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.

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