuel demand for cheap, factory-farmed animal products. Unless they get educated, that is, which is why we continue to work this demographic.
—Darina Smith, 5/2/11

What a great day of outreach – Camilla and I reached over 1,000 students at Sacramento City College! I met three vegans and quite a few vegetarians. Camilla and I both had awesome conversations with plenty of inquisitive people. One woman started to cry while flipping through the booklet. We talked for a while and I gave her some resources, including a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Jeni Haines, 4/28/11

David & Sally
David Coman-Hidy & Sally Andersen reached 3,362 students at Wayne State.

Denver’s Brown Suga Youth Festival was an amazing day of outreach – one of the best I have ever been part of. My three youngster friends – Reece, Ali, and Sydney – blew my socks off with how well they interacted with the crowd; I was able to speak to four candidates for mayor. We made sure every member of the largely African-American audience that came by was offered a booklet and vegan samples.
—Team Vegan member Lisa Shapiro, 5/2/11

The students at Harper College were very receptive, and it felt truly wonderful to get back into outreach! I had a lot of great conversations with students. Many signed up to receive further info and also noted that they would like to get involved with volunteering. A student involved with the school’s newspaper asked me a few questions about factory farming and said they were considering doing an article.
—Chris Capozziello, 3/3/11

Team Vegan members Sean & Queenie joined me, and we had great reception at the Hillsong United Concert, one of the best Christian events we’ve ever done. Very high acceptance, with most responding sincerely that they’d read the brochure; some people even came back to get one. We also overheard people starting to discuss it.
—Team Vegan member Jeff Boghosian, 3/2/11

Victoria Randall
Victoria Randall makes the animals’ case at Middle Tennessee State.

Positive day at Fordham University! A number of teachers took a booklet, and many students stopped to say, “I’m with you on this.” A student from an environmental group invited me to participate in a forum on campus, so we exchanged contact info – I’m looking forward to it!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 3/2/11

A woman I met at Vanderbilt let me know that at parties she hosts, she puts out VO lit. She had them in her bathroom for one such party. One of her friends went in, did what needed to be done, read a booklet, and came out a vegetarian.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/20/11

One notable conversation I had was with a woman who at first was reluctant to take a leaflet and asked where are the organizations for helping humans. I told her there are many of them, but that our focus was on farmed animals, because unlike people, they cannot speak up for themselves. After we talked a bit more, she seemed to change her mind and took two leaflets, one to show her friend, and said she will read more about the issue.
—Stoyan Zaimov, 3/4/11

Reached 1,374 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, with great conversations. One couple came back to me, reading their booklets, and the woman said she didn’t want to eat meat anymore. I congratulated her enthusiastically and gave them both Guides. They listened intensely as I answered their questions.
     Another leaflet recipient said she and her daughter are two months into vegetarianism, and veganism’s on its way. Gave her two Guides, and she loudly stated how wonderful being veg is and wonders what took her so long! Many surrounding her stopped to listen, and naturally were receptive to their new booklets too.
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/2/11

From the latest batch of Guide requests:

I heard about Vegan Outreach at Earth Day in San Diego! I can’t believe what I saw… I’m disgusted and totally angry and sad! I can’t believe what we are doing to animals for our own benefit! I will not support these institutions any longer!
—AS, 4/17/11

Cal Poly student
Another life changed at California Polytechnic State, San Luis Obispo.

I got a Compassionate Choices at my community college. Reading about the atrocities that innocent animals must endure in order for humans to consume them is repulsive. In high school I was a vegetarian for two years, however I didn’t make health-conscious choices. Now I am more informed and ready to make a life-long commitment to a meat/dairy-free diet.
—AV, 4/23/11

I heard about Vegan Outreach several years ago and receive your newsletter online; however until just recently I am ashamed to say that I just ignored it. But that is all about to change. I am outraged at the treatment of animals. Thank you for making this information available.
—PM, 4/8/11

A friend showed me a Compassionate Choices. I read it and was shocked at what I had been contributing to. But no more! Once you know the truth, it shall set you free.
—BL, 4/14/11

I am in college and I was walking to one of my classes where I saw someone handing out the booklets. I love animals, but always thought it was impossible not to eat meat. I never knew there were so many options such as bacon, veggie burgers, and even sausage that they make for vegans. I really want to start eating those foods because it is horrible and heartbreaking what they are doing to animals.
—HC, 4/20/11


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