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!

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