1. lauren Ornelas Speaking at Stanford – Friday, November 1 
2. Bay Area Event: Issue in Focus: Chocolate Industry – Saturday, November 9 
3. Volunteers Needed: Vallejo Food Access Survey Project – Saturday, November 16 
4. LadyLux Features Food Empowerment Project 
5. Special Thanks to Rainbow Grocery: A Worker Owned Collective! 
6. F.E.P. Chocolate Tags in Éthique Nouveau in Minneapolis 


1. lauren Ornelas Speaking at Stanford – Friday, November 1 

F.E.P. founder and director, lauren Ornelas, will be speaking with Center on Race, Poverty and The Environment’s Brent Newell and Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur on a panel: “Litigation, Public Policies, or Educational Activism: Tools for Transforming the Food System” at Stanford University Law School’s Shaking the Foundations: The West Coast Progressive Lawyering Conference.

Visit the Shakings website.


2. Bay Area Event: Issue in Focus: Chocolate Industry – Saturday, November 9 

Join Food Empowerment Project for our first-ever public event, including raffles, food and beverage, and plenty of time for Q&A! We will be in the heart of the Mission showing two short films: The Dark Side of Chocolateand Shady Chocolate. Learn about the realities of chocolate production and how you can help, and see a short video about cows in the dairy industry.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Suggested donation: $10 for general public; $5 for students. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds – or for donating more!)

Visit the event page for further details.

Look for goodies from: Alter Eco, Big Island Organics, Compassion Co., Coracao Confections, Dave’s Midnight Bakery, Equal Exchange, Food Fight! Grocery, Hampton Creek Foods, Herbivore Clothing, Millennium, Obsessive Confection Disorder, Sjaak’s, The Vegan Zombie, and more!

We will also be collecting donations for a local food bank, so please bring non-perishable food items if you are able to donate. See F.E.P.’s guide for food bank donation.


3. Volunteers Needed: Vallejo Food Access Survey Project – Saturday, November 16 

Food Empowerment Project, along with Vallejo People’s Garden, is conducting a training session for volunteers to help us survey Vallejo retail food establishments regarding healthy foods.

Saturday, November 16
11am – 1pm

Please help this vitally important work by participating in the training and surveying, which will provide data on access to healthy foods in Vallejo, CA. Light refreshments will be available at the training. RSVP by November 14 to info@www.foodispower.org.


4. LadyLux Features Food Empowerment Project 

Food Empowerment Project’s work was recently featured in a great article in Lady Lux. 


5. Special Thanks to Rainbow Grocery: A Worker Owned Collective! 

We want to give a special thank you to Rainbow Grocery Cooperative: A Worker Owned Collective for their $500 grant to help us continue translating our website into Spanish. We are still in need of donations for this important ongoing translation project to make our site fully accessible to English- and Spanish-speakers alike. Please considermaking a donation if you can. 


6. F.E.P. Chocolate Tags in Éthique Nouveau in Minneapolis 

Food Empowerment Project chocolate tags are now displayed at theAnimal Rights Coalition’s vegan store, Éthique Nouveau, in Minneapolis to let customers know which chocolates are F.E.P.-recommended. Éthique Nouveau is Minnesota’s only 100% vegan store and all proceeds from sales support local animal advocacy programs. 

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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