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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

March 13, 2018

  1. Women’s History Month
  2. How the Mainstream Ignores Vegans of Color
  3. Our Safeway Corporate Campaign
  4. Upcoming Talks
  5. Food Fight! Grocery March Beneficiary

1. Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the often-overlooked achievements of women.

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is proud to be founded by a woman of color and staffed by women of color. We also have an all-women Board of Directors and majority-women Advisory Board.

We’re women getting the job done, and we’re proud that our commitment to a holistic approach to vegan food justice has been a central part of who we are from the very beginning. We don’t just think all forms of exploitation and oppression are connected; we feel and experience it every day.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting women-run Food Empowerment Project. Donate today!

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2. How the Mainstream Ignores Vegans of Color

“I can’t tell you how many people come up to me at events and tell me that it’s good to see someone who looks like me speaking.”

– lauren Ornelas  

The Thrillist article “The Vegan Race Wars: How the Mainstream Ignores Vegans of Color”  features F.E.P.’s founder and executive director lauren Ornelas and Advisory Board member Emiko Badillo. The article discusses a wide variety of topics related to the misrepresentation of veganism as a movement of and for white people and the insidious pattern of glossing over the presence and contributions of vegans of color. Check it out!


3. Our Safeway Corporate Campaign  

F.E.P.’s Shame on Safeway petition has more than 33,000 signatures! Thanks to everyone who has signed and spread the word about our campaign.
We know that just as we were successful in our Clif Bar corporate campaign that forced Clif Bar to reveal the country of origin of their chocolate, we will be successful in ending Safeway’s unjust practice of using restrictive deeds on their properties.
Help people of color, seniors, and people living with disabilities access healthy foods by signing our petition today. Show Safeway that you value the communities impacted by their greed.*  
*As food justice experts, we know that grocery stores are not the only solution to improving access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities; however, ensuring that new grocery stores can open in former Safeway locations would be a major step in the right direction.

Shame on Safeway

4. Upcoming Talks

7th Annual Animal Law Symposium
Lewis & Clark School of Law, Portland, OR
Friday, March 16th

lauren will be speaking on the “Animals as Sustenance” panel with a talk titled “Abuses in the Food System: From Human to Non-Human Animals.”

Find out more on their Facebook page.
University of California, Berkeley
Tuesday, March 20th
“Beyond Veganism: Recognizing Access, Farm Worker Rights, and the Colonization of Food.”

5. Food Fight! Grocery March Beneficiary 

Food Fight!

Thanks so much, Food Fight! Grocery, for picking F.E.P. as your March beneficiary!

Food Fight! is donating to us for the whole month and, if you shop at either of their Portland, Oregon, locations on Sunday, March 25th, 10% of your purchase will also be donated to support our work.

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