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Pursue Justice: Get your eatz on and your drinkz on

Posted by Oyster on October 20, 2010

From the folks who brought you nap-time and bedtime stories over at the P.J. Alliance:

Everyone’s talking about “food justice” these days, but what is it really? What are all the pieces at play? How do they all connect? Want to take action but don’t know where to begin? Whether this conversation is new or familiar to you, join us for Chewing on Food Justice, a break down on the broken down food system. In this new program series, we’ll examine the journey our food takes before—and after—it reaches our plates, each event through a different lens. We’ll learn how the system is broken globally and locally, how we can try to fix it, and alternative best practices from local professionals, experts, and activists.

Join us for the 3rd session of this 4 part series to learn about food access and sovereignty, featuring policy, farming, and business points of view. We’ll look at poverty, power and ownership, connections between local and global haves and have-nots, and the growing international justice movement to take back control over our food.

RSVP: http://gotaccess.eventbrite.com/

Featuring Panelists:

Brahm Ahmadi is co-founder and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery, a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 2003 that has attracted local and national attention for its effort to transform inner city food systems. Recently Brahm left People’s Grocery to launch a spin-off, startup venture called People’s Community Market, which is developing a food retail model for inner city markets. Brahm utilizes social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and education/training to advance social justice, economic development and public health in inner city communities. Brahm is active in cooperative business advocacy and was a founding board member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Brahm is a member of numerous committees including the Community Economic Development Steering Committee of the Community Food Security Coalition, the Steering committee of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, the Local Sustainable Economic Development committee of the HOPE Food & Fitness Collaborative, and the Oakland Food Policy Council.

Annie Shattuck is a policy analyst at Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy. She is co-author of the new book Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel, which examines the root causes of the global food crisis and grassroots solutions to hunger springing up around the world. Her writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Nation, to Foreign Policy in Focus and Ecology and Farming, and is scattered around online media and the academic press. Annie has written and spoken extensively on the global food crisis, agrofuels, and food sovereignty. Trained in biology and agroecology, she has worked in participatory action research, rural development and ecology research in the U.S. and Latin America. Annie has spent most of her life living and working in rural areas. She holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies.

Jason Mark is a writer-farmer active in the sustainable food movement. He is a co-manager of Alemany Farm, a four-acre organic fruit and vegetable garden in San Francisco. When not playing in the dirt, he writes about agriculture and the environment for a range of publications, including The Progressive, Alternet, The Nation, Orion, Gastronomica, and Change.org. He is the editor of the environmental quarterly magazine Earth Island Journal and a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots. Follow him on Twitter @writerfarmer.

And Moderator Zusha Elinson, writer at The Bay Citizen and the New York Times.

The first and second sessions of this series looked at the food system from workers’ rights and environmental perspectives. Our series will end in November with Jewish responses to these food justice questions.

Presented by Pursue in partnership with Hazon and Progressive Jewish Alliance. Co-sponsored by EcoJews of the Bay.



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