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Our friend Miyoko’s site Artisan Vegan Life has a wealth of artistic vegan recipes, cooking demonstrations, etc. And we were fortunate to be able to try some of her recipes from her book Artisan Vegan Cheese – amazing!
support Vegan Outreach because I want to help
create a truly different world.
just read your brochure Compassionate Choices,
and I’m so happy I did. I’m vegetarian now and
I know I’m never going back, because of this
such a small school, I met a bunch of vegetarians
and vegans at the University of DC! It was fabulous
– and great interactions! I handed John [above] a booklet,
and he stopped and said: “Oh, thanks!
This is actually one of the reasons why I’m
vegetarian now.” He had received a booklet
last year and dropped animal flesh. He is now
working towards ditching dairy. VICTORY! Arniella [right]
said I couldn’t have come at a better
time in her life – she’s now planning on going
vegan! Also gave Guides to current vegetarians and people interested.
Lauren and I extended our record-breaking streak to seven at Austin Peay State – Megan [Holland, below] joined us, and together we reached 1,350 students. Had good conversations, including Consuela, who is now inspired to try more vegan eating. My day ended on a nice note with a Facebook message from a Penn State student who came to one of my talks there in the spring, liked my approach of taking it at your own pace, and now eats meat only every few weeks. We never know when we’re going to have an influence on others; we just have to continue reaching out to people where they are, and doing it repeatedly.
We rolled into
rural Kentucky and extended our streak to eight
consecutive days at Murray State, reaching over
1,550 students. Highlight was two happy, singing
young women. When they saw what I was giving
out, and said, “We’re vegetarians!”
I told them that I appreciated their enthusiasm
and gave them both Guides – they were
and I had an epic day at Anoka-Ramsey Community
College. Despite the rain, we met with very
receptive students and vegetarians (who got Guides). At Hamline University, I met
Leera, who wants to leaflet. One girl yelled
back to me, “Thanks for doing this!”
One of my favorite responses was, “I don’t eat meat, I eat MorningStar!” Talked to a really
nice guy who used to be veg and is disgusted
by the cruelties; he got a Guide.
Great interactions at Clarion University. Jeremy [above, left] and Alexis were both very supportive of our message and told me they’re considering eating veg after reading our booklet, so I was sure to get them each a Guide. I encountered a failed vegetarian who said that going veg made her gain weight. I gave her a Guide and told her it was “healthy veg eating 101.” I said, “Promise me you’ll read it!” as she ran to class. Kate [above, center] approached me from across the street to inquire about our lit; I also gave her a Guide. Rachel [above, right] is interested in volunteering; I gave her my email, so hopefully we’ll have another young activist on our side! Very rewarding day.
Today was an awesome
day of outreach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
– I reached 1,750 students and staff, and had
great conversations! JD [above, left] was psyched to see me
on campus. Another student [above, center] approached and asked
me to explain what our lit was all about. We
had a really nice conversation about how cruel
animal agriculture is and how easy it is to
make compassionate choices. He was very perceptive
and happy to take a Guide. Another
student [above, right] recognized my T-shirt and we talked
hip-hop for a minute. I told him he should delve
deeper into Dead Prez’s catalogue to learn why
Stic chooses to live a healthy vegan lifestyle.
It was a cool connection to make! I even had
an IUP professor stop to chat with me; he was
also pleased that I was presenting students
with this information. He was a pescatarian,
so I spoke briefly with him about the cruelty
of farmed fish and told him about other non-animal
sources of protein. He was happy to take a Guide!
All in all a very good day of outreach, really
feeling that positive energy!
1,200 students at the University of New Hampshire. A biochemistry professor doubled back to chat
after getting a booklet. At the end of the day,
I offered CVA
booklets to some religious people on campus.
Two accepted, but another was very belligerent.
A student who saw how the guy treated me said,
“I’ll take one of your booklets.”
of the day at Miami Dade’s Wolfson campus
were groups of culinary school students, with
nearly all 30 taking a leaflet. One came back
to talk and asked for more info.
day at Sonoma State! Lisa joined me, and we handed
a booklet to nearly 2,000 individuals – almost
a quarter of the entire student body! So busy
I didn’t have time for conversations, but great
MFA was excited to be able to leaflet the students
at Roosevelt HS, getting them talking about
the message in Compassionate Choices.
We reached a huge number in just a short time
– an amazing day of outreach!
Holyoke Community College, five students gave
me their email info to form a group and/or
help leaflet. Jose got a Guide and
is going to try going vegan. Alex accepted a
booklet and asked other people near me to take
them, too. After class, he came back to say
that he is now nearly vegan. At Westfield State,
Maurice [below, left] asked me to do an interview with
the campus radio station, and Matt asked me
to come speak with his spirituality group!
Jennifer [Greene, above], Ann,
Jana, AnneMarie, Lauren, and I reached nearly
2,500 students at Nassau Community College.
It was a sweltering day, and I nearly passed
out in the heat! Glad I didn’t, because it was
so productive. I met so many wonderful vegans
and vegetarians, and so did the others! Mary
read the booklet and came back to discuss how
to help. She’s going to start by going veg;
got a Guide. A student said she received
a booklet from me last semester and went vegetarian.
Many students came over to ask for a leaflet
when they saw us handing them out. One unhappy-looking
dude rushed past and called back over his shoulder,
“I work on a farm, and you guys are ruining
it for me.” Nick said he wanted to eat
more meat-free meals. Jennifer pointed out the
meal ideas on page 12 of Compassionate Choices,
and gave him a Guide. Another student
said he’d been vegan for six months and would
like to get back to that. He got Guided,
Emily [top of page] received
a VO booklet last year, and is almost vegetarian
as a result. Her 10-year-old sister read it and went vegetarian immediately! They
are now working on their mom, dad, and 7-year-old
brother! I like that chain reaction!