1. Celebrate Food Empowerment Project’s 8th Anniversary
2. Sonoma County Chicken Save update
3. School Supply Drive — mark your calendars
4. Upcoming events!
5. Thanks!


1. Celebrate Food Empowerment Project’s 8th Anniversary

Save the date!
Saturday, May 2nd
2:00-5:00pm
Ross, CA (Marin County)

Please join us in Northern California to celebrate Food Empowerment Project’s 8th anniversary. We couldn’t have done it without you!

The Vegan BBQ festivity is kid-friendly and includes a silent auction, live music, and exciting prizes. F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas and board members will be on hand to answer questions, and you’ll be able to meet and chat with the other Vegan VIPs who will be in attendance!

Tickets are on a sliding scale ($25-$100), student tickets are $15, and kiddos get in free! Get more information and register for the event.

Hope to see you there!

If you’re in Northern or Southern California, please come check it out!


2. Sonoma County Chicken Save update

Sonoma County Chicken Save
We continue our monthly efforts to raise awareness of the suffering going on inside Petaluma Poultry. Thanks to everyone who comes out to bear witness and raise awareness for the chickens.

We have also submitted both a Freedom of Information Act request and a Public Open Records Act request to obtain more information on how Petaluma Poultry conducts business. Unfortunately, the government agencies have not been forthcoming in providing the requested information.

With help from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, F.E.P. is exploring what other legal options there may be to ensure that this information makes its way into the public sphere.


3. School Supply Drive — mark your calendars

School Supply DriveIt is a tragedy that the very people who harvest the food on our plates often do not have the means to meet their families’ most basic needs. Many lack the financial resources to send their children to school with the materials necessary to thrive.

To show our solidarity with the farm workers and help meet an urgent need, F.E.P. is organizing our annual school supply drive in the Bay Area to benefit the children of farm workers from July 13th-27th.

Keep an eye out for future alerts with more information!


4. Upcoming events!

Save the date!We have a ton of upcoming events all over the country!

Supporters in the Northeast can visit us at our table on Sunday, March 29th, at the NYC Veggie Pride Parade! This is a great chance to get out and stretch your legs after these months of frigid temperatures and snowstorms!

On April 11th in Ross, CA, the co-founders of The Pollination Project are hosting a special evening. This will be in an intimate setting with dinner as well as a conversation with lauren, followed by a Q & A about F.E.P.’s work. The event is by invitation only, so please emailjsantos@thepollinationproject.org to get more details.

Our Bay Area supporters can join us at our table on Saturday, April 19th,at the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day event and again on Saturday, April 25th, at Oakland VegFest, where lauren will speak and F.E.P. will have a table.

For supporters everywhere who have an internet connection, you can attend the Sistah Vegan 2015 Conference(on the web) April 24th and 25th. This year’s theme is “The Vegan Praxis of ‘Black Lives Matter,'” and lauren will be giving a talk! This is an excellent opportunity to get more exposure to F.E.P.’s central themes of linking together all forms of exploitation and oppression.

May 2nd, Nooch Market in Denver, CO, is honoring World Wide Vegan Bake Sale Day with a bake sale benefitting F.E.P. We will receive 100% of the proceeds, so if you live in the Denver area, definitely head over to Nooch and support us by eating something delicious!


5. Thanks!

Thanks so much to Veggie Grill in Corte Madera for generously hosting another event! Thanks, too, to our generous supporters who attended. We raised an amazing $886.33.

Thanks to Circle Into Square for their very generous donation last month! We are so grateful for the support. It’s wonderful to have the support of committed allies!

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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