Activist Profile: Cristina Myers

Continuing our series of activist profiles, this week we speak with VO Outreach Coordinator Cristina Myers. Currently on tour in the Southeast, Cristina has handed out more than 28,000 booklets at over 40 schools this semester!

Cristina Myers

What got you interested in animal rights and veganism?

I was 80 pounds overweight, dealing with pre-diabetic symptoms, and I struggled with my cholesterol levels. I had a horrible self-image. I suffered from migraines and I didn’t know why. I had difficulty breathing, and I had joint pain in my knees from carrying around extra weight. I was 24 years old and my doctor said that I should be very concerned about my heart.

One night I didn’t go out with my friends, because I had nothing to wear that would fit me—I was embarrassed at how big I’d gotten. Netflix was just becoming a common form of media, and I stumbled over a documentary called Forks Over Knives and it changed my life. The first five minutes described my health issues to a T, and the film explained how to reverse all of those issues. I went vegan that night, and my first month I lost nearly 20 pounds by just cutting out meat and dairy!

Full interview.

 

Lasagna, Cake, and Cute Animals

VO Greater New Mexico Community Engagement and Events Coordinator Victor Flores is spreading the vegan message all over the Southwest. Check out the latest outreach event he joined in New Mexico at Santuario de Karuna, a farmed animal sanctuary. Full story.

Season opening at Santuario de Karuna

 

Team Vegan Needs You!

Did you know donors pay for all our work? The booklets we hand out at colleges, the vegan food we give meat eaters to try for the first time, every bit of it!

People are becoming vegan because donors give generously to make outreach happen! We need your help to ensure this work continues.

Raise money for outreach by joining Team Vegan!

● It’s free and easy to sign up. And there will be prizes!

● Get a personalized fundraising page—like this one!

● Choose a fundraising goal and set an active goal too if you want—like running your first 5K or doing a leaflet-a-thon!

● No experience required. We’ll help along the way.

Questions? Email Josie@VeganOutreach.org.

If you want to donate and have it matched, email LisaR@VeganOutreach.org for a reminder of when the matching begins!

Thank you!

 

Product of the Week

Cristina: “Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter…is life!”

Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter

 

April Giveaway: Vegan Traveler Tank

With the temperatures warming up, you’re not going to want to miss this month’s second giveaway! Enter to win this WarblerGarb tank top.

The Vegan Traveler tank by WarblerGarb

 

Beany Bites

This kid-friendly snack is packed with protein and satisfies the need to crunch! Get Wendy Gabbe Day’s recipe.

Beany Bites by Wendy Gabbe Day

 

Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

A sweet and fruity dessert that you’ll want to make all for yourself! Get Renee Press’ recipe.

Berry Chocolate Cheesecake Squares by Renee Press
Photo: © Renee Press / Fire and Earth Kitchen

 

Recent Feedback

I reached 670 students today at East Tennessee State University. Gia [below, right] took a Compassionate Choices and went to study in the cafeteria. Instead of studying, she researched the entire leaflet and accidentally found Earthlings on Google. She was physically sick to her stomach when she found me later and asked me how to go vegan. I gave her a Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating, social media of fellow vegans for support, online recipes, etc. She thanked me for being there and took some leaflets to hand out to her class.

—Cristina Myers, VO Outreach Coordinator, 4/5/17

Cristina Myers and Gia at ETSU

Yesterday I handed out 600 Compassionate Choices booklets at Cabrillo College. One student, who was in a hurry, stopped to say she’s been wanting to go vegan, and this was the prompt she needed to make it happen!

Today I leafleted Hartnell College and two high schools, reaching another 1,250 students. I spoke with Pablo, who remembered talking to me last semester. He took some booklets to share with people in his community. I also talked to Christopher [below], who said our booklets were a major factor in his decision to go vegan! We made a quick video.

—Steve Erlsten, VO Northern California Outreach Coordinator, 4/5/17

Christopher at Hartnell College

Yesterday at Savannah State, VO Greater Los Angeles Community Engagement and Events Coordinator Gwenna Hunter and I handed out 769 booklets and met four vegetarians and one vegan. Gwenna heard there’s such demand for plant-based options at the school, they’re considering creating a vegan/vegetarian dining area. We also met a young woman [below, left] who’s going to request a vegan mentor. She wants to eliminate meat but is tempted by campus food.

We reached more than 530 students today at South Carolina State and Claflin University. I met a sophomore [below, right] who’s trying to go vegetarian but doesn’t know how. I encouraged her to join the Vegan Mentor Program and gave her a card.

—Nzinga Young, VO Greater NYC Community Engagement and Events Coordinator, 4/6/17

Aspiring vegetarians at Savannah State and Claflin

 

Upcoming Events

Central Florida Earth Day • April 22 • Orlando, FL
More info.

Plant Power Fitness Event • April 22 • El Paso, TX
There’ll be a lot of fun to be had at Spectrum Gym! We’ve got a vegan lunch, fitness activities, and an informational presentation by Ricardo C. DeBello of Kinetix Personal Training & Sports Nutrition. Contact Victor Flores at VictorF@VeganOutreach.org for more info.

Earth Fest at La Montañita Co-op • April 22–24 • Albuquerque, NM
More info.

More upcoming events.

 

Products at Expo West 2017

Vegan Outreach  So many new #vegan foods are coming to market soon! Look out for these in stores 👀 🌿 😄 #ExpoWest #VegansAtExpo

 

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our booklets promoting plant-based eating and compassion for animals.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

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