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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 11, 2011
This issue is sponsored by Pangea Vegan Products:
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Peggy Koteen
  Your past donation printed this booklet, handed to two Allan Hancock College students by Peggy Koteen.

Huge New Record!

Already this semester, Adopt a College activists have handed VO booklets directly to 636,615 students at campuses across the country, a huge leap forward from the previous spring-term record of 547,220!

VO was able to print and distribute the booklets handed to all these individuals because of the donors who stepped up and contributed to the end-of-year matching campaign.

Even as activists are still reaching new people every day, we’re looking ahead to the fall semester. The number of new students we reach depends on how many booklets we can print and ship.

And that depends on you!

Do you want more people to learn the truth and to start taking action for the animals?

Do you want to create more and more vegetarians standing up for what’s right and providing the animals a voice?

Then please, be a part of Team Vegan 2011!

You can still register to be an official member of the team – details at the Team Vegan site.

Or you can donate today, and your contribution will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

You can contribute to the Team’s general fund, one of our amazing leafleters (like Fred Tyler, our man up North, and the “Help Stop Violence” guy), or Sherlock the Doggie and Team Vegan Cat.

So what are you waiting for? Be a part of it today!

Please Join Team Vegan 2011 Today!


From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Upton’s Naturals seitan

Product of the Week

Deborah: “Upton’s Naturals Italian sausage-style seitan is awesome! After browning it, I couldn’t resist eating it right out of the pan. The taste and texture blew me away. Faux meats can be so disappointing at times, but this one rocks! I added it to spaghetti sauce, and even my non-veg Italian husband had to agree that it was fantastic. They make other products which I will be trying soon!”

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Notes from Our Members

U of T students
After receiving a booklet from Jane Smiley, students at the University of Toronto learn the truth.

Cassandra and I reached 2,612 students at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Despite the new record for this campus, we had the lowest rate of leaflets getting thrown on the ground and in the trash since I began leafleting this campus. Take rate was huge, and we heard just tons of great responses. Lots of students requested extras for presentations and projects. Things are looking up and attitudes are most certainly shifting!
—Team Vegan member Eileen Botti, 5/5/11

I met 5 vegans and 12 vegetarians at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. One woman said she had been vegan for a while but stopped because her partner started eating meat again. She liked our approach and was excited to get a Guide so she could move back towards a veg diet. One guy took a booklet, and I heard his friend tell him: “It’s terrible reading, but it’s good for you.”
—Team Vegan member Fred Tyler, 5/5/11

John, Brian, and I had a day of fantastic outreach at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Two different women said they were now going vegetarian.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/3/11

Chip Ballew
At Missouri State, Chip Ballew chats with a younger version of himself.

At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the first person I offered the booklet to stated that she was a vegetarian, and the second person I offered the booklet to stated that he was vegan. Heard from a bunch more. Just before I left, a student let me know that getting the booklet from me in the past had moved him to decrease his meat consumption.
—Team Vegan member Joe Espinosa, 3/3/11

Kate and I reached 1,600 students at the University of Maryland, College Park. One student said, “I’ve never seen so many people reading a handout before. This is insane!”
—Aaron Ross, The Humane League, 3/3/11

Cold, cloudy day at Western Connecticut State, but Aleta and I had great interactions. A guy Aleta leafleted came to talk to me, saying he had been vegan but stopped because of B12 deficiency. I told him about supplements, and discussed how easy it would be for him to return to eating vegan. He said he would try again! Aleta had a student say, “I was just thinking about this this morning because I got one of these leaflets last semester.” He took another one. Another student received a booklet last semester and spoke with Aleta about how it affected him, and how the animal cruelty is awful. One guy took a booklet and then came back for a dozen more to give to friends! Two students walked by Aleta, one took a pamphlet and one said no. The student who accepted said, “Yes he does, and I will carry his!”
—Karen James, 3/15/11

25 of us saturated Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk in what may be the biggest VO leafleting ever! Reached almost 4,000 people, got great feedback and had many productive conversations. Two separate women told us they went vegetarian after getting the booklet last year, one said it was “life changing.” One guy was happy to get all our booklets, saying he’d been looking for information like it for the longest time.
—John Oberg, 5/6/11

Nora Kramer
Nora Kramer provides the animals a voice at UC Davis.

At Florida A&M, Darina and I had students approach us and ask for a booklet, saying that their professor had brought up the booklet in class. I had a nice encounter with a woman, who, upon taking a booklet, asked if this was going to make her go vegetarian or vegan. I explained it wasn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. She said that she didn’t want to look at those pictures because they made her sad, and handed it back to me. I replied that it was certainly her choice to read it or not, but I felt it was very important as consumers to know what we are supporting when we spend our hard-earned dollars. She ended up taking the booklet back, saying that she would read through it.
—Jon Bockman, 3/1/11

We had great conversations today, with many saying how much our literature has influenced their food choices. One person even went into the deli, read through our literature, and decided not to order anything in the deli!
—Plaga and Tyler, 3/7/11

While leafleting the volleyball tournament, one of the girls told me that she has now been a vegetarian for two years as a result of having received a pamphlet. When I gave her a Guide, all her teammates requested a Guide, too.
—Eugene Khutoryansky, 3/12/11

Great conversations at Richland College. One young woman said that she was now seriously considering changing her diet as a result of the booklet. A former vegetarian member of the faculty was very interested in the materials and liked VO’s approach. And a number of people asked about getting active!
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 4/20/11

I heard from more vegetarians / vegans than ever before at the University of Arizona – lost count of how many said, “I already have it (the booklet) and I’m veg / don’t eat meat.”
     While they walked away, I heard one woman say to her friend, “I have that (booklet) pinned up on my wall.” Another woman came back to talk, having been deeply affected by the booklet and now wanting to get involved. Later, two women came back, and one said, “I already read it – it is so sad!” The other said, “Well, I want one!” and took it; the first woman quickly chimed in, “You won’t want to read it!” But I watched the second woman study the booklet as they walked away.
—One-third of Team Green-Ball, 3/9/11

Lisa Shapiro
Lisa Shapiro reaches out for the animals at the Auraria Higher Education Center.

At El Camino College, Yvonne, Jennifer, and I reached 2,700+ students. Too many amazing stories to report; a sampling:
     Met a mom whose 9th grader was touring Santa Monica College earlier this year, got a leaflet and went veg on the spot! Gave her a Guide and she was stoked.
     Met Robert, who got a leaflet last semester and went veg.
     Yvonne heard a guy among his buddies say that THIS is why he wants to go veg!…but his mom won’t let him. She gave him a Guide.
     And of course, our fellow leafleter Jennifer, was a meat eater until she got her booklet. Since then, she’s been on the front lines and helped kick off the student group here!
—Team Vegan member Nikki Benoit, 3/2/11

Great day at Solano Community College and Napa Valley College. I told the first two people I saw how compassionate they looked and that they probably loved animals. It turned into a five-minute conversation with one woman saying, “I think I’m going to try and give up meat.”
     More and more, I’m encountering young people who count animals in their moral sphere. They may not be vegetarian or vegan yet, but the gears are turning. It’s amazing to see how much progress has been made at these two schools in the past few years. Stick with it everybody! We’re making a difference!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 5/5/11


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