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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  January 11, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Jon reports: “Brian helped me leaflet today at West Virginia University. He got a booklet from us when we were on campus four years ago and went veg as a result. He now does stand-up comedy in WV and PA and often incorporates animal issues into his monologues, getting people to laugh, then think, about how we treat animals.”

Jon Camp on Adopt a College Fall 2011

This past semester, we handed out 879,580 booklets at 914 schools. Wow! The previous record for booklets in a semester was 690,374, and the previous record for schools visited was 843. When we first started AAC (fall of ’03), we distributed 22,217 at 63 schools.

Nikki Benoit led the employees this semester with 78,468 booklets. On the volunteer front, Mara Collopy leafleted an amazing 32,999 booklets at 63 schools, followed by Joe Espinosa’s 29,587 and Casey Constable’s 23,264. Unbelievable! The Humane League took first place for groups with 77,842 booklets handed out. A total of 76 individuals and groups handed out more than 1,000 booklets this semester!

There are only two reasons for the success of this work: 1) financial supporters who ensure that booklets are printed, and 2) leafleters, who get the booklets into the students’ hands. It’s a gorgeous alley-oop. The supporters lob the ball up and we, the leafleters, slam it home. It’s a team effort with so many of you playing such an important role.

As all of you know, it’s easy to take the route of comfort and indifference, but that is not the option that any of you have chosen. You continue to use so much of your money, time, talents, and energy (in all weather extremes) to ensure a brighter future for animals. I hope that all of you take a moment to reflect on all the good that you have done thus far and how the world is truly better off because of your efforts.


Attn: PA, NJ, and NY: You Can Help Jon!

Jon Camp

Jon Camp, VO’s Director of Outreach, will be spending March and April on the road, doing college outreach. He’ll be in PA, NJ, and upstate NY. To make this tour as cost-efficient as possible, he, America’s Most Considerate Houseguest, is in need of 1 to 3 nights of housing all throughout NJ, throughout PA (except for Philadelphia), and in upstate NY. Additionally, he’d like your leafleting help when he travels through your city and would love to give his talk on effective advocacy to your local group. If you can help out with any of this, please email jon(at)veganoutreach(dot)org. Thank you!


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



Notes from Our Members

A shopper is engrossed in learning the truth after getting a booklet from Nikki.

Nine of us reached 2,440 more people at Phoenix’s Art Walk! Several people said, “Your booklets already made me veg!” Another couple wanted to start leafleting with us. Michael joined us for the first time. He recently went veg after having to re-roof a factory farm for work. He said the things he saw were so traumatic he had to take the rest of the day off and instantly went veg.
—Rachael Plotts, 1/6/12

Theo and I set records at both Sacramento City College and Franklin High School – nearly 2,500 students reached today. I had so many conversations at SCC, insanity. We’ve made such progress at this school in the last four years. I remember whole days of never meeting even one vegetarian; today we met close to 40 vegetarians / vegans and even more on their way towards it.
—Brian Grupe, 10/26/11

The University of Mississippi was one of the most positive leafleting experiences I’ve ever had! The response was wonderful, and I met so many people who were genuinely interested in our message. I even got invited to go speak to a food policy class, so I jumped on the opportunity and had an amazing conversation with the students. Students were so engaged that I ended up speaking for more than twice my allotted time in order to answer all the questions. The professor is really interested in Vegan Outreach, even though he comes from a family who raises cows for beef. I had such great feedback, and when I left, everyone was profusely thanking me for coming to their class and telling me how much they loved hearing about these issues. Seriously, it was one of the most productive, proactive conversations I have ever had.
—Jeni Haines, 10/26/11

At Foreman High School, I had a chat with one of the deans of the school, who also happened to head an “animal club.” She took booklets to distribute to the club and in class. A most worthwhile morning!
—Jon Bockman, 10/26/11

Nikki Benoit reports, last Wednesday at Santa Monica College, Mario went veg on the spot, and then helped change more lives!

Can you guess the topic I chose for my persuasive speech? It went really well, talked for about six minutes about animal cruelty on factory farms. I held my kitchen knife up and said if you wouldn't take this knife and slice the throat of a cat or dog then ask yourself, why do it to 27 chickens a year when there are vegetarian versions that are just as good, protein-packed (earlier there was a bodybuilding classmate telling us to eat more chicken), and available at virtually every grocery store? I’ve already had one-on-one conversations with 5 of the 19 other people that were in class yesterday, so of the 14 other people in class, all but two eagerly took a Guide and VegPhoenix restaurant guide! About a month ago I did my informative speech on factory farming, and it turns out my professor has been vegetarian since!
—John Oberg, 10/27/11

Lisa and I had an amazing day at Queensborough Community College, where we handed out 1,567 booklets (including 17 Guides). Spoke with many interested students, including three specifically interested in going vegan, and three others interested in helping leaflet.
—Katie Pryor, 11/1/11

Very high reception rate at Indiana University at South Bend. An older student said getting a booklet from me last year moved him to stop eating meat.
—Joe Espinosa, 11/1/11

Whoa! Unexpected delights at Cornerstone University and Calvin College! Hanna happily mentioned going vegan after getting a booklet last year from me. One student asked: “Are you from Vegan Outreach too?” and gave me a big hug. He had also hugged and thanked Mara earlier. At Calvin, I was stopped by an assistant pastor; we talked for maybe 20 minutes. He said a few people were disturbed by the pictures, so I had to whip out the instant classic, “If it’s not good enough for your eyes, why is it good enough for your stomach?” He surprised me and asked for booklets for his reading group.
—Vic Sjodin, 10/28/11

Joyce Gibbler
Joyce Gibbler answers questions at CSU Stanislaus.

Pretty cold day at Idaho State. One woman called me a blessing in disguise, as she has been thinking about going vegetarian. I gave her a Guide and the address of the local natural food store, as well as the name and address of a local diner with a good veggie burger. A young ecology student told me he has been thinking about his diet’s impact on the planet but that he loves steak; so I encouraged him to try being vegan except for steak, which he said he’d try. I also spoke with two students who declared that they were going to try Meatless Mondays and skipped off to see what the dining hall had coming up. So cool!
—Caleb Wheeldon, 10/28/11

Northeastern Illinois University was awesome! The students were very receptive, hardly any negative comments, and lots of good conversations. I talked to one guy who used to be vegetarian who said he wanted to get back into it since his mom is more veg-friendly now. Danyelle had a good conversation with a professor, and one professor yelled back to me while walking away: “Thank you, I’m about to lecture on this!” I also connected with two different people from the campus radio station who both expressed interest in interviewing me, so that was great.
—Kenny Torrella, 11/1/11


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