Happy Earth Day! You may have noticed a new look to the Food Empowerment Project… We now have a logo! And while our look has changed, our mission remains the same. We’ve worked very hard to develop a logo that encompasses our mission of encouraging healthy food choices that we feel is the key to a more compassionate society.

We are very happy with the final version, and hope you are too! A big thank you to Monkeys with Crayons (http://www.monkeyswithcrayons.com) for their time and creativity!

1. WorldFest: May 10, 2008

WorldFest was started out of the desire to bring a compassionate and earth-friendly lifestyle to the broadest possible audience and this year it is expected to draw over five thousand visitors. The event will feature environmental speakers, educational booths, music, children’s activities and veggie friendly food!

Food Empowerment Project is excited to have a table for the first time, thanks to a generous donation!

Please stop by our table and check out our organic cotton produce bags that can be used for your fruit and veggie purchases at your local market!

For more information on WorldFest please visit: http://www.worldfestevents.com

Don’t forget to celebrate this Earth Day and Cinco de Mayo by eating some great vegan enchiladas. Check out: http://www.veganmexicanfood.com!

2. West Coast Conference – Portland Style!

As the sun starts to come out, so do the conferences!

The Let Live Northwest Animal Rights conference is coming to Oregon June 27th-29th! “Let Live” will provide a forum for anyone who wants to help make a difference for animals. Regardless of your past experience level, you will learn valuable skills and knowledge to become a more effective advocate. The conference is being organized by Vegans for Animal Advocacy, with support from No Compromise, Herbivore Magazine, and Food Fight Grocery. Topics covered will include grassroots organizing, campaign development, activist legal rights, and training in dealing with the media.

Speakers will include:
* lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project)
* Dan Pirarro (Bizarro Comics)
* Isa Chandra Moskowitz (author of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World)
* Will Potter (award winning independent journalist)

To register and for more information on the Let Live Conference please visit: http://www.letliveconference.org

3. Petition to Help Workers and another to Help Sharks!

Help End Sweatshop Conditions & Modern-Day Slavery in the Agricultural Industry

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a grassroots farm worker organization based in South Florida, has launched a national petition campaign calling on Burger King and other food industry leaders to improve the wages and working conditions of farm workers, and to support an industry-wide effort to end human rights violations and modern-day slavery in Florida’s fields.

As consumers we can refuse to support these types of practices by not only refusing to support these companies, but by also showing solidarity with the workers who are overworked, underpaid and subjected to poor working conditions.

Food Empowerment Project does not encourage people to eat animals due to the inherent cruelty so we are not endorsing fast food, but we do feel that we can all play a role to ensure that workers are paid decent wages.

To sign the national petition please visit: http://www.fairfoodnation.org/petition

Please sign up soon, since the petition drive ends April 25, 2008.

Support pending legislation in Westchester County to ban shark fin products

Westchester County, just north of New York City, is considering a law to ban the sale of all shark fin products, including shark fin soup. This would be the first legislation of its kind in the United States and could create momentum to ban shark fin products in other localities.

The legislators, and this bill, deserve our support. Let’s tell them how important we think this ban is. Please ‘sign’ the letter, below. It is especially important for residents of Westchester County to show their support of this bill