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I'm starting this thread to discuss ways people who don't feel comfortable being activists can become more involved - letter writing, boycotts, etc.<br><br><br><br>
Please share your ideas.
 

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This is a great idea for a thread!<br><br><br><br>
1. Sign up for newsletters about petitions, campaigns and alerts:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.care2.com/" target="_blank">http://www.care2.com/</a><br><br><a href="http://www.hsus.org/campaigns_programs.html" target="_blank">http://www.hsus.org/campaigns_programs.html</a><br><br><br><br>
2. Display your message on T-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, etc.*<br><br><br><br><br><br>
*I just wanted to add, that these little things do make a difference. A bumper sticker played an important role in my decision to make vegetarianism my 2003 New Year's resolution. That gives me an idea for another thread.
 

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I really liked your blog post about this, Michael! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
I, too, feel uncomfortable about the label 'activist' but I do want to make a difference...I think the blog post & this thread will help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Loved the blog too!<br><br><br><br>
I routinely will write e-mails or make a quick call or complaint about something.<br><br><br><br>
I tell supermarket managers what I'd like to see more of. (I feel personally resposible for the huge growth in the veg/ organic sections in my crocery store- but I'm not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> )<br><br><br><br>
Talk about it! Bring it up sometimes- see what people think. The more you say the more others will think about their choices.<br><br><br><br>
Simple things can make huge differences!!
 

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I loved the blog too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/guitarist.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":guitar:"> That's the sort of "activism" I'm more comfortable with doing myself.<br><br><br><br>
I write a lot of emails, come to think of it *weilds keyboard*
 

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The most important element of being an activist, a lazy-activist, or a non-activist is simply being a healthy, friendly, educated individual.<br><br><br><br><b>Be healthy:</b> take care of yourself. If you wind up with health complications because you're not taking a B12 supplement, you're not representing veg*nism very well, now are you?<br><br><br><br><b>Be friendly:</b> don't be a frakking ass to people. A great majority of people honestly don't know what veg*ns eat, what the rules are, and have heard incorrect "facts" about veg*nism. If you're an ass, you give people have a negative impression of veg*nism. Be nice, patient, and understanding.<br><br><br><br><b>Be educated:</b> don't make fantastical claims about veg*nism. You set off people's bullsh*t detectors when you say things like "humans aren't meant to eat meat", or "vegetarians don't get cancer", or "vegans easily live past 100 yrs", etc. If you make outrageous claims, you've just discredited anything meaningful you have to say. Educate yourself from credible sources so that you will know enough to be credible yourself (it's more important to know what <b>not</b> to say rather than what to say, btw).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>systmc</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>Be educated:</b> don't make fantastical claims about veg*nism. You set off people's bullsh*t detectors when you say things like "humans aren't meant to eat meat", or "vegetarians don't get cancer", or "vegans easily live past 100 yrs", etc. If you make outrageous claims, you've just discredited anything meaningful you have to say. Educate yourself from credible sources so that you will know enough to be credible yourself (it's more important to know what <b>not</b> to say rather than what to say, btw).</div>
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<br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Technobarbie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What is the URL for the blog?</div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/blog/?p=243" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/blog/?p=243</a>
 

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Thanks much.<br><br><br><br>
I personally volunteer at our local animal shelter, and donate to a few environmental groups. I guess I'm more of a passive activist I suppose. I also bring my own bags to the grocery store, which has started a few interesting conversations. I'm not that active but appreciate those that are.
 

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I leave animal and veg magazines in places where people will see them. I'm mindful of what types of magazines will be most accepted at various places.<br><br><br><br>
For example, PETA provokes a negative/angry reaction in many people, so I don't bother with leaving their magazines/materials. I know materials that are viewed as graphic or sensationalist will quickly get thrown away, especially if they are left in a "family friendly" place.<br><br><br><br>
In my dentists' office, which is stocked with plenty of hunting/fishing and cooking magazines, I leave the Doris Day Animal League or Best Friends magazines. These materials gently prod people toward compassion without outraging some senior citizen.<br><br><br><br>
At the gym, where the crowd is younger and more health-oriented, I bring vegetarian mags, the PCRM newsletter, and some of the less-graphic animal magazines, like API's Animal Issues.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>systmc</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
The most important element of being an activist, a lazy-activist, or a non-activist is simply being a healthy, friendly, educated individual.<br><br><br><br><b>Be healthy:</b> take care of yourself. If you wind up with health complications because you're not taking a B12 supplement, you're not representing veg*nism very well, now are you?<br><br><br><br><b>Be friendly:</b> don't be a frakking ass to people. A great majority of people honestly don't know what veg*ns eat, what the rules are, and have heard incorrect "facts" about veg*nism. If you're an ass, you give people have a negative impression of veg*nism. Be nice, patient, and understanding.<br><br><br><br><b>Be educated:</b> don't make fantastical claims about veg*nism. You set off people's bullsh*t detectors when you say things like "humans aren't meant to eat meat", or "vegetarians don't get cancer", or "vegans easily live past 100 yrs", etc. If you make outrageous claims, you've just discredited anything meaningful you have to say. Educate yourself from credible sources so that you will know enough to be credible yourself (it's more important to know what <b>not</b> to say rather than what to say, btw).</div>
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GREAT Advice!!!! :)
 

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I think quiet activism is the most effective. Marching and holding up signs just makes people think you're a wacko and doesn't change anything.<br><br><br><br>
Letter writing is VERY effective. Companies might not listen to one letter but they sure will listen to hundreds of letters.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not really an environmentalist, but I LOVE filling up the 1.2 gallon gas tank in my scooter right in front of someone filling up an SUV (last I did the math, I'm getting 99 mpg, the guy driving the bus is getting what, 15?) Maybe seeing me fill my tank for $4 and the big smile on my face will inspire someone to ditch their giant gas guzzler.
 

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My wife is very good at quiet activism.<br><br>
She leads by example with enthusiasm without being judgemental.<br><br>
I can think of at least 4 people who have become vegetarian in the last year because of her.<br><br><br><br>
I like to invite people over for dinner to expose them to delicious vegan/vegetarian options. It usually leads to conversation about vegetarianism.
 
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