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Top Ten: Do It Yourself Activism Tips
Compromise Issue 27
Based on information from Vegan Outreach and PETA
1. Work as a Humane Educator in area
schools. Humane education examines the challenges
facing our planet, from human oppression and animal
exploitation to materialism and ecological degradation. For
more information on Humane Education training visit http://www.iihed.org/
2. Leaflet, leaflet, leaflet! Carry
literature with you and leave it everywhere - at the
laundromat, in waiting rooms, on the bus, and wherever you go.
Leaflet a concert as it lets out; in just 20 minutes, you can
pass out hundreds of booklets to concert-going youth.
3. Wear compassion on your sleeve (or backpack or
shirt). It's amazing how effective simple activities,
like strategically placing a sticker or an "Ask me why I'm
vegan" button on your jacket or backpack, can be. You'll be
amazed by the conversations that one little button, sticker,
or t-shirt can start!
4. Set up an information table. A great
way to reach a large number of people is to set up an
information table in a busy area of your town (try the local
mall, concerts, street and craft fairs, middle schools, high
schools, colleges, etc., and be sure to get permission). Stock
your table with flyers and fact sheets and get ready to amaze
and educate passersby!
5. Make a library display. Public
libraries usually have prominently placed display cases that
members can use to educate others about issues that concern
them. A display with a collage or poster, some leaflets and
appropriate books from the library is sure to get attention
and turn heads!
6. Promote animal rights on cable-access
TV. Expose thousands of people to the plight of
animals on factory and fur farms, in laboratories and in
circuses by organizing your own cable-access television
7. Get involved with local community
groups. Members of local organizations can talk to
their clubs about offering vegan meals at group functions.
Church members can speak with pastors about veggie options at
church dinners and fundraisers.
8. Write letters for the animals. The
Letters section is the most-read section of the daily paper
and is well read in magazines as well. Scan the newspaper for
animal issues, then put pen to paper. See Letters
for Liberation in No Compromise issue #26 for more
9. Host a vegan dinner party. Many people
would like to go vegetarian but just don't know what to eat.
We can't think of a better way to promote compassion than by
showing your officemates, or non-vegan friends just how
delicious vegan dining can be.
10. Make requests at grocery stores and restaurants
for vegan foods. Give everyone vegan options and save
animals who otherwise would have died for someone's plate.
Grocery stores and restaurants will bend over backwards to
satisfy their customers, so don't be shy about requesting