* Connect with local COMMUNITY vegetarian societies.
* Become a recognized student group. Put out table tents
in the various dining halls to announce upcoming animal issues.
* Do voter registration, to show that your vegetarian
and/or AR group is a good campus citizen.
* Give FREE vegan meals to the students during periods
when the POINTS on their meal cards tend to be depleted. Provide the
food from meals that your own group members provide free to everyone on
the campus. Some campus dining hall might be available to house your
* Hold regular weekly meetings at which your members
research on their own the various vegetarian and AR issues, and let the
group members give reports - about 20 minutes each - explaining each
abuse, issue, nutrient, etc.
for instance, a 90 minute meeting could be -
*15 minute introduction -
*then a 20-minute report on the problems with the veal industry,
*then a 20-minute report on a particular advance in non-animal research
*then a final 20-minute report on some nutritional issue, such as IRON
*Then 15 minutes more planning your next venture - which is primarily
done in committees - not in your most public meetings.
* Bring in some guest speakers from the local vegetarian
groups. They should be able to make that happen.
* Have an INTER-CAMPUS animal rights group conference in
the Spring - perhaps after (or before) Spring Break - invite a famous
vegetarian speaker as a keynote speaker, perhaps on Friday evening, then
have a series of breakout sessions on various AR and vegetarian topics -
or have PETA show up and do "Animal Rights 101" all day Saturday.
* Students from visiting campuses could sleep in
sleeping bags on the floors in the rooms of the students in the host
campus group, and a modest luncheon could be provided on Saturday.
Alternatively, some local vegetarian restaurant might be willing to
cater your event for free - since these students in your area are
probably likely to bring more than that amount of money back into the
restaurant, over a period of time.
* Invite a vegetarian and/or animal rights folk singer
to campus as a campus event.
* Do some COOPERATIVE events with other campus groups -
for instance, the ecology group on campus might be interested in Paul
Watson of Sea Shepherd, or various departments might be interested in
dialogues or debates, or you could have a discussion with several campus
groups on the value of life
animal rights group
Christian group (Campus Crusade?)
Oxfam or other hunger group
and be careful to weave into the discussion the concerns
for animals AND vegetarianism as a concern for the lives of BOTH the
nonhumans AND humans, as well as the ecosystem (including "Creation
care" - to open the plane of discussion) - to build a FRIENDLY campus
* Invite some great vegetarian authors to speak on
Source: "Maynard S. Clark" <[email protected]>
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