You can also watch this short video of lauren Ornelas asking for your support

Dear Friends,

I will never forget a BBC segment I saw more than 10 years ago in which they exposed the issue of slavery taking place in the chocolate industry. I was horrified that slavery was still happening today for something like chocolate. They interviewed a former slave who had escaped, and when he was asked what he would say to Westerners who eat chocolate, he replied, “When you eat chocolate you are eating my flesh.” I realized, as many vegans would too, that this is what a non-human animal might say.

When I founded Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), I knew this had to be focal point of our work. There are a number of injustices that we humans inflict on other beings for profit and, like you, we want to do something about them.

F.E.P. is the only vegan organization that connects the dots and advocates for justice for animals and human animals like no other organization does, and we need your support right now. Please make your tax-deductible donation so we can continue:

  • Demanding transparency in the chocolate industry so ethical consumers don’t purchase chocolate that is made with the worst forms of child labor.
  • Reaching new and aspiring vegans nationally and internationally with our Food Chain vegan retention newsletter.
  • Working on our access to healthy foods project in the City of Vallejo, which received coverage in the local paper.
  • Organizing F.E.P.’s second school supply drive in the Bay Area for the children of farm workers.
  • Empowering people to stand up for animals through our Sonoma County Chicken Save campaign.

We are truly grateful for your generosity and commitment to standing in solidarity with all those who are still oppressed.

Thank you for being a part of this amazing ongoing effort!


In solidarity,

lauren Ornelas
Founder/Executive Director
Food Empowerment Project

P.S. It is so easy to make a donation right now online! Your gift of $50 or even $30 will make a difference. You can also contribute to Food Empowerment Project by becoming a monthly supporter, which will help to sustain our work on an ongoing basis.

P.P.S. Please forward this email to people who might be interested in what we do.

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: 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)


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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