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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

June 19, 2018

  1. Farm Worker Outreach – 2018 School Supply Drive
  2. Shame on Safeway Demonstrations
  3. Access to Healthy Foods
  4. June Is National Dairy Month
  5. Upcoming Events

1. Farm Worker Outreach – 2018 School Supply Drive

It’s time for the 2018 school supply drive for the children of farm workers!
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) recognizes and continues to speak out against the exploitation of farm workers. As we work to end the systems of injustice that make this exploitation possible, we also want to support farm workers and their families in meeting their needs. Our school supply drive is one way we do this important work.
Remember, this is not charity. This is our way to help right an injustice and say thank you to the people who grow and pick the food we eat.
Participating is easy! You can ship supplies directly to our office. Or, you can use one of our drop-off locations in the Bay Area. We’re collecting supplies July 16th-27th.
Contact us if you would like to help pack backpacks for the kids. We’ll be in Petaluma August 4th and 5th and Los Altos on August 11th.

2. Shame on Safeway Demonstrations

We are actively campaigning against Safeway’s practice of putting restrictive deeds on properties and thereby making it more difficult for communities of color and low-income communities to access healthy foods. Sign and share our petition today.
There are also demonstrations coming up. Join one if you can!
6/24 – Petaluma, CA (Event Page)
6/30 – San Francisco, CA (Event Page)
6/30 – Seattle, WA (Event Page)
Contact us if you would like to organize a demonstration where you live!

Among the many issues lauren addressed at the VegFest in Portland, 
Maine, on June 2 is the exploitation of marine animals. She also told 
attendees about F.E.P.’s upcoming Fight for the Oceans Day on August 30.

3. Access to Healthy Foods

“We don’t call people who can’t digest the milk
of another species into adulthood ‘lactose intolerant,’
we call that ‘lactose normal,’ because at the end of the day there is
nothing normal about using the milk of another species.” 

– lauren Ornelas  
Watch this talk, titled “Using Food as a Tool for Social Change,” by F.E.P.’s founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas from Oakland VegFest. It’s only 15 minutes, but you’ll learn about colonization and hear about past and present examples of how food can be a tool for social change!
We are delighted that our report on lack of access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities was cited by an NBC news report on access issues in Florida. Check it out!

4. June Is National Dairy Month

“The dairy trade, which hides behind the beautiful big brown eyes of cows and fake health claims, exposes itself for the corrupt corporation they are – selling their product at the expense of human and non-human animals, the environment, and workers – peddling it to people of color, who they know will get sick from it.”

– lauren Ornelas  
Sadly, June is National Dairy Month. Read lauren’s blog that looks at the corrupt and cruel dairy industry. Learn what you can do to help end the suffering one glass at a time.
Donate Now!

5. Upcoming Events

June 28th - July 1st – Los Angeles, CA
Animal Rights 2018 National Conference
lauren is speaking, we’ll have a table, and animal advocate, author, and F.E.P. volunteer Mark Hawthorne will be signing his books at our table on Saturday. Come by and say hello to our team!
Saturday, July 14th – Atlantic City, NJ
Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival
lauren will be speaking on a food justice panel and we’ll have a table.
Saturday, July 28th – San José, CA
San José Veggie Fest 2018
Come visit our table and play our games!

Left to right: pattrice jones of VINE Sanctuary, lauren Ornelas, and 
Breeze Harper of the Sistah Vegan Project on a recent panel titled “Last 
Night a Pigeon Changed My Life: Considering the Inescapable Connections 
among Violence Against Women, Ableism, and Speciesism” in Oakland, organized by San Francisco Women Against Rape.
Photo by Pax Ahmisa Gethen.
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