1. Clif Bar Campaign Update 

2. U.S. Victory with Methyl iodide/California bill for farm workers introduced 

3. Upcoming talks and tabling


1. Clif Bar Campaign Update 

As part of our initiative to help stop slavery in the cacao/chocolate industry, we have launched a campaign to get Clif Bar to disclose where they source their cacao. Because Clif Bar is a company that prides itself on doing the right thing, we were shocked that they were unwilling to be transparent about their cacao supply chain – even though we only want to know the country of origin of their cacao beans.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write Clif Bar.

If you have not already, please contact them and spread the word: https://foodispower.org/take-action/

Currently, Clif Bar is sending back form letters about what they are doing, but they still have not disclosed this very simple fact that other companies have willingly shared. Please help us hold them accountable!

Join our efforts and ask Clif to raise the bar on child slavery! Please spread the word.


2. U.S. Victory with Methyl iodide/California bill for farm workers introduced 

Since 2007, Food Empowerment Project has been sharing information and getting you involved to help stop the use of the agricultural chemical methyl iodide, which causes late-term miscarriages, contaminates groundwater and is so reliably carcinogenic that it’s used to create cancer cells in laboratories. The toxic fumigant was a menace to both farm workers and communities.

But we helped stop it!

In late March, the company making the product decided to pull it off the market.

Although this is a victory here in the US, our concern remains if methyliodide continues to be used in other parts of the world, exposing people and communities to this dangerous toxin.

But for now, let’s celebrate!

And another reason to celebrate: a bill has been introduced in California to help ensure that water and shade are provided to farm workers in our state. We will keep you informed on how you can help.


3. Upcoming talks and tabling 

F.E.P.’s founder, lauren Ornelas, will be speaking at the third-annual Law & Disorder Conference in Portland, Oregon. Dates for this free conference, which takes place at Portland State University, are April 6 – 8. Never one to compromise, lauren is sure to make an impression with her talk, “Beyond Veganism: Food Justice.”

Later this month, lauren will be a featured speaker at the second-annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day. If you’re in the Bay Area, don’t miss this opportunity to hear lauren’s talk on April 22! F.E.P. will also have a table at the event, so be sure to stop by and say “hello.”

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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