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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  February 15, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

The Reality Big Ag Hides from You

Powerful New Web Resource!

To avoid the 75% regression rate of vegetarians, Vegan Outreach is combining MFA’s Farm to Fridge with the Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. (Thanks to Nathan / Mercy For Animals for use of F2F.)

You can use these links to promote the page:

OpposeCruelty.org/guide/free_guide2.html
or
bit.ly/opposecruelty

Thanks so much to everyone who has already been promoting this amazing resource!

 

Attention: Southeast & NoCal!

Jeff Boghosian

VO’s Southeast Coordinator, Jeff Boghosian, is looking for housing in the South for his February / March tour:

AL: Troy, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Montgomery
MS: Starkville, Jackson, Hattiesburg
LA: Baton Rouge

Please contact Jeff (at) veganoutreach (dot) org.


Also: Northern CA Coordinator Brian Grupe could use your hands! If you could leaflet for an hour or two at any of the schools below, please contact info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. You’ll be glad you did!

Feb 27 (Monday): San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific
Feb 28: Modesto JC
Feb 29: Merced College, UC Merced
Mar 1: CSU Stanislaus

And if you would like to be a part of Hotel VO and host an activist in your area, and/or would like to get involved if an activist comes to your area, please contact info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org. Thanks so much!

 

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

 

Healthy Top

Products of the Week

GentleFloss

Lisa: “MimicCreme makes an amazing whipped cream substitute that is made from coconut oil, almonds and cashews.”

Kim: “My favorite vegan product right now: Eco-Dent tooth floss.”

Please submit your favorite products; you can view previous entries here.

 

Notes from Our Members

FCC student
At Fresno City College, another veg-on-the-spot!

Leafleting Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move talk was spectacular! A mostly African-American crowd leaving the church; we were literally surrounded by a sea of hands asking for literature, with some people coming back for a booklet when they realized what we were handing out.
—Jeff Boghosian, 2/11/12

Yesterday was our first day of taking farmed animals’ plight to Mexico. Jeni and I were joined by our host Israel, and we reached 400 students at the local high school, Escuela Preparatoria de Texcoco. To my pleasant surprise, we found massive interest in the booklets. Saw dozens reading between classes or walking and reading. One student came back to us and said he wanted to volunteer and get involved; we put him in touch with Israel. Another student came back and said this was really crazy, he has been thinking of going veg for a while and now he will. Another professor or teacher expressed interest, and we spoke to him for over 15 minutes.
     Today: What a day! We reached 2,200 at Metropolitan University, and met around 15 people who explicitly told us they were vegano or vegetarian. A truly ridiculous number of people were reading as they walked to and from lunch. Saw a girl on the back of a bike with long seat holding herself on with legs while both hands had booklet open and pressed against her boyfriend’s back and she read as they slowly cruised down the walkway. Many showed us the booklet hours later, several asked for more to show friends, and many more came back to get the booklets when they found out we were distributing them.
     Great conversations, too! Adriel stopped by and we spoke to him for a few minutes til we handed him off to Israel; they spoke for 45 minutes, he wants to get involved locally and I asked if he wanted to help and boom, instant activist. He stayed and reached 250 students with ¿Por qué vegetariano?
—Vic Sjodin, with Jeni Haines, 2/8/12

FCC student
Another Fresno City College student whose life was changed after being handed a VO booklet.

From a recent batch of Guide requests:

A guy handed me a booklet at school, so I read it. I’m glad I did, otherwise I would have probably never known the shocking facts. Thank you!
—KJ

I saw a booklet about the cruelties of factory farming by chance. It changed my life.
—EP

Was handed a booklet at Disneyland, and haven’t eaten meat ever since, trying to do even better than that. :) Thank you.
—GB

I was on campus and was handed a booklet. I always wanted to go vegan I just never knew how to get started. Thanks so much!
—JP

Received a booklet from a friend about a year ago. Loved it! Inspired me to become vegan. :)
—HW

Lori, Lisa, Mike and I had a very productive day at Foothill College, where we reached a record 1,623 students (including handing out an amazing 92 Guides). The take rate was excellent, and almost everyone was friendly. I had conversations with omnivores who were interested in becoming vegetarians, and vegetarians considering becoming vegan. One woman said she’d probably be vegan, but she enjoys baking too much to give it up. She honestly didn’t know she could bake without eggs and dairy! I was delighted to give her a Guide and let her know there are plenty of vegan baking cookbooks and websites. Another student wanted to know how becoming vegan had impacted me personally. I probably made him late to class with that one. :-) Another person thanked me for being there. I left feeling really positive!
—Diane Gandee Sorbi, 11/1/11

Jackiie DeLexa Cano
Jackiie DeLexa Cano answers questions at the College of the Sequoias.

Citrus College is amazing. This campus never fails to produce at least one new vegan with each visit. Today’s was named Laura, and she was in only one of the three “spark flying” conversations I had!
—Nikki Benoit, 11/14/11

Great interactions at the University of West Georgia; e.g., as I was leaving, a student told me she became vegetarian because of a VO booklet someone handed her. I gave her a Guide.
—Rob Gilbride, 11/14/11

Love when you meet someone new to veganism while leafleting and they are super stoked to meet another vegan. It’s a good feeling to know that just by meeting them you helped solidify their veganism.
—Aaron & Kate, 2/10/12

Superb take rate and friendly students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Even most faculty and staff took booklets. Amazing conversations, too. I told many students my story about how I became vegan and that I made the change primarily for animals, many of whom suffer from the moment they are born until the day they die in the industrialized food system. One faculty member took ten booklets to put on display in his office. Another faculty member who took a booklet earlier in the day passed by again and thanked me for the info.
—Brandon Becker, 11/14/11

Brittney Montana
Nikki sends this picture of Brittney Montana, who went vegan last year after receiving a VO booklet, and is now a leafleter (here at the College of the Desert).

Jessica, Leslie, Diane, Danielle (making her leafleting debut), and I reached over 2,000 students at City College of San Francisco – what a great vegan posse! I then gave a talk at Sonoma State. The presentation went on for an hour and after I was finished, the professor talked to the class about for a minute while I packed up. She asked the class how many would be willing to do Meatless Mondays, and about ¾ of the class raised their hands. I also found out that one of the most inquisitive and supportive students in the class grew up on a ranch. He was the one to pipe up and say that small farms are not the solution because of the amount of demand we have as a nation. He also said he’s worried about going to his grandparent’s cattle ranch this week. “It’s going to be weird being around the animals.”
—Brian Grupe, 11/15/11

 

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