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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

August 22, 2017

In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, we are not shocked. We are not surprised. Given our intense focus on social justice and compassion for all beings, we know the kind of hatred and bigotry that thrives in both the dark, hidden spaces of our country and in the clear light of day. At Food Empowerment Project, we are sickened by these most recent events. We also stand strong and will continue to stand in opposition to hate, intolerance, and exploitation, as that has been a part of F.E.P. since we were founded and will never change. We’re so grateful to have you standing alongside us.

  1. Farm Worker Families Have a Right to Stable Education
  2. Vallejo Healthy Food Fest – A Huge Success!
  3. Interview with Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)
  4. Wine and Cheese!
  5. Vote for F.E.P!
  6. Save the Date – F.E.P. Is Coming to Portland

1. Farm Worker Families Have a Right to Stable Education

As you know, Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) has been working for months to change the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s 50-mile regulation requiring farm workers and their families to move at least 50 miles away from migrant camps at the end of the growing season. This regulation has a tremendous impact on farm workers’ children, as it uproots them and denies their right to an education.
 
At the end of June, F.E.P.’s founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas, spoke on a panel of experts regarding the 50-mile regulation and delivered a legal petition to HCD. 
 
We’re proud of this hard-won progress. We’re also especially proud that our advocacy work and leadership on this issue is being recognized in major press outlets like the LA Times and the Santa Cruz Sentinel!

While California persists in subjecting the children of farm workers to injustice, F.E.P. has been busy ensuring those very same children have the supplies they need to start the school year right. Thanks to generous donations to our school supply drive, we stuffed 461 backpacks and distributed them to farm workers’ children. We’ll give you a full update on the school supply drive (along with videos of the wonderful kids) in our September newsletter. For now, just know that we’re standing up for these children and their families in every way we possibly can.

If you share our belief that education is a human right, donate today!

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2. Vallejo Healthy Food Fest – A Huge Success!

This year, nearly 400 people attended our Vallejo Healthy Food Fest! The event included vegan food representing Vallejo’s rich cultural diversity (vegan chicken adobo [a Filipino favorite], beans, Mexican rice, corn tortillas, kale and cabbage greens, and samples of chickenless nuggets)!

We’re super excited to have received a certificate from Vallejo’s mayor thanking us for our work on improving access to healthy foods.

Thanks so much to our tireless community organizer, Maria Guevara, the wonderful Chef Evangelina, and all the amazing performers and volunteers who contributed to making the day such a success!

As one attendee put it: “As a Filipino, gotta say I was impressed with the #vegan Adobo seitan at the @FoodIsPower #makevallejohealthy event. Bravo Chef Evangelina!”

3. Interview with Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE)

 

"If ACE continues as it is, but wants to recognize the value of individual animals and inspire activists to work on issues they are passionate about, it would need to start encouraging financial support for organizations working on a variety of issues."

– lauren Ornelas
 

lauren’s recent interview with Animal Charity Evaluators is a must-read. She takes a critical approach to ACE’s methodology and articulates what’s at stake in the debate over effective altruism. In addition to talking through the implications of corporate campaigns and lauren’s commitment to supporting other social justice causes, there is an important discussion of the ways animal charities are evaluated and what values should be front and center when thinking about which organizations to support. We appreciate their interest in interviewing lauren despite the differences in values. 
 
Speaking of interviews, in case you missed it, we have an English translation available for lauren’s interview with the Brazilian group ANDA.

4. Wine and Cheese!

Thanks so much to Miyoko’s Kitchen for naming us their August charity of the month! One percent of online sales for August will be donated to F.E.P. Shop away knowing you are supporting F.E.P. while savoring artisanal vegan cheese. Use the promo code “Empower17” for 15% off your order!
 
Need wine to go with your cheese? Check out our newly updated wine list to see wineries that offer vegan wines while holding high standards for how they treat their workers.

5. Vote for F.E.P.!


VegNews
has nominated F.E.P. for not one, but two “best of” categories in their annual Veggie Awards survey.
 
Don’t miss your chance to vote for us for Favorite App (question #41) and Favorite Nonprofit (question #42).

6. Save the Date – F.E.P. Is Coming to Portland

PDX supporters, get ready! lauren is coming to town for two talks in October.
 
On Saturday, October 14, at 11:00 am she’ll be giving a talk at Portland VegFest, and then at 1:45 pm that same day she’ll be on the Race and Gender Redux panel at the Animal Law Conference at the Hilton Portland.
 
We’d love to see you while we’re in town!
 

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