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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 12, 2013


VO’s approach, simultaneously pragmatic and forward-thinking, focuses on engaging those who are deemed most open to lifestyle changes: namely, the young, and, in particular, college students. Perhaps more importantly, its philosophy extends well beyond mere “vegan” outreach as a practical recognition of how vital it is to meet people where they are, not where animal advocates want them to be.
—VegNews, “The Road to Vegetopia”

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Product of the Week

Team Vegan member Brandon Becker: “Angela bought me the new, fire-roasted vegetable Daiya pizza (found at Whole Foods Market). It’s super good! Better than all other store-bought vegan pizzas. It was so delicious I ate the whole thing in like 15 minutes.”

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Notes from Our Members

Student at GVSU
Above, a student is engrossed in one of the 3,200+ booklets handed out by John Oberg and Chelsea Button (below) at Grand Valley State!
John Oberg and Chelsea Button at GVSU

On the way home after handing a booklet to over 1,100 students at Michigan State, I drove behind a truck crammed with turkeys on their way to slaughter. They were packed as 4 birds per wire cage (looked to be 24" x 24" x 24" cages) with no protection from the weather and wind. They were absolutely motionless due to the pain of their overgrown bodies and damage done in the handling, and no doubt fear of the experience of shipping.
     While I have seen some pretty brutal stuff during my years in animal protection, this made me cry. Let’s work.
—Team Vegan member Joe Espinosa, 3/26/13

I woke up to Joe’s message about the truck of turkeys on their way to slaughter. It made me sick to my stomach and shot adrenaline to my arms. Later in the day, I decided to re-read it. Teary-eyed and all, I got a booklet into the hands of every possible student I could.
     Based on the feedback from compassionate students throughout the day, I couldn’t have been happier that I did. Thank you to Joe for putting this work in perspective and reminding us all why we’re out there every day doing this necessary work. And thank you to the ones financially supporting this work; it’s for these turkeys that we can’t thank you enough.
     That day at Grand Valley State, with Chelsea [right], was one of my greatest this semester. The students were absolutely friendly, interested, and engaged. I literally met dozens of vegetarians / vegans and dozens of people who verbally stated how sad this is. One student pointed to the booklet and said to her friend, “Ahhhh!!!! This is why I’m vegetarian!!!” I gave her a Guide. Other students told me they had received a booklet previously and were really excited about it. Each got a Guide. I asked one student what he thought of the booklet and he said it made him not want to eat meat. One dude, as he walked down the steps towards me, reached out his arm to grab a booklet, jokingly saying “another victim.” I smiled, tapped my fingers on the cover of the Even If and said, “These guys are the victims.” He replied in a more serious tone, “Yes, they are.”

Kate Cowdery at WMU Deanna McDonald at WMU
Kristen at WMU
Janet at WMU


     At Western Michigan University, I had help from my host Deanna [McDonald, above, right] and her friend Kate [Cowdery, above, left] – they were great! One student pointed to her friend’s booklet and said, “That’s why I’m going vegetarian!” I flagged her down and gave her a Guide, which she joyfully accepted. Productive conversations with Kristen [left], Dana, and Janet [below, left], all of whom I expect will be changing, and maybe getting involved! A lot of other great feedback; e.g., another student explained that he really liked that we were there, that it’s so true how the only way things will really change is when consumers demand them to change.
—Team Vegan member John Oberg, 3/28/13

Good reception at Christopher Newport University. One young woman got a booklet, read it while standing up for a few minutes, sat down and read it for a few more minutes, then ran into her friends and told them that they should take a booklet. The highlight of the day was a guy who rode by on his skateboard with his belly on the board. As he approached, I got down on the ground, and did the handoff while laying there. He and his friends enjoyed it, as did I.
     One young woman said, “You’re still here. That’s diligence.” I get the feeling that many students respect someone who is willing to get out and stand up for a cause for many hours. One benefit of person-to-person outreach in an increasingly digital world is that we put a positive, friendly face to this work, and we send a message that this cause is so important that people are willing to get out in the cold for it.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/22/13

At Southern Maine Community College, a young man initially refused a booklet, saying things like, “We’ve been eating meat since the dawn of time!” When he walked by again, he stopped and heard me out, and ended up taking a booklet. Later, I met a young woman who got a booklet last year; she said she and her boyfriend are eating a lot more vegetarian meals now.

Sunni Mullenix at APSU
Christine at TSU
Jasmine at Vanderbilt

     A young man said he had worked at an egg farm. He said the conditions were horrible, and described small cages, sick birds with hardly any feathers, etc. He said part of his job was to go around and remove dead / dying birds from cages. While looking at the battery cage photos in the booklet, he said that conditions are sometimes even worse than what the photos show.
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 3/26/13

Rachel and I hit four schools in the snow today. Interesting interactions; e.g., after reading the booklet, one student, whose brother is vegetarian, said it finally makes sense; took a Guide for himself and another to show his brother.
     Great to run into Sunni [Mullenix, right] at Austin Peay State and have her help out. Interested students and productive conversations, including a professor. Met a student who had gone veg for a few months in the past and was no longer veg – gave her a Guide and encouragement that she could still eat less meat, not just go completely the other way; she agreed.
     Up early for a three-school day filled with many conversations. At Tennessee State, we met Christine [right], who was super stoked to get a Guide and thanked us for being out there. Vanderbilt was great; we met and then Guided and encouraged Jasmine [below, right], who now wants to go vegan. Had a long convo with a student who at first was adamant humans were carnivores. I quickly steered the conversation from biological characteristics to the ability to reduce suffering, and the awful treatment of animals on factory farms. This hit home and he warmed up; he left saying he would consider eating less meat.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 3/27/13

Gave a presentation on factory farming at Illinois State – it went really well, and I gave out Compassionate Choices and Guides at the end. Stuck around after to leaflet, and I’m sure the message stuck with some of them!
—Team Vegan member Jon Bockman, 3/21/13

First-time leafleter Rita joined me at Monroe College. Students were very friendly; e.g., talked with one very curious guy who was happy to get a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Lisa Drapkin, 3/28/13

New school for me and Stacey – Albertus Magnus College. Mike had a lot of questions about eating inexpensively, vitamins, health, protein, etc. Gave him a Guide. Met Robert, who came back and said he likes pigs feet, pork chops, etc. I said I understand, but it is not about taste, it is about compassion and reducing suffering. I asked if he could cut back on consuming animal products, to help. We talked for about 10 minutes and he took a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Karen James, 3/22/13

Was initially slow at Montana State, but then the fire marshal started testing the fire alarms! It was like a dream come true, with each building emptying out one at a time! After we followed the marshal around to all of the academic buildings, it was pretty well saturated. The most memorable conversation was with a professor who is vegan two days a week; hopefully our quick conversation will encourage him along!
—Team Vegan member Steve Erlsten, 3/27/13

At Loyola, enough interested young faces and people reading the booklet to give hope. Also, I leafleted a security guard who said she is vegetarian and was excited to get a Guide.
—Team Vegan member Leslie Patterson, 3/27/13

Good day at Valdosta State – reached over 1,000 students, and gave out dozens of Guides. Students thanked me for being out there and/or commented on how moving the booklets were. Spoke with a professor who, after our conversation, totally agreed with me that at least reducing animal product consumption was definitely the way to go, instead of eating “humane” products.

Zemone at Nicholls State
After leafleting Nicholls State in Thibodaux, LA, Vic Sjodin reports the highlight was meeting chemistry major Zemone (above), who now wants to go veg!

     Despite the rain-shortened day, I had a ton of great conversations at the College of Central Florida – was actually shocked by the near-universal interest in the booklets! Three people told me they now wanted to go vegetarian, and one said he would work on going vegan. The latter’s girlfriend had gone vegan to lose weight, but when that did not happen she went back to eating meat. However, he is trying to go vegan for the animals as he sees it as unnecessary to eat animal products – noting that it’s cruel when alternatives exist.
     The University of New Orleans was a fabulous experience and now one of my all-time favorite schools. Met lots of vegan and vegetarians, and will probably be giving a talk to the newly forming animal group in the fall as we exchanged contact info. Lots of conversations with folks wanting to make significant changes.
     New records at Loyola University and Xavier University, with good conversations. Two students said that they pretty much eat vegan during the Lenten season and wanted to know what foods are out there to make their diets more varied. Another student declared he was now a vegetarian after reading the Even If You Like Meat, as he can’t ethically justify eating meat anymore. Definitely worth it!
—Team Vegan member Dawn Ratcliffe, 3/18/13


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