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  • 1.  Community Conversations - 3/27/23 - Addressing Bias

    Posted 03-23-2023 03:55 PM

    Updated 3/27/23 at 3:48pm - Recording is now available to watch on-demand!

    We hope to see you on Monday, March 27, 2023 at 11am PT  for our next Community Conversations call! 

    Food Empowerment Project's Founder and Senior Programs Director, lauren Ornelas, will discuss how systemic racism intersects within our food system. She will outline its ties to food access, treatment of farm workers, and highlight how some animal advocacy efforts may contribute to the problem.

    About guest speaker: lauren Ornelas (she, her, hers) is F.E.P.'s founder and president.  lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999. 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 achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. lauren was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, she served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch lauren's TEDx talk, The Power of Our Food Choices.

    Register here for our Monday Community Conversations Calls:

    If you are unable to make it live on Monday, this thread will be updated with the recording and resources so you can watch and share whenever you'd like. After you watch the recording or attend the call live, be sure to complete this new March entry form to enter to win a grant:

    We will be taking a two week spring break after this call and will reconvene on Monday, April 17th. 


    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund

  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 3/27/23 - Addressing Bias

    Posted 03-27-2023 04:21 PM

    Thanks to the 241 attendees who joined us on today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand or to share with your friends, family & colleagues. Below you'll find a recap of the agenda and resources shared. 

    Reminder: We are taking a two week Spring Break. We'll see you again on Monday, April 17th at 11am PT. 

    Weekly Community Conversations - March 27, 2023 Recap

    • Welcome from Hosts
      • Ed Jamison, Chief Executive Officer, Operation Kindness
      • Allison Cardona, Director, California State Director, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program 

    • Question of the day: If your life were made into a movie, name one song/artist that would be on the soundtrack.
      • "manic mondays" - Joan Afton
      • "Weird Al Yankovik" - Elaine Smith
      • "Leonard Cohen" - Geraldine D'Silva
      • "Bob Marley" - Cinder Wilkinson-Kenner
      • "Definitely Taylor Swift or Stevie Nicks" - Heidi Scmitt
      • "Kenny G" - Glenda Davis
      • "Nina Simone" - Allison Cardona
      • "Neil Diamond" - Veronica Frescas
      • "Beyonce" - Sheila Kouhkan
      • "The Stones for sure" - Alison Gibson
      • "They Might Be Giants" - Amanda Farah
      • "Sylosis would have to be the soundtrack, a star in a sea of obscure bands" - Dylan Moore
      • "Dont worry, be happy" - Becky Pogorzelski
      • "Anything by Dave Hause and the Menzingers!" - Amber Eby
      • "Barbara Streisand!" - Mary Flores

    • National Updates
    • Today's Presentation - Addressing Bias
      • lauren Ornelas, Founder and Senior Programs Director at Food Empowerment Project will discuss how systemic racism intersects within our food system and outline its ties to food access and treatment of farm workers. Learn how some animal advocacy efforts may contribute to the problem.
      • Resources: Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity (C.A.R.E.) has a certification course called REDI Contact Sheila Kouhkan
      • The seventh Fundamental at Faunalytics looks at the ways in which the pursuit of animal justice and social justice are intertwined, and how we can be more holistic advocates.

      • Gandenberger, J., Hawes, S. M., Wheatall, E., Pappas, A., & Morris, K. N. (2021). Developing the Animal Welfare Cultural Competence Inventory (AWCCI) to assess cultural competence in animal welfare. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. doi: 10.1080/10888705.2021.2008934.

      • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, PhD

    • Highlights from the Chat
      • "Anyone in an area where microchip readers are available at fire stations for the community to bring lost animals?  Looking for data on this." - Anne George
      • "I wish the shelter I volunteer at would go vegan - or at least vegetarian - for fundraising events." - Elizabeth Laverty
      • "vegetarian in elementary and vegan since grad school! worked at Farm Sanctuary in NY and it was like changing" - Amanda Gray
      • "I'm in Austin TX and any events or fundraising we do is vegan." - Penny Leisch
      • "Yes, agree on the human side of veganism. It can be a compassionate choice, one of many possible compassionate choices we can make for animals, but it can also often be one of privilege." - Sara Muriello
      • "Thank you for this conversation and point of view." - Tamara Cook
      • "If you take care of people, they will be better able to take care of animals" - Maria S
      • "Katrina woke up our whole industry regarding how we see human/animal bond." - Vincent Medley
      • "Siloing of the work like this without recognizing the intersections and overlap is inherently also part of white supremacy culture hence the continued issue of gaining funding. Thanks for bringing this up!" - Alia Goldfarb
      • "It is also important for all people regardless of who they are to be equally considered and accepted." - Maris Brown
      • "We must keep an open mind in all things. I recommend all of the groups participate in all ethnic events. We always participate in Juneteenth and other such events to reach out to all ethnic groups in our community. The animals love us all." - Theresa Clifton
      • "I know that for people with racist tattoos, that a conversation could help as some people have changed since they made that choice. I am always grateful for tattoo artists who offer their services to cover racist tattoos" - Victoria Partridge
      • "Regarding the question regarding flying the confederate flag, please investigate before deciding. We adapt to a lot of veterans and many of them have tattoos from their younger years. We also adopt to undercover police officers that must "look the part" but are loving family members. When we conduct a home visit, they always ask us not to advertise the adoption to the general public because they need to remain anonymous." - Fred Campos
      • "Best talk on this forum yet, and that's saying something! Thank you lauren and all!" - Allison Hess

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: Community Conversations - 3/27/23 - Addressing Bias

    Posted 03-27-2023 06:12 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  I am so very appreciative of this wonderful forum and all the great things it provides. 

    Marissa Reid
    Assistant Practice Manager
    Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital

    Access To Care Specialist
    Clinic Management Specialist