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Food Empowerment Project Newsletter

November 15, 2016

We did it!
We met the $50K matching gift! Thanks to everyone who supported this effort!
  1. I Am Back - A Message from lauren Ornelas
  2. Education Is a Human Right for All
  3. F.E.P. Executive Director Wins Leadership Award
  4. Shame on Safeway
  5. Bead and Reel Charity of the Month

1. I Am Back - A Message from lauren Ornelas

And I have yours.

For me, November 9th, the day after the election, was surreal; I felt detached from my body and tremendous grief and confusion.

But as my grief fades, my determination grows.

As many of you know, I have been arrested more than a dozen times for non-human animals, and I am writing to let you know I have your back; if you are LGBTQ or have loved ones who are, if you are undocumented, if you are a POC or a woman – I have your back.

I will put my freedom on the line to defend you and all who are vulnerable as I am not sure what recourse we have when all branches of government are held by someone so hateful.

I am scared for so many I love, but I will not let fear stop me.

And I am so sorry for what has happened, but I am coming out of my fog – fighting.

In strong solidarity,
lauren Ornelas

2. Education Is a Human Right for All

What can you do this Human Rights Day? Stand up for the children of farm workers!

In our October newsletter, we told you about the 50-mile rule in California requiring farm workers and their families to move at least 50 miles away from the migrant camps at the end of the growing season. 

This rule has a significant impact on farm worker children whose educations and communities are disrupted.

This Human Rights Day, join Food Empowerment Project in supporting farm worker children and their right to a stable education.  

If you are in California, please invite your family and friends and join us in Sacramento on Friday, December 9th, for our protest at the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Find the details, information about speakers, and flyers in English and Spanish on our event page.

We all eat vegetables and fruits grown by farm workers in California. It's up to us to stand up for them and their children this Human Rights Day.

3. F.E.P. Executive Director Wins Leadership Award

We could not be more proud of lauren for winning the first Leadership Award at the Coalition of Vegan Activists of Color (COVAC) Animal Rights, Advocacy and Food Justice Conference in October.

We know lauren is an inspiring leader in the movement making the world a better place for all living beings, so we're delighted her work has been recognized by such an extraordinary group. Please join us in congratulating lauren!

4. Shame on Safeway

Shouldn't grocery stores make it easier to access healthy foods—not harder?

We have close to 35,000 signatures and are looking for even more. Tell Safeway's CEO to stop such harmful practices! Sign and share our petition today!

4. Bead and Reel Charity of the Month

We're honored to be Bead and Reel's Charity of the Month! Check out the interview with lauren and shop their fabulous online vegan store!

Shopping not your thing? That's okay! You can join Bead and Reel in supporting F.E.P. by donating to us today!

Donate Now!
Keep an eye on social media for our 31 reasons to give to F.E.P. in December campaign.
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