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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

October 21st, 2015

1. F.E.P. Goes Ivy League!
2. Halloween Should Be Scary, Not Your Chocolate
3. Food Chain Quota Filled
4. NOOCH Vegan Market Supporting F.E.P. (again!)
5. In Case You Missed It

1. F.E.P. Goes Ivy League!

Food Empowerment Project's founder, lauren Ornelas, will be giving a lunchtime talk at Harvard Law School hosted by their Food Law Society on November 16th.

If you live in Boston, this is a great chance to hear lauren speak!
The talk is 12:00-1:00pm in Harvard's Wasserstein Hall (the main Law School building).

Our Boston-based team is also working to organize an F.E.P. event for Sunday, November 15th. This will be a good opportunity to talk to lauren and meet up with other F.E.P. supporters in the area. Please keep an eye on our Facebook event page as we work to finalize details for the event!

We're thrilled to spread F.E.P.'s message to a new audience!

2. Halloween Should Be Scary, Not Your Chocolate


Chocolate should be the least scary thing about Halloween. Unfortunately, many vegan chocolates are sourced from countries where the worst forms of child labor, including slavery, can be found.

Make Halloween compassionate for everyone by buying ethical, vegan chocolate. Use Food Empowerment Project's handy list and app to help guide your purchases!

While you're at it, you can donate to F.E.P. and help us continue our work raising awareness of this extremely important issue.
Donate now!

3. Food Chain Quota Filled

We have filled our quota for the first round of Food Chain, our monthly newsletter aimed at supporting new and aspiring vegans. When the current subscribers receive their final newsletter, they'll be asked to complete a survey. These surveys will help us improve Food Chain and make it one of the best resources available to help people go vegan and stay vegan.

While we cannot take any new subscribers at the moment, we will continue to send Food Chain to those who signed up as part of the pilot program.

We'll make an announcement when we're ready to start taking new subscribers, so keep an eye out for our email alerts.

4. NOOCH Vegan Market Supporting F.E.P. (again!)

Live in the Denver area? NOOCH Vegan Market has started a new program, "NOOCH Finds," where they bring in one-of-a-kind items from thrift stores and estate sales and give them a new life for a cause!

We are honored to be one of the non-profits they have chosen to benefit from this program. Thanks so much, NOOCH!

4. In Case You Missed It

Will you be in Oakland for the National Lawyers Guild Law for the People 2015 Conference this week? If so, come see lauren speak on a panel this Sunday (10/25) called “The Problem of Speaking for Others: Advocating for Juveniles, Animals, Persons with Disabilities, and Terror Detainees.”

More than 40 people came out to visit us at our office space in Rohnert Park, CA, on September 12th. It was our first-ever office party, and we're so happy so many people were able to join us. Check out our Facebook event page for photos from the day (you don’t need to be on Facebook to view). Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible and to our supporters who came out to visit F.E.P.

F.E.P. is all about solidarity: solidarity with farmed animals, the farm workers who pick our fruits and vegetables, people experiencing food scarcity, and members of our communities suffering from the impact of environmental racism.

Here's a glimpse at what we've been up to in our efforts to make a more just and sustainable world for everyone.

In August, we were outside Costco in Rohnert Park, showing solidarity with farm workers by asking Costco to respect the boycott of Driscoll's berries to ensure farm workers are treated humanely and earn a fair wage. On October 2nd, as part of World Day for Farmed Animals, we were outside Petaluma Poultry slaughterhouse from 9am – 7pm showing solidarity with the 50,000 young chickens who are slaughtered there daily and making sure people know what is happening behind the slaughterhouse walls.

We are currently collecting vegan food donations for the victims of the Lake County Fire in Northern California. Drop off any donations at F.E.P.'s office (1300 Valley House Drive, Suite 100-20, Rohnert Park, CA 94928).

lauren gave a talk at the San Francisco Farm to Fork event on August 29, and we had a table so we could share all our great information with the attendees.

She also gave a talk at the World Vegetarian Festival in San Francisco th
at truly resonated with the audience. For those of you who were unable to attend, you can watch lauren’s talk here.

lauren passionately shared Food Empowerment Project's work and vision, leaving the audience with the message: "We have to look at our food choices as a decision that we make to determine if we're eating our ethics or not ... look at these as your individual choices but [don't] ever forget the collective voices that we have … all of our voices together is what creates change." If you're inspired by what you've read, please help us continue this work by making a donation.
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