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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  January 23, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

“The ultimate beefless burger”
“The ultimate beefless burger” by Gardein.

Clubs, Soy, and the Choice We Face


Nearly 20 years ago, Jack summed it up well: “We want a vegan world, not a vegan club.” If a vegan world really is our goal, we can’t spend our time talking back and forth with other vegans about how great we are or how amazing veganism is. Rather, we have to convince more and more meat eaters to change their diet.

Although many vegans are highly motivated to change their diet for their health, care deeply about the environment, and try to avoid any connection to animal suffering in their consumer spending, this is not the case for the vast majority of nonvegans. Most people choose what is familiar, convenient, cheap, and tasty.

Modern animal agribusiness doesn’t care about a handful of whole-food locavore hard-core vegans – this isn’t the future for the masses. What is a threat to entrenched interests are psychologically informed campaigns that accept human nature as it is and work within our current system; e.g., meat reduction and cruelty-free foods that are familiar, convenient, cheap, and tasty.

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


  Vegan cookies  

Recipe of the Week

When John-O was visiting the VO office, we polished off a batch of these chocolate chip cookies.

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


Notes from Our Members

Sam and Lisa at MLK parade

This was our second year leafleting the MLK parade, and it was fantastic once again! We reached nearly 1,600 people. There were quite a few good questions and conversations, but the highlight was when Brittany met Lisa and Sam [right], who have just gone vegetarian – they couldn’t support the system of animal abuse any longer! They helped leaflet, and Robb is going to follow up with them about getting some vegetarian events going in their neighborhood!
—Steve Erlsten, 1/19/13

Great outreach at the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market. It’s great to see vegans, vegan wannabes and veg-curious folks coming out of the woodwork. Seems like it’s more common every time we’re out there. Hooray for that!
—Barbara Bear, 10/25/12

Record-breaking day of outreach at the University of Nevada, Reno, thanks to all the great volunteers who came to help out! Anita coordinated the day’s leafleting, and my awesome host Susan made her leafleting debut. Together with Lari and Aquila, we reached more than 2,200 students! Plenty of great interactions, and we totally saturated the campus!
     Today at the College of San Mateo, Diane, Jessica, Kitty, and I reached a ton of students during the first class change. They stayed (and ended up setting a record), while I headed over to Notre Dame de Namur University, where I reached 250 of the 700 undergrads there (also a record). I had a great view into the cafeteria at NDNU and watched a round table of 8 students pass around 3 leaflets, read them, point, and obviously discuss. So heartening for me to see things like this.
—Brian Grupe, 11/1/12

Below are Brian Grupe, Susan Pitts, and Aquila Nelson at the University of Nevada in Reno.
Brian Grupe, Susan Pitts, and Aquila Nelson at UNR

After my presentation at Santa Monica College, I was hugged, hand-shaked, thanked, high-fived, and informed by at least 3 people that they were inspired to change. Was stopped later on campus by 2 young women who are so grateful and inspired cuz of the talk – they’re taking the veg plunge!
     With each presentation these days, more and more students raise their hands when I ask if they’ve heard how bad animals are treated on factory farms. And upon completing the info session, before Q&A, almost the entire group will ask for booklets!
—Nikki Benoit, 10/30/12

Good day at Louisiana State. One woman came back to say she’d probably go veg. I met other vegetarians and many others against factory farming. It’s great to see the excitement when a fellow vegetarian sees us doing outreach on campus.
     Small school but good outreach at Delgado Community College. Met several vegetarians and many people against factory farming. In fact, a couple of people took booklets and started discussing it amongst themselves, even though they were strangers.
—Jeff Boghosian, 10/23/12

Gumby at University Center

Able to quickly reach 200 students at Oakland Community College. The crowd was very receptive, and Don and I had conversations with students who were vegan, in the process of becoming vegetarian, or very excited about learning the issues and helping the animals.
—Italia Milan, 10/30/12

Despite the rain, Troy, Gena, Pauline, Livia, Carolyn, and I had a good night. One woman stopped to tell me that her son had gotten a booklet a little while ago and now they were both on their way to going veg. Another woman got a booklet from Pauline and ended up blogging about it later in the evening.
     More good outreach at University Center. Nick, Troy, Pauline, Livia, and I spread out to reach as many people as possible. Pauline and I even handed a leaflet to Gumby [right], who was outraged at the way farmed animals are treated.
—Mikael Nielsen, 10/26/12

An amazing day at Harper College – Autumn, Belinda, Chris, Janna, Mark, Mikael, Nico, Troy, and I handed out 1,188 Compassionate Choices as well as 223 Guides! One young man sat down on a bench across from us with his head in his hands for a while. Many students said they planned to change their diets and wanted more information on how to do so. Several students also expressed an interest in volunteering.
—Leslie Patterson, 10/31/12

Great interactions at Richard Stockton College. For example, had a long conversation with a philosophy major who used to be veg but now was not. We quickly found some common ground and he came around. One professor showed me the booklet while walking past again, and said she was going to talk to her class about this. Met numerous vegans, including a professor, and told them about VO.
—Vic Sjodin, 11/1/12

Tommasina Miller at PCC

Had a great day with Tommasina [Miller, above] at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Portland, and Portland Community College. PCC was the end of the day on a Friday, but in the 73 booklets we handed out, we met more than 10 vegans!

Tori at COCC

     Nettie, Cobie, and I reached 2,600 students at Oregon State – and Nettie set a personal record! Good conversations, including one student telling Cobie that after looking over the booklet, he wanted to give being veg a try.
     Leafleted Central Oregon Community College with the VegNet Bend crew: Judy, my wonderful host, joined me for a while, as well as Barb and Kale. Reception was great. One woman told me, “It kinda pulls at the heartstrings looking at these pictures,” while another said, “Yeahhhh, I love animals! I don’t eat them.” Also met Tori [right], who wants to go veg after reading through the booklet. After leafleting, I did a little interview with Judy and Barb, who host the radio show All Things Vegan.
     Boise State was one of the most receptive, interested, and polite crowds I’ve experienced. Right as I got there, between 7:40 am and 8:00 am, I had 3 different people say encouraging things like, “It’s great that you’re doing this,” “Thanks for handing those out. That’s really cool,” and “Glad you’re doing this – awesome!” Throughout the day I heard this more, including “Keep fighting the good fight” and “Keep doing what you’re doing, man!” Met a large handful of vegans and even more vegetarians.

Kristen at BSU

     Had other great interactions, including a guy who walked by and told me, “Yeah, I got one. I’m probably gonna stop eating meat now.” A woman told me, “Yeahhh, you gave me one earlier. It made me so sad. It might’ve worked.” I also handed her a Guide, and her friend walking beside her seemed very intrigued. Another student said that she previously liked to call herself an “accidental vegetarian” but after reading the booklet I had handed her, she might have to start calling herself a “purposeful” one. Also, Guided a group of 4 students, and one (who’d been leafleted earlier) pointed to the booklet in his friend’s hands and said, “Check out those chickens, man! That’s inhumane!”
     Also had a great convo with a professor who happily took a Guide, and met a student who wants to get involved. The standout interaction was when Kristen [left], who had gotten a booklet earlier in the day, came up to me and said, “I think I’m going to become a vegetarian now. I feel so bad for the pig [on the front cover of Even If You Like Meat].” I gave her a Guide and words of encouragement!
—John Oberg, 10/31/12

I got to the University of Texas–Pan American just as the sun was coming up, and I left as it was starting to come down. Lizeth, who I met here last year, joined me for a class change. With her 50, we reached a total of 3,200 students. One guy told me he remembered talking with me last year. He said that our talk from last year and getting the booklet again has led him to the realization that he really should do something about this. I told him that it’s important that we challenge ourselves, and that we make efforts to really walk the walk with our beliefs. That seemed to impact him a good deal. There were other good interactions during the day, especially when I presented for Professor Faver’s class. A question of which presidential candidate was better for animals gave me an opportunity to segue into a bit about how there were both prominent conservatives and liberals who were vegan and/or took animal issues seriously.
     Awesome day at the University of Texas, Brownsville – reached 1,000 students. I saw lots of people reading the booklet, and heard many mention how sad it was. Had two important and productive conversations with former vegetarians.
—Jon Camp, 10/30/12


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