The VFL team talked to the masses who stopped at our booth, and we ran a factory-farming video viewing factory in our crowded little 10' x 10' booth. Overall, we we had 433 booth visits, and 151 people watched our factory farm video.
After a crazy start (all the festival tents were blown down by a wind storm the night before the event) Vegan For Life got our tables set up and showed our videos in the open air! We also had a lot of good conversations with the vegans and non-vegans who passed by.
Eleven of us participated in the Cesar Chavez March and handed out leaflets. Here are some of us at our table in Hidalgo Park, the end point of the march.
About 60 people participated in VFL's Vegan Sidewalk March, which took place on the sidewalks in front of the Galleria on January 14, 2018.
Videographer Ces Wood created this short video of the event. Thanks Ces!
The crowd at the Fifth Ward Fall Festival was small, but we still managed to talk with some people and show our videos.
At the Fiestas Patrias event, held at Trader's Village, our team worked hard to bring people to our booth to watch factory farm videos, and for the first time, virtual reality, provided by Animal Equality. Volunteers leafleted in busy areas and walked interested people back to our booth!
Michael Battey gave a short, simple talk about veganism to 3000 Buddhists (of a sort), the majority of whom were Latino. It was an interview format, and Michael didn't have complete control over the topics. Nonetheless, it seemed to go over pretty well.
We put up four banners over I69. Unfortunately, a police officer made us take them down, but we had enough time to make this video!
VFL president Michael Battey gave a presentation about the climate impact of animal agriculture to a small but influential audience at the home of an 350.org officer.
At the July VFL monthly meeting, folks from Vegan for Life, Anonymous for the Voiceless, PETA Houston, and Houston Animal Save took turns talking about recent and future actions. It wase a good introduction to a friendly ecosystem of groups with different approaches to our common cause.
In our second tabling of the Houston Pride Festival, the day started out very wet. We were able to use two large booths for our activities, but they were both halfway underwater. But soon the sun came out, everything got dry, and we spent the rest of the day incredibly busy. While the people at the front table handed out literature and talked to people about veganism, others were managing a long parade of viewers for our videos.
VFL brought vegan activists to the People's Climate March in force, many carrying the signs they had made for the Science March.
Over 20 people joined VFL at the March for Science. We also found vegans at the march and gave them signs.
While most of us marched, a few tabled at the rally area and handed out leaflets. The marchers also did some leafleting once we got to the rally.
On our third time at the Chavez parade, we had a table at Hidalgo Park, where the march always ends. At the park we got to know the student running the new vegan group at Cesar Chavez High School.