|Enewsletter • July 17, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Victoria Randall
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we chat with Victoria Randall. Having already reached more than 10,000 concertgoers on this summer’s Warped Tour, Victoria is now closing in on 50,000 people reached with VO booklets!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
I know that it can be a little scary at even the thought of approaching strangers, but you have to keep the animals in mind. You are their voice.
Most of the time, people are very happy to get the information and are very sweet. One of my original fears was that people would ask me a million questions that I may or may not be able to answer, but it isn’t that way at all. If someone does have questions, they’ll usually ask very calmly and are completely genuine. If you don’t know the answers, it’s perfectly okay to say so.
The feeling you get afterwards is reward in itself. Give it a try and I know you’ll love it!
“Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!”
Product of the Week
Victoria: “100% Pure products are completely vegan, actively against animal testing, and their products are amazing! They have fruit-pigmented cosmetics too, which are absolutely heaven-sent.”
Notes from Our Members
Amazing day at Wright State! Rachel and I were joined by Elizabeth [Freeman, below, center], who went vegan after getting a booklet after a concert in Cincinnati a few years back and has been a powerhouse for animals ever since. Good feedback all day; e.g., one student [Greg, below, right] who told us he read the entire booklet; he thought it was well written, and the theme of Even If You Like Meat You Can Help End This Cruelty appealed to him, since he said he would never even entertain going vegetarian or vegan. But after reading the booklet, he agrees the treatment of animals is wrong and thinks it is reasonable to eat less meat. Also met Cordell [right], who wants to help animals and eat less meat; and had a long conversation with Charles [below, left], who promised to read both Even If and the Guide.
Special day at Columbus State Community College. Four separate people came back to us after classes to say they wanted to go vegetarian or vegan! Met Mrs. Meier [right], a math professor who got a VO booklet at a restaurant and cut back. After reading a booklet today, she said, “No more.” Got a Guide, and we had a lengthy, informative, and fun talk. We also ran into Jamie [below, left], who is an animal lover and did not like their abuse, but has been learning about the environmental implications of factory farming and wants to go vegan; we encouraged her, hammered home the myriad benefits, and she gladly took a Guide. Then we met Jasmine [below, center] – she was horrified at what she had been supporting, and is not eating meat again! We talked for a while, and she got a Guide. Next up, met Savannah [below, right], who had been floating the idea around of going veg earlier this week and BOOM got a booklet and a Guide – it was meant to be! Marilyn [right] came by; she wants to go veg with her mother and took two Guides. Two other students came back to ask for another booklet for someone else. Also met an increasing number of veg and vegan folk – great to see.
So much colder and
blustery today at Ohio State, but really fantastic!
Met Alex [right], who went vegan after getting an Even
If from Joe last year. One of the last leaflets
we had went to David [below, right], who comes from a very conservative
area and family. He had received and read an Even
If previously, and though he didn’t think
he could go veg, he said he realized “I could
make a difference by just decreasing my meat consumption.”
After getting the booklet again today, he realized
there was no longer any reason to eat and hurt
animals. He is going vegan! Further, both he and
his girlfriend are interested in leafleting in
Fabulous day at Santa Fe College!
A lot of people were thrilled
to get a Guide. Talked to a former
vegetarian who is now going to give it another
try. At least seven or eight other folks expressed
an interest in changing their diet.
More good conversations
at Winston-Salem State. Eight or nine conversations
that will result in dietary changes; Guided
many others because of the interest. A student
in her 40s came back to tell me how happy she
was that I was doing this and that she and her
family have been talking about going vegan for
some time. They have been reducing their animal
product consumption and had just said the day
before that a sign from God would seal the deal.
She said that I was the sign and she and her
family would now be going vegan.
At Monroe Community College, Constance
went table to table in the food court, and a
lot of those people said that they would eat
less meat. One girl was in the middle of eating
chicken when she learned about how chickens
are treated on factory farms. She hadn’t even
wiped the BBQ sauce off her lips before she
said that she would cut down on chicken. After
a short conversation, another guy pinky promised
that he would eat less meat. Two separate people
reached in the hallways said that they had been
seriously considering vegetarianism, and receiving
the leaflet was exactly what they needed to
finally go through with it.
Many great conversations at
San Diego State, and quite a few people came
back to talk and ask more questions after reading
the booklet. Talked with a guy who used to be
vegan, went over some of the various excuses
he’s come up with, and gave him a Guide.
He ended up saying, “No more excuses.”
More than a few people said things like, “Wow,
you have just opened my eyes!” One guy
came back later saying, “I had NO clue
that this kind of stuff went on, this is unbelievable.”
Four inches of snow on
the car this morning, and blowing snow throughout
the day, but very receptive students at Idaho
State! The next day, had great conversations
at Boise State – lots of opposition to factory
farming, interest in vegan options, etc. Nia
is a longtime vegan who was excited to connect
with other vegans. Kelly is excited to volunteer
in the future!
Great day at SUNY Purchase!
Shanti joined me – she came to see Jon Camp’s
presentation a few years back and has been active
ever since. We met many vegetarians, vegans,
and people interested in forming a group. One
guy said he had seen the Compassionate Choices
already, and said it was very well done,
very informative, and the pictures are heartbreaking.
I gave him a Guide, since the CC
had motivated him to cut back his animal
consumption. He will start by outright eliminating
one product at a time.
Ken and I handed out all our booklets
in only two class changes at Miami Dade College’s
North campus. Lots of students thanked us for
the information, and we each had many conversations
with students about lessening their animal consumption
as a great way to begin making a difference.
Students I talked to were immediately more open
and receptive when I suggested this as a good
way for them to start. Great to see so many
people receiving the leaflets with such openness
At Goucher College, a
woman came up to tell me that she could go
vegan, but she really loves pizza, especially
the real cheese. I told her that she could make
a “pizza exception” and eat vegan
the rest of the time. She said, “I like
that idea!” I leafleted a group of high
school students. One of them asked me, “Are
you vegan?” I told her I was. She said,
“Me, too!” She got a Guide.
Julie [left], a student there, asked, “Are you
with Vegan Outreach?” I said that I was.
Julie then let me know she got a VO booklet
a year ago from Aaron Ross and Kate St. John,
and she’s been a vegetarian since.
I am really glad
I went out today despite the iffy weather. Jessica
joined me at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and was a joy to leaflet with – together, we reached 1,400 students!
The students were super receptive at the Community College of Baltimore County – I had several great discussions, and a number of students said they would try a vegetarian
diet. One student said he was just talking about
going vegan and was excited about the good timing
of getting a booklet. A student athlete said
to me, “You have a lot of mass for a vegetarian,”
which made for a perfect opportunity to talk
about vegan health and tell him all about the
vegan UFC fighters like Aaron Simpson, football
players like Arian Foster, boxers like Timothy
Bradley (the undefeated welterweight boxing
champion of the world), and other star veg athletes
– this really peaked his interest. His comment
and the conversation was a good reminder that
it’s helpful to look healthy while doing outreach.
reception at the University of
Detroit! A 98% take rate, and good feedback – e.g., “Awww,
this makes me cry” and “I actually just
gave up meat! I’m anti anti anti [meat]!”
Another told me he loves what I’m doing.
students at Oakland University! Lavar told me
he’s been thinking about going vegan but he
doesn’t know how to fit it into his schedule.
I broke it down for him, gave him a Guide,
and we parted on great terms. Had a great convo
with two women; one of them ended with, “Wow,
that’s a really valid point. Maybe I’ll change
my ways.” Met another woman that just went
veg three days ago; and another who, because
I handed her a booklet today, is convinced to
go veg now because she’s disgusted by the way
these animals are being treated. Heard numerous
words of support like “I’m happy to see
someone doing this.”