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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

December 8th, 2015

1. What to Do When An Activist Is Racist?
2. Important Action You Can Take
3. Recipes
4. In Case You Missed It

1. What to Do When An Activist Is Racist?

Maybe this has happened to you: You're at a demonstration or a tabling event and you hear someone saying something racist. You're rattled. You can't believe that someone you took to be an ally in the fight for justice just said that to another person You're shocked and sad and embarrassed and wanting desperately to make things right. Food Empowerment Project's founder, lauren Ornelas, has witnessed this many times. Read about her most recent encounter and think along with her as she does the hard work of contemplating how to handle these difficult interactions. There are no easy solutions to solving the problem of racism in activism, but we have to do what we can to confront it when we see it.

2. Important Action You Can Take

You can help us amplify our voice on social media! Today our posts on Facebook page reach very few of the 12,000 people who have "Liked" F.E.P. You can increase our impact by sharing F.E.P. posts to your own timeline, so that all your Facebook friends can read and comment on our work. Here are two ways to help:

1) At the top of the F.E.P. page, hover on the "Liked" button, and click "Get Notifications" and "See First" so you won't miss out on any news.

2) When you see a post that's meaningful to you, click "Share…" to post it to your own timeline, preferably with your own insight added to the "Say something about this…" section. Get a discussion going with your Facebook community about F.E.P.'s work and encourage your friends to "Like" our page too!

And don't forget we're also on Twitter and Instagram!

3. Recipes!

F.E.P. gives you the information you need to feel empowered in your food choices. We also know sometimes you just need a lunch idea or a great recipe to cook for the office holiday potluck. We're here for you! Check out our great recipes  for sandwiches, soups, and more! Share your family recipes with others by sending them along to us for the site!

4. In Case You Missed It

Thanks to everyone who donated to support our food drive for those impacted by the Lake County fires in California. Through your generosity, we contributed 203 pounds of vegan food, allowing the Redwood Empire Food Bank to distribute the food necessary to make 168 meals!

We were a hit in Boston! What a joy to make the trek from the West Coast and to be greeted with such enthusiasm by people in the Boston area. With less than 48 hours on the ground in Boston, lauren managed to give not just one but two talks. She spoke to more than 60 people at Harvard Law School. Thank you to the Harvard Law School community for giving lauren such a warm welcome and to everyone who participated in the event, making it a great day for food justice!

We also hosted our first ever F.E.P. event in Boston. We're pleased to have many supporters and volunteers from the Boston area so it was a great opportunity to get out, meet everyone, and talk about our work in person. 
Many thanks to SEIU 32BJ District 615 for hosting this event and to our local volunteers for pulling it all together.

We were thrilled to have the chance to connect with many of our Boston-based supporters and delighted with the positive response to F.E.P.'s message.

We were delighted to see The Guardian's article, "Child labour on Nestlé farms: chocolate giant's problems continue." The article draws attention to what we've been saying for years; namely, that consumers buying chocolate from companies sourcing cocoa in Western Africa risk contributing to the worst forms of child labor. Fortunately for you, F.E.P.'s chocolate list helps you buy ethical, vegan chocolate! Donate now to help us expand our list and spread the word!
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