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Food justice No 2 by Dalila Mendez
A Community Forum on Black Liberation and the Food Movement

Saturday, November 19, 2016
2:00 – 6:45pm

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Description: This forum aims to address how structural racism and violence against Black communities extends into and across the food system, as well as the capacity of food system work to address Black liberation.The afternoon will include a Keynote address by former Black Panther poet and playwright Judy Juanita, a panel of Bay Area community leaders, and audience participatory breakout sessions on topics including: food sovereignty, economic development, Black farmers and agricultural production, police and community violence, food-related disease, trauma and healing. We will also celebrate how our current work connects with the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. The forum is an opportunity to gather and connect, learn about each other’s work, and strategize concrete steps for change. To wrap up the evening, we will share a local, delicious dinner prepared by Sarah Kirnon of Miss Ollie's and Dig Deep Farms.

Free and open to the public. Meal guaranteed with registration. Complementary childcare available. We are reserving 75 seats for those who identify as Black/African-American.


2:15 Opening Ceremony: Marvin K. White, poet and performer

2:20 Welcome: Kara Young, doctoral candidate, Sociology, UC Berkeley

2:20–2:40 Keynote: Judy Juanita, novelist, poet, and playwright, former Black Panther

2:40–3:45 Panel

  • Shaniece Alexander, Executive Director, Oakland Food Policy Council
  • Kelly Carlisle, Executive Director, Acta Non Verba
  • Karissa Lewis, Interim Executive Director, Center for Third World Organizing;Program Director, People’s Grocery; #BlackLivesMatter Bay Area Chapter
  • Pastor Michael McBride, Lead Pastor, The Way Christian Center; National Director for Urban Strategies and LIVE FREE Campaign, PICO National Network
  • David Roach, Co-founder, The Familyhood Connection Inc. (a.k.a. Mo’ Better Food)
  • Moderator: Bryant Terry, James Beard Leadership award-winning chef, activist, author; Chef-in-Residence, Museum of the African Diaspora

3:45–4:00 Snack and Stretch Break

4:00–4:30 First Breakout Session

  • Food Sovereignty: Facilitator: Elsadig Elsheikh, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley
  • Economic Development: Facilitator: YaVette Holts, Cowrie Village
  • Black Farmers and Agricultural Production: Facilitator: Kanchan Hunter, Spiral Gardens
  • Connection between Violence and Food Insecurity: Facilitators: Pastor Michael Smith and Liz Coleman, Center for Food, Faith and Justice
  • Race through the Lens of the Food Justice Movement: Facilitator: Wanda Stewart, Obsidian Farm
  • Policy: Facilitator: Shaniece Alexander, Oakland Food Policy Council
  • Trauma and Healing: Facilitator: Kelly Curry, Planting Justice
  • Organic Session Generated by the Audience: Facilitated by person who suggests the session

4:30–5:00 Second Breakout Session: Topics repeat to allow for audience rotation

5:00 Closing Remarks: Wanda Stewart, Obsidian Farm

5:15–6:45 Dinner and Socializing: Meal by Sarah Kirnon, Miss Ollie’s

This event is co-created by a group of committed collaborators: Acta Non Verba, Berkeley Food Institute (UC Berkeley), Bryant Terry, Farms To Grow. Inc., Food First, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (UC Berkeley), HOPE Collaborative, McGee Ave Baptist Church/Center for Food, Faith, and Justice, Oakland Food Policy Council, PolicyLink, The Way Christian Center/LIVE FREE Campaign, with involvement of the Bay Area #BlackLivesMatter Chapter.

Artwork by: Dalila Mendez, inspired by a photograph by Stephen Shames.