The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative 2015 Gathering: H.E.A.L Our Food System Gathering

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September 25, 2015 2:30pm to September 27, 2015 2:30pm


Chicago, IL

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) 2015 Gathering will be held in Chicago, IL, in partnership with Growing Power, Inc.  We are excited for the opportunity to explore this year’s theme, "H.E.A.L. Our Food System,” with a variety of local community organizations and growers. The Gathering will build upon learning and sharing from our previous gatherings to move us toward a vision of “Community/ Unity/ Opportunity/ Equity/ Harmony.”

We come together this year to continue our work as leaders on a wide array of issues that have manifested as a result of injustice, and to find a common bond and fellowship which specifically uses the framework of dismantling racism in our food system as a tool for healing our communities, our environments and ourselves. The workshops and activities at the Gathering will be hands-on and interactive, showcasing the work being done locally in Chicago, as well as nationally and internationally. Please join us as we explore how we can better grow food and justice within ourselves and our communities.

Pre-Gathering Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training (ILFT)- A Dismantling Racism Through the Food System Training

Wednesday 9/23 1pm to Friday 9/25 12 pm

Designed to build a community of leaders and provide intensive training and dialogue for participants to facilitate anti-racist food justice in their own programs and communities.  We use the title Facilitator instead of Organizer very intentionally, and will discuss the long term development process that anti-racism work requires and the need for leadership development and empowerment.  Another goal of ILFT is to build regional GFJI 'network chapters' that we call a LEG (local empowerment group).  LEG's create space for others who are dedicated to facilitating change to connect and develop a supportive local and national/international community to exchange ideas, strategies and continue training in anti-racism to specifically address how achieving food justice can lead to the end of systemic and institutional racism.

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