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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

December 19, 2017

  1. Food Empowerment Project Hits the Big Time!
  2. Spreading F.E.P.’s Vision Far and Wide
  3. One Year Since Our 50-Mile Regulation Protest
  4. Donating Food and Buying Chocolate Takes Thought
  5. Buy a Book and Support F.E.P.
  6. Showing Our Volunteers Some Love

1. Food Empowerment Project Hits the Big Time!

 

“Here you have a corporation, whose business is to provide food to the community, that is actually depriving them of that.”

– lauren Ornelas, founder and executive director of
Food Empowerment Project
 

Food Empowerment Project’s (F.E.P.) Shame on Safeway campaign prompted a full article in Fast Company about grocery stores using restrictive deeds on their former properties. This is huge! It is fantastic to know that high-visibility media outlets are looking at our work for leadership on food justice issues and spreading the word about our campaigns.

We are also delighted that three of our reports highlighting the inequities of the food system in Northern California are included in Michigan State University’s Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism in the U.S. Food System. The bibliography also specifically mentions that our reports show how people’s health is impacted by consuming animal products. We’re honored to be recognized for our work on food access issues and veganism!

2. Spreading F.E.P.’s Vision Far and Wide

Last month, lauren traveled from California to Melbourne, Australia, to give an invited talk at the Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary Evening of Kindness. In addition to meeting some lovely human and other-than-human animals, lauren shared F.E.P.’s vision of an inter-connected approach to food justice with the audience.

As word of F.E.P.’s mission spreads around the globe, we get closer and closer to achieving a more just, compassionate, and sustainable food system for everyone.

Want F.E.P.’s work to spread even further? You can help by donating today!

Donate Now!

3. One Year Since Our 50-Mile Regulation Protest
 

“Seasonal farm work shouldn’t mean seasonal school work.”

– Kaveh Danesh, PhD Candidate in Economics at the 50-mile regulation protest, December 9, 2016.  

More than a year ago, F.E.P. and supporters protested the California Department of Housing and Community Development's 50-mile regulation that forces farm workers to move at least 50 miles from the labor camps when the growing season ends, uprooting families and school children. Today, that regulation is still in place despite the burden it places on these families and the interruption it causes to their children’s education. Learn more about the 50-mile regulation in this video and stay tuned for ways that you can help us fight for farm worker rights!

4. Donating Food and Buying Chocolate Takes Thought

This is the time of year when people’s thoughts often turn to those having a challenging time feeding themselves and their families. One way to help is to donate to area food banks, but it is important to do this thoughtfully and carefully. F.E.P. has created a resource to help ensure your efforts to assist others have the positive impact you want.

The holiday season is also an important time to rely on our chocolate list to ensure you are buying vegan chocolate that is not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, including slavery.

5. Buy a Book and Support F.E.P.

Check out the new book Veganism in an Oppressive World from Sanctuary Publishers that is helping to amplify the voices of vegans of color in the animal rights movement. Sales from the book benefit Food Empowerment Project. Thanks so much for supporting our work, Sanctuary Publishers!

6. Showing Our Volunteers Some Love

On Saturday, December 9th, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Day event to show our gratitude for the people who make our work possible by dedicating their time and energy to F.E.P.! We did a walking tour of San Francisco murals and ate a delicious vegan meal at Cha-Ya in the city’s Mission District. With only three paid employees, we simply could not succeed without our volunteers’ tireless support. Thank you, volunteers!

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