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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

July 24, 2018

  1. 50-Mile Regulation Defeated!
  2. Fight for the Oceans Day
  3. 2018 School Supply Drive
  4. lauren Ornelas Inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame!
  5. Upcoming Events

1. 50-Mile Regulation Defeated!


"The 50-mile regulation was a violation of the basic human right of education and intentionally harmed children of farm workers. The people who feed all of us sacrifice so much for their children, and this unfair hardship was an added oppression.”

– lauren Ornelas, F.E.P. Founder and Executive Director

We defeated the 50-mile regulation! Take a moment to celebrate this step in the fight for farmworker rights and read the coverage in The Mercury News and the Register Pajaronian.

Since 2010, Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) has been part of the coalition leading the successful fight against the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s “50-mile rule” requiring farmworkers to leave state-subsidized housing and move at least 50 miles away at the end of the harvest. This regulation deprived thousands of farmworkers’ children from receiving consistent access to education.

There’s more work to do to ensure farm workers’ rights are fully recognized, but for now join us in celebrating this hard-won victory. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our partner in this effort, Dr. Ann Lopez with The Center for Farmworker Families, as well as Harry Snyder, Kaveh Danesh, Julie Soloman, and everyone who sent letters, attended protests, called their legislators, and contributed research, and the farmworkers.

With your support we can keep leading the way to successful change for a more just and sustainable food system. Donate today!

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2. Fight for the Oceans Day

August 30th is F.E.P.’s Fight for the Oceans Day! Take action by organizing a clean-up at a local beach, river, creek, or lake and help others understand the importance of not eating marine creatures.

It’s as simple as grabbing a bucket or compostable bag and going to your local ocean, pond, creek, or river to clean up for an hour or two. You can go by yourself or organize a group!

We know not everyone can do this on August 30th, which is a weekday, so please consider doing it on the weekend instead if that’s more convenient for you.

And let us know when and where you’ve organized a clean-up, and we will add it to our list! One hour of clean up can make an enormous difference for the Earth.

Food justice panel at the Atlantic City Vegan Food Fest. Moderator Doris Lin, chef Bryant Terry, and lauren Ornelas. Not pictured: Erika Boyd of Detroit Vegan Soul.

3. 2018 School Supply Drive

Our School Supply Drive for the children of farm workers is in full swing!

This is one important way you can show your appreciation for the people who grow and pick your food.

We’re collecting supplies at Bay Area drop-off locations through July 27th or you can ship the supplies directly to our office until Friday, August 3rd.

Last year, we gave out 461 backpacks crammed full of much-needed school supplies. There are only THREE days left to drop off supplies and a little over a week to ship them directly to our office. We know with your help we can beat last year’s effort!

Please share this information widely and encourage your friends and families to donate supplies.

Watch this short video that shows the impact we had last year!

4. lauren Ornelas Inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame!

“…we know that all of our stories are different, all of our experiences are different, and we don't come from the same place. Strength is in our differences and in our diversity. We are about building bridges and not building walls. I think we can all do this.”

– lauren Ornelas  

Our founder, lauren Ornelas, was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame at the 2018 Animal Rights National Conference, making her the first woman of color to receive this award. After 30 years of fighting for animals, this recognition of lauren’s fearless and unflagging commitment to animals’ lives was long overdue.

With lauren’s typical grace and humility, she began her acceptance speech by recognizing that the true animal rights Hall of Famers are the animals whose daily acts of resistance against the bonds of human oppression so often go unrecognized.

Check out the great LiveKindly article about this highly-deserved award and join us in congratulating her on this recognition of her immense contributions to animal rights.

5. Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 28th, Spokane, WA
Spokane VegFest
Our Washington Chapter will be tabling.
Saturday, July 28th, San José, CA
San José Veggie Fest 2018
10am–4pm at Martial Cottle Park
We’ll have games for the kids at our table. Come by and see us!
Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th, in Seattle, WA
F.E.P. Washington Chapter’s Yard Sale Fundraiser for F.E.P. and VINE Sanctuary
Have something to donate to the yard sale? Check out our donation event page!
August 30th, Everywhere!
Shame on Safeway Thunderclap!
Support our #ShameOnSafeway campaign by making our message go viral! Millions of people will potentially see our campaign on social media if you join. Be sure to use our hashtag and tag @Safeway in your post! Learn more here!

Erika and Dana tabling at the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival
A note before you go:

If you have a minute, give a listen to lauren’s interview with Aditi Juneja for the Self-Care Sunday Podcast. lauren offers a unique perspective on veganism and self-care.
Paul Stellar (left) and Andy Tabar of The Bearded Vegans
with lauren Ornelas
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