1. Bay Area school supply drive for children of farm workers 
2. Upcoming events: Berkeley Vegan Earth Day and Resistance Ecology Conference 
3. Latest blog on Appetite for Justice 
4. Help defeat California’s ag-gag bill 
5. F.E.P. turns 7 on May 1! 


1. Bay Area school supply drive for children of farm workers 

School Supplies 3From April 16 to April 30, Food Empowerment Project is organizing a school supply drive in the Bay Area for the children of farm workers.

We depend on farm workers every day for the food on our plates, yet many of them are stretched too thin to buy the basic goods most of us take for granted.

F.E.P. believes fundamental changes to this system are urgently needed, and also that solidarity requires active and meaningful support right now for those most affected. With this in mind, we are organizing a Bay Area school supply drive for the children of farm workers.

Drop-off locations will be in Berkeley, Marin County, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, and Sonoma County.

For more information on what items are needed and more details, go to https://foodispower.org/school-supplies-drive/


2. Upcoming events: Berkeley Vegan Earth Day and Resistance Ecology Conference 

BVED – Saturday, April 20
Join us at Berkeley Vegan Earth Day!

F.E.P. founder and executive director lauren Ornelas will be speaking at Berkeley Vegan Earth Day on Saturday, April 20.

Please note that the time of the event has changed. It will now run from 11 am to 6 pm. It will be fun and informative! Come hear lauren’s talk and stop by the F.E.P. table to say hello.

Resistance Ecology Conference, May 31 – June 2, Portland

lauren Ornelas will join a host of other speakers at the first-annual Resistance Ecology Conference in Portland, OR, which runs from May 31 to June 2. A cooperative effort between the Student Animal Liberation Coalition of Portland State University, Oregon, Jericho Movement, and Resistance Ecology, the conference will focus on “multi-layered, unified, diverse and intersectional” movements of resistance.


3. Latest blog on Appetite for Justice 

In honor of her 25th year as a vegan, lauren has been writing a series of blog posts reflecting on her journey and the investigative work she did at farms, auctions, and slaughterhouses.

The latest post, “Some Pig,” focuses on pig farms in Georgia and North Carolina, and the atrocious conditions she witnessed. Contrasting this misery with the wisdom of the perennial children’s favorite, Charlotte’s Web, the post longs for a day when “we can truly be friends to all animals.”


4. Help defeat California’s ag-gag bill 

AB 343 (California’s ag-gag bill) is being heard on Wednesday, April 17, in Sacramento. If you are interested in attending, please email info(at)foodispower.org for more information.


5. F.E.P. turns 7 on May 1! 

donate-alertFood Empowerment Project was founded on May 1 – International Workers’ Day, often called May Day – to draw attention to how the food choices we make are linked to all sorts of struggles. From the rights of migrants and farm workers to the exploitation of non-human animals to the devastating consequences of corporate agribusiness, it’s clearer every day how connected these struggles are. As our birthday approaches, our wish is that we all continue to recognize this and re-commit ourselves to the ongoing fight for justice.

If you are able, please donate to support our work.

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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