Working Group: Race & the Food System

The Race and the Food System Working Group understands racism to be a form of injustice that is tied to all forms of injustice, including those existing within the Pioneer Valley food system. To build a healthy food system, we must work to eliminate the disparities and inequities that remain in it.

We believe an understanding of the internal biases, social determinants, and structural powers that inform racism is essential to community efforts to increase fair labor practices, food access/sovereignty, environmental equity, and more.

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

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Past Meetings of this Working Group:

The first PVGrows “Race and the Food System” event:

A viewing and discussion of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

Facilitators: Kamilah Weeks (PVGrows, CISA, Smith College) & Anne Richmond (Gardening the Community, Undoing Racism Organizing Collective)

was held on Thursday, March 28, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

CEEDS Lounge
Terrace (Basement) Level, Wright Hall
Smith College, Northampton

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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