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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 14, 2012
This issue is sponsored by The Vegetarian Site:

Notes from Vegan Outreach

What You’ve Accomplished


Yes, it was just a few short weeks ago that we announced 18 million, but thanks to your amazing efforts, Vegan Outreach has now sent out 19 million booklets!

Thank you so much for donating your hard-earned money to make this possible! As you can see from this graph, your contributions do make a difference – as contributions go up, so does the number of people we reach.

The numbers don’t lie! Your support makes a difference!

Overall Distro vs. Total Revenue


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A PDF of the amazing fall 2012 issue of Vegan Outreach News is now available. Take a few minutes to peruse the inspiring stories, feedback, and pics – we promise it’ll be worth your time!

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 incredible End-of-Year Matching Opportunity.

Right now, your fully tax-deductible contribution will be matched, dollar for dollar!

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If you want the biggest bang for your buck, please make 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!

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Thank you so very much!


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Notes from Our Members

Our experience at the University of Maryland today was extremely encouraging. One student who got a booklet last year came up to us, gave us a hug, and told us it changed her whole life, that she is now vegan and her entire family went vegetarian, all because of one booklet! We even got an ex-vegan to give it another go. A lot of vegetarians and vegans were excited to meet activists on their campus. The best part is, we were able to reach nearly 2,500 students within just a few hours.
—Aaron Ross and Kate St. John, 9/11/12

Seth Keene at MSUM

Kathleen, my wonderful host, and her son, Seth [Keene, above], joined me at Minnesota State, Moorhead. Great conversations. For example, I heard from several students that they were saddened by what they read; I made sure to let them know that there was something they could do about it (and then Guided them). I handed two leaflets to two students and one said she got one from Warped Tour and thought it was great. The other said, “This is awesome that you’re out here, thanks for doing this.” I Guided both of them.

UND student
A UND student contemplates her Even If You Like Meat in solitude.

     Good day of outreach at the University of North Dakota, Northland Community & Technical College, and the University of Minnesota, Crookston – reached over 2,100 students! I love handing booklets about farm animal cruelty to this kind of crowd because they’re likely never exposed to the issue in this way. It’s great that the booklets contain cited information from sources that these folks trust. I had an excellent conversation with a pig farmer about the legitimacy of our claims in the booklet. I explained to him the cited sources and why we feel that the standard practices he takes part in may not be cruel just for the sake of being cruel, but simply because they’re done for a practical reason doesn’t mean they hurt the animal any less. Comparing these standard practices that are thrust upon pigs with the horrors of seeing that happen to his dog really had him shaking his head in agreement. By the end of the conversation, it was clear we weren’t on opposite spectrums. We shook hands and I got his email and will be following up.

Garrett Gjelsness at UND  

     I had a woman explain that she received the booklet years ago and loved the meat-reduction approach. She took a Guide and was excited about it. Odds are she wouldn’t be eating vegan if Sen or Fred hadn’t handed her a leaflet a few semesters ago. Highlight of the day was handing a pamphlet to a punked-out dude with gauges, saying: “Nice gauges, dude,” then having him come back about an hour later, offering to help. His name’s Garrett [Gjelsness, left] and he stood out there for two class changes with me and handed out well over 100 booklets!
—John Oberg, 9/10/12

Today at the University of Akron, one student told me, “You could not have handed this to a more perfect person,” as she recently stopped eating meat. She was very happy to get a Guide, as she said she is not sure how to get her nutrition. Another student happily told me that he just went vegetarian. A few students asked about getting involved. And a professor thanked me for the work and told me he is veg but still trying to convince his wife.
—Leslie Patterson, 9/11/12

Minnesota State Fair activists
Above (clockwise from upper left): Unny Nambudiripad, Garrett, John Oberg, Jeff Johnson, Jake Nath, Fred Tyler, Amber Bee, Grace, and Liz Sias got VO booklets into the hands of 1,700 people at this fall’s Minnesota State Fair!

I think today at Naugatuck Valley Community College was my best day yet! Someone gave me an application to start a student group, saying I needed 10 signatures – I got 15! Got emails, too, and will put them in touch with each other. Two guys stopped to help, each taking 50 booklets to hand out. Met a student who got a copy of Even If You Like Meat two years ago when I was there. He researched the info, wrote a paper for class on factory farming, and went vegetarian. Later, a student came over and hugged me after I gave her a Compassionate Choices, and said, “We need you!” She, too, signed the group application and gave me her email.
—Karen James, 9/11/12

Exciting things are happening at Armstrong Atlantic State University. I met an English professor who is showing Food, Inc. to two classes; he was excited to see me out there. I also heard about a professor teaching “Ethics in Food,” so I tracked him down during some downtime. Turned out to be the Dean of Liberal Arts; I gave him booklets. I met many interested students, and talked with a number I’m sure will be making changes.
—Jeff Boghosian, 9/12/12

Matthew Glover at WPU  
Last week at William Paterson University, Matthew Glover (above), Daniela Artiga, and Vic Sjodin provided 1,075 students with Compassionate Choices!  

Even 108 degrees won’t stop us! A quick 150 reached at Fallbrook High School. When the rush died down, I had a great conversation with a junior who has chickens at her house…as pets! And she loves them! She has been thinking of going veg for a while and is now definitely on board with the idea, but doesn’t feel that she could be veg since her un-veg parents do all of the cooking. But as soon as she leaves for college, she is going to kick those animals off her plate!
—Kassy Ortega, 9/18/12

At San Jose City College today, I think Diane, Kitty, Paris, and I offered a booklet to every single student – and 1,643 accepted – what a team! Highlight of the day for me was a young lady who told me that she didn’t pay attention in class at all, but instead read the whole booklet very carefully and is now going veg! “You guys changed me!” Her words. Awesome.
—Brian Grupe, 9/14/12

Bear at SLO farmers’ market
Another bear at the farmers’ market! This one’s reading a booklet from Elaine Vigneault.

My favorite interaction at the farmers’ market was with a young woman who didn’t want a Compassionate Choices, because she didn’t want to see any sad pictures. I offered her a Guide as I typically do for those who can’t bear to look at a CC. I also said w/o really thinking about it, “So, are you already vegetarian?” This prompted her to take a CC off the top of my stack, as if to say, “OK, I do need to see this.” Made my day.
—Barbara Bear, 9/12/12

I was thrilled beyond belief at how successful today was at the College of Staten Island. Donna joined me and was awesome. I got interested students to start up my AR club again, and five other people interested in further events on the island.
—Katie Pryor, 9/14/12

Holly at Atlanta Veg Fest  
At the Atlanta Veg Fest, Jon Camp learned that Holly (above) went vegan after receiving one of the VO booklets handed out by Eric Griffith, Wendy Moore, and JC Corcoran at the 2008 Atlanta Warped Tour!  

At the University of North Florida and Florida State College, Julie, Jeff, and I reached nearly 1,900 students. Very moving conversations. For example, a self-identified Middle Eastern undergraduate student told me she had two pet lambs when she was a kid. One day, the lambs disappeared and her parents served her lamb for dinner. She got upset and her voice quivered on multiple occasions as we talked; I started crying, too. She didn’t eat meat after that, and to this day, her parents say that her vegetarianism is wrong. She now wants to go completely vegan – I have no doubt that she will. Another student told me that he ordered breakfast differently because of what he had just read in the Compassionate Choices. A health sciences student talked to me about getting involved in animal issues in Jacksonville; we have already corresponded over email. Finally, an administrator thanked me for the info as she’s transitioning to veganism.
—Dawn Ratcliffe, 9/11/12

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