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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 1, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Wall of leafleters at Warped Tour’s Minneapolis stop
  Nathan Shin, Sen Holiday, Jennifer Ammerman, and John Oberg work the Minneapolis Warped Tour stop.

Summer Outreach Blazes Ahead!

Despite the record heat – or maybe because of it – Vegan Outreach leafleters have been on fire!

Since June 1, over 420,000 individuals have personally been handed a VO booklet, opening their eyes to the reality big ag tries to hide.

Dozens of leafleters across the country have reached 330,132 concertgoers at 35 stops of the Warped Tour. (If you’re unfamiliar with the Warped Tour, our good friend Harish sent along this article.)

Congratulations to all these amazing folks, braving every type of weather (well, except snow) to provide the animals a voice!

 

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

 

Liz Lovely cookies

Product of the Week

Holly: “Liz Lovely cookies and treats. Everything they make is vegan and organic; they have gluten-free too.”

 

Notes from Our Members

Robert Kenner Audience member
Robert Kenner, producer/director of Food, Inc., and one of his audience members with their copies of Even If You Like Meat.

Robert Kenner was lecturing at the University of Maine last week, and I leafleted the huge incoming crowd so people had something to read while waiting and something to take away. After the lecture, I spoke to him briefly and gave him a leaflet. He thanked me for my work and wished me luck on raising awareness of the issues.
     Leafleting earlier in the day also went well. A member of the school’s animal rights group joined me; it was her first time leafleting and she said it was a positive experience. One student told me that her friend got a leaflet here a couple years ago and it “changed her life” – she has been veg ever since.
     Reached another 600 people today at Keene State. One young man said, “I’ve been slowly stopping my addiction to meat. I appreciate this info.” A vegan professor invited me to speak to her two classes. I did, and almost all of the students accepted leaflets. That was really great!
—Lana Smithson, 4/24/12

Sarah De Munck
Sarah De Munck (above) and Danielle Legg (below) provide a voice for the animals at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Danielle Legg

John took SUNY Brockport with Tara today; Sarah, Rosemary, and Danielle joined me at Rochester Institute of Technology – new records at both schools!
     After reading the booklet, one guy told John, “I feel horrible.” John replied, “The good thing about feeling horrible is that you can do something about it,” while giving him a Guide. The guy thanked him.
     Sarah reported, “Shortly before I left, I handed a guy a leaflet and he stopped to talk to me. He said that he went vegetarian after receiving a leaflet last year! He wants to go vegan.”
—Jon Camp, 4/20/12

Perfect weather and receptive crowd at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day, where Peggy and I were joined by Robert, and we reached over 1,200 people. I gave a leaflet to Das Williams, a California State Assembly member, who told me he will be going veg next week for COK’s veg week. Woo-hoo! I told him a senator on the East Coast took the veg pledge for a week and ended up staying veg. Offered him a Guide, which he happily accepted to help him get started on this veg thing. I watched as a mom, dad and young son (10ish) got a leaflet and the dad proceeded to the nearest recycling bin to toss it in. The son was trying to grab it from him and the mother said, “If he wants to look at it, let him.” So the dad gave in, the son perused the first few pages, then walked up and placed the leaflet in his dad’s bag, presumably to look into it further later. Yay, mom! And yay kid for caring!
—Barbara Bear, 4/21/12

Sen and I reached over 1,200 students at Iowa State University. Many people thanked us for being there. One guy said, “I’ve been to one of those Iowa Select pig farms. They’re gross. They’re no good.”
—Fred Tyler, 4/19/12

XU students
Jane Smiley sends this photo of Xavier University students reading Compassionate Choices.

Another good day at Xavier University – students very receptive. For example, two women enthusiastically accepted the Compassionate Choices, and one asked, “Does this have recipes?” “Well, if you’d like recipes, I’ll give you these,” and I handed them Guides. The other woman: “Vegan recipes! Great!”
—Jane Smiley, 4/20/12

Ben and I reached over 10,000 students on our tour from Boston to Michigan. In Detroit, Ben was harassed by a student whose father owns a huge egg farm where the hens are kept in battery cages. He then found me for the same tongue-lashing. After going through the booklet with him, showing him the sources, and appealing to his reason, this guy shook my hand, apologized, and said, “Wow, I guess I have some research to do.” He then went to find Ben, shake his hand, and apologize!
     At Wayne State, a forty-something dude told me the last time VO leafleted, he gathered up booklets and mailed them to family members!
—David Coman-Hidy, 4/21/12

Reached 1,400 at UC San Diego. Bumped into a veg convert from a couple years ago, she’s doin’ great still, and her ’rents have cut back their meat intake, too! Ahhh the power of one!
—Nikki Benoit, 4/25/12

Matt Findlay
Matt Findlay reaches out to concertgoers at the Buffalo Warped Tour stop.

We reached over 1,000 people at the Central Florida Earth Day festival. Four different groups of folks told us they were thrilled to have gotten the booklet previously at the Jane Goodall event and wanted more information, so we gave them Guides. Several good conversations that no doubt have spawned a lot of new vegetarians.
—Jeff Boghosian, 4/21/12

Today, Victoria and I reached 2,700 students at the University of Kentucky, 166 at Bluegrass Community College, and 280 at Transylvania U. Nice to see people reading the booklet; many great interactions. One girl got a booklet at UK, read for several minutes. Then we spoke: Boom! New vegan!
—Vic Sjodin, 4/25/12

Star leafleter Brittany joined me at the University of Miami’s main campus. A number of interesting conversations. For example, a faculty member who had gotten a leaflet earlier in the morning returned telling me how she and her husband had tried becoming vegetarian, but stopped because of the difficulty in finding satisfying and interesting food choices. After talking her through my own vegan meal discoveries and giving her a Guide plus an HSUS Meat-Free Meals, she said she was going to give it another try.
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 4/20/12

Good leafleting at Oregon State, where I quickly reached nearly 200 students. It was great to see people sitting around reading the booklets. Several lengthy conversations, too. I notice that more and more people are interested in this issue. It is really getting on the radar.
—Nettie Schwager, 4/24/12

 

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