|Enewsletter • April 10, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Team Vegan 2013!
Because of all of your donations to VO’s end-of-year fundraiser, Adopt a College activists are able to be out there every day, reaching thousands of new people. Already, hundreds of leafleters have handed a VO booklet to over 600,000 students this semester! The feedback we receive every day clearly shows the impact of your past donations.
Your next big opportunity starts on May 1, with Team Vegan 2013!
We’ll have more details later this month, when registration opens. For now, we’d like to thank John and Fany for being such an important part of every Team Vegan to date.
We hope you’ll be a part this year – you can really make a difference!
Links and Excerpts
Week of the Week
Jaya reminds us of a nice promotion that can get more people thinking about changing their diet: US VegWeek 2013 starts April 22.
Notes from Our Members
the Inauguration, Jaime, Kate
[right] and Aaron, our friends from FARM, and I reached
2,750 people with a VO booklet. Various reactions,
but a solid use of time; there were definitely
a number of individuals who were enthused about
receiving a booklet, especially younger individuals.
a new record at Florida Atlantic
University – one of the best leafleting experiences
I’ve had! I literally ran out of Guides
– I could have exceeded 50. Tons of conversations
and friendly students. Talked to several new
vegans who were thankful for the conversation / advice. One guy said he didn’t think he
could be vegan, because he had heard you
have to be 80% raw. I quickly squished that
rumor and we had a nice conversation. Later,
I was approached by a woman who wanted a Guide,
and several others groups of students (and staff)
who wanted more info. Fabulous day and extremely
MLK parade drew a great crowd, with
many genuinely interested in learning more about
factory farming. Bianca, a first-time leafleter,
commented later how surprisingly effective she
felt our few hours of outreach had been. Especially
surprising to her was how interested
the younger members of the crowd were in getting
the info, many who kept catching up to us to
get a leaflet after seeing others with them
from locations we’d already passed.
and I had a productive day at
Canada College and the College of San Mateo.
First-time leafleter Judy joined us at CSM,
and did a great job. The highlight of the day
was a woman who came up to me about an hour
after I gave her a leaflet to tell me she’d
looked through it and decided she doesn’t want
to eat meat anymore. She said she knows being
vegan would be even better for the animals,
but she isn’t ready for that step yet. I congratulated
her and told her most people go vegan in stages.
She said she hoped to become vegan someday.
Rachel and I had a solid day at the University of Texas, Brownsville, and South Texas College. Highlights of the day include Sonya [right], now going veg. Also spoke with a student who wanted to go vegan, and had two professors come back for booklets. One student exclaimed, “Aww, what a cute piggy!” and we heard him discuss issues as he walked away. Another student has been veg for six years and was very inspiring; she educated her friends and they too went veg. She had many questions and was worried about becoming pregnant while veg, so we had a long talk, and she said she was excited to read a Guide. Another veg student took a Guide to show her mom, who thought eating veg was unhealthy.
Back at STC the next day, met
two more students now planning to go veg after
getting a booklet; Rachel had a very nice conversation
with one of them [Paige, left].
the College of Lake County, we
had one person who read the leaflet and said
that he decided to go vegetarian on the spot.
We ran into Jamie’s former swim coach and he
took about 25 to distribute at the hospital
where he works.
CUNY Brooklyn, a guy asked why
it would matter if just one person stopped eating
meat. I explained that as more and more people
stop eating meat, fewer and fewer animals will
suffer. He really started to get it, and did
actually say he’s going to cut back on eating
meat and research more information.
Ted, and I had a solid day in
the snow at Suffolk County Community College.
Good conversations, including with a student
who said he went vegan for a week, but could
not stay with it. Told him about new products,
and gave him a Guide. He said he was going to
try again. Also got the names and emails of
five people interested in learning more about
going vegan and getting active.
to work with Angela and Eva at
Harold Washington College, even with the temperature
in the low 20s. Many students expressed interest
in vegetarianism or concern for the animals.
One student told me he is trying to go vegan
and was happy to receive a Guide.
Santa Ana College, I had two separate
amazing conversations with soon-to-be vegans
who both want to volunteer with us! I gave them
each an AML.
I also talked to a former military man who doesn’t
buy into veganism because of vegan stereotypes.
I used the “if you wouldn’t do this to
an animal, why would you pay someone else to
do it?” angle. In the end, he said he would
try some of the vegan meats!
friend and I had good outreach throughout
Hawaii this last week – we reached 1,500 students.
At Kapiolani Community College, had a great
conversation with a woman trying to reduce her
meat consumption; we discussed meat alternatives
and she left happy and motivated. Another student
said she’ll never eat meat again.
Jill, Kimberly, and I had a great time at
the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market! Some fav
At GateWay Community College, I
heard, “You’re doing a good thing, keep
it up!” and “I’m already on board.”
Handed Natalie [above, right] a booklet and she entered the
building. An hour later she emerged: “That
little booklet you gave me made me so sad. I
want to go vegetarian now.” She wants to
start getting involved in animal issues and
cut meat out of her diet. Awoooooooo!
And a solid day
at Mesa Community College with Meggie!
Heard tons of great feedback like, “This
is gruesome stuff,” “Oh, I’m already
vegan!” and “Yeah, I love animals.”
Had a good convo with Mike who asked when I
was first exposed to this issue. I told him
about four years ago and then asked if it was
his first exposure to it. “Yes, this is
pretty crazy, man.” I handed him a Guide
and my card; he was keenly interested in moving
away from this kind of cruelty! Also had a good
convo with a student named Paulina who wanted
to cut back on meat. Unfortunately she was just thinking
about cutting back on beef, so I informed her
about the numbers of chickens raised and slaughtered