1. Countdown to AR2008

From August 14th – 18th, Food Empowerment Project will be in Washington D.C. at the AR2008 conference. AR2008 brings over 90 speakers and several dozen exhibitors together in what is the largest conference of its kind. Food Empowerment Project’s lauren Ornelas will be speaking along with others including Debra Erenberg, Pattrice Jones, Will Potter and Matt Rossell

For more info on AR2008, please visit: http://www.arconference.org

2. Zoe Weil’s Children’s Book: Claude and Medea

While at AR2008 make sure to stop by the Institute for Humane Education (IHE) table to pick up Zoe Weil’s book, Claude and Medea.

A little about Claude and Medea:

When 12-year-olds Claude and Medea learn about some of the terrible problems in the world from an eccentric substitute teacher, they set out to right some wrongs. In Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, the first in a children’s series by Zoe Weil about 7th grade clandestine activists, they solve a rash of Manhattan dog thefts and rescue the dogs from an evil researcher. A true page-turner, 8-12 year olds love this book!

This is an important book for anyone who cares about a variety of social justice issues.

For more information please visit:


3. Fourth Farm Worker Dies of Heat Stroke: Contact Governer Schwarzenegger

While the Governor of California has acted quickly to the recent wave of California fires, he has failed to respond to the heat wave California agricultural workers have been facing all summer. Mr. Ramiro Carrillo Rodriguez is the fourth farm worker to die this year from heat stroke. A father of two, his death follows that of Abdon Felix Garcia, Jose Macarena Hernandez, and 17 year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez.

Food Empowerment Project has joined the UFW in their efforts to address these conditions. We ask you to take action and write to Gov. Schwarzenegger. You can do so by visiting:


shame on albertsons


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:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

Call Safeway to complain:
(1-877-723-3929). *

Call Albertsons to complain:

* 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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