-posted by Jennifer G.-
Here's the thing: if you influence just one person to go vegan, BAM, you've just doubled your lifetime total of animals saved. Imagine if each of us got another person to go vegan this year? Keep multiplying, baby—this is how we change the world.
And campus leafleting is one of the best ways to spend our limited activist time & energy. See below for why.
Karen James is one of Vegan Outreach's dedicated campus leafleting Coordinators, and she's inviting any interested VLI members to join her at Suffolk Community College's Selden campus (she's also leafleting the day before, 1/28, at Stony Brook University). No experience necessary. She will provide the VO literature. See below for details.
If you've never leafleted before (or even if you have!) here's a video with tips from leafleting expert Vic Sjodin:
Instructions from Karen
1. Please email me or call me before 1/29, so we can make specific plans. (Email me via my meetup profile, or call me at[masked]-6963.
2. Please bring a backpack or messenger bag. You may also want to bring water or some other type of drink.
3. If we run in to any security or staff on campus with complaints or questions about our being there, please allow me to be the speaker/representative for the group.
Parking: the SCCC website says, "With the exception of official visitors, all motor vehicles on the campus, including motorcycles, must be registered with the College. If there is an occasion when you have to drive an unregistered vehicle onto the campus, you must obtain a temporary parking pass from campus Public Safety." The Public Safety building is labeled "PO" on this map: http://www.sunysuffolk.edu/About/AmmMap.asp Then again, our experience with parking in the visitor lot has been fine—we have not bothered to get the temporary pass, and we never had a problem.
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Why campus leafleting rocks:
Campuses have high foot traffic between class periods, so you can reach hundreds of people in a relatively short amount of time.
And college students are a key population to target. Why? Because at this stage of their lives, they tend to be open to new information. And as young adults, they're making more of their own food-shopping decisions.
Also, being young means that students have more years of life left. That means more years of eating left, which means more animals to be saved by going vegan.