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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 21, 2011

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Katie Pryor

Activist Profile: Katie Pryor

Continuing our series of activist profiles: Katie Pryor, a former volunteer with Eileen Botti, is taking over as VO’s New York City Outreach Coordinator.

Here’s an excerpt:

Who is a major influence in your life?

Eileen Botti is a major influence in my life. I met her while working against circus cruelty in NYC. She is the most amazing vegan activist I have ever met and she inspired me to do more to help animals. She introduced me to amazing vegan restaurants around NYC and has always been a great voice for animals.

What was your most positive leafleting experience and why?

My most positive leafleting experience was at the College of Staten Island last year. A guy came up to me saying that he went veg from looking at a Vegan Outreach booklet he found in the library the previous year. I realized that I was the one who had left it! I was studying for finals and had left booklets in the library one morning. It was so amazing that such a simple act could turn someone’s life around and save so many animals.

You can read the full profile here.


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

Deanne Thomsen
Deanne Thomsen and new friends at Denver’s Auraria campus.


Product of the Week

Shells & Chreese

Katie: “Road’s End Organics vegan Shells & Chreese. I was really hungry while studying one night this week and needed a good snack. I went to the local grocer and found this product. It was incredibly good and satisfying, especially when prepared with soymilk and Earth Balance vegan spread. It was a study-break lifesaver!”

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


Notes from Our Members

PCC vegetarian
Birds aren’t angry at him!
Vegetarian since getting a booklet at Pasadena City College last fall.

The University of Washington was incredible. I did not receive a single negative comment and many people thanked me for being there. When foot traffic slowed, I was able to engage a few people in conversations and had some great chats, including two vegetarians who want to eat more vegan food. There were three food trucks on-site, and all three have vegan options. The best was the hot dog vendor, who stocked delicious Field Roast sausages. I pointed this out constantly to the students, and many told me they loved vegan food and ate it all the time because it’s better than the meaty stuff.
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/8/11

Over 1,000 newly informed students at UC San Diego. Approaching my last hour, it happened: “Excuse me, would you mind speaking to my class?” Um…let’s see if I can articulate this clearly: HELL YES PLEASE! I chatted with his 50-person class about our individual roles in society, hidden atrocities in the fabric of our communities and our irrefutable role in them. All the while, Prof. Evans leafleted the class! Wrapping up, students kept requesting Guides until I was all out!
     More great stuff at Oxnard College and Ventura Community College today. For example, Omar read his leaflet immediately, cover to cover, then thanked me profusely for handing it to him. Knowing it’s not cool to abuse and confine anyone for any reason, he knew going veg was a must…he just needed someone to point it out.
     Side note: was in Yosemite recently, and in the little village mart, they carry five flavors of Primal Strips. And in the busiest aisle in the freezer section they have vegan shrimp and vegan fish! Got demand? Oh yeah baby, globe-trotters dig plants!
—Nikki Benoit, 7/11/11

Scout Kilbourne & Kate St. John
Scout Kilbourne and Kate St. John rock it for the animals at Warped Tour, Atlanta.

Yesterday at the Stern Grove Festival, I had an incredibly high take rate; many perked up once they heard the material was about animals. I met dozens of vegetarians, and was thanked by quite a few people. One woman walked back and forth a few times to get friends. She told me she overheard some people saying things like, “Wow, this is so bad” and “I’m never eating meat again.”
—Brian Grupe, 7/18/11

Great outreach at the Boulder Farmers’ Market. For example, one woman didn’t want a Compassionate Choices brochure when I offered, because she went vegan a few years ago after receiving one!
—Barbara Bear, 7/23/11

Great leafleting and interactions at Herald Square today – Jim and I reached 900 people! Two young kids came up to me for a booklet, which they brought back to read with their mother. The three of them spent some time reading the Compassionate Choices, and then the mother and daughter came up to me and asked questions. Before they left, I thanked the mother for taking the time to explain all of this to her kids. This was one of the greatest interactions I’ve had while leafleting.
—Danielle Amodeo, 7/28/11

David Coman-Hidy & Rich Sheer
David Coman-Hidy and Rich Sheer reach out at the Warped Tour’s Cincinnati stop.

Rich and I reached almost 500 people at Fountain Square’s Saturday concert. A number of vegetarians, and one person thanked me for being there. The highlight of the evening was a young man who said he got a leaflet at the Warped Tour’s Cincinnati stop a couple of weeks ago and had not eaten meat since!
—Kevin O’Connor, 8/13/11

Was great to be back in action with college leafleting. Good conversations at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria. I broke my old record there by a couple hundred, in spite of being stopped by the earthquake!
—Jon Camp, 8/23/11

Sean, Ashley, Jason, Michael and I reached over 400 people at the Decemberists concert. One interesting thing about that night was the high percentage of women who declined and then had their male companion accept. Booya!
—Jeff Boghosian, 8/11/11

Jeni Haines
Jeni Haines helps a Santa Rosa Junior College student break through the lies; below, another SRJC student is engrossed in learning the truth.

Yesterday at work, a colleague began asking me about my diet. I gave her a Compassionate Choices; she started reading it and literally began weeping. She said she had no idea animals were treated that way. We talked about making veg choices and she took a Guide. Just goes to show how critical our work is – there are people like her who would care if they knew!
—Leslie Patterson, 8/10/11

Deborah, Joe, Leslie, Laura, Madonna, Wally, Darina and I reached 2,900 people with CVA’s Would Jesus Eat Meat Today? booklet at the Night of Hope Conference. Emphasizing “vegetarian” when offering people a booklet from the “Christian Vegetarian Association,” many people actively sought out the booklet. We frequently saw people closely reading the booklets – a great success!
—Jon Bockman, 8/6/11

SRJC student

From a recent batch of Guide requests:

Someone at my college was passing out booklets. They explained to me the values and convinced me to give it a try.
—AG, Ontario, CA

Came across, read Why Vegan?, and was surely persuaded!
—RV, Wheaton, IL

I was at the Green Cruise in Ferndale, Michigan and received some of your literature. I was shocked by what I saw and read. I am going to make a concerted effort to rid my diet of animal products.
—CS, Hazel Park, MI

Visiting Manhattan, I was given your booklet. Great Information! I’m going to share this information with my high school students. I’m definitely eliminating chicken and fish and becoming a vegan!
—YP, Queens Village, NY


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