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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 16, 2011
This issue is sponsored by The Vegetarian Site:
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Notes from Vegan Outreach

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Newsletter!

The fall 2011 issue of Vegan Outreach News is now available online. Articles include: Hot Summer Distro; Adopt a College Update; Every Question Is an Opportunity; Vegan for Life; Team Vegan 2011; and VO Success Stories!

Please take a moment to peruse this inspiring summary. To receive a hard copy for yourself, or copies to distribute in your community, please contact us!

The newsletter also has more details about the amazing End-of-Year Matching Challenge. Right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar!

Double Your Donation!

If you want the biggest bang for your buck, please consider making a special donation to this challenge – your support will go twice as far toward a more compassionate world. In the print newsletter – and below – you can read some of the payoff of our work together!

You can use a credit card to make a secure donation online, or send a check or money order to:

Vegan Outreach | POB 30865 | Tucson, AZ 85751

You’ll be glad you did.

Thank you so very much!

 

What We Accomplish

Shana
Shana at Towson University has been vegan since getting a VO booklet from The Humane League last spring.

When we say, “Together, we’re reaching new people every day,” we mean it!

Here’s a recent school week of booklet totals entered into the Adopt a College database:

November 4 10,816
November 3 11,959
November 2 17,329
November 1 10,680
October 31 12,230


Again – this is only possible because of everyone who donates to print and distribute booklets, allowing the incredibly dedicated activists to hand booklets directly to tens of thousands of new people every week.

Thanks so much to everyone who is a part of this powerful, necessary work!

 

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

Gimme Lean

 

Notes from Our Members

Wayne State veggie
At Wayne State, another booklet creates another new vegetarian.

Great day in Stockton, where I reached 1,300 students at San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, and Stagg High School.
     I must sound like a broken record but I’ll say it again: I can see measurable progress in the attitudes of the students and the number of vegetarians / vegans at the schools I’ve been coming to for nearly four years now.
—Brian Grupe, 11/7/11

The first thing I saw upon entering Arkansas was a chicken transport truck hauling thousands of birds to slaughter. While I have seen many transport trucks before, never had I seen one for birds. Bearing such witness was tragic and simultaneously motivating.
     University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is a “poultry science” school with a special division named for Tyson. Reception was high, but so was antagonism. This, friends, is the belly of the beast. Similar to some of my experiences at other ag schools, many ag students were frustrated by my presence there. But as I have found at other ag schools, I also met a good number of vegetarians who were really opposed to factory farming. I met quite a few vegetarians and one vegan. On a side note, the local natural foods store was amazingly vegan friendly. Country-fried seitan with vegan gravy – whaaaaat?! You go, Arkansas!
—Jeni Haines, 10/20/11

UMD vegan
This University of Maryland student has been vegan since getting a booklet last year.

Great outreach at Durham’s super-huge Pride event. Gave out Delight Soy’s chicken along with Compassionate Choices, and got great feedback, such as: I’m a diehard carnivore, and I love meat only… but I love this! This is just like chicken, except better. I can’t believe how much this tastes like chicken. Where do you get this stuff? (Heard this all day.)
     100 people pledged to go meatless on Mondays!
—Eleni Vlachos, 9/24/11

We reached 1,000 students at the University of Minnesota – the crowd was very receptive. Several hundred took CAA’s pledge to be veg!
—Unny Nambudiripad, 9/28/11

An awesome day of outreach at Prince George’s Community College. I had a number of intrigued students engaging me with questions. For example, “Don’t chickens exist for us?” I mentioned that their ancestor, the Red Junglefowl, came into being like all of us, for its own sake, and that its function was like ours, to continue to survive and enjoy life. “Didn’t Jesus eat fish?” I mentioned that he grew up in a radically different era than our era and that we can agree that he wouldn’t be thrilled about this (pointing to the booklet). In addition, a number of people said that this cause is a good one and that the information was really sad.
—Jon Camp, 9/20/11

Washington State was my favorite day of leafleting yet. Multiple conversations with interested people, and people who are interested in helping. I got my first bicycle and skateboard handoffs (and then my second of both as well).
—Caleb Wheeldon, 9/28/11

Brooke Andris

Brooke, Johanna’s 9-year-old daughter (right), jumped in with both feet at Cal Poly, and made a huge splash! She set a goal of 100, but then reached 102 and decided, “Why not 200?” And then 300… If we hadn’t run out of leaflets, she probably would have stayed the whole day! As a matter of fact, at one point she said, “Mom, can we do this every day?”
     Good conversations – one with a student who had just read an article about veganism and decided he was going to ask the next vegan he met (me) about eggs and dairy. He listened intently as I answered his questions. He happily took a Guide before he left, thanking me for the conversation. I also heard one student say excitedly, “I just wrote a speech about this!” as she paged through the brochure. We saw many people reading the leaflets as they walked away. It was an awesome day of outreach!
—Barbara Bear, 11/10/11

Loads of people said they were already vegetarian. One woman came up and asked for recipes, as she wants to go vegan. She got a Guide. In other news, Wednesdays are now officially vegan pancakes day in the Yale dining hall!
—Eitan Fischer, 9/28/11

Willie Camacho
Willie Camacho talks with a student at Modesto Junior College.

Nearly 200 students in 53 minutes at Oregon State. Great reception and supportive comments! I saw one girl walking along and reading the booklet aloud to the guy she was with. One person, who has seen me before walked by quickly and yelled out, “Yea vegans!”
—Nettie Schwager, 9/28/11

Set a new one-person record at Winona State, where an Even If You Like Meat spurred this dialogue:
     Girl 1: This makes me want to be vegetarian.
     Girl 2: I used to be for a year.
     Girl 1: Should we?
     They were excited to get the Guide I gave to help them on their way. Later, a journalism student asked to interview me.
     At the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, one of the last people I gave a leaflet to said, “Actually, I got one of these last year. I’ve totally stopped eating meat since then.” She hadn’t ordered a Guide and was very happy to get one.
—Fred Tyler, 10/21/11

Stagg HS students
Students at Stagg High School are engrossed in the truth.

Nettie, Kate, and I reached nearly 1,200 students at the University of Oregon. Kate talked to a bunch of football players who said, “Girl, we are black, we need our CHICKEN!” One guy asked questions and seemed interested, so Kate told him, “You know that boxer guy, the crazy one… who is he?” and they were like, “You mean Tyson?” “Yea, Tyson, he’s vegan and black and an athlete better than you!" and they were like, “No way!” One guy paused and said, “He ain’t vegan, he ate someone’s ear!” “But he didn’t SWALLOW the ear!”
—Cobie deLespinasse, 9/26/11

Mesa Community College is a goldmine for outreach. In a short time, we got into many conversations and met many people interested in vegetarian & vegan eating! Just a few examples: I met one student who said he and his wife were recently trying to be vegetarian. An administrator came outside on behalf of everyone in her office to get info on vegetarianism. Another student came back twice to get more information; she loved the info in the Guide. Yet another student commented on wanting to eat less meat while doing it in the healthiest way possible, while yet another one pledged to go vegetarian. Unbelievable response!
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/21/11

Ava, Jeff, Jeff, Bryce, Rachel, and I reached 1,543 people at Occupy Phoenix. Met many veg*ns and loads of interested folks. We thought it would be a good demographic and it definitely was. Extremely high take rate, interest rate and extremely low throw-down rate.
—John Oberg, 10/15/11

Occupiers for Animals
Nikki reports: “Our Occupiers for Animals affinity group submitted a proposal for ‘Eradicating Factory Farming of Animals’ to the Demands Committee. We finally got it through last night! My favorite line: ‘Wow. I had no idea this was going on. Wow. This is a change maker. Thank you all for bringing it to our attention.’”

Real results every day!
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Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the suffering of farmed animals by promoting informed, ethical eating.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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