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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

December 20, 2016

  1. Watch Your Language!
  2. 50-Mile Regulation Demonstration Update
  3. Education & Outreach
  4. Food Drive for Vallejo LGBTQ Center
  5. Welcome to F.E.P., Employee #2!

1. Watch Your Language!

Food Empowerment Project acknowledges that actions are more important than words; however, language is incredibly important.”

– lauren Ornelas        

The latest blog from Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) Founder and Executive Director lauren Ornelas focuses on language—how we use it, how the languages you speak and how you feel speaking them can be indicative of privilege, and how we all need to think carefully about the power of the words we use.

It’s a thought-provoking take on the importance of language in the struggle against all kinds of injustice.

2. 50-Mile Regulation Demonstration Update

We were delighted by the excellent turnout at our demonstration on December 9th outside the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), where we protested the 50-mile regulation requiring farm workers and their families to move at least 50 miles away from migrant camps after the growing season ends.

The protest certainly got HCD’s attention! See why in this video!  lauren and several other people in the coalition fighting the rule were invited inside to meet with the HCD’s director. Among those in the meeting was a young woman who grew up in the migrant camps and who could speak directly to the dire impact the 50-mile regulation has had on her life.

The demonstration got some great media coverage as well. We’re so happy that people are starting to pay attention to this important human rights issue.

HCD has agreed to get back to us by January 15th with their thoughts on how they will proceed with respect to the regulation. Watch this space for updates!

3. Education & Outreach

Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack has posted an amazing interview with lauren.  Listen to lauren talking with them about … well, everything a thoughtful vegan cares about: why “vegan” doesn’t mean “cruelty free,” evolving as a vegan to think about all forms of suffering in the food system, and much, much more.

In addition to being super informative, it’s incredibly fun to listen to the three of them chatting with one another about all the issues many of us care about. 

F.E.P. is also thrilled to be included as a resource in New York Law School’s Unshared Bounty project focusing on the inequality of accessing healthy foods. We’re so proud to be one of just a handful of non-profits they chose to highlight in their “Resources” section.

4. Food Drive for Vallejo LGBTQ Center

Thanks so much to everyone who donated food for our food drive!

We were able to bring 118 items, including dried beans, rice, cereal, and soy milk, to the LGBTQ center to help them get started on a food bank!

5. Welcome to F.E.P., Employee #2!

We are delighted to announce that F.E.P. has hired our second full-time employee! Erika Galera joined us as F.E.P.’s Office/Marketing Manager, and we couldn’t be happier.

Expanding our team is made possible by the generous donations of our supporters.

Help us expand even more by donating today!

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