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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 14, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Ben Sylvester

Activist Profile: Ben Sylvester

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we chat with Ben Sylvester. Ben has handed a Vegan Outreach booklet directly to more than 40,000 individuals – mostly under the hot sun of the Warped Tour!

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

Although you’re not handing out gunpowder, these booklets can spark people to become involved almost immediately – I’ve had people hug me and shake my hand for doing this work. You can get people that really appreciate what you do, and there is nothing more satisfying than that.

Full interview here.


From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs


Recipe of the Week

Ben: “Toast a bagel, slice in two halves, cover the tops with peanut butter, and slice a banana on top of the peanut butter.”

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


Notes from Our Members

Melissa at U of Akron
Student at U of Akron

Rachel and I reached 1,670 Zips at the University of Akron. The third booklet went to Melissa [right], who is now leaning toward going fully vegan; she took a Guide for herself and a Compassionate Choices and Guide for her boss, who is considering going veg. Saw many reading in sunshine, snapped one pic [below, right]. Also met Sophia who would like to leaflet with VO in the future.
     Today at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College was our 117th and last day together on our spring tour. Together, we’ve reached more than 100,000 students with VO booklets; add in all the volunteers who joined us and we reached many more!
     Since I started leafleting in 2008, never before have I had so many positive interactions on campuses. The world is changing and it is because of all of Vegan Outreach’s donors and leafleters!!
—Vic Sjodin, 5/2/13

Leafleting the Cinco de Mayo parade was great – I was able to use Christian Vegetarian Association booklets, ¿Por qué vegetariano?, and Compassionate Choices. There were so many people it was easy to target the younger people. I got a lot of “I want to help animals” or “I need to go vegetarian” comments, and even a few “My friend just learned about this, and went like seriously vegan” comments.
—Darina Bockman, 5/5/13

At Keene State, one young woman said she had been vegetarian for six months and then “failed.” I gave her encouragement and reassurance that there is no such thing as being perfect. She said that made her feel better and would try again. Another young woman said she’s mostly vegetarian and the info would be helpful.
—Lana Smithson, 5/1/13

Vic sends these pics from Kenyon College: Rachel Shockey and James, who read Compassionate Choices and got a Guide.
Rachel Shockey at Kenyon College James at Kenyon College

Rita and I had good interactions at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College. Two people asked for recipes, so we gave them Guides. Another person asked how can people themselves actually make a difference in such a huge problem – our answer was supply and demand. He really thought it made a lot of sense.
—Lisa Drapkin, 5/6/13

Student at Macomb CC Student at Macomb CC
Above: John Oberg snapped these students engrossed in Even If You Like Meat at Macomb Community College. Below: Jon Camp sends this pic of Justin Berkheimer leafleting Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Justin Berkheimer at Edinboro

I met Danny at Macomb Community College. He had previously tried to be vegan. I gave him a Guide, and he said, “This is exactly what I need!”
     At Schoolcraft College, I met Jeremiah, a new vegan who is loving it. Another student said, “Helllll yeah” when I said, “Help stop animal cruelty.” Another student told me the booklet made him now want to become a vegetarian. Another said, “Thank you so much for doing this. I try to tell people all the time about what’s going on.” He took a Guide and shook my hand.
     Interaction of the day was with two hunter- / country-looking dudes. One had Uncle Kracker playing from his cell phone. I asked if they got a booklet yet. One did and one didn’t. I gave the one who didn’t a booklet and said, “It’s pretty messed up how they’re treating animals.” The Uncle Kracker-playing guy, who had gotten one earlier, said, “Yeah, I read through it. It even had me crying a bit.” Then the other asked if I had seen Food, Inc. I told him yeah – it was the PG-version of what’s really going on. He was shocked and sincerely wished me luck, while Uncle Kracker excitedly accepted a Guide.
—John Oberg, 5/1/13

While Gina and I were leafleting today, a security guard approached to say he had recently gone vegetarian! So he got a Guide and a “Congrats! That’s fantastic!” from me.
—Elaine Vigneault, 5/6/13

At Harrisburg Area Community College, I had a nice chat with Terry, a culinary student, who had seen Food, Inc. and The Meatrix. He said that he ate grass-fed beef. I said that while that was a step forward, since he was a culinary student, he might like to try some good veggie recipes. He took a Guide.
—Jon Camp, 5/6/13

Jessica and I had 90% acceptance rate and good interactions at Gannon University. One vegetarian was very happy to receive a Guide. Jessica had a person return and ask her questions about the animals portrayed in Even If You Like Meat; she also took a Guide.
—Justin Berkheimer, 5/6/13

Student at Chemeketa CC Nettie Schwager at Chemeketa CC

We had a great day at Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University. Lots of people asked us questions / picked our brains about eating veg. Cobie watched one woman intensely reading a booklet [far left], so offered her a Guide. The woman repeatedly said how awful factory farms are, in a voice loud enough that Nettie [left] could hear her about 30 feet away. The woman said she would read everything.
—Cobie deLespinasse & Nettie Schwager, 5/6/13

Great day at Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College, with interesting conversations. For example, I was patient with a devout Christian who was very talkative. In the end, I was glad I let her talk, because (with a bit of guidance) she told me the animal abuse has to stop, and the only way to stop it is to stop buying animal products!
—Steve Erlsten, 5/1/13


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