1. Upcoming speaking events
2. The importance of self-care
3. New interview
4. February 28 and May 2 — Save the dates!


1. Upcoming speaking events

National Justice for Animals WeekFood Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas will be speaking at three upcoming events. At 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 26, lauren will discuss environmental racism, farm workers, animal welfare, and the chocolate industry as part of National Justice for Animals week. The event is free and open to the public.

Then, on March 15, she will speak at the 10th Annual Meatout Lunch & Program in San Francisco. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Center (1187 Franklin St.) and runs from 12 pm – 3:30 pm.

Finally, on March 20, lauren will speak at the Collective Liberation Conference in Long Beach.

If you’re in Northern or Southern California, please come check it out!


2. The importance of self-care

Veganism is not health insuranceAs vegans, we sometimes think our healthier food choices make us invincible, and as activists, we often forget how important it is to take care of ourselves while we look out for others. In her most recent blog post, “Veganism is not health insurance,” lauren implores us to “remember that those who take the time to encourage activists to take care of themselves are the ones who are truly looking out for the movement and making sure that we have a healthier and more well-balanced base to encourage others to join us and ensure that we are all active for many years to come.” Read more here on Appetite for Justice.


3. New interview

In a wide-ranging interview posted on Striving with Systems, lauren talks about her path to veganism, the birth of F.E.P., and how animal rights advocacy relates to other social justice movements. Please take a look!


4. February 28 and May 2 — Save the dates!

Save the date!We’re very excited about two upcoming events, including one right around the corner!

On Saturday, February 28, the good folks at Veggie Grill are once again generously hosting a F.E.P. fundraiser, this time at their Corte Madera location, about 8 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.Provide your cashier with our flyer OR simply mention that you have come for the Food Empowerment Project fundraiser.

The event runs from 5 pm to 10 pm, and lauren and other F.E.P. volunteers will be there all night. If you’re in the Bay Area, come by and say hello!

And last but not least, join us on Saturday, May 2, in Northern California for F.E.P.’s anniversary party from 2 pm – 5 pm. More details to come!