|Enewsletter • September 11, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Activist Profile: Rachel Shippee
Continuing our series of activist profiles, we meet new Vegan Outreach employee, Rachel Shippee! After dominating Illinois the past couple years – and even Hawaii this past winter! – she’s begun her first tour stretching from the Midwest to the Great Plains, from the Pacific Northwest to the mountainous western states. She’s already broken records and is on track to having one of the most prolific VO semesters ever!
Why do you leaflet?
After joining the AR club at school, our first outreach event was leafleting. It was amazing to be able to reach so many people so quickly! It really seemed like the most effective activism I could participate in, and that’s why I continue to leaflet.
What was your most positive leafleting experience?
Any time I’m out leafleting and I hear someone tell me they went veg because of receiving a booklet is a memorable experience for me. It’s a reminder that our work is important and effective!
What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?
It’s totally normal to be hesitant! I never thought I would be able to go to public places and approach people I didn’t know. However, once you get started and get a few out, you will see people are generally nice and happy to take your info. It’s also very rewarding work – there’s nothing like the feeling after a great day of leafleting!
From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Homemade Bars of the Week
Rachel has a great-looking recipe for peanut butter and jam bars.
Notes from Our Members
first day on tour was great –
I reached over 2,150 students at Iowa State!
I met two vegans who were looking to start clubs
on campus; I took their info. I heard from other
vegetarians who thanked me for being there.
Overall students were receptive. A man stopped
by to tell me that his daughter was vegan and
most of the swimmers she coaches have gone vegan;
we talked about nutrition and I gave him a Guide.
Johanna, Peggy, and I had two amazing
days at the huge Strawberry Festival. So many
people stopped to thank us for our work, told
us we were doing important work, and one vegan
even gave me a big hug while saying, “Yea,
us!” A young guy stopped to help, too.
A number of people who at first refused the
booklet, then, realizing it was about animals,
took it after all. Met some folks who were earnestly
trying to go from veg to vegan, so they got
Guides and vegan buttons for inspiration.
high school leafleting during
the final week. At Lincoln Park High School,
I handed out every booklet I had. One boy exclaimed
he was already vegan, and gladly accepted the
Guide. The take rate at George Westinghouse
College Prep was high, and hopefully some seeds
were planted. A number of students said, “Yes
please, I love / want to help animals.”
and I planned our day off to meet
up at Northwestern. Maxine stopped by to help,
too. We reached 900 students, and it was a lively
day! A big high school group was visiting campus
and almost every single student wanted a leaflet.
the University of Chicago, a student
asked why animal suffering was my focus. I explained
that birds, mammals, and bony fish all have the
ability to feel pain. I explained that the number
of animals made to suffer, the intensity of
their suffering, and the whimsical reason that
they are made to suffer, as well as each of
us having direct control over that suffering
and death, is what drew me into this work on
my days off from being a social worker.
leafleting today, one girl said
after reading about what happens to pigs in
Compassionate Choices, she would no
longer eat pigs. Later, while waiting for her
friends to get to Chick-fil-A for lunch, one
young woman asked me for a booklet. She later
told me that she didn’t know about the things
that went on in factory farms prior to that.
She also said she was going to think about her
eating choices and she was “sure as hell
not gonna eat here today with my friends.”
fit in about two hours at Georgia
State. High take rate and positive responses.
I even had a campus policeman come hang out
next to me for a while; we talked about how
animals suffer on factory farms, he agreed it
was horrible and took a booklet. One woman
took one and then came back by an hour later
with a burrito; she pointed to it and said, “I
got tofu!” Another guy took a booklet,
then immediately turned around and asked for
another for his stepdad – he said they have
both been talking about making these changes.
Lastly, I met one vegan woman, and one guy said
he was already vegetarian and was going to give
his booklet to a friend.
An amazing day at two schools in LA! I met Juan [left] at Los Angeles Mission College; he doesn’t eat pork, because of the way the pigs are treated. We discussed battery cages, fish farming, and a vegan diet! He was once vegetarian for two years, and he knows if he puts his mind to it, he can go vegan. He is excited about reading the Guide and getting started!