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!

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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