1. Two new books on justice and advocacy
2. Thank yous
3. In case you missed it
4. Laptop needed!


1. Two new books on justice and advocacy

Food Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas is a featured author in the newly released Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice (Vegan Publishers). The book focuses on the interconnections between forms of exploitation.

Thanks to Ashley Maier and Stacia Mesleh for being the visionaries behind the idea for the book. We are also grateful to Vegan Publishers, who will donate 50% of the proceeds from the first 1,000 books sold.

And another! Turning Points in Compassion: Personal Journeys of Animal Advocates (Spirit Wings Humane Education) is a book of essays featuring both lauren Ornelas and F.E.P. volunteer and author Mark Hawthorne. This book can help even the most seasoned activist find community and inspiration.


2. Thank yous

Thanks so much to our friends at Animal Legal Defense Fund for offering us free office space while they remodel their new offices. We are so very happy to have a physical space that allows our volunteers to come and help out in person!

Many thanks to NOOCH vegan grocery for raising $100 for F.E.P. with their screening of the film “Live and Let Live.”

Finally, we are so grateful for the continuing support of Compassion Co., which donated 5% of their sales from October, November, and December to F.E.P.! Amazing. They raised $1,600! THANK YOU, Compassion Co.!


3. In case you missed it

Thanks to everyone who came out to support lauren at her court appearance related to the Whole Foods Market arrest! We are delighted that the paperwork was not formally filed in this case for now. It was wonderful that the activists who came out to support lauren seized the opportunity to make their voices heard for the animals at two events afterwards – a demonstration at the Santa Rosa Whole Foods Market and a Sonoma County Chicken Save event at Petaluma Poultry the day of lauren’s court appearance. We so appreciate everyone who participated!

In other news, lauren is featured among the “All-Stars” offering up their wishes for a vegan new year over atVeganStreet. Have a look and get some inspiration for 2015!

And for even more inspiration and information, head over to KAFM-Radio’s Fresh Café podcast, where host Rhonda Dunlap interviewed lauren about food justice.

 


4. Laptop needed!

One last item: help! F.E.P. is growing, and we are seeking a donation of a working PC laptop computer (with Microsoft Office software) to use in our office. As you know, like any volunteer-staffed organization, we are strapped for funds and depend on supporters to help in large and small ways. If you can help, please contact us, or donate. Thank you!

shame on albertsons

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please sign and share the petition to Safeway/Albertsons’ CEO Vivek Sankaran right now and tell him that all neighborhoods need access to fresh food!

Please sign our friends, at Birchwood Food Desert Fighters, petition to Albertsons, asking them to remove ALL grocery noncompete clauses affecting the Park Manor Shopping Center.

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

Call Safeway to complain:
1-877-Safeway
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:
1-877-848-6483.*

* Suggested language and details: Please make a polite phone call and keep in mind the person you are speaking to probably has no idea about this policy—most people don’t. You just need to stay on the line for a customer service representative. For Safeway, they will ask you for your full name and phone number and if you have a Safeway card number.
 
Suggested language: “I am calling to log a comment against a Safeway / Albertsons policy that sometimes puts restrictive deeds on its former properties and prevents other grocery stores from moving in, sometimes for 10 years or more. This has impacted community health. I would like Safeway / Albertsons to end this policy immediately.”
 

If they ask questions you cannot answer, feel free to provide our email: info@foodispower.org and remind them you are calling because you disagree with this practice.

Order some of our leaflets to share with others by emailing info(at)foodispower.org.

 
 

Join us by taking a stand in front of your local Safeway / Albertsons! Find a demo to attend here.

Want to organize your own demo? We can send you leaflets and posters. Contact us here for additional details.

 
 
Take action on social media with hashtag #ShameOnSafeway & #ShameOnAlbertsons and tagging Safeway & Albertsons.

Thank you for wanting to take a stand against a corporation that is impacting the health of Black and Brown communities and low-income neighborhoods.

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