Race, Food and Justice Conference 2014


Race, Food and Justice Conference 2014

Partners: Environmental Health Watch, CWRU Social Justice Institute, Rid-All Green Partnership

Funded by: Sister of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Saint Luke’s Foundation, and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Environmental Health Watch in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership, and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will come together once again to plan the Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014 : Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens. The two day conference will be held at Case Western Reserve University, April 4th - 5th, 2014.

Building on the momentum of the Rid-All Green Partnership Project and the robust local and national food movement, our goal is to create a space for dialog and discussion about social justice issues, how the history of farming, culture and race factor into economics, land use policies, land ownership, health, jobs, community programs, and decisions that impact our most vulnerable communities and communities of color.

The Race, Food and Justice Conference of 2013 was developed and planned in response to the Place Matters work addressing race and racism, which is one of the social determinants of health and a root cause of health disparities we see manifested within our communities. We had over 700 attendees come for the two day conference. Based on responses from over 130 survey participants, we plan to host another conference in 2014 that will include discussion groups facilitated by returning guest who were keynotes in 2013 paired with local experts and community leaders.

We envision this year’s event to be a follow-up from the 2013 conference. By engaging multiple sectors of our society, we hope to expand the grassroots base promoting environmental justice and build upon the discussion the begun last year. Including working group sessions will facilitate and create access to networking and advocacy opportunities. One goal is for attendees to get a more in-depth understanding of environmental and social justice issues within the food movement both nationally and locally.

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