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Detroit Food 2014: Race to Good Food, food justice conference

Keynote Speaker LaDonna Redmond, founder of the Campaign for Food Justice Now

updated-frt-save-date-detroit-foodApril 3-4, 2014
Focus: HOPE Conference Center, 1400 Oakman, Detroit, MI 48238

Workshop Tracks:

  • Food Systems 101
  • Race, Economics and Research
  • Policy Boot Camps
  • Youth Track

Register online, by mail or onsite. The registration fee is $20. Scholarships are available! No one will be turned away due to inability to pay the registration fee. To register visit www.detroitfoodpc.org/events/Annual-Summit

No Justice, No Juice! Boycott Florida Agriculture – 9 Billion reasons to Demand Justice for Treyvon

Sign the Petition Here! 

Food justice activist and OKT friend,  LaDonna Redmond, has initiated this petition drive.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law has created an environment for Black boys that is intolerable. As a mother, I cannot sit by and watch as children are murdered as a matter of public policy. The murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager, is an example of dangerous policies designed to put guns in the hands of people who shoot and kill Black childen on a whim and without fear of consequences. There are many others that are affected by this heinous law. We do not know all of their names but they are equally affected.

From Stand Your ground laws to modern day slavery in agriculture, Florida is the home of injustice. Florida farm workers are forced to work under inhumane conditions. Often robbed of wages and dignity, farm laborers, have created one of the most profitable businesses in Florida- Agriculture! We can change this today.

Florida is the second-largest producer of orange juice in the world, behind Brazil, and the state’s $9 billion citrus industry is a major economic force, contributing 76,000 jobs.

According to the 2010-11 Florida Agriculture Statistics Services (FASS) Citrus Summary, of the citrus harvested, 90 percent was processed into juice and the remainder was sold as fresh fruit.In addition to providing juice, processed citrus was used to produce other by-products, such as oils, fragrances, flavorings, and animal feed.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida ranks second in the value of vegetable production, and first in cash receipts for oranges, grapefruit, fresh snap beans, sweet corn, watermelons, fresh cucumbers, squash and sugarcane. The state is seventh in agricultural exports with $3.1 billion.

We must stop supporting this states unjust practices. We can change the state by refusing to purchase food grown in Florida.

Buy your food locally from farmers that are growing food free from exploitation. We can use food as a tool to organize for change in Florida’s laws and any where else the Stand Your Ground Laws are in effect.

WYCE 88.1 Catalyst Radio to air interview with LaDonna Redmond & Lila Cabbil

As part of their appearance with the Our Kitchen Table  Convenings on Food Justice, WYCE’s Linda Gellasch interviewed LaDonna Redmond and Lila Cabbil for  Catalyst Radio. Listen live at noon Friday, May 3 by turning your radio dial to 88.1 FM or stream online. OKT will publish a link to the archived program when it becomes available. The Rapidian will also feature a follow-up post.

Lila Cabbil

Lila Cabbil

Cabbil, who worked side by side with Mrs. Rosa Parks for decades, serves as president emeritus of the Rosa Parks Institute and is author of the book, Accountability and White Anti-Racist Organizing: Stories from Our Work. She has also facilitated team building with the OKT staff and SoutheastArea Farmers’ Market partners over the past two years.abbil for the weekly Catalyst Radio show.


At the forefront of the food justice movement, recently launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now, a membership-based organization that will use a race, class and gender analysis to promote food and agricultural system reforms and advocate for the adoption of right-to-food policies in the United States.

LaDonna Redmond

LaDonna Redmond

A speaker, radio host and former Food and Society Policy Fellow, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. She successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low‐income communities.

Rapid Growth covers LaDonna Redmond’s upcoming appearance at OKT convening

Reposted from Rapid Growth

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Food justice activist LaDonna Redmond tells it like it is

“Food justice is not just about nutrition,” says LaDonna Redmond. “It’s about dignity, and it’s about being visible.”

On Saturday, April 27, the nationally renowned food justice activist and TEDx-featured speaker will present ‘Historical Trauma and Food Justice’ from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sherman Street Church, 1000 Sherman SE, Grand Rapids. Lunch will be provided. (See how to RSVP, below.)

“We have a food system that has largely been built on the backs of people who don’t have a lot of rights and access to our public policy infrastructure,” says Redmond. “We need to collectively better understand the inequities in the food system, and make sure we include people who have faced these inequities in finding solutions.”

Converting vacant city lots to urban farm sites is a great start. But, Redmond says, “I live in a community where I can get a semi-automatic weapon quicker than I can get a tomato. The public health issue of violence is connected to the public health issue of chronic, diet-related diseases. In my community, it is about living or dying. You can die by the gun or from the lack of proper food.”

Redmond says that the food justice movement is really about the narratives of people of color and beginning to understand that the stories that we tell ourselves in the food movement are as important as the stories that we’ve left out.

“We must include in this the narrative of modern slavery,” she says. “Our food system today is still based on the exploitation of the labor of immigrants in this country. While we are talking about access to free-range chickens and grass-fed beef, we need to also be talking about immigration reform and fair wages for those farm workers, but, the people who serve us, who fix our food, should be paid fairly.”

A long-time community activist, Redmond has successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store, and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities.

In early April 2013, she launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now (CFJN), a membership-based organization that will use a race, class, and gender analysis to promote food and agricultural system reforms, and advocate for the adoption of right-to-food policies in the U.S.

Get involved:

– Attend Redmond’s presentation at Sherman Street Church — RSVP here or call (616) 206-3641.
– Watch Redmond’s TEDx presentation on Food Justice.
– Visit the Campaign for Food Justice Now’s website.
– Visit Our Kitchen Table’s website to learn more about food justice.

Sources: Stelle Slootmaker, Our Kitchen Table; LaDonna Redmond, TEDx presentation
Writer: Victoria Mullen, Do Good Editor

Images: Courtesy of Our Kitchen Table and LaDonna Redmond