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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 20, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach


Yes, it was only a few short months ago that we announced the 14,000,000-booklet milestone, but the incredible VO crew have been on an amazing roll!

That’s right! Vegan Outreach has now distributed over 15,000,000 booklets!

Thanks so much to all the donors and all the activists who made this possible! It’s hard to imagine any other accomplishment that’s as much a team effort.

Together, we’ll reach the next 15,000,000 in just a few years!

Riley Law and Blythe Lopez
Riley Law and Blythe Lopez provide a voice for the animals in Arlington Heights, IL.


Activist Profile: John Sakars

John Sakars

Continuing our series of activist profiles, today we meet one of our Canadian activists, John Sakars. John has reached a total of 21,473 people throughout the provinces!

Here’s an excerpt:

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

I would say that leafleting can be a fantastic growth experience. You will find that it’s actually quite easy to get over your approach anxiety. Once you hand out your first couple of booklets, you will see that people are generally very friendly and happy to receive the information. I’ve even had people hug me and want their pictures taken with me. My confidence has improved dramatically since I began leafleting. I think of myself as being a “vegan superhero.” Also, you shouldn’t think that you are trying to “push your views on people,” as my carnist family members say. All you are doing is offering information. In the end, people make their own decisions about what to eat. By handing someone a booklet, you are helping to educate that person about the cruelty of factory farming, so that that person can then make more informed choices about what to eat. People have a right to know about the lives of the billions of animals getting hurt and killed for food.

I love the Vegan Outreach family. I am grateful for the leafleters promoting veganism, and I am grateful for the donors funding this outreach. Vegan Outreach gives me and the other leafleters a chance to do something extraordinary with our lives. When we hand out booklets, we get to save lives! I’m sure many of us will never forget the person who first taught us about veganism. Well, when you hand out Vegan Outreach leaflets, you get to be that person. You get to be the person who teaches someone how to make compassionate choices. You get to be the person who teaches someone that animals are friends, not food.

You can read the full interview here.


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


Products of the Week

John’s only suggestion is fresh fruits and vegetables, so this week is a good time to go visit your local farmers’ market!

Fruits and veggies
© / Christine Balderas

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


Notes from Our Members

Palomar student
After receiving a booklet from Nikki, students at Palomar have their eyes opened and lives changed.

Another fantastic leafleting at First Friday Art Walk! We had 26 activists out, including 21 leafleters (the other 5 helped out in numerous ways). Together, we reached 2,693 people, including giving out dozens and dozens of Guides. We met quite a few people who’ve been affected by VO booklets in the past. Many conversations went like this: “Would you like info to help animals?” “Oh, I got those before!” “So are you vegetarian?” “Yeah!” “Excellent, here’s a Guide!
—John Oberg, 6/3/11

Today was really successful at Columbus State, where I reached 200 more students. At least 8 stopped to talk with me about animal rights; the general responses were ones of disgust at the literature’s contents, as well as concern, and interest. An older student told me that she had gone vegan after reading our literature and talking with me previously. Needless to say, that was really exciting.
—Jenny Nelson, 5/25/11

When leafleting the Denver Pride Fest, someone told me that they got a Compassionate Choices last year in Hollywood and went vegan because of it.
—Lisa Shapiro, 6/27/11

Palomar student

Good reception at Wright State, along with a general tone of curiosity on the issue from many students. Heard from three vegans and nine vegetarians; one stated that getting the booklet in the past is what moved her to drop meat.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/24/11

Someone handed me your Even If You Like Meat booklet on the street, and I think it might change my life!
—EG, 6/23/11

I first heard about this when I was younger – people were passing out booklets – but I was just 10 years old and knew I would have little support. I’ve luckily found you again by surfing the internet.
—VS, 6/28/11

Today I was interviewed by an ESL (English as a Second Language) student at Oregon State for a speaking project. The idea of organizations and a movement dedicated to promoting not eating animals was new to her. We looked at the VO booklets and some other things. She was shocked. I gave her 20 Even Ifs, 20 Guides, and 2 Compassionate Choices to share with her classmates and instructor. We also looked at several websites, including VO. (It’s great that there are Chinese translations there, as this student is from China.)
—Nettie Schwager, 5/24/11

Riley Law
Even more Riley! This time, young Ms. Law helps Warped Tour attendees learn the truth.

Lori, Jeni, and I reached over 1,500 people at the Live 105 concert – what a great experience! There were fewer than 10 booklets that ended up on the ground, no one was drunk, and most were cordial if not downright friendly. We leafleted the lines waiting and had 90% take rate. We watched many people taking the time to give the brochure a good read through. It was exciting to see!
—Brian Grupe, 6/5/11

Good conversations at North Carolina State. One student told me he went vegetarian last October but was interested in going vegan because he knew vegetarian wasn’t enough; I gave him a Guide and my contact info to help him make the vegan transition. An older guy told me he got a VO booklet a year ago and was cleaning the clutter in his house last night and came across it. He gave it to his wife and she read it and was horrified by the treatment of animals used for food. He got a Guide as well.
—Brandon Becker, 6/6/11

Handed out 499 Compassionate Choices and 5 Guides at the Boulder Creek Festival. Some people thanked me for being there, and a mom and ~9-year-old daughter came back to tell me that they got a booklet a couple of years ago and have been vegetarian ever since.
—Barbara Bear, 5/29/11


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