|Enewsletter • February 20, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Trio of Links
Product of the Week
Catharine: “All four flavors of the Gluten Free Bar are low-glycemic and high in protein. The texture is chewy, so they hold together pretty well and they’re pretty filling for a two-ounce bar. Whereas some protein bars have a really strong somewhat ‘chemical’ taste, these are very natural tasting (the oats were pleasantly crunchy and the peanut butter flavor was heartier than in other products out there). My favorites were the peanut butter and oatmeal raisin.”
Notes from Our Members
Caroline & Tyler [right] –
recent rejuvenate-ees from the Animal Lib Forum
2 weeks ago – joined Kassy and me at CSU Long
Beach, and we set a huge record: 3,500 students
reached! We heard from tons of veggies / vegans, and saw loads of folks reading the
lit. We were both thanked numerous times –
Was great to hit San Joaquin Delta
College and the University of
the Pacific with Eleanor [Thomas, below], my gracious host.
Seeing as how the 5th person I met had been
vegan for 25 years, I figured today was going
to go pretty well. And it surely did! We both
had interesting conversations, and watched lots
of students read the booklet all the way through.
Two students came back to Eleanor separately
and asked, “Is this really real? Is it
really this bad?”
Amazingly receptive students at
Rock Valley College. Kevin and I reached nearly
600 very quickly; 49 students accepted a booklet
before I got my first rejection.
At U of Miss, a student
told me how his friend that owns a chicken farm
got drunk one night and told them all about
it. He said they throw chickens against the
wall and also “play ball” with them by having
a person throw the chickens and another person
hit with a piece of wood. Very disturbing.
Good day of outreach
at receptive Edison State – I reached virtually
everyone on campus. Great conversations, too
– I was able to convince two students to try
veg eating; four other students said they would
reduce meat consumption.
Set a new record at Palomar College the day before Thanksgiving! [Allix Velázquez and John Kedroff, right] and I banged out booklets so quickly that by 2:00, we reached our goal of 1,000! Students were very receptive here: about 80% of them took a booklet, and by the end of the day, almost everyone said they’d already received one! Some of the day’s best memories: high fives from 2 vegetarians; a hug from a vegan; and “There is some sh** in here – spread the word!”
Reached 1,000 students at
the University of New Hampshire. I heard from a
student who said getting a booklet in the past
helped her go vegetarian. An older Buddhist
man was happy to see this outreach and asked
for an extra booklet to give to a friend.
In the snow at the
University of Pittsburgh, Giannina was the heroine
of the day. We met an English professor [below, left] who
is a VO donor and super stoked to see us on
campus. Also met a student who now wants to
get involved [below, right].
Great day at the University of Utah. Met a bunch of veggies. One woman told me that she really appreciates our work, and she’ll be telling her husband to eat less meat. She’s been substituting more vegan food into her diet but the Even If You Like Meat really made her think of substituting a lot more; plus the Guide has a lot of helpful stuff in there, so she was excited to get it.
Great time at
Utah Valley University. I met Chris Foster,
the founder of Mormons For Animals, and one
of the coolest guys around. Then, after I leafleted
Sara, she came back to help me leaflet! I also
spoke with a woman [Veronica, below] who said the booklet made
her want to be a vegetarian!
UT Knoxville leafleting was awesome;
Kathy, Kevin, John, Peggy and
I reached over 1,800 students. The highlight
was a young woman who came up to say the booklet
really impacted her. She had to stop herself
from crying when talking about it, and was considering
going vegan as a result. I gave her suggestions
for moving towards a vegan diet, Guided
her, and thanked her for caring so much about
the animals’ plight. Kathy also chatted with
two women who were doing Christian
outreach on campus. Both are vegan!