1. New Partnership 

Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is excited to be joining forces with the The InterCommunal Institute For Research And Social Change (a project of the Huey P. Newton Foundation) to work on issues of access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities.

F.E.P. started our work in Santa Clara County and now we will bring our work to Vallejo, CA.

If you live in Vallejo and are interested in working with us, please contact us atinfo(at)foodispower.org.

If you are interested in volunteering, we will send a general call for volunteers when we are ready.

2. Upcoming Talks 

– Food Empowerment Project director lauren Ornelas will be speaking at Finding a Niche for ALL Animals, a conference honoring the ecofeminist work of Marti Kheel, who passed away in November of 2011.

November 9th and 10th
Wesleyan University
For more information: http://martikheel.conference.wesleyan.edu/ – The Animal Liberation Forum in Long Beach, CA, has invited lauren Ornelas to speak at their 2012 conference.

November 16 – 18th
California State University Long Beach, CA

For more information: 
http://animal-liberation-forum.tumblr.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/415595535169779/

This is a FREE 3-day conference in Long Beach, CA, calling for a total abolitionist movement and animal liberation to action.

3. Misc bits – blogs, Halloween candy suggestions & nominate F.E.P. 

Catch up on our blogs:

Halloween Candy Suggestions
If you are like us, you love Halloween and want it to be as fun, creepy and scary as possible. But not when it comes to how human and non-human animals are treated! We want people to buy candy that is vegan (free of animal suffering), union (making sure the workers have some rights) and, of course, any chocolate should be free of child or slave labor.So if you want to buy Halloween candy, check out the following brands:

  • Abba-Zaba
  • Black Vines
  • Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Minis
  • Mike & Ike
  • Red Vines
  • Hot Tamales

Help take the scary out of Halloween candy and be sure to sign our Care2 Clif Bar petition:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/229/288/148/

Please also use our chocolate list:
https://foodispower.org/chocolatelist.htm (The list is updated regularly.)

Nominate F.E.P.

From now until November 15th, you can help Food Empowerment Project by writing a review about F.E.P. to help us qualify for a GreatNonprofits 2012 Top-Rated Award!

So, Nominate F.E.P. by visiting http://greatnonprofits.org/issues/top-rated-awards, then clicking on nominate, typing in Food Empowerment Project, and clicking on Review. THANK YOU!

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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