|Enewsletter • May 1, 2013|
Note from Vegan Outreach
Because of your generosity to Vegan Outreach’s end-of-year fundraiser, together, we have distributed nearly 1.1 million booklets already in 2013.
This puts us on pace for what could be a record year!
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Notes from Our Members
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Ethan, Rachel, and I came across many friendly students at the University of Texas at Arlington. Met several students who had changed their diet after getting a VO booklet previously – after our discussions and a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating, they’re each committed to going even further. Lots of other great conversations; e.g., one student had seen others reading and came up to us asking what people were reading in class; we had a conversation and he got a Compassionate Choices and a Guide. Also met numerous vegetarians / vegans.
We reached another 3,650 students at Texas A&M despite heavy downpours after 10 am. Saw a multitude of people reading as they walked down from where Ethan was handing them out; was able to leave my spot, run over and snag a pic [right]. We encountered no antagonism at this ag school. Several mentioned that they love animals when they got a leaflet. One was a huge football player who came back for a booklet after initially not wanting one, saying, “I’ve always loved animals.” Great friendly students here and encouraging to see so many reading the booklets.
At Sam Houston
State, the three of us beat the previous record
by more than 500, reaching over 2,200 students!
Watched many reading the booklet. One came back
and got a Guide after reading the Compassionate
Choices in class. Met enthusiastic
Kelsey [left], who went vegan after getting a booklet
from us last year. Also met a vegetarian couple [below, left]
who had been handed booklets at Warped Tour
700 students at CUNY LaGuardia.
One guy walking back held up his booklet and
said, “Thank you – I really like this.”
The owner of the halal food cart was at first
annoyed with me, but then softened and gave
me a free falafel!
felt the 10 degrees and whipping wind
at Creighton – had to go in to warm up during
lulls. Despite the cold, it was a good time.
A duo of students enthusiastically exclaimed,
“We’re vegetarian!!!” Another student
came back to say how heartbreaking the booklet
Despite the 5°
temperature this morning, today at the University
of Nebraska, Omaha was my favorite day of outreach
in the heartland of America this year! I encountered
nearly no cynicism and heard tons and tons of
good feedback. I really couldn’t believe how
many students willingly took their bare hands
out of their pockets to take a booklet upon
hearing “Help animals?” One supportive
and friendly woman had a giant blanket over
herself and her backpack. I made a joke saying,
“I wish I had a blanket!” to which
she then literally offered the blanket off her
back! I declined of course but how nice of her!
great conversations at Naugatuck
Valley Community College today! Met five vegetarians
and three vegans, and got ten names and emails
of students interested in starting a campus
club. A student remembered me from last semester,
and said after I gave him the VO booklet, he
cut his consumption of animal products almost
entirely! Another student remembered me from
Southern Connecticut State a year ago. I asked
him if it changed anything in his eating, and
he said, “I don’t eat meat anymore!”
He thought the treatment of the animals was
disgusting. A girl asked if I was just at the
Ivy League Vegan Conference at Yale. I said
I was. She asked me if there was someplace she
could sign up for a club. Indeed!
Chicago – Liz, Kenny, and I –
descended on DePaul today. DePaul can be tough,
but there are always new people to reach. We
met a new vegan interested in getting involved
for the animals. Another student came back and
wants to go vegan; she was happy to get a Guide!
Mississippi State! Despite the
rain and cold temps, students happily accepted
literature even if they were drenched or fiddling
with their umbrellas. Amazingly receptive and
friendly feedback. One student told me her experience
with Future Farmers of America was what made
her become a vegetarian. She couldn’t
deal with raising animals that would eventually
be killed. Super day and I have no doubt that
many will be making some changes and joining
the increasing number of recent veg folks already
on this campus!
great to have Darren and Todd
with me at Solano CC and Napa Valley College. Students
were receptive, and we met a number of vegetarians.
Both of these schools have come a long way over
leafleting at East Carolina University! As
always, I met vegans who had received a
booklet in the past and decided to change their
diet. Nothing beats the power of a VO booklet.
and I had great responses at Yuba
College, despite the rain! A professor invited
me to speak at his 4 pm class. I went through the presentation
somewhat quickly, leaving plenty of time for
Q&A. It was a phenomenal 90-minute discussion / presentation
with great questions and discussion from the
students. At the end, the professor invited
me to stay for his 6 pm class, and we did it
all over again. He is eager to have me back
stop at Oregon State – good acceptance
rate and conversations! Also met a student who
did a report on factory farms last semester
– nice to see it on people’s radar.
and I had a great productive day
at the University of Maryland. Despite the bitter
cold, we reached over 2,400 students! One guy
said he read my Reddit
Q&A, and he’s working on reducing
his meat consumption. Booya! Another guy told
Dave that this issue is more important than
what most others spend their time promoting.
He also said that he’s working on cutting back
his meat consumption.