Midwest Leafleting Tour Wrap-Up
Last Friday I finished up what has probably been the most important activism of my life. Fellow CAA volunteer Karl Noyes and I just completed a two-week trip, the Midwest Leafleting Tour, leafleting at colleges and universities across the region. In total we passed out copies of “Even If Like Meat” pamphlet to over 11,000 individual students!
We leafleted at twelve schools, starting in Grand Forks, North Dakota, working our way through the Dakotas, making a brief stop in Iowa, stopping for the weekend in Nebraska, moving on to Kansas, and finishing the tour in Missouri. Most of the colleges had never been leafleted at before and for many students this was their first exposure to the cruelties of factory farming.
Leafleting is one of, if not my favorite forms of activism. Its a cheap, easy and effective way to raise awareness about animal cruelty, factory farming and vegetarianism. All you have to do is go to a college for an hour or two, and you can pass out several hundred leaflets. Amongst this demographic, many of the students who receive the pamphlet end up going veg or just reducing their consumption of animal products. With less demand for meat, dairy, and eggs, hundreds and even thousands of animals will be spared a lifetime of misery on factory farms. Granted, some people who read the pamphlets may not change their diet immediately, the ideas will be planted in their minds, and will make the country more ready for change as the movement progresses.
A big thanks goes out to Vegan Outreach for providing free pamphlets and logistical support, as well as the Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM) for providing financial assistance through the Sabina Fund. The tour would not have been possible without either of these excellent organizations! We worked hard to conserve the resources that we had and keep costs to a minimum. During the entirety of the tour, we traveled in a diesel car, which was converted to run on waste vegetable oil. Not only were we able to obtain the majority of our fuel for free from local restaurants, but such engines also produce less toxic emissions into the environment. In addition, we found many generous people that let us sleep on their couches, so we didn't have to pay for hotels once.
Karl and I leafleted more on this trip than we ever have. However, you don't have to take a far-flung road trip to leaflet. There are plenty of colleges around the Twin Cities (and all over the country if you don't live in the metro area) where you can pass out leaflets to curious students and raise awareness about animal issues. I'm taking a small break, but starting next week, I plan on leafleting many more local colleges. I would love it if you could take a few hours to help me! Just send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping.