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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  August 28, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Ali Pester

Activist Profile: Ali Pester

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet the Leafleting Queen of the North, Ali Pester. Ali is the most prolific Canadian leafleter of all time, having reached more than 44,000 individuals with a Vegan Outreach booklet!

Why do you leaflet?

I leaflet because it’s one part of activism that anyone can do. I was very shy about it in the past, but after learning how easy and rewarding it is, I recognize that it has the potential to reach so many people, often in just a small amount of time. Protesting can take a lot of time to organize and that can be really difficult as a full-time student. Leafleting just requires a bit of my day – maybe just a class break in a busy hallway. It’s also incredibly effective. After speaking to so many people who didn’t know what was happening on factory farms, countless people have thanked me for the information, asked me questions about how they can make a change, and have even come out to help me leaflet at another event. Vegan Outreach makes leafleting so easy – supplying me with booklets and always making me feel appreciated for the work that I’ve done.

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

Will at Berklee

The only downfall of leafleting, I find, is that you often don’t get to see the results immediately. Especially at Warped Tour events when we are handing out so many booklets so quickly that we often don’t get to talk to many individuals. However, it is always rewarding when we do get feedback. A few highlights off the top of my head are when David and I met a student at Berklee College of Music [Will, left] who had received a booklet in the past and it made him go veg. There was also a girl I leafleted at Warped Tour this year who turned to her friends and said, “This is why I’m vegetarian.” Possibly my favorite moment, however, was when I was sitting on the bus on my way home from campus late at night and a guy around my age started talking to me. He said he recognized me and had received a booklet from me more than once. He thanked me for my “very informative” work on campus, and told me that he is in the process of going vegetarian due to my outreach.

Full interview here.


Be a Part of Hotel Vegan Outreach!

Next week, Jon Camp, VO’s Director of Outreach, gets on the road for two months of college outreach through the south. He’ll be joined by VO intern Lauren Walker. They’ll be in WV, KY, TN, OK, TX, AZ, NM, LA, AL, and MS.

They’ve got housing lined up for most places, but are still in need of it for 1 to 3 nights in or near: Lubbock, TX; Houston, TX (for Lauren only); Las Cruces, NM; Lafayette, LA; Starkville, MS; and Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Troy, AL.

If you’d like to leaflet with them, host them, or if you’d like Jon to give a talk to your local advocacy group, please contact Jon at jon(at)veganoutreach(dot)org. Thank you so much!


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



Cookbook of the Week

Ali: “I would recommend the Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook by Kim Barnouin.”

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


Notes from Our Members

Fun day of leafleting with my mom [Karen, below] at Macomb Community College. We recently got some pretty bad news about her health, but her immense positivity has her turning sadness around and into motivation to get out there and do something to reduce others’ suffering. She’s currently wheelchair-bound, but that didn’t stop her from smiling ear-to-ear and offering a booklet to every student that walked by. She more than doubled her previous one-day record. We heard lots of supportive words and had many wonderful, productive conversations with interested individuals – which brought an even bigger smile to my ma’s face. It was a VO booklet that turned my mom veg, so she knows firsthand the power of this work. She inspires me every day and I feel I’m the luckiest son in the world.
—John Oberg, 5/8/13

Karen Oberg at Macomb CC
Student at U of Toledo
At the University of Toledo, Vic Sjodin heard from numerous people who got a VO booklet in the past; this student said, “Keep up the good work, it works!”

Great to be joined by Laura at Dartmouth today. She said the veg options there are improving; the booklet acceptance rate is definitely improving! When I first started coming here in 2010, it was one of the toughest schools, but now there seems to be more interest in the information. Today was a great day and we set a new record here! One young man shook my hand and said, “I appreciate your efforts. Keep up the good work.” Another young man thanked me for the leaflet and as he walked away he cheerfully said, “And happy Meatless Monday!”
—Lana Smithson, 5/13/13

It was an awesome day of outreach today with Joe at Joliet Junior College! The students were accepting booklets at a rate of 80% which was really incredible! Many students were already vegetarian, and many expressed interest in exploring a veg diet / limiting their meat intake to help save animals! A few let me know that they had successfully transitioned into veganism. One girl, who recently became vegan told me how wonderful she felt since changing her diet. Others, including a couple of faculty members, mentioned how saddened they were to see how animals are treated, and agreed that this was unacceptable. A number of students requested extra booklets to take with them to distribute to others! I spent some time talking with students who told me they had tried a vegan diet but were unsuccessful. Besides offering the Guide, I encouraged them to transition at their own pace if that works for them…perhaps eliminating one type of meat at a time or having meat-free days of the week. They were very appreciative of the advice and sincere about their desire to help animals.
—Tina Czerwinski, 5/7/13

Jovan and I quickly reached 580 students at Curie Metro High School on Chicago’s South Side. I was a bit worried that the line of parents in cars would object, but a father actually rolled down his window to ask for one.
—Leslie Patterson, 5/8/13

Leslie sends this pic of the Milwaukee Warped Tour crew (from left): Georgia Argiris, Stephanie Frankle, Becki Markle, Leslie Patterson, Jamie Jungenberg, Stephanie Lipari, Rachel Shippee, John Jungenberg, and Mary Jungenberg.
Milwaukee Warped Tour crew

In my short time after work at Harold Washington College, I heard from 2 vegans and 10 vegetarians, and most importantly a good number of students who were curious about the way modern farming treats animals. The opportunity before us is golden.
—Joe Espinosa, 5/8/13

John and I had a wonderful time leafleting at Triton College – the take rate was amazing. I gave a Guide to a student who used to be veg and had reservations; we talked and he left saying he has friends he wants to share the booklets with.
—Rachel Shippee, 5/8/13

Great day with Nicolas in San Diego! We reached over 2,000 students at California State University San Marcos and Palomar College. Talked with several vegans who want to get involved – I’ll follow up.
—Steve Erlsten, 5/7/13

Laura at Oberlin College
At Oberlin College, Vic Sjodin overheard Laura talking with a friend about wanting to go veg after getting booklets; of course, they both got Guides!

In a short time at Central Oregon Community College, I handed out 30 Guides to interested students. Many students said how glad they were that I had given them the Even If You Like Meat, and some students sounded very sad when they saw the Even If. Good conversations, including one with a student who said that he gets most of his meat from a particular ranch which he named. I asked if he had visited the ranch, and he said he had. I said, “I’m really glad to hear that, because some of the animal products that carry labels like free-range, if you visited the place they come from, you wouldn’t like what you saw.” After that, he seemed receptive to the message, asking more questions.
—Cobie deLespinasse, 5/13/13

Good interactions at Oregon State today – a number of students stopped to talk about how disgusted they were by how animals are treated. Leafleting’s great, given how easy it is: just bring the booklets – no complicated setup or equipment necessary. A large number of people can be reached in a short amount of time.
—Nettie Schwager, 5/20/13

Today at Irvine Valley College was a little difficult for me at first. Luckily an enthusiastic vegan came along just in time and we had a great conversation that lifted me up. Also had a nice discussion with a student named Max. I saw him sitting down completely engrossed in the booklet for around 15 minutes. He approached me to tell me how messed up he thinks it is; he received a Guide.
—Shura Hammond, 5/15/13

Jamie Platt at Rutgers
Jamie Platt (above, discussing Compassionate Choices with a student), Boris Yakubchik (below), and Jon Camp handed out 1,050 booklets at the Rutgers College Avenue Campus!

Big day at Bloomsburg University with Cathy! I talked with Ayisha, a student who said the booklet pushed her over the edge, and she is very serious about significantly changing her diet. Cathy spoke with a guy who used to work on a duck farm. He agreed that today’s farm animals are treated horribly. Cathy also spoke with a defensive farmer, who said that she treats two of the cows on her farm as pets. The farmer and Cathy agreed that today’s chickens lead really bad lives.
     Lots of friendly students at the University of Scranton. A really sweet professor told me that he has been cutting back on his meat consumption. I gave him a Guide, and we had a nice talk. As he left, he said, “You’re doing the right thing. My heart is with you.”
     Two minor bits of antagonism. For any given leafleting outing, a certain percentage of students are not going to be receptive. But all surveys on individual attitudes and dietary choices indicate this percentage will get a little smaller each year, as society is slowly getting more receptive to this issue. We’re gaining ground, the naysayers ranks continue to decline, and we don’t do any good stressing over these folks in the meantime. Also, even the naysayers change their minds from time to time. So by being polite to these folks, we at least leave the possibility open for them to think favorably of animal advocates, perhaps leading to an eventual change. And of course, the naysayers are the minority. Most people are quite nice.
—Jon Camp, 5/9/13

Boris Yakubchik at Rutgers


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