ORGANIZING FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE AND A JUST FOOD SYSTEM IN VERMONT WITH MIGRANT JUSTICE An interview with Migrant Justice’s Campaign Coordinator, Abel Luna
Winnie Huston is the Community Advocacy Coordinator for DC Greens, a food justice non-profit in Washington, DC. Learn more about her journey, her work, and the challenges of food insecurity in our nation's capitol.
Fishing Partnership Support Services (FP) is a nonprofit company in Massachusetts that has been improving the health, safety, and economic security of fishing families for over 20 years. Food producers, including fishermen, deserve our support. Fishermen are critical to our local economy. For example, seven-thousand Massachusetts fishermen form the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar seafood industry that supports over 90,000 workers. Furthermore, the future looks bright for the industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fishing industry will grow by 11% by 2026 - compared to 7% for all occupations.
Tess Brown-Lavoie owns and farms in Rhode Island at Sidewalk Ends Farm. She is also a member of the Justice and Agriculture working group, which is part of a broader local agriculture community organized under the Young Farmer Network, works on policy and programs related to agricultural lands as the RI Field Agent at Land For Good, and serves as the President of the National Young Farmer Coalition. Learn more about the challenges and solutions she is addressing locally and nationally, in her own words.
Gerldine Wilson started a community garden to address food access and the need for green space in her neighborhood. Learn more about her neighborhood, and her personal journey, in the community food movement.
As one part of our commitment to racial equity and food justice, Food Solutions New England (FSNE) has been working to normalize conversations about the role of racism in shaping our food systems (local, regional, national and global). We believe that by building awareness, shifting attitudes and changing behaviors, we can create conditions to increase capacity and fuel courage to identify and address the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives. We are also realizing that one of the powerful ways to change institutional and structural racism in the food system is to continue to support changes at the level of the individuals who can influence these structures.
6 questions for Omar and Jonah on supporting cooperation among new Americans in Maine
Editor’s note: Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, Connecticut was awarded a 2017 USDA Farm to School grant to incorporate higher volumes of local food into the school menu. The grant will allow the district to install new processing equipment to establish an enhanced "central production kitchen" in Hartford's Journalism & Media Academy. This kitchen will process, package, and distribute local foods to a network of eighteen schools while increasing the flavor and variety of school meals. Hartford schools will also expand the district's partnership with FoodCorps to increase nutrition promotion and food education in both the classroom and cafeteria. We wanted to learn more about this important project and the crucial support of farmers, FoodCorps, community partners, and the USDA that made it possible.
Immigrants to the United States often experience significant obstacles as they seek to create a life here. Financial, cultural, language, education, and a whole host of other concerns can overwhelm immigrant communities. This is why many immigrant groups have historically organized their communities to provide mutual aid and resources that ease the stress, suffering, and bewilderment which accompanies moving to another country and acclimating to a new culture. One such organization is the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI).
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