1. Chicago VeganMania!
2. Sonoma County Chicken Save Vigil – October 2
3. F.E.P.’s new web page about restaurant workers is live!
4. “Food Desert” coverage highlights F.E.P.’s work
5. Latest Appetite for Justice blog post


1. Chicago VeganMania

Will you be in Chicago on Saturday, October 11? If so, be sure to come by Chicago VeganMania. The event takes place at the Broadway Armory from 10am to 5pm.

Food Empowerment Project founder lauren Ornelas will be there speaking and participating in a panel discussion on links between veganism and other social justice movements. Author and F.E.P. volunteer Mark Hawthorne will also be speaking on a panel.

While you are there, please stop by our table to say hello and check out our new stickers (and possibly new shirts, too, if they are ready)!


2. Sonoma County Chicken Save Vigil – October 2

We are delighted to announce Sonoma County Chicken Save’s first outreach event on Thursday, October 2, from 11:30am to 6:30pm outside Petaluma Poultry Processing.

Scheduled to coincide with World Day for Farmed Animals (organized by FARM), this event is designed to help educate the public about the slaughter taking place behind the walls they pass every day and to advocate for the chickens suffering inside.

We will provide the signs and literature. Hope to see you there!

Check out our Facebook event page for more information (you do not have to be on Facebook to view).


3. F.E.P.’s new web page about restaurant workers is live!

We are thrilled to announce that we have added a restaurant workers page to F.E.P.’s website highlighting the exploitation experienced by workers in the food industry.

Though nearly one in 10 of those who work in the United States is a restaurant worker, their employment conditions are invisible to customers.

Read up on the issues and learn more about how you can support the people who make your meals away from home possible.


4. “Food Desert” coverage highlights F.E.P.’s work

TakePart.com’s recent coverage of “food deserts” featured a photo gallery of seven communities in the country seriously impacted by limited access to healthy foods.

We were delighted to see that the coverage highlighted Food Empowerment Project’s 2010 report on disparity in the availability of healthy foods in Santa Clara County, California.

It is so satisfying to know that F.E.P.’s work is helping spread the word about the lack of access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities.


5. Latest Appetite for Justice blog post

Many of us have been forced to come to terms with a past that includes participating in industries that exploit both animals and humans.

In her most recent blog post, “My Fast Food Confession” lauren recounts her experiences working at a fast food restaurant in high school. She examines the exploitation endemic in restaurant work, as well as the sexual harassment that runs rampant in an industry predominantly staffed by women.

Animal and human lives intersect in so many ways in our food system; exploitation never impacts just one group. lauren’s post reminds us that by paying attention to these intersections and being honest with ourselves, we can pull together as a community to create a more compassionate world for all humans and animals.