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So I've been vegan for about 2 years (vegetarian for 2 years before that), but I've been what I would call a slacker vegan. I abstained from eating and using animal products, I didn't purchase products that I knew were tested on animals, but I never did anything close to what you could call "activism" aside from a few speeches in high school. As of recent I've felt compelled to branch out. I'm planning on leafleting and such as well as leaving literature around town and whatnot. I'm starting college in the fall and I hope to be able to start an animal rights group, but thats not for a while now.<br><br>
Being from a small town, I don't know any other vegans or vegetarians, so I'm really on my own with this. I was wondering if any of you guys had some creative ideas for ways to promote the vegan lifestyle/animal rights without a massive group of people.<br><br>
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You may want to check out <a href="http://www.veganoutreach.org" target="_blank">Vegan Outreach</a>. They have leaflets you can order inexpensively. One of their programs is to adopt a college and hand out information on campus. You might be able to incorporate that idea to use in your social circle or at school. You might also look to see if there are any vegetarian/vegan meetups near you or in a nearby town, or even a vegetarian society. If there's a college nearby, ask if they have a vegetarian club. You might be able to help with some of their projects.<br><br>
Another idea is to wear vegan and animal friendly t-shirts - shirts with a statement. It advertises, and invites questions.<br><br>
Best of luck. Sometimes it takes time to get a circle of veg friends - especially those who will leaflet and attend protests with you!
 

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Another idea is to wear vegan and animal friendly t-shirts - shirts with a statement. It advertises, and invites questions.</div>
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This has never worked for me personally. It either leads to the kind of 'why can't you just shut up about it' attacks that don't offer productive discourse or people just don't notice it.<br><br>
But definitely the rest of the suggestions are a great idea. It's all about building groundswell, and starting small in places where there isn't a background for it. I personally think that it's people like OP that make the real difference - it's all very well to leaflet in a liberal city environment, but small towns are where hearts are won, and where families can be prepared to accept you ideas rather than snubbing you as yet another crazy hippie taking up their pavement space.
 

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There is also the tactic of entryism, i.e., join an (apparently) unrelated organization that you ideologically support and introduce a connection to veg action...
 

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Leaving pamphlets inside library books and airing videos on Chatroulette.</div>
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Good one! I leave pamphlets at restaurants, doctors offices, on the bus, anywhere where people will see them pretty much.<br><br>
Putting up veg stickers or posters in public places where they'll get seen is another fun and easy thing anyone can do. <a href="http://www.petakids.com/free_stickers.asp" target="_blank">PETA</a> has plenty of cute friendly stickers you can get for free, whenever I go to my local vegan shop I always grab a handful to stick everywhere (bus stops, on the bus, telephone poles, etc.)
 

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Wolf,<br>
The only issue with PETA, though, is the tolerence they are perceived to extend to the Animal Lib Front and other violent veg groups...one does want to maintain nonviolent integrity, yes?...
 

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Wolf,<br>
The only issue with PETA, though, is the tolerence they are perceived to extend to the Animal Lib Front and other violent veg groups...one does want to maintain nonviolent integrity, yes?...</div>
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I'm not aware of PETA having any history of violence? The stickers I'm talking about aren't violent for sure, there's nothing more benign or cute than a sticker saying 'pigs are friends not food' with a picture of a cartoon pig. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
But PETA is just one example of an easy place to get stickers for free. You could easily make your own or buy stickers from another company like Herbivore, or make your own posters.
 

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Wolf,<br>
Absolutely true...we should be creative in our veg outreach...and as to PETA: I just think they could be stronger in their critisism of ALF...but this could be a U.S. problem...
 

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and as to PETA: I just think they could be stronger in their critisism of ALF...but this could be a U.S. problem...</div>
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Wolf,<br>
Absolutely true...we should be creative in our veg outreach...and as to PETA: I just think they could be stronger in their critisism of ALF...but this could be a U.S. problem...</div>
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Why as an anarchist are you opposed to the ALF? You seem a little confused. Unless you think the ALF and the Animal Rights Militia are the same thing.
 

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Leafleting at a college or a music festival with a youth-heavy audience is one of the easiest ways to get big results for your time and energy expended. I'd recommend trying to contact a leafleter operating in your area to learn from them a time or two, but it's not absolutely necessary.<br><br>
What state do you live in, OP? I could look into it and see if anyone's active near your area.<br><br>
Like most outreach activities it's better with other people involved but it's very doable as a solo artist. It depends on your creativeness, level of dedication, etc. Experience comes with time, so don't worry too much about not being the very best. The most important activism is the activism we actually do, and if you show up and only hand out a couple dozen that's not a wasted trip because any one of those people might not only become vegan but an activist in their own right as well.<br><br>
Each person we convince to stop eating meat will spare hundreds of animals in their lifetime, especially smaller animals like birds. While there are many types of activism you might want to consider, remember that you'd probably never be able to directly rescue as many animals as you could spare with a single day of leafleting in your entire life, and ultimately attacking the demand end of the spectrum when it comes to this issue will do far more lasting damage to the meat industry than attacking the suppliers, who are often protected by extensive insurance policies and powerful lobbying groups. It also helps <a href="http://whyveganoutreach.blogspot.com/2011/04/excerpt-of-day-vegan-stereotype.html" target="_blank">to counter the stereotype</a> of the angry, joyless vegan who burns down warehouses and gets face tattoos. If they can see we're friendly, normal people who go out during the daylight hours that's a huge PR victory.
 

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Kap,<br>
This is technical, but: the Animal Liberation Front is not a vanguard grouping, but rather a decentralized current, ergo, it has become susceptible to many elements advocating and practicing violence, eg., the raid on the "Slingshot" infoshop that implicated Food Not Bombs had ALF cited on the FBI paperwork...PETA has not distanced themselves from this, as far as I know...
 

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Kap,<br>
This is technical, but: the Animal Liberation Front is not a vanguard grouping, but rather a decentralized current, ergo, it has become susceptible to many elements advocating and practicing violence, eg., the raid on the "Slingshot" infoshop that implicated Food Not Bombs had ALF cited on the FBI paperwork...PETA has not distanced themselves from this, as far as I know...</div>
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Individual elements can practice violence all that they want but is distinctly against the definition of ALF actions, ergo it's not possible to claim it as an ALF action. Structured groups can slap whatever name they want on things, but fact is that the ALF doesn't condone violence against persons, and I don't see any reason to distance ourselves from that. Those that do violate the ALF precepts can be disintegrated from our other groups... But this ain't exactly the thread to debate the merits of direct action and property destruction.
 

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Individual elements can practice violence all that they want but is distinctly against the definition of ALF actions, ergo it's not possible to claim it as an ALF action. Structured groups can slap whatever name they want on things, but fact is that the ALF doesn't condone violence against persons, and I don't see any reason to distance ourselves from that. Those that do violate the ALF precepts can be disintegrated from our other groups... But this ain't exactly the thread to debate the merits of direct action and property destruction.</div>
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This.
 

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People who consider Josh James a hero: 0<br>
People who consider Walter Bond a hero: hundreds
 

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People who consider Josh James a hero: 0<br>
People who consider Walter Bond a hero: hundreds</div>
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Yeah I bet a middle America soccer mom looks at that guy's mug on TV and thinks "Man, these vegans are totally reasonable and law respecting citizens. I would be perfectly fine if my son/daughter became one."
 

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Comrade Kap, well said...
 
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