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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 7, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Claire at MI VegFest
John Oberg sends this pic of Claire, who got a VO booklet at a San Francisco music festival a few years ago; as a result, she and a friend have been vegan ever since!

Reaching Millions and Millions!

The Adopt a College program has hit another big number: 14,000,000+ people personally handed a booklet!

Leafleters have reached 9.5 million+ students at schools of all sorts, and another 4.5 million+ individuals at concerts, festivals, etc.

Take a second to consider fourteen million! Laying those booklets end to end would reach 1,878 miles – more than the trip from Chicago to Tucson!

That’s impressive, of course. But even more impressive is the vital role each one of you has played in changing lives and saving animals.

Together, all of us – thousands of donors and thousands of leafleters – have accomplished so much!

And together, we will accomplish much, much more!

Anne Green
Director of Development and Programs


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Our friends at the Passionate Vegan are creating a new shirt every Tuesday, with 10% of the sales going to Vegan Outreach to reach more people with VO booklets!

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


Steven at Buffalo Warped Tour
While leafleting the Warped Tour stop outside Buffalo, Aaron Ross snapped this pic of Steven, who’s been veg since getting a VO booklet at last year’s show!

Notes from Our Members

I was @ Warped yesterday in Hartford and my friends and I were approached by someone handing out your booklets. I talked with her for a while and was horrified when I looked through the booklets. I decided to go full vegetarian and mostly vegan (I’ll ease my way into veganism).
—CM, 7/15/13

Pretty good take-rate at Michigan State – about 70% and I encountered little resistance, even from ag students! One athletic guy described a video about a Tyson farm. I then informed him that nearly all animals raised for meat and dairy go through the same things, so it’s not just Tyson. He was happy to get a Guide and wished me luck. Christine [below] came back and said, “Thank you for giving me this! I’ve read half of it on my walk. It is really good. I had no idea it was like this. I think you’ve got me convinced.” I informed her that as bad as it is, there’s something she can do about it and gave her a Guide.

Christine at MSU

     Excited reactions and good convos at two Oakland Community College campuses. In the hour and a half that Catalina and I were at Royal Oak, we met so many veg*ns and people who were very moved. One woman said that when her then 4-year-old daughter realized chicken nuggets came from actual chicken, she stopped eating meat. Now she’s 13 and still keeping it up! It was very useful to have a Guide on hand for the mom.
—John Oberg, 4/29/13

Was great to have Melissa join me at the University of Maine, Orono; great feedback and thanks for our work – even high fives! One student said he remembered getting a booklet last semester and as he took one today he said, “Thanks for the reminder of why I should eat less meat.” Even had a constructive conversation with a woman from a ranching family – we found common ground and she expressed appreciation for our efforts to reduce suffering.
—Lana Smithson, 4/29/13

Leafleting was really good at the Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus. Friendly interactions and met four vegans – a nice surprise, the first time I’d ever come across any here. Best interaction of the day was talking to two young ladies with an infant who were super happy to receive booklets. One of them took our meeting as a sign and agreed to go veg right on the spot! Both got Guides and left on such a positive note with thumbs up in the air that two groups of students coming from both directions all lined up to make sure they’d get booklets too. Toward the end, a psych professor invited me to do a talk in her class, the second invitation I’ve received here.
—Yuri Mitzkewich, 4/29/13

Above is Christine at Michigan State, and below is a student reading Even If You Like Meat at OCC Royal Oak.
Student at OCC

Great at Cal State San Marcos! It was really nice to come across so many interested people who were so eager to learn about how they can help.
—Shura Hammond, 5/1/13

Vegan at YSU

Heard from three vegans and 15 vegetarians at Joliet Junior College, and talked harm reduction (avoiding bird, fish and egg consumption) with three students who cared about animal suffering but were not ready to go all the way vegetarian. Also talked with a few ag students about my history moving from animal agriculture child and animal ag student to animal protectionist. Apparently that conversation went well enough that the student spoke with his instructor who brought the whole class of 24 ag students to talk with me about what we are doing to animals in modern animal agriculture. It takes more than 24 ag students and a professor to intimidate me, and that discussion went equally well.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/1/13

At Youngstown State, Mara and Amber [below, left] thanked us for leafleting and said they were very touched by the booklets. They are going to cut down meat consumption drastically and try to go veg; both got a Guide. Rachel met a student who used to be veg and is now thinking of going back; he got a Guide and encouragement. We also met a vegan student [right] who had two roommates thinking about going vegan, so he came back to get booklets for them.
     Poignant to be working to end violence at Kent State, where Rachel and I met many veg folk. Met Steven [below, right], who supported us and is going to eat less meat. Two women went to give back the booklets, and this led to a 15-min conversation that was eye-opening and informative and kind; both left with Guides and a new perspective on things.
—Vic Sjodin, 4/30/13

Mara and Amber at YSU Steven at Kent State
Ted at SBU
After receiving a Guide from Lisa Drapkin at Stony Brook University’s Earthstock festival, Ted plans to have many more meat-free meals!


At St. John’s University, I met Sonjay, whose 12-year-old daughter wants to be vegetarian – she was happy to get a Guide. Met a vegan student who was in the middle of explaining something about veganism to his friend when I gave his friend a booklet. Another vegetarian student asked how I got involved in doing this, and I told her all about VO and gave her my card.
—Lisa Drapkin, 5/1/13

Great day and great conversations at San Diego City College and Southwestern College. I talked with a Muslim student about halal practices and the cruelty inherent in killing animals, and I talked to a couple of vegans who might check out the AAC program. One woman talked about how her daughter is vegan and inspiring her to eat more meat-free meals. Another student was looking for a way to atone for his history of shoplifting. I could almost see him calculating how many lives he could save by going vegan, and how many petty thefts could be erased from his karmic record. It was a bit strange, but I was happy with how the conversation went. He went from “I don’t really give a [expletive] about animals” to “I guess they’re kinda my brothers too” in about two minutes. Whatever works!
—Steve Erlsten, 4/30/13

Liz, Joe, and I got sunburned at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Jovan was already sunburned! But a small price to pay for such a great day. Everyone heard from a ton of vegans and vegetarians, and we were very happy with reaching over 1,700 students!
—Mikael Nielsen, 4/30/13

Mikael sends these pics of Sydney Ward (left) and Kayla Hutchings (right) reaching students at Columbia College Chicago.
Sydney Ward at Columbia Kayla Hutchings at Columbia


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