Hey, everyone, this is a message to let you know that we're forming a vegan and vegetarian group on campus at Portland State University this quarter, and we're looking for more members so that we can get it off to a good start.
We have a few things in mind for the group. First, we'd like it to be a social outlet. We can do the normal potlucks and film screenings, and with a little bit of budgetary luck we could also plan events like bowling or rollerskating, field trips to nearby farm sanctuaries, etc.
We'd also like to do outreach with leafleting and tabling at school and other events. There's a great vegan/vegetarian community in Portland, and we'd like to work both with them and within the school to create great events and great outreach. There's also a possibility of working with other vegan groups in town to plan a conference in town this summer, but that is not final yet. We'd also like the group to be pretty open – so that if you just wanted the social outlet or
just wanted the outreach, you could join for either reason. And we're open to vegan, vegetarian and veg-curious members (as long as they are respectful), though our charter members should be vegans or vegetarians.
This is a new group, so we are open to new ideas. We do have some basic philosophies, though. Primarily, we want to keep any group-sponsored leafleting or outreach positive and respectful. Check out Vegan Outreach's tips on effective advocacy: http://www.veganoutreach.org/advocacy/t
If you have any questions, would like more information, or to become a member, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (503)-235-2198.
If you are a PSU student registered for at least 8 undergrad credits, or 6 graduate credits, and would like to help us by becoming a charter member (this means signing the necessary paperwork to get the group started -- no further obligation), please get in touch as soon as possible, and include an e-mail address and phone number where you can be reached.
Thanks very much for your time. We hope to meet some of you soon!
- Jen and Zoë