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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 19, 2013
Student at UTC


It’s great to know that I can support Vegan Outreach – and in turn increase the number of people who hear our message – by making a financial contribution.
     Leafleting requires not only the energy to physically hand out booklets, but also needs financial backing. I’m glad I can participate!

This donation is to acknowledge the person who passed out leaflets at Temple University. I was inspired to start eating vegan then, a choice I feel good about every day.

After getting a VO booklet from Vic Sjodin at the University of Tennessee, the student at left was also inspired to go vegan!


Notes from Vegan Outreach

Chloe Falkenheim

New Team Members Work for the Animals

With the doubling opportunity expanded by a very generous donor, Team Vegan 2013 is hard at work raising money for the animals.

This week, we’d like to highlight Team Vegan 2013 members on the team for the first time:

Johanna and Brooke Andris

Johanna Andris (left, with Brooke), East Bay AR & Advocacy, Wendy Blanch, The Vegan Catholic, Debera Delgatto, Chloe Falkenheim (right, with friend), Maria Catalina Furtuna, Team Joslyn, Annalisa Palmer, Adrienne Ramirez, Tonja Robertson, Corey Smoot, Sarah Still, Diane Thompson, Oneonta Vegans, Lynn Voss, and Kimberly Zandy.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to any of these members, or the people in the feedback section below, or simply click here to make a direct donation!

And your donation will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

Thank you so much for your support!

Will, Maya, and Tyler


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Notes from Our Members

Student at MTSU
Student at MTSU

I handed out my 900,000th booklet for VO today. Thank you so much to everyone on this list who donates to ensure that activists have all these booklets to hand out! This work gives me a great amount of joy and meaning. So you’re not just helping animals, you’re giving me the opportunity to do work that I find rewarding. And I never take this for granted.
—Team Vegan member Jon Camp, 3/26/13

Good conversations at the University of Maine, Farmington. An older woman gave thumbs up and said, “I approve of what you’re doing. Thank you for doing it!” Another woman said she grew up on a farm and she lamented, “Looking back, it wasn’t a very nice place.”
     Productive day at the University of New Hampshire. A professor said, “Good timing; I was just talking about these issues with my students.” I had a meat-reduction conversation with someone who said he could never go vegetarian. He probably thought I would criticize him but he was very happy with our conversation. He shook my hand and seemed willing to reduce meat consumption. Very positive.
—Team Vegan member Lana Smithson, 4/5/13

Middle Tennessee State was great outreach for me and Rachel, here in increasingly veg-friendly Murfreesboro. Many great interactions, including three students [below] who said they now want to go vegan! We met one student [above, right] who told us he went veg after getting a VO booklet last semester; after talking longer, he revealed in the past he used to taunt his veg friends, “For every animal you save, I will eat two.” Now he is veg from a VO booklet! We met another student [right] who was disturbed by the info in the booklet; and after a long talk said she was going to start cutting it out and eating meatless meals. I really feel our conversation helped and augmented the booklet.

Student at MTSU Student at MTSU Student at MTSU

     We had an outstanding day at East Tennessee State with Frannie [Miller, below, right]! Many great reactions; e.g., “Thank you SO much for handing these out.” Met Yesenia [below, left], who told us she now wanted to go vegan; got a Guide. Another student came back to say he would eat less meat; others asked for extra booklets to give to friends and family. After heavy leafleting the last few years, we are helping make this area far more vegan friendly.

Yesenia at ETSU Frannie Miller at ETSU
David Shaffer at UT Knoxville


     I’d say this was one of the best days of the semester; then again, when you are saving animals and awakening people to compassionate living, every day is the best day!
     David [Shaffer, right] joined Rachel and me at the University of Tennessee – we reached over 2,400 students, including Sara [below], who now wants to go vegan! Incredible how much more receptive students are to the plight of the animals than in ’08 and ’09. Many students thanked us for being out there. It is evident we are making a huge difference.
—Team Vegan member Vic Sjodin, 4/3/13

Sara at UT Knoxville


Another productive day at Oregon State. Just a few negative comments; when one person refused a booklet saying she likes steak, the person she was walking with yelled back to me that she is eating less meat due to receiving a booklet.
—Team Vegan member Nettie Schwager, 4/1/13

So much interest that the night just flew by at the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market! A woman told Jeanie that getting a Compassionate Choices at the Arroyo Grande farmers’ market caused her to go vegan. There were a couple instances of guys saying they wouldn’t get enough protein if they were vegan – I showed them the photo of Robert Cheeke in Compassionate Choices. A group of students got booklets and posed with the cow [below]. I have a feeling there will be some new vegetarians out of that group!
—Team Vegan member Barbara Bear, 3/28/13

Students at San Luis Obispo farmers’ market

The first guy I met at Norwalk Community College was a new vegetarian. He took booklets and said, “I am going to share this great information with my family and friends! This cruelty needs to stop!” Another guy said, “I’m all for this! My aunt introduced me to vegan eating, and being nice to animals. Keep up the good work!” Met Mario, who received a Vegan Outreach booklet 13 years ago and went vegan! His girlfriend is vegan too.
     At Housatonic Community College, a student said, “I help animals: I don’t eat them anymore since I got one of these booklets from you last year!” An older woman came back and said, “I read the booklet. What is happening is a shame. I am so glad you are standing up for the animals. I WILL cut back on animal products!” Score! An older man walked by, stopped, looked at the booklet, said his daughter is vegan, and that his wife is a teacher who may be interested in this info and a talk for her class. He took my card.

Kyra at FSU
John Oberg reached more than 1,200 students at Ferris State on 3/26/13. The first booklet went to Kyra (above), who said, “Awww, this is so sad. God didn’t make animals to be tortured like this.”

     Reached over 1,000 students at Dutchess Community College, where after getting a booklet, one woman said she will now cut back consuming animal products to twice a week. A security guard said, “Keep going, and good luck doing the good work!” Eleven students wanted to start a group and eight of them were interested in leafleting!
—Team Vegan member Karen James, 4/1/13

Driving to Purdue, I passed a number of chicken and pig sheds, as well as Fair Oaks Farms, a dairy and now pig operation that makes it a point to paint a pretty picture of animal agriculture. I was also thinking that this is the day after the 45th anniversary of the killing of Dr. King and our work for justice does not require us to withstand fire hoses, police attacks, firebombings and lynchings. Reflecting on our great position in time and space to effect change made me serious about the work.
—Team Vegan member Joe Espinosa, 4/5/13

Great day at the University of Northern Colorado! Reached 1,175 students, and gave a talk. Knowing it is a slaughterhouse town, I expected the worst, but wonderful reception!
—Team Vegan member Steve Erlsten, 4/1/13

Shocked by the reception rate at the University of Arizona Book Fair. People would stop and come back when they heard what I was offering. Even more shocking was the percentage of people who were already vegetarian / vegan. I could have easily handed out dozens more Guides. Loads and loads and loads of people – including those you absolutely wouldn’t expect – said they were veg, thanked me for being out there with *great* appreciation, etc. No long interactions, but some nice short ones. (E.g., one guy with a St. Louis Cardinals hat and shirt took a booklet, and I said, “Tony La Russa is a vegetarian.” He stopped and said, “Really?” with great interest.)
—Team Vegan member Matt Ball, 3/10/13

Kids at Miami Beach
Linda Bower reached 200 beachgoers in Miami on 3/29/13 and reports getting “lots of support and gratitude for the booklets.”

I was blown away by the response I received at St. Petersburg College! Even some of the more conservative-looking folks responded with sincere interest and talked to me despite record low temps for this time of year, as well as fierce wind. Several folks came back to get more booklets. And an ethics professor wants me to come back to campus.
     Lots of people at the University of South Florida were very grateful for the literature. A long, thoughtful conversation with a pre-med student who will undoubtedly be making some changes. He appreciated that I did not make outlandish health claims about veganism and was very happy to hear about Jack’s approach (honest and based on peer-reviewed studies) to vegan nutrition. While we were talking, a woman approached us to thank me for leafleting.
—Team Vegan member Dawn Ratcliffe, 3/27/13

Suzanne Smalligan at GVSU

Cornerstone University was sweet. I walked onto campus and noticed a faraway door open up with a huge flow of students exiting. Knocked out a ton of booklets and heard awesome stuff. E.g., met Jessie and Hailey that said how sad it was. I Guided Jessie, then Hailey wanted one. Jessie told Hailey, “We should get on that vegetarian kick!”

Antaeus at GVSU

     Take-rate was 97% at Aquinas College. I had a great conversation with a student who had been vegetarian for 6.5 years, so I encouraged her to try it again; she seemed genuinely interested. I think just asking someone to do it is a powerful thing. Also met a vegan that was happy to see me out there and said she’d never met another vegan before; I put her in contact with some locals.
     Was great to have Suzanne [Smalligan, above] with me at Grand Valley State. So much amazing feedback. For example, Antaeus [left] came up to Suzanne and said, “This is soooo interesting. It makes me not want to eat meat anymore. Thank you for being out here.” A set of eyes opened up to the plight of farm animals because of our presence! Awesome.
—Team Vegan member John Oberg, 3/29/13

Rita and I had a great day at John Jay! One girl took a bunch for her classmates. Another girl said she was glad to have found a booklet! Also met two veg people who thought it was awesome to see us out there and were happy to hear about VO!
—Team Vegan member Lisa Drapkin, 4/4/13


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