Thursday, June 30, 2011

You Rock! You Rock! You Totally Rock!

Thanks so much to everyone who has made Team Vegan 2011 such as smashing success!

1. The Team members. Wow, what a great group, beating the bushes to raise money from friends, family, co-workers, etc. Because of your efforts, VO heads into Fall semester with the ability to print and ship even more booklets than last Fall!

2. The donors. Thanks so much to everyone who gave to a Team member or straight to the Team. Especially:

3. John, Fany, Steve, Steve, and Anonymous! Your matching challenge and double doubling helped increase everyone's impact! We are deeply and truly honored that you have such a strong belief in VO's work that you use your limited money to help others have a bigger impact!

Again -- thanks so very, very much for everyone's hard work and support! You have made a real difference, and your efforts will change lives!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

As the Clock Winds Down...

While working on this post,
Nikki sent this picture of the latest
"on-the-spot" veggie!
The last Team Vegan Enewsletter is streaming through the intertubes.

In addition to plugging the last few hours to give to the Team, I wanted to be sure everyone saw this great quote from our good pal Kenny:

Worthwhile leafleting at the Coheed and Cambria concert. A staff member started joking about veganism and talking about human teeth, evolution, etc. Instead of getting into those debates, I just simply said, “This booklet isn’t about our teeth or whether humans can or cannot digest meat, it’s about the fact that every time we eat, we can make a choice to reduce suffering in the world – it’s that simple.” He agreed. For the rest of my leafleting, we’d chat when I’d finished a part of the line and he agreed with me about a lot of things.
—Team Vegan member Kenny Torrella, 4/30/11

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let's Get Real

I just tweeted this as a question, but here I'll just come out and say it:

VO has the most thoughtful & dedicated donors!

Inspiring! Amazing!
And humbling, too. Every day, we're doing our best to make sure your dollars go as far as possible for the animals.

You can track the last few hours here.

PS -- Happy Birthday, Joe and Eileen!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Consequences: You, Team Vegan, and the Future

Because of the incredible generosity of our members during 2010's end-of-year fundraiser, Vegan Outreach has been able to print and distribute a record number of booklets during the first six months of 2011. During the Spring term, Adopt a College activists set a huge new distribution record, reaching 680,274 students at 797 schools!

These records, and the countless lives changed, are the direct consequence of contributions to Vegan Outreach's work. If you gave to VO's end-of-year fundraiser, these are your records.

What will happen during the rest of 2011? Will we set a new overall distribution record, exceeding 2008's 2.4 million? Will the Fall term see even more students learning the animals' plight?

Now is the time to make these things happen!

There are just a few days left to take advantage of Team Vegan's double-doubling challenge!

Please click over to the Team and help us put more money to work for the animals.

With your contribution today, you can create four times the amount of change in the world!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Recipe Sunday

Here at the office, we make taco meat once a week (plenty for leftovers). It is easy and very versatile; we can add whatever veggies we have around (cabbage, carrots, peppers, peas, tomatoes -- canned or fresh, etc). A can of V-8 adds a quick dose of more goodness. You can use different flavoring if not in the mood for mexican (curry powder or sauce, turmeric, or various Asian sauces). While you can be as complicated as you'd like with the spices, using a packet of taco seasoning makes the recipe really quick and easy!

Also can make into chili quite easily. We serve as tacos, or burritos, or with rice or potatoes, etc. (But never, ever Cincinnati style!)

The variations are immense, and the flexibility makes it a quick go-to recipe!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Miscellany

Nikki sends this picture of a
life changing.

Via Jack, a former vegetarian's interesting interview of a vegan paleontologist

More Jack: Vitamin D Update

More nutrition, this time from Ginny! Fat Soluble Vitamins: Do They Stand Between Vegans and Health?

Clever: Where Are You?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Video: Money for Nothing

Thanks so much to everyone who has come forward to take advantage of Team Vegan's Double Doubling! So many of you have given, putting thousands and thousands of dollars to work for the animals!

We are already at $73,000, but we're going to need your help to reach $90,000 and turn all the money into new vegetarians. If you haven't already, please click over to Team Vegan and double double your dollars!

 If you want to help animals, no better way to do so than by taking advantage of more money for nothing!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Yeee-HAW! Doubled Doubling is ON!

Get this!
On top of the donors who have extended the Team Vegan matching campaign to $90,000, another donor has put up money for a double doubling challenge!
That’s right: now through June 30, every contribution you make to someone on Team Vegan will be immediately doubled, dollar for dollar!
And then, on July 1, that entire doubled amount will again be doubled by our incredible supporters John, Fany, Steve, and Steve!
Donate $50, and you’ll ultimately put $200 to work for the animals, reaching many, many new people who may never otherwise learn a compelling and complete case for compassion.
Among many, many others, Team Vegan includes such outstanding leafleters as Nikki “Hugs” BenoitEileen Botti,Jon “The Machine” CampJoe “Stop” EspinosaBrian “The” Grupe, & Darina Smith – all of whom would greatly appreciate if you were to support their efforts for the animals!
So please see our feedback page for what your donations accomplish, and then please click over to the Team’s page and take advantage of this great opportunity to change even more lives!
Thank you so much!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Matching Opportunity Expanded!

Several donors have stepped forward to expand the Team Vegan matching pool from $65,000 to $90,000!

But we’ll need your help to put all this money to work for the animals.

For the next week, you can take advantage of this great opportunity by giving to a member of Team Vegan, or to the TV general fund.

So please, click on over to Team Vegan, and reach more people!

Your contribution is secure, tax-deductible, and will be doubled, dollar for dollar!

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Website Debuts!

She may not exist*, but the Goddess Lauren, our designer and researcher, continues to amaze!

Her latest is a total rework of VO's website.

Check it out!

*As Jack points out here, none of us have ever met Lauren.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Good Stuff

From our pals at COK, the cover of Restaurant News:

Mmmmm ... healthy!

Congratulations to Eugene Khutoryansky (VO's top volunteer leafleter) for being VegFund's activist of the month!

And apologies to John Oberg (profile). We left him out of yesterday's Enewsletter, as he joined after we had compiled the list.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday Stories

Today's Enewsletter is streaming through the intertubes; please check to see if you get your copy! Loads of great stories, including one of Scranton — Scranton!

And if you've been over at Team Vegan, you'll note the matching challenge is almost to $60k! Thanks to everyone who has given so generously!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Team Vegan Doubles Dollars!

For the next two weeks, any donation you make to a member of Team Vegan (or the TV general fund) will be doubled, dollar-for-dollar!

Don't know who to support? You could give to Fred Tyler, who leaflets in all sorts of terrible weather in the less-than-vegan-heaven upper Midwest.

Or lifelong vegan Ellen, who just finished another straight-A year of high school and is now working here.

So just click on over and be a part of this great program!

And whoever you choose, the animals thank you for seeking
to get the biggest bang for the buck!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday Links

How Your Meat Eating Can Kill Vegetarians

E. Coli: Blame the Meat, Not the Sprouts

Via Erik: Morrissey Inspires Lokerse Feesten Meat Ban

Congrats to COK! One Month Later: Pita Pit Declares its New Vegan Patty a Success!

Accompanying an order yesterday: "Thank you so much! I became a vegan 11 years ago because of a Vegan Outreach booklet, so I'm very grateful to your organization."

Nikki sends this picture of from
Mt. San Antonio College.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

One Runner's Story

Team Vegan member Melissa Swanson put up this report of last year's marathon. An abbreviated excerpt:

At this point, Aaron informs me that there are goats coming up. Goats? What the heck? Did he say GOATS? AM I GOING CRAZY?! It was mile 20. My sanity is at low tide, people. And yeah, I think he just actually said goats.

And then there were goats!

No sooner did I see the goats (and say a very enthusiastic hello) did roosters start crowing. Then the cows saw me and started to moo. I was JAZZED. I started informing the cows and chickens, "Yeah, I'm Team Vegan! I'm running for you guys!!" *thumbs up to barnyard critters* *barnyard critters go ape and moo and crow like rockstars!* I take this as them cheering, thank them, and keep going. As soon as I'm out of the area, they go quiet again. Best part of the run.

I am on a farm animal cheering section induced high for the next two miles.

You can print more booklets by supporting Melissa here, and help her in the upcoming Portland marathon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Miscellany

On Thursday, Andrew Tobias (DNC Treasurer and well-known financial guru) ran a reader letter saying people who care about global warming should eat chicken instead of beef. Today he ran a follow-up letter (second section).

Friday non-AR relatedm just-for-fun video from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.

And finally:
Team Vegan member Jeni Haines finds this
Berkeley "student" hungry for compassion.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nutrition Thursday

Jack just posted his Basics of Nutrition Research -- a must read for anyone at all interested in being veg (let along being an honest advocate).

Not to be outdone, Ginny's post today (Understanding Nutrition Research: A Quick Primer) begins:

This is clearly a case of great minds thinking alike. I started writing this post earlier in the week, and just saw that Jack Norris posted an article on the same topic yesterday. If you're at all interested in this topic, I hope you’ll read both; his is a more in depth discussion and this one is a faster overview.

Yvonne LeGrice, Adopt-a-College's top volunteer for Spring,
hands out one of her 30,000+ booklets this year.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

VO's Vast Reach: A Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Even a Stormtrooper can make Compassionate Choices.
Intergalactic photo by Kelsey Mosher.

PS -- Today's Enewsletter is on its way; as always, please look for it. If it is filtered, please be sure to mark it as legitimate mail. Thanks!

PPS -- The blog has had the FB "Like" button added, if you want to plug your favorite posts.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"The infinitely most important work for us"

From Jon Camp's 2010 tour in the Northeast, the grave of George Thorndike Angell, founder of the MSPCA, foreshadows Adopt-a-College with the inscription:

We must never forget that the infinitely most important work for us is the humane education of the millions who are soon to come on the stage of action.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion

From a new recurring donor:

I wanted to let you know how much your daily e-mails have impacted my thinking on how to support animal rights.

We began the process when we became vegetarian. As we learned more, I've become vegan and my wife is nearly there too.

Early this year we began supporting the only animal rights organization that we knew. When we began, it was, as you say, "do something, do anything." Eventually I subscribed to Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach. Your message of having the most impact for the animals really makes sense and is what lead us to begin our monthly support for Vegan Outreach. 

In addition, your message of encouraging people to take the first step rather than the last step has really affected the way that I interact with my non-vegan family and co-workers, and more importantly has allowed me to get over some of the internal frustration that I've had with my wife, who has made HUGE progress, but has always had a little more difficulty with the transition. Your messages have reminded me to focus on how far she has come (she couldn't handle the thought of becoming vegetarian when it first came up five years ago), rather than focusing on the cheese pizza she eats a couple of times a month.  I went from inappropriately frustrated with her to appropriately proud of her immense willingness to change and improve.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for all that you do, both for the animals we're all trying to help, and for the (human) animals you encourage with your words.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Q Thursday: Choosing for Ourselves or for Others

In your VO Enewsletter of August 17 2001, you speak about a birthday party with a 4 yr old child eating a piece of birthday cake. You say: “Our opinion is – what does a piece of cake at a 4-year-old’s birthday matter? Are the consequences of her eating it (as opposed to it being thrown out) worse than the impression it makes on 20 other children (and parents) if the Vegan Police grill everyone about the nature of everything with which Ellen comes into contact? In short, we aren’t out to raise an ideologue.”

Do you think that by showing your position isn’t consistent, and being a “flexible vegan,” you could be confusing others? If the 4 yr old was allergic to dairy, would you be as flexible? If not, why not.

A four-year-old Ellen
leafleting in Pittsburgh.
Good questions! They get to some important distinctions.

I’ve heard the allergy question before, but for me, it is not an appropriate analogy. I don’t choose to eat vegan because I physically must. I don’t avoid meat, etc., to benefit myself. I make my choices to help the animals, to lessen the amount of suffering in the world – so my choices are based on those criteria.

And consistency is another false choice. I’ve never met anyone who, honestly, continued to eat animals because they were confused by a vegan’s supposedly lack of “consistency.”

What I have seen (and sadly been the cause of) are vegans whose self-righteousness and obsessiveness gave others an excuse to ignore the animals’ plight.

I only hope that I’m able to undo the damage I did in the past when I made veganism about me, rather than about the animals.

I assume most people reading this believe what they do with their choices is important. Our choices aren’t important because they conform to a certain philosophy or because they meet a certain human definition.

Rather, the importance comes from our choices’ consequences: the actual impact we can have on reducing the animals’ suffering.

If I could leave you with only one thought to consider, it would be this:

The importance of our individual personal choices is nothing – absolutely nothing – compared to the impact we can have if we live for more than ourselves, dedicated to optimal advocacy.

Each of us truly can be extraordinary, if we are dedicated to having the greatest constructive influence possible on others. I see the truth of this every day!