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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 23, 2013

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Chris Guinn
Alex Greenwood snapped this pic of Chris at the University of Toronto in Mississauga on 10/8/13 – along with John Sakars, they reached more than 1,200 students!

Activist Profile: Chris Guinn

Continuing our series of activist profiles, we talk with Chris Guinn. Chris, currently leafleting in Canada, has handed a VO booklet to more than 28,000 individuals!

What was your most positive leafleting experience?

Earlier this summer I took my younger brother Adrian leafleting for the first time. He had a blast and did a great job, it was a rewarding experience for both of us. Watching him evolve from a stubborn meat eater to a compassionate vegan has been awesome, I’m tremendously proud of him.

What would you say to individuals hesitant about leafleting?

Everyone has to start somewhere. As someone who is naturally introverted, my first leafleting experience made me a little anxious. I wasn’t really too comfortable approaching strangers and didn’t really feel confident conversing with them, but I quickly found leafleting to be a very comfortable thing for me after getting out there just a couple of times. Understanding the difference leafleting makes for animals, I grew to love it. Every time I leaflet, I walk away with a feeling of accomplishment – it’s rewarding when you know you’ve made an impact. An hour of your free time once a week can mean a big difference for animals suffering on factory farms. If you really think leafleting really isn’t for you, you can make a donation!

Full interview here.

 

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Notes from Our Members

The students at American River College were hungry for this information! I talked to more vegetarians and vegans than I could count, and lots of Guides went to people who have been trying to go vegan. One Guide went to a culinary student who talked about the rise of demand for vegan foods, and how she wants to be prepared to accommodate customers!

Rebecca at Shippensburg U

     Today was another fantastic day at Sacramento City College! The most memorable interaction was brief but powerful. On her way past, a student said she read the booklet in class and started crying. She didn’t stop to talk, but as she went past, she said, “Thank you…and not thank you, because now I can’t eat meat anymore.” It stuck with me because she was so genuine and her raw emotion came through so clearly. In three seconds she communicated volumes to me. It was one of the many small victories that make all of this hard work worthwhile!
—Steve Erlsten, 9/12/13

Pretty good day – reached 660 students at Shippensburg University, and 140 at Dickinson College. Met James who wanted to have someone give a presentation – I got his email and gave him some videos to show. Also met Rebecca [right], who told me that she had been eating a semi-veg flexitarian diet; we conversed a bit about transitioning to veg eating and I told her about some easy meals I make and was sure to get her a Guide too! She was compassionate and understood the cruelty of animal agriculture, I just had to reassure her that eating veg is easy!
—Chris Guinn, 9/12/13

The wondrous Chelsea and I continued our leafleting fun with a short day at Oakland University. Was crazy busy and the take rate was so good we could have reached twice as many people had we brought more booklets! One guy named Duncan said, “I’m vegetarian, please tell me what more I can do to spread the word.”
—John Oberg, 9/5/13

Shaunagh, Elizabeth, Kristin, Rachael, and I had a record day at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology! We all noted many more vegans and veggies out and about and stopping to tell us about it. Annie wanted to hear more about what we were doing and get involved. My favorite moment was right at the end when someone said, “I want one of those vegan books.” Another said, “Me too,” and a third stuck out her arm. It was like a feeding frenzy and I didn’t know which way was up!

Sam and April at U of L

     From Shaunagh: “One guy said he had already read the booklet and was trying to cut down his meat intake. I encouraged him, saying that every little bit helps. Another young man wondered if it would be possible to still be healthy and get all his dietary requirements on a vegan diet. I explained that yes, the Australian dietary guidelines have recently changed, saying that a vegan diet is perfectly healthy, and encouraged him to Google them for more info. Another guy looked pretty sceptical as he took a booklet. He said he’d met some arrogant vegans, and asked if it is appropriate for someone in a third-world country to be told to go vegan. I said I wasn’t leafleting in a third-world country, that I was completely aware of how privileged I am to be educated and to be able to afford meat alternatives at the supermarket. I said that for me, not being part of contributing to factory farming is a really good place to start, when often it’s hard to know how to make a difference in the world. He thanked me and shook my hand.”
     From Kristin: “8 people said they were already vegan. An older man read the book then came back to me to have a chat about it. He was a meat eater completely open to learning more. We also discussed the disconnect between the food we buy and where it comes from. He told me bacon doesn’t taste like it used to. I suggested that may be because he doesn’t want to be eating it anymore!”
—Chelsea Collins, 9/12/13

Tricia Lebkuecher and Jon Camp at Vanderbilt U

Lane Tech High School was my first time leafleting to high school students – the take rate was great! It was very exciting knowing that these malleable minds are so eager to accept new information and have the potential to be future change agents. Sydney, Alan, and I had a very rewarding day of outreach.
—Becki Markle, 9/5/13

It was great to have Sam and April of the Louisville Vegetarian Club join us at the University of Louisville [above] – they helped Lauren and me reach 2,355 students, continuing our string of records. Had good conversations with people upset about what they learned from the booklet, with questions about nutrition and fitness, and interest in what VO does. A good day!
     After two class changes at Belmont University, Lauren and I extended our record streak to five schools at Vanderbilt, where we were joined by two members of the local group. Met a number of interested students. Also had a productive discussion with a woman who was curious about people who have chickens kept in good conditions and eat their eggs. She also inquired about honey, noting that more honeybees are used in food pollination than for honey. I told her that I didn’t spend any of my advocacy time stressing over the gray issues, focusing on the black and white – the obvious forms of suffering. She said that this approach was different than her form of advocacy years ago, where there was more of a focus on making everything black and white. She said that her breed of advocacy had died out, saying, “Perhaps you’ve learned from us.”
—Jon Camp (above, right, at Vanderbilt U with VIVA member Tricia Lebkuecher), 9/13/13

Kassy Ortega at Towson U
Shakira at Towson U

Boom, baby! Kate, Sarah [below], Leslie, and I reached over 3,100 students at Towson University! Shakira [right] was very interested in the booklet and sharing everything she learns with her friends on social media. Also, an on-campus vegan bake sale!
—Kassy Ortega (above, at Towson U) 9/12/13

For day 5 of my Ohio vacation, we headed down to Cleveland State to vegucate the students there. Had a record day thanks to the super leafleting powers of Frances! Vacation total = 5 schools, 28 hours, 7,290 people reached!
—Leslie Patterson, 9/13/13

The rain didn’t seem to slow me down at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Higher take rate and more smiles than last time I was here. During a slow spell a student was envying my umbrella, so I walked him to the end of the path he was on and we chatted about his semester – didn’t plug the animals, but I countered the angry vegan stereotype, and he has a booklet to read.
—Laura Hart, 9/12/13

Good interactions at CUNY Baruch. I met a high school student who was vegetarian and really excited to hear about VO. Same goes for a student in the environmental club who is looking to do a program pertaining to vegetarianism. I met someone whose 14-year-old daughter has been vegan for three years and he said she would be thrilled to see the booklet. I also saw a student who I used to work with at my previous job – I had given him a leaflet about a year ago and he told me he still has it and since then has cut back on meat!
—Lisa Drapkin, 9/12/13

Below: Sarah De Munck provides Compassionate Choices at Towson University.
Sarah De Munck at Towson U
Student at UW Oshkosh

Reached almost 1,500 students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. One Guide went to a girl who used to be vegetarian and is looking to get back into it – hopefully she now has the encouragement to do so. Also gave a Guide to a girl who said the booklet was very sad and we talked about what she can do to reduce the suffering of animals. Watched one student who, after taking a booklet, walked ten feet, stopped and stood reading it, front to back [right].
—Rachel Shippee, 9/11/13

At the University of Toronto, I heard from someone who had been on and off vegetarian, and it was getting a VO booklet last year that got her back on track. She also took a Guide today.
—Alex Greenwood, 9/11/13

Matt at BC Frances at BC Pablo at BC
Students at BC

Solid day for the animals at Bakersfield College today! Lots of interactions; e.g., met Frances [above, center], a really kind student who wants to go veg, we had a productive convo. Also met Pablo [above, right], who had seen video online from social media and had some questions. We had a very productive talk and he is now interested in vegan eating. Met Matt [above, left], and we had a long and comprehensive discussion on animal suffering in factory farms. He seemed deeply interested in eating vegan and was very affable. I saw many reading booklets as they walked. For example: early on, I saw two students reading and walking, finally they stopped and had a discussion of these issues [right]. They were very sincere, saying what is done to animals is awful.
—Vic Sjodin, 9/11/13

 

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