1. New Board Members, Facebook and Thank you!

Food Empowerment Project is happy to announce the addition of new members to our advisory board. We are very fortunate to have these new members as part of our team.

* Check out the FEP team by visiting: https://foodispower.org/fep_team.htm

After numerous requests (and thank you for the idea!) you can now be a fan of Food Empowerment Project.

* To add to our page, visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-Empowerment-Project/9151801106

* If you’re on MySpace, we’d love to be your friend, so check us out at: http://www.myspace.com/foodempowermentproject

We are thankful for all of the new volunteers who signed on to help us with research and the development of reading materials. We will be in touch soon!

2. March Madness

a. Meatout:

The Food Empowerment Project advocates a vegan diet, and every year, to kick off the start ofspring, thousands of people from all over the world host informational events advocating the switch to a veggie diet in order to kick the meat habit (at least for a day). The hope is that more and more people will stick to this new, healthy diet for the sake of the animals, the workers and the environment!

Ten billion land animals are killed for food in the US every year. Pregnant pigs are kept in crates so small they can’t turn around, chickens raised for meat grow so quickly that their legs are not able to support the weight of their bodies, turkeys and hens who lay eggs have the tips of their beaks cut off, while dairy cows are impregnated over and over again while their calves are taken away within 24 hours or immediately after birth.

For them we ask you to take part in trying to kick the meat habit, and for those who are vegetarian, why not try a vegan diet!

You can participate in the Great American Meatout by organizing your own event, or by attending one of the many events that are scheduled for this month: http://www.meatout.org

b. Marches

The 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Walk and Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 29th in Los Angeles and other cities. The event will bring together farm worker organizers, students, activists and community members in what will be a celebration of the work and life of Cesar Chavez. The Food Empowerment Project works to prevent injustices against farm workers, and strongly encourages you to attend one of these events. Just as important, Cesar shared the values of the Food Empowerment Project by wanting to fight oppression in many forms and was also a vegan.

For a calendar of the UFW events, visit:

http://www.ufw.org/_board.php?b_code=news_cal

For more information on the Los Angeles event, please visit: http://www.ufwfoundation.org/events/walk.html

To join in the effort to establish a holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez, sign the petition by going to:

http://www.ufwaction.org/campaign/chavezholiday?qp_source=web

By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment.

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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