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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  May 1, 2013

Note from Vegan Outreach

You Decide!

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!

Will we, together, be able to distribute 3+ million booklets this year? You decide!

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Notes from Our Members

Student at UTA Student at UTA
Vic sends along these pics from UTA: above are two of the students who were moved to change their diets after receiving a VO booklet; and below, Rachel Shockey and Ethan Dussault provide more students with Compassionate Choices.

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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.

Rachel Shockey at UTA Ethan Dussault at UTA
Student at TAMU


     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.

Kelsey Fowler at SHSU
Veg couple at SHSU

     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 in Dallas.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 2/19/13

Reached 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!
—Team Vegan member Lisa Drapkin, 2/19/13

Really 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 is.
     At Metropolitan Community College, one student yelled out, “I like this! Thanks a lot!” on her way down the hallway. Saw a handful of other students reading through the booklet [below, right] in my short time there.

Students at MCC

     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!
     Right off the bat, at 7:50 am, Jessica came up to me and said, “I just want you to know I’ve been vegan for two years and want to thank you for doing this!” She got a Guide and now wants to get involved! One student exclaimed, “Ohhh, I’m all about this!” Another student took a booklet, and by her facial expressions and wide-open eyes I could tell she was genuinely interested. I asked if she’d like a Guide as well and she grabbed it out of my hands and said, “Yes! I’ve been thinking lately about doing this!” Sometimes as VO leafleters we’re the seed planters, but sometimes we’re the plant growers.
—Team Vegan member John Oberg, 2/20/13

Student at DePaul
Kenny Torrella snapped this student reading an Even If You Like Meat while waiting for the train at DePaul.

Many 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!
     One of the last students I spoke with came up to me and said, “Oh. You are the one handing out this information. This is a good thing you are doing. I want to sign up.” Got his email!
—Team Vegan member Karen James, 2/19/13

Team 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!
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 2/18/13

Loved 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!
     Met lots of vegetarians and even more vegans at Florida State. Highlight of the day was a guy who said that he read the Compassionate Choices during the class change and it really impacted him. His friend then spoke up to ask for both the CC and Guide, as he could stand a good cry, especially since it was Valentine’s Day.
—Team Vegan member Dawn Ratcliffe, 2/14/13

Jessica Carroll, Diane Gandee Sorbi, Brian Grupe, and Kitty Jones at CCSF
Jessica Carroll, Diane Gandee Sorbi, Brian Grupe, and Kitty Jones (above) reached 2,900+ students with Even If You Like Meat at the City College of San Francisco; and Loren Hart snapped Team Triangle’s Rob Gilbride (below) leafleting Duke University, where they reached 1,000 students, staff, and faculty this semester!
Rob Gilbride at Duke


Was 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 the years!
—Team Vegan member Brian Grupe, 2/4/13

Great 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.
—One axis of Team Triangle, 2/18/13

Tatiana Mendez at GHS
Jon sends along these pics of Tatiana Mendez (above) leafleting Gaithersburg HS on 2/14/13, and Dave Doctor (below) leafleting the U of Mary Washington on 2/15/13.
Dave Doctor at UMW

Brittany 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 next semester!
     Today, I made another great connection! Cal State Chico’s sustainability coordinator wants us to give a presentation later this year. Brittany, Charlotte, and I also reached 1,550 students.
—Team Vegan member Steve Erlsten, 2/20/13

Quick 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.
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 2/14/13

Dave 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.
     Amy told me she was considering going veg, and that her boyfriend (who lives with her) insists on eating meat. I gave her a lot of information about veg eating, and told her, for her boyfriend, where she would be more likely to find meat that was associated with better animal welfare standards. I always let these individuals know that I see “humane meat” as less cruel, but not cruelty-free, and go into detail why I would say that. I think that answering every question with “Go vegan!” might make us feel good, but it can be a disservice to animals if the end result will be a diet of factory farmed meat.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 2/21/13


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