Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014

Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014:  Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens.

Environmental Health Watch in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership, and the Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will come together on April 4-5 for the Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014 : Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens. The two day conference will be held at Case Western Reserve University.

Picture1The goal of the conference is to create a space for dialog and discussion about social justice issues, how the history of farming, culture and race factor into economics, land use policies, land ownership, health, jobs, community programs, and decisions that impact our most vulnerable communities and communities of color. The goal is for attendees to get a more in-depth understanding of environmental and social justice issues within the food movement both nationally and locally.

The Friday evening portion of the conference begins at 6:00pm in the Case Western Reserve University’s Allen Memorial Library and will feature Dr. Monica White, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations that are involved in the development of sustainable community food systems to respond to the issues of hunger and food inaccessibility.

Also presenting Friday evening is Dara Cooper, Director of the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership .  She brings a wealth of experience in local food systems, community access, community health and community economic development both domestically and internationally.

Saturday’s schedule features Mistinguette Smith with the Black Lands Project , Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Jonathan Ferrer with the United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park .  Saturday’s presentations will be given at the University Circle United Methodist Church on 107th and Chester.

For more information about the conference please contact Kim Foreman at 216-961-4646 x104 or kim.foreman@ehw.org or Shelley at 216-368-7568 or stw3@case.edu.


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