Our annual membership meeting will be Tuesday, November 10th at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Library, 5366 College Avenue. This will be the first opportunity for members to cast their ballots in our chapter elections. We will also discuss food justice guidelines for the NLG. Voting and a reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., program will begin at 6 p.m.
In May, the National Executive Committee of the NLG passed food justice guidelines. The chapter board recently voted to endorse them and to draft guidelines relevant to our local chapter. Join us at our annual membership meeting to discuss these guidelines, the meaning of food justice for an organization like the NLG, and the place for animal rights within a human rights organization.
Guest speakers include Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project and Jennifer Molidor, with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. While lauren was the director of Viva!USA, she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and was the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. She served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at www.foodispower.org and www.veganmexicanfood.com.
Molidor is a Senior Food Campaigner, with the Center for Biological Diversity and drives the Population and Sustainability program's Earth-friendly Diet initiatives related to meat production and consumption, industrial agriculture, overconsumption and population growth, and the impact of our food systems on wildlife and the planet. She helps lead our sustainable food initiatives, including the Take Extinction Off Your Plate campaign. Before joining the Center in 2015, she worked for several years on a number of food, wildlife and environmental campaigns as the staff writer for the Animal Legal Defense Fund; she holds a Ph.D. in English and Irish studies from the University of Notre Dame.