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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  July 10, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Matt Ball

Link of the Week: Standing Up for Animals

VO’s most “Liked” post ever: Veganism, Courage, and the Animals

Excerpt: Meat eaters love to change the subject and complain about vegans’ sense of smug superiority. But I can say it is very likely that I am superior to most of you in one area – I have made more mistakes.… One of my biggest mistakes was lacking courage – but perhaps not in the way you think.

Full article.


Brian Grupe and Jack Norris at CRC
Above is Brian, sans headwear, with Jack at Cosumnes River College; and below, sporting some of his many hats.
Straw Santa Pink cowboy

Brian is Leaving the Nest!

The first time Brian Grupe ever leafleted was with me at the Warped Tour in 2007. After just a few minutes, he had mastered the art, jumping in front of me to get to people first! That confidence led him to great heights.

After volunteering for Vegan Outreach in the summer of 2007, VO hired Brian for fall. He leafleted Bay Area schools and then moved to Boston to be our Northeast Outreach Coordinator for 2008. In the spring of 2009, Brian returned to the Bay Area, where he has leafleted ever since.

Brian has leafleted on more than 1,000 different occasions at 312 different schools, handing booklets to more than 380,000 students! Including his leafleting at concerts and other places, he has handed a VO booklet to over 415,000 people! Additionally, Brian organized volunteers to reach another 150,000 people at his outings.

Almost always in a stylish hat, Brian has taught the college kids not only about compassion, but also how to dress for success.

Brian has been a joy to work with and we will miss him greatly. Personally, I will miss working with Brian, but I hope to continue to run into him at Herbivore when I’m in the Bay Area.

Thanks so much, BG!
—Jack Norris

WayFare spread


Product of the Week

Brian: “WayFare’s We Can’t Say It’s Cheese spread is so good! Hickory-smoked cheddar is my JAAAAAM.”

Please submit your nominees for product of the week via this page; previous entries here.


Notes from Brian

Despite the fact we got poured on, it was great to have Jessica and Eleanor with me at Las Positas College. Many students were super interested. The second person I offered one to informed me they were vegan – “Awesome! That’s my favorite answer!”

Worker at the Academy of Art

     Big thanks to Jess for powering through the Academy of Art University and UC Hastings with me! These schools can be tough to leaflet, but we did see a lot of people reading their booklets while waiting for the bus. And I snapped a great pic [left] of a construction worker engrossed in the material – and eating veggies and hummus!
     Chilly but good day at Contra Costa College – Dalila and I reached just about everyone on campus, and got great questions and feedback. For example: One guy said he was just talking about this minutes ago in his sociology class. He and his friend both got booklets and started intensely discussing the materials on the way to the parking lot.
     What a day! Diane [Gandee Sorbi, below, left] was with me at both Mission College and San Jose State. Manisha, Melissa, Judy, Donna [DeLurgio, below, behind Diane], Lu, and Mike joined us at SJSU. Together, we reached 2,998 students – just great responses! For example, one guy [below, right] told us he had been veg for a year after getting a VO booklet on campus – and he was feeling great!

Diane Gandee Sorbi and Donna DeLurgio at SJSU Vegetarian at Mission College
Clifton Stone at USF


     A great day at the University of San Francisco with Clifton [Stone, right]. Good reception, and met lots of vegetarians and vegans!
     Hadn’t been to Berkeley City College for a while; a great experience again, as I always seem to have at this school! Fascinating discussions. One of the highlights was meeting an enthusiastic new vegetarian eager for more information. Got some great pics, too [below].
     Another great day with Kitty at Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College! I ran into a student I’ve seen every semester for the last two years; she said talking with us has been really helpful, and every time she gets a booklet, it keeps her on track.
     Diane and I had all sorts of interesting encounters today at Skyline College! For example, three women were interested in learning more after getting a booklet. Two of them are considering going veg, and the other has been trying to stop eating meat, but her mother is afraid she’ll get sick from protein deficiency. Diane explained there are plenty of excellent sources of protein that don’t include animal products. They all happily accepted a Guide. Another student wanted to get involved with VO. Finally, a guy approached Diane with booklet in hand, looking upset. He asked if the things he’d just read were true. She assured him they were. He said it was disgusting the way animals are treated and was shocked it was legal. He said he planned to change his diet because, “I don’t want animals treated like this just so I can eat scrambled eggs or a cheeseburger.”
—Brian Grupe

Below: Students are engrossed in Compassionate Choices at UC Hastings (left) and Berkeley City College (center and right).
Student at UC Hastings Student at BCC Student at BCC


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