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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 24, 2012

Notes from Vegan Outreach

  Slide show!

Slide Show Updates

If you haven’t looked lately, check out the growing slide show of new vegetarians in the upper left of the Vegan Outreach home page.

Our amazing leafleters regularly come across people who have stopped eating animals after receiving a VO booklet. As these pictures flow in, they’re added to the slide show.

Check it out and enjoy just a fraction of the payoff of our work together!


  John Oberg at UBC

Record Day in Canada!

After setting the all-time Adopt a College record day at the University of Minnesota, John Oberg took the show to Canada, where he and the Liberation BC / UBC crew set an all-time Canadian record at the University of British Columbia!

Congrats to everyone involved! Details here.


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


Products & Recipes for the Holiday Season

Gardein & Field Roast  

Preparing for the holidays! If you want something other than a Tofurky Feast, Celebration Roast, or the new Gardein Holiday Roast, you can try the standard seitan recipe (which we have fed to many non-vegetarians for Thanksgivings and Christmases past).

Homemade seitan not enough? Constance sends this seitan recipe that starts with the actual wheat berries, and this recipe for gravy and roast.

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


Notes from Our Members

  Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Hope, and Jenna Lange at Canada College
  Stephanie Johnson, Sarah Hope, and Jenna Lange provide a voice for the animals at Canada College.

Such an excellent day of leafleting at Canada College and College of San Mateo. I was joined by four new volunteers! Jessica, who now goes to school at Canada, brought along her daughter Sarah and Sarah’s best friend Jenna, both 11 and both vegetarian. They felt a little shy at first but took right to it after that and had a great time! They thought people were friendly; when I told them how many they had each handed out, they were surprised they had done so many! Very cool.
     Stephanie was with me at both schools; I met her at Farm Sanctuary where she was interning, and I found out that it was getting a leaflet from me at Fresno State that planted the seed for her to switch from vegetarian to vegan activist. She said after I gave her the Compassionate Choices and Guide, she looked up a lot of information online, and the rest is history. She did an awesome job and I was glad to have her help. She plans on helping out more before starting grad school.
     Sydney stopped by and joined us in leafleting! Too many other cool encounters to relate, including one woman who said she’s now going to try veg, and a guy who used to be vegan feels that he now needs to try and get back on track.
     Today, it was great to have Kitty and Leslie with me at College of Alameda and Laney College. Laney was particularly eventful. For example, I talked at length with a guy who could not believe I had not eaten in meat in nearly 6 years. To paraphrase Erik Marcus, “He was looking at me like I had been holding my breath the whole time.” But he was really really curious and had tons of questions to which I felt I had good answers. After our talk he took both an Even If You Like Meat and a Guide and said he was going to go sit down with them right then. He also said he would be trying out some new foods for sure.
—Brian Grupe, 8/30/12

  UAV student

Reached over 1,400 students at the University of Antelope Valley and College of the Canyons. Even the brawny athletic guys were going out of their way to snag a booklet. Snapped a photo [right] of a woman engrossed in her booklet, clearly in shock of what she was reading. At the end of the day, as I was walking back to my car, had a great conversation with a security guard, who was happy to get a Guide before she shimmied on.
—Nikki Benoit, 9/10/12

Great conversations and a new record at Anne Arundel Community College – 850+ students reached. Two athletic dudes in a row came up to talk about running / working out – two conversations in a row where my love of physical fitness paid off! One young woman who wanted to go veg was happy to get a Guide, and told me that I radiated good vibes, a compliment I was happy to hear.
—Jon Camp, 9/10/12

Caitlin and I reached over 1,350 students at Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University. Lots of vegetarians and vegans – got contact emails and invitations to speak! Some students asked for extra booklets to give to friends!
—Karen James, 9/4/12

  Malcolm X College student
  Mikael Nielsen snapped this pic of a student engrossed in Compassionate Choices at Chicago’s Malcolm X College.

Pauline and I had a lot of great interactions at Malcolm X College, despite some issues. I had several great conversations with people who were looking to make changes. I recommended that the first thing to give up was eggs and then eating chickens. One guy worked at the library there and asked for a stack to put out for students. Pauline spoke to one woman who said that they were talking about this very issue in one of her classes, and said the way we treat farmed animals, when compared to other animals, is the same as racism.
—Mikael Nielsen, 9/6/12

John and I reached over 800 students at Ryerson University. Talked with and Guided three people looking to get started – had the “eating chickens causes 200 times more suffering” talk with each of them.
—Alex Greenwood, 9/10/12

Karley joined me at Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College; Lizzie also stopped by to help at EMU. Many great interactions and people expressing interest. Several mentioned wanting to go veg; also gave three Guides to brand-new, week-old vegans! This place is WAY more veg friendly than it was in 2008.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/6/12

We set new records at Valencia College West and East, reaching nearly 1,500 students! Lots of great, constructive conversations, too. For example, one guy who went vegetarian for 4 1⁄2 years for ethical reasons lamented about not being vegetarian anymore. He said he went back to eating animals for selfish reasons but now is going to give it another try. Suggested that he start with a few days a week and increase it from there. Also met a former vegan who is coming back. Met another student who said the main reason that kept him from giving vegetarianism a try was his love of bacon; told him to start eating vegetarian a couple of days a week and go from there.
—Dawn Ratcliffe & Jeff Boghosian, 9/6/12

MNSU student  
An MNSU skateboarder reads Even If You Like Meat.  

I leafleted the University of Georgia’s Activities Fair while our advocacy group tabled. One former vegetarian said the booklet could inspire her to come back. Several other students expressed interest in cutting back on meat, and I directed a number of interested vegetarians and vegans over to our table to get involved with our campus group.
—Eric Griffith, 9/5/12

Lynn, Kellie, Monica, Dale and I had a great time tabling at the Boulder Humane Society’s fundraising event! Every single person we spoke with was totally receptive and open to the vegan message. Every single person!!
     I salute you all that do this work day in and day out. Actually, I salute anyone that does this any amount of time.
—Lisa Shapiro, 9/9/12

It was a good day at Minnesota State – Mankato. Set a personal record, and heard a lot of positive feedback. I handed one woman a booklet, she walked a few steps, then said, “Wow, that’s effective!” Another woman said her husband owned a hog farm. She seemed pleasant enough, however, and I suggested, “You should ask him about gestation crates,” as she walked away. She turned her head, smiled, and said, “I know what you mean,” in a way that seemed like she agreed it was cruel. It’s also nice when students and faculty recognize this issue is important enough that we are willing to stand out there hour after hour handing out these booklets. One professor who received a booklet at 7:30 am and then was offered one again by me at 2:30 remarked, “I appreciate your diligence!” A student said, “Wow, you’ve been out here all day, please take this.” Free water – score!

  At Hennepin Technical College, John met Stephanie, a vegetarian of three weeks: “I asked her why she went veg and she said because animals have parents and feelings and that they didn’t deserve to be treated badly. I gave her a Guide, which she seemed very excited about, and wished her luck on her meatless transition.”

     Today, with help from Mike, reached over 900 students at six schools – Century College, University of St. Thomas, Hennepin Technical College, North Hennepin Community College, Bethel University, and Northwestern College. A number of highlights, including meeting a brand-new vegetarian who was excited to get a Guide. I was also escorted off campus by the nicest security guard ever. He told me he had watched Earthlings and was shocked by what he saw, so I gave him a Guide. Even though it was late in the day at Northwestern, the first 125 people in a row said yes, and only 6 people out of 297 declined!
     Cheers to all my homies out there doing this important work! I know we’re all in different parts of the country, but it’s nice reading everyone’s posts, seeing what they’re up to on Facebook, and exchanging messages. Even though I’ll often be hundreds of miles away from another Vegan Outreach leafleter, I always feel so close to everyone in my heart.
—John Oberg, 8/31/12


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