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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

February 20, 2018

  1. Advocacy That Leaves No One Behind
  2. Shame on Safeway Campaign Resonates
  3. Community-Based Vegan Food Justice Work
  4. Changes to Facebook – Make Sure You Get Our News!
  5. Our Bunny Mascot Has a Name

1. Advocacy That Leaves No One Behind

Long before #ARMeToo, Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) founder and executive director, lauren Ornelas, was speaking out about racism, sexism, bullying, and harassment in the animal rights movement. As a woman of color, lauren is intimately aware of the necessity for advocacy that protects the most vulnerable among us, including human and non-human animals.
To learn more, watch lauren’s talk from the 2017 Animal Law Conference panel on “Gender and Race Redux: Identifying and Fixing the Racist and Sexist Realities of the Animal Protection Movement" panel.
In case you missed it, you can also read lauren’s blog from November 2017 detailing both the problems we face with sexism in the animal rights movement and suggestions other organizations can use to make significant changes for the better.

2. Shame on Safeway Campaign Resonates

“Corporations are massive, and the communities they’re doing this to don’t have anywhere near the influence of Safeway. But, communities will exert their power, and that’s who Safeway is going to have to answer to.”

– lauren Ornelas
We are delighted that our work on access to healthy foods is resonating so much with communities and the media. Check out this article in Civil Eats about our Shame on Safeway campaign and spread the word about our petition

3. Community-Based Vegan Food Justice Work  

At F.E.P., we believe in the power of community-based work to create a more just and sustainable food system for everyone. Our Vallejo Healthy Food Fest is one way we undertake this important work. The Food Fest creates a space where the people of Vallejo can gather to celebrate healthy eating, dine on culturally appropriate vegan foods, and enjoy artists from their local community. For many attendees, this is their first vegan event, and they are delighted to learn about vegan versions of their favorite foods.

This video highlights last year’s Vallejo Healthy Food Fest and will give you a taste of the power of community-based work in action!

If you believe in our work on veganism and access to healthy foods, donate today!

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4. Changes to Facebook – Make Sure You Get Our News!  

Facebook is changing their algorithms. You’ll need to let Facebook know you want to see our content. It’s easy …
For Facebook: Click “Follow” on our page, then hover over the “Following” button and choose “See First.” Finally, turn notifications ON.
For Instagram: Click the three dots in the top right-hand corner on our page, then choose “Turn On Post Notifications.”
For Twitter: Click the three dots at the top right-hand corner on our page, then choose “Turn on Mobile Notifications.”

5. Our Bunny Mascot Has a Name!  

And the chosen name is … Chavez! We love that our long-eared friend Emmeline knew that naming our bunny mascot after Cesar Chavez (co-founder of United Farm Workers and a vegan) was the perfect choice!
Look for Chavez on labels in vegan stores! For now, the label will be used to indicate F.E.P.-recommended chocolate, but we hope to expand this to include our recommended wine, bananas, and coffee!
Didn’t get to see Emmeline choose the winning name live? Wishing you could see an adorable rabbit cram her whole head in a small mug to get a treat?  You’re in luck! You can still watch the video!
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