Racial Equity in the Food System

Join UROC, ARISE, Gardening the Community, and PVGrows’ Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group in welcoming:

David Billings, Author of DEEP DENIAL: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life 

Wednesday, September 13th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm


DEEP DENIAL, part popular history and part personal memoir, focuses primarily on the deeply embedded notion of white supremacy, and tells us why, we remain, in the words of the author, a nation hard-wired by race. A leader of anti-racist workshops, a historian, organizer, and ordained United Methodist minister, DAVID BILLINGS has worked for half a century in the struggle for racial justice.


Copies of Deep Denial will also be available for sale

The PVGrows Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group was formed in 2013 to investigate and address systemic racism and inequities in the local food system.  The group has organized several open gatherings, workshops, and conversations exploring barriers to access, building relationship across individuals and organizations working on racial equity and inclusion, and visioning what a just local food system looks like.  We welcome new members to join our leadership team to help guide our work to create a more just and equitable food system in western MA.

This working group:


Connects PVGrows members to local events and training opportunities related to anti-racism.


Hosts discussion sessions for PVGrows members to explore the intersection of race and our work in food system.

Past meetings of this working group:

The first PVGrows “Racial Equity in the Food System” event was a viewing and discussion of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, with facilitators Kamilah Weeks (PVGrows, CISA, Smith College) & Anne Richmond (Gardening the Community, Undoing Racism Organizing Collective) was held on Thursday, March 28, 2014.

In this session, we hoped to provide participants with a better understanding of the internal biases, social determinants, and structural powers that inform racism in the United States. The event was open to anyone interested in creating a healthier Pioneer Valley food system, regardless of her or his familiarity with racial justice frameworks.

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