1. Media coverage: Clif Bar, chocolate, San José report, and interviews
2. Fundraising thank yous
3. Support lauren at her court appearance


1. Media coverage: Clif Bar, chocolate, San José report, and interviews

We hope you’ve seen Food Empowerment Project’s announcement about the success of our Clif Bar campaign. You can read more about F.E.P.’s Clif Bar victory and why chocolate sourcing is such an important issue for people who care about food justice in articles on The Sustainable Investor and at Care2.

Confectionary News also published an article about F.E.P.’s work raising awareness about slavery and abuse in the West African cocoa trade. It is great to see a trade publication drawing attention to the ethical ramifications of chocolate sourcing!

California Progress Report ran a piece on our newly released San José focus group report, Bringing Community Voices to the Table, which presented the results of our meetings with members of impacted communities. Participants not only spoke about the barriers they encounter trying to access healthy foods, but they also voiced their recommendations for improving access.

Check out interviews with F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas in Swell Magazine – about her activism and favorite places and reads – and on Animal Voices radio to hear her articulate the connections between human and animal suffering in the food system. We are delighted that more animal advocates are becoming interested in highlighting the links between the exploitation of human and non-human animals.


2. Fundraising thank yous

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the Veggie Grill Corte Madera fundraiser in November! Your participation and Veggie Grill’s generosity helped F.E.P. go home with $677.90! Thanks to volunteer Sarah Rice for organizing it!

Many thanks also go out to everyone who donated to our year-end appeal! You have made us stronger as we start 2015!


3. Support lauren at her court appearance

Show Whole Foods Market (WFM) and law enforcement that lauren Ornelas does not stand alone!

On November 16th, lauren was “citizen’s arrested” by the manager of the Sebastopol WFM while peacefully leafleting to raise awareness about WFM’s recent addition of domestic bunny “meat” to the variety of animal flesh they are already responsible for selling to consumers.

Read Rabbit Advocacy Network’s press release to learn more about lauren’s arrest.

If you’ll be in the Bay Area, please come out to support lauren at her court appearance in Santa Rosa on January 21st. For more details, see F.E.P.’s Facebook Event page (you do not need to be on Facebook to view).