|Enewsletter • September 18, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
October 2 – the Biggest Leafleting Day Ever?
FARM’s World Day for Farmed Animals turns 30 this October 2nd. This would be a great opportunity to get out there and leaflet as part of this national day of outreach!
If you have never leafleted before, check out the Adopt a College site for details on the How! If you have leafleted before, try to schedule an outing for Wednesday, Oct. 2. Report your numbers to Anne (at) VeganOutreach (dot) org, and we’ll see if we can set a new record!
Why Vegan Outreach? A Day in the Life
Vic Sjodin, the animals’ Gentle Giant and VO’s SoCal coordinator, has been continuing his amazing work. Here is just one example, from Mt. San Antonio College last week:
“Special day; many interactions with people after getting booklets. Overheard students saying things like, ‘this is horrible,’ and discussing the booklet with friends.
“Veronica [below, left] came back, said she wants to stop eating and hurting animals, and asked for lit to show her friends. Also met Milagro [right] who was horrified by the treatment of animals and wants to go veg.
“Three students [below, right] were also horrified by the treatment of farmed animals; they said they wanted to work with VO for their mandatory 8 hours of volunteering for one of their classes.
“Another student [below, left] stopped by and told me she was an animal lover and related how she had saved dogs and a duck. I mentioned that the animals who suffer the most abuse are those confined and mutilated and killed for human consumption; I gave her a Guide and gently related that to be an animal lover means not to eat them! Another student [below, right] came by and said she was deeply affected by the lit and wants to go vegan.
“Also met Pedro [right] who was in haste going to class but related how it was just horrible what happens to farmed animals; he wanted to help and hoped to connect in the future. Many other interactions [including Jordana, below, center] and quick bro downs, a very solid day here.”
Thanks so much to everyone who makes Vic’s work possible – and the work of hundreds and hundreds of other leafleters – with your support! It really makes a difference: all these lives changed are because of your donations!
Hotel Vegan Outreach in the Southeast!
VO’s SE coordinator, Dawn Ratcliffe, is looking for housing while touring this semester in: Myrtle Beach / Conway, SC; Augusta and Statesboro, GA; Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS.
If you can help Dawn out, or would like to potentially house an activist in your area in the future, please email Anne (at) VeganOutreach (dot) org. Thank you!
Free E-Book of the Week
To celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st, Ken Beller’s Great Peacemakers e-book is being offered free of charge from Sept. 21 through Sept. 23. Note: Ken’s marketing firm, Near Bridge, has consulted (pro bono) on the content of VO’s booklets.
Notes from Our Members
nice start to my 21st semester
of leafleting for Vegan Outreach – I reached
nearly 1,500 students with VO’s booklets at
Illinois State. Heard from two vegans, 17 vegetarians
and one student who let me know that getting
the booklet from me last year moved him to drop
meat. I gave him a Guide and thanked him for sparing animals.
was a cold and windy day at Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology, but we were
overwhelmed with the response. People were really
receptive and the take rate was quite high.
Some people went out of their way to come and
take a booklet, and others stopped for a chat.
Kristin, Liz, Rachael, John [Sakars, right], Eliza, and I handed
out all our booklets in 42 minutes. At the cafe
we found a long line and a few people were reading
their booklet, and many many more reading them
at the tables.
off this fall with Virginia State.
These open-minded students weren’t even a little
hesitant to grab a booklet that was offered
to them as “info to help animals.”
Had two conversations with a vegetarian [Karla, right], and
then with a pre-vegan who wants to go meatless
every day for lunch. Baby steps, folks! Had
a long, wonderful conversation with a biology
student who was told every veg-myth I’ve ever
heard. She was so wide-eyed when hearing the
truth, nodded in agreement (many “that’s
true”s and “never thought of it that way”s),
and was excited to get her Guide after
asking how she can get started in reducing her
meat consumption. AND…I broke my first record
today – the new all-time high at VSU is 1,334!
Cold wind at the Pismo Beach farmers’ market earlier this month, but a receptive crowd. I targeted the booklets to young adults, but quite often they ended up in the hands of kids. I watched a boy and girl [below] read the booklet cover-to-cover. The girl sat on a curb and read it for the longest time, and when her mom told her it was time to move on, she kept right on reading as she walked.
At the Pismo Beach Car
Show, I saw many people reading the booklet
and sharing the info with others. A few people
asked what the literature was about. My standard
reply today was, “It’s about how animals
suffer to become food and what we can do about
it.” Everyone still took a copy!
back at the Pismo Beach farmers’ market today.
Three young men walked up, and while two of them
joked about liking bacon, the third stopped
and asked what the booklet was about. I told
him the brochure was specifically about how
animals suffer to become food. He paged through
it, then said, “I appreciate you,”
and shook my hand sincerely before we parted
ways. Another guy came over purposefully to
see what I was handing out. As I answered his
questions, he paged deeper into the booklet
and kept shaking his head saying, “This
is just wrong.” We shook hands and he left
with a Guide in hand. The way his opinion changed
during the course of the conversation, I think
he’s going to be cutting back on his animal
great day leafleting at University
Center. MFA volunteers Brian, Jen, Alan, Heather,
Stephanie, Glenn, and I reached 1,600 people.
Multiple people asked me about what was in the
leaflet and wanted to know where they could
get more information. Not only did it seem like
people were receptive to learning about the
suffering of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses,
there were tons of pro-veg people on the street
thanking us for the amazing outreach. It really
seems like, slowly but surely, change is happening.
convos at Miami Dade College –
probably met a good half-dozen happy vegetarians.
Several others stopped, saying they’d been wanting
to try going veg but were asking for pointers on how to get started. The several who felt especially
challenged in the past were really receptive
to trying the incremental approach. Felt good
seeing people feeling recharged and ready to
give vegetarianism another go.
and I had good interactions at
Gen Con. For example, Wendy spoke with one man
who said he really liked bacon but after hearing
how pigs are treated he said he would try some
of the vegan alternatives she suggested. One
girl in a pig costume [right] saw the booklet and said
she loved pigs, and thought it was
awful that they suffer such cruelty and abuse.
the Finrymple bunch (Sky, Elsa,
Bodhi, Alek, Sen, Anna [Dalrymple, below, left], Fin, and mom Alissa)
headed over to the University of Oklahoma Freshman
Orientation Fair. After spreading out, we shared
400 booklets in no time!
reached 200 people at the Foggy
Bottom Metro station. When we were about to
hand out our last one, a woman said, “I
read this last year and stopped eating meat.
And since I cook, my husband doesn’t eat meat
at home anymore.” I said, “The cook
has the power!”