With summer coming to a close, it’s time to put away bathing suits and sunscreen and get ready for pumpkins, spiced ciders, and beautiful fall evenings. It’s also a wonderful time to recharge and focus on getting the most out of the remaining months of the year, especially when it comes to getting active for food empowerment!

1. Save the Date – Saturday, November 9!
2. Human Rights Are Animal Rights Conference in Guelph – October 26
3. Indulge at Veggie Grill and Support F.E.P. on Saturday, October 12, starting at 5 p.m.
4. Appetite for Justice Blog
5. Gratitude Is Everything
6. VegNews Awards Nomination


1. Save the Date – Saturday, November 9!


Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) will be hosting a film screening in San Francisco on Saturday, November 9, at 6 p.m. about the dark side of chocolate.

More details to come.

We hope you can save the date for this informative and delicious vegan event!


2. Human Rights Are Animal Rights Conference in Guelph – October 26

F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas will speak at the Human Rights Are Animal Rights Conference in Guelph, Ontario (outside Toronto), on October 26. Other speakers include Dr. Breeze Harper, Lisa Kemmerer, pattrice jones, and more. The goal of this event is to compel others to evaluate the systematic exploitation of both human and nonhuman animals and to examine how these oppressions overlap in our lives and our communities.

For more information: http://humanrightsareanimalrights.com/


3. Indulge at Veggie Grill and Support F.E.P. on Saturday, October 12, starting at 5 p.m.


Saturday, October 12, join us at Veggie Grill in San José for delicious vegan fare and 50 percent of your purchase will go toward supporting Food Empowerment Project! Visit the link below to print out the flyer, or make sure to mention the fundraiser when you place an order and you’ll have made our work that much easier. F.E.P. volunteers will be there from 5-10 p.m., so make sure to say hello! If you can’t make it, spread the word. Please and thank you!

Thanks to our volunteer Kat Connors for organizing this!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/202083043287034/


4. Appetite for Justice Blog

Do you believe in the power of film to shape and inspire activists young and old? Then be sure to check out lauren’s recent blog posts.

The first one is about compassionate kids, and the second is about the searing new SeaWorld documentary, Blackfish and the importance of October 24.


5. Gratitude Is Everything

Big thanks to board member Rick Kelley for recently organizing a benefit event for F.E.P. that added a little more coin to our purse, and to Compassion Co. for their recent contribution as a result of everyone who ordered t-shirts to benefit Food Empowerment Project.

Thank you for your continued commitment to F.E.P. and for making our work possible. We’d also like to thank those of you at Veganpalooza – for which F.E.P. founder lauren Ornelas was interviewed – and the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg – where lauren was a speaker – and everyone who signed up for this alert; thanks for joining us!


6. VegNews Awards Nomination

Once again Food Empowerment Project has been nominated for “Best Vegan Nonprofit” in the VegNews annual Veggie Awards. Win, lose, or draw, we’re honored to have been nominated and want to thank each of you who voted for us.


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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