Food Solutions New England will host its 8th version of the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge from April 4th to the 24th in 2022.
The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge is simple!
You commit to deepening your understanding of, and willingness to confront, racism for twenty-one consecutive days in April of 2021. The Challenge will raise your awareness, change your understanding and shift the way you behave.
However, the Challenge goes beyond individual or interpersonal racism by helping to demystify structural and institutional racism and white supremacist patterns that are sometimes invisible to people. Finally, the Challenge inspires you to act, on your own or with others in your organization, business or group, to dismantle these systems, to make changes in your work and the world that can build true equity and justice for all.
Get more info and register here!
In addition to strengthening our regional network, centering racial equity, and embedding our shared values into the regional policy landscape, FSNE knows that employing strategic narrative and framing wisdom is a critical part of the culture change we need in order to transform our food system. Without shifting the way our region thinks about food and related systems, we will continue to struggle to shift actions and behaviors that are desperately needed now.
Building narrative power often has two parts: 1) co-creating and deploying effective strategic framing and messaging by multiple groups, across many platforms over time and, 2) disrupting and de-powering the dominant narratives that actively harm people and places. How do we do that? How do we integrate this aspect of our work into the New England Food Vision?
As project essayist Doug Gurrian-Sherman eloquently wrote:
The historical and largely white incrementalist environmental movement, including its agricultural manifestations, has failed to adequately protect the environment, let alone the rights and wellbeing of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. Only an intersectional movement that embraces and supports leadership from BIPOC communities most affected, and in the service of fundamental political and democratic economic change, will successfully address these issues.
Governments have been slow to acknowledge the environmental, economic, and societal damage inflicted through the corporate control over natural resources, and even slower to enact policies to restore balance.This webinar gathers practitioner-activists to explore some of the environmental inequities--and environmental resilience potential--of agriculture policy.
Amanda Starbuck, Food & Water Watch Research Director (moderating)
Brenda Jo McManama, Save Our Roots Campaign Coordinator with Indigenous Environmental Network
Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Program Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida
Michael Sligh, organic farmer and retired RAFI-USA Just Foods Program Director
Kevin Englebert, founder, first certified organic dairy farm, now retired
Marcus Briggs Cloud, founder, Maskoke eco-village Ekvn-Yefolecv (closing remarks)
In this session, we dive into our network’s focus on regional, aspirational policy to drive change and make progress toward our regional food system goals, Vision, and values. In particular, we will learn about a suite of first-in-the-nation food policies in the state of Maine that represent one robust state-level example of prioritizing values around rights-to-food, ending hunger, and lifting up food sovereignty. The first part of this event (10:00 am to noon) will feature Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry Commissioner (and co-author of the New England Food Vision) Amanda Beal and Maine Senator (and FSNE Ambassador) Craig Hickman.
The second half of this event (12:30 to 2:30 pm) will include a panel of guests from around the region to share examples of their food policy work. Participants will have a chance to discuss food policy efforts and connect with others for inspiration and motivation. This practitioners’ panel will include Ken Morse of the Maine Food Advocacy Alliance Project, Winton Pitcoff of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, Bill Labich sharing about the Regional Conservation Partnerships, and Ephraim Froelich who is doing policy work with the North American Marine Alliance (NAMA) and AKWA-DC.
We are excited to share another amazing book from a fisher-author within our network, Amanda Swinimer. Amanda’s virtual book launch party for The Science and Spirit of Seaweed is Saturday November 13th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Amanda will be in conversation with friend Brooke Fader, convivium leader of Slow Food VI and founding member of Slow Fish Canada. Come hang out!
Register here: bit.ly/amandaswinimer
NAMA's Food Justice Organizer Jon Russell will join voices around the world at the 8th International CSA Symposium: Decolonize your Plate, Amazonize the World. The symposium will include 5 days of speakers from around the world, sharing their stories of working to achieve food sovereignty in their communities. The 6th day will wrap up the symposium with a screening of Minga, Voices of Resistance.
Recordings and more can be found in the Symposium Program.
THURS Sept 23, 7 - 11:30AM PDT / 10AM - 2:30PM EDT
People’s Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back
In concert with the global resistance to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), National Family Farm Coalition will host the virtual People’s Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back on the same day as the UNFSS — September 23, 2021. This virtual event will elevate the voices and concerns of those whose hands put food on our collective tables, yet are being marginalized by the UNFSS’s process.
The program will include saludos from our food sovereignty partners around the world, and live music!
10:00AM EDT: Opening welcome
10:30AM EDT: African Perspectives on UNFSS: A Conversation with Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa & Slow Food International
11:30AM EDT: Defending Land Rights for Food Sovereignty in the Americas & Beyond
1:00 PM EDT: Protecting the Sacred: Indigenous Food and Sea Food Sovereignty
2:00PM EDT: Taking Action for Food Sovereignty
Event hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice, National Family Farm Coalition, North American Marine Alliance, One Fish Foundation, and Slow Food USA.
Hear from national Indigenous and community-based business leaders as we discuss a key opportunity to build an economic movement for equitable and durable conservation. We invite all sustainable business and investment leaders to participate in our ongoing initiative.
Wizipan Litle Elk, (Sicangu Lakota Oyate -- Rosebud Sioux Tribe), CEO of Rosebud Economic Development Corporation.
Rosanna Marie Neil, Policy Counsel, North American Marine Alliance
Eric Bill, Cheif Economist, Autocase
Facilitated by David Levine, Cofounder & President American Sustainable Business Council
The National Family Farm Coalition, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, and American University Center for Environment, Community & Equity invite you to a free webinar on Thursday, June 24, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern Time. This is the second in a year-long series focusing on the Disparity to Parity Project. You may register here.
The divisions between rich and poor, rural and urban, BIPOC and White, landed and landless, Main Street and Wall Street look as wide today in the U.S. as they have ever been. To understand the depths, causes and remedies of this situation, a diverse group of farmers, activists and scholars began exploring the notion of parity and supply management together nearly two years ago. That journey has led to an array of essays, videos and conversations on parity, and how the lives of everyone involved in the food system would be changed with true parity and social peace.
In recognition of Juneteenth and the disparities and racism experienced by diverse communities throughout the U.S. and the world, a panel of esteemed guests will look more closely at the history of parity and what parity has meant to different sectors of the food and farm system.
Guest speakers include:
- Raj Patel - Research Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin, facilitating the discussion
- Brenda Cochran - Dairy farmer, American Raw Milk Producers Pricing Association and Farm Women United representative (PA)
- Ben Burkett - Diversified farmer, Indian Springs Farmers Association director, and Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund representative
- Brad Wilson - Iowa farmer and farm justice historian, Zcomm.org
- Bill Winders - Professor of History, Ivan College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology
With deep gratitude to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color growers and harvesters of food who continue to teach what true parity should be. We also appreciate and stand in solidarity with the Indian farmers fighting for parity in protest of governments and a neoliberal, pro-corporate, free-trade system that seek to diminish their lives and livelihoods.
For some helpful insights into the discussion beforehand, visit: https://disparitytoparity.org/category/history-of-parity/.
This webinar is free, but click here to reserve your place today. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the meeting. The event will be recorded.
You are invited to attend a Hill briefing on the topic: What future do we want for our oceans? Please join the Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition on Wednesday, June 23 from 2-3 pm Eastern time for a panel discussion with stakeholders who will share their experiences fighting to protect the health of our oceans for tomorrow’s generations. What are the current threats and what future do we want for our oceans and coastal communities? Should offshore finfish aquaculture be a part of that future? We will also provide an opportunity for Q&A with our panelists.
Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar - Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw (Louisiana)
Dick Lyons, Independent Grain Farmer, Member, Illinois Stewardship Alliance (Illinois)
Marcie Keever, Director of Oceans and Vessels Program for Friends of the Earth (California)
Moderator: Michael McGrath, Organizing Representative, Red Tide-Wildlands Campaigns, Sierra Club Florida