Announcing a new event for The Santa Monica/West Los Angeles Animal Rights Meetup Group!
What: June 9th 3rd ST Promenade Outreach Event
When: Saturday, June 9, 8:00 PM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Event Description: Hey everyone,
The Healthy Lifestyle Expo was great; I learned a lot and took notes so I'll share the info with whoever is interested at one of the upcoming meetups. However, I have a scheduling conflict with this next one. I created a poll (see section entitled "Polls" on http://animalrights.meetup.com/177/
) asking what restaurant people would like for the next meetup. I haven't scheduled a specific time and place for a dinner gathering prior to the Promenade Outreach this time, but whoever RSVPs YES can contact one another and determine a mutually agreeable dinner plan.
Aouie of SoCalVeg (http://www.socalveg.org/
) has scheduled the next video outreach on the Santa Monica Promenade between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. for Saturday, June 9th, 8-10 pm. If you have trouble finding the place, call Aouie on his cell phone at [masked]. Please note that this is a "Friendly Interactions Only" event, which means that all participants are asked to be civil and friendly with everyone (including hecklers) at this event. We show vegetarianism related videos (especially "Meat Your Meat") for two hours at the 3rd Street Promenade and pass out vegan outreach literature. There should be plenty of literature but if you want to bring your own, you are welcome to.
If you are a first-time leafletter, you may find the guidelines below to be helpful.
(1) Try to dress somewhat conservatively. Avoid having a very distracting, unconventional, or unkempt appearance, as this detracts from the image we are trying to project as animal activists, and lessens the likelihood of passersby who are unfamiliar with our message from taking a pamphlet or taking our message seriously.
(2) Be friendly and smile when offering a pamphlet.
(3) If someone walks by and says something extremely rude and obnoxious, simply ignore them or smile politely. Whatever you do, just don't get into a shouting match with that kind of person. I've seen activists fall into this trap before and it can get ugly, so beware of falling into that kind of trap. Plus, if others see you arguing, they might sympathize with the other guy instead of you.
(4) If someone raises a legitimate concern, e.g. "My mom tried to go vegetarian but her doc said she had to eat red meat to get enough iron" or "How do I get enough protein?" try to address their concern in a respectful, concise way and give them additional resources (i.e. refer them to http://www.veganhealth.org/
or other reliable vegan nutrition websites). It's usually pretty easy to distinguish between people who are genuinely interested/concerned as opposed to those who just trying to yank your chain. The latter group are a waste of time.
(5) Opening phrases I use:
"Would you like some information?"
"Would you like to help animals and your health?"
"Would you like to learn about vegetarian eating?"
"Brochure on/against animal cruelty?" (supposedly men are more apt to take a pamphlet with this one)
"Brochure to help animals?" (supposedly women are more likely to take a brochure with this phrase)
The benefit of using the non-descriptive phrases like "Would you like some nformation?" is that people who would otherwise immediately reject it, saying "Oh, I can't live without meat!" or whatever, are now exposed to information they otherwise would never seek out on their own.
Or you can just be silent and smile and reach your hand out offering the pamphlets to people passing by without saying a word when your voice is tired. Try out different phrases and see what works for you.
(6) When traffic is heavy, as is often the case on the Promenade, many people may turn down a pamphlet before someone takes one. This can sometimes be a bit discouraging. But when you do get someone to take (and later, read) a pamphlet, that is one more victory scored for the animals. So keep on keepin' on!
(7) Have fun! Just half an hour of leafletting has the potential to raise awareness about the plight of animals in factory farms, thereby leading to many new vegetarians and vegans!! It's time well-spent!
**Please remember to vote on the Poll about your favorite restaurant!!**
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PLEASE REMEMBER TO RSVP, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT PLANNING ON ATTENDING -- IT SHOWS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THE GROUP!!!
Learn more here:http://animalrights.meetup.com/177/calendar/5856136/
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