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Race, Food & Justice 2014
CWRU Allen Memorial Medical Library & Univercity Circle United Methodist Church
Cleveland, OH
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Race, Food & Justice 2014
Due to the overwhelming response from the 2013 Conference, Environmental Health Watch, Rid-All Green Partnership, and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute have come together once again for the Race, Food & Justice Conference 2014 : Analyzing the Urban Food Movement Through a Social Justice Lens!

Thanks to our sponsors: Saint Luke's Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

The two day conference will be held at two locations in the University Circle Area:

Friday, April 4th
Doors open at 5pm, event from 6pm-8:30pm

CWRU Allen Memorial Library Ford Auditorium
11000 Euclid Ave./Adelbert
Cleveland,Ohio 44106
Refreshments will be served

FREE street metered parking after 6.Parking garages are located on Adelbert Rd., Ford Dr. and East Blvd.

Saturday,April 5th-SOLD OUT
Doors open at 9am, event from 10am-2:30pm

University Circle United Methodist Church
1919 E. 107th/Chester
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided

FREE Street Parking on MLK BLVD and on 107thand Park Lane. FREE Parking at Judson Manor lot on 107th and at the Pentecostal Church of Christ lot on 105th/Chester.

The Race, Food and Justice Conference of 2013 was developed and planned in response to the Place Matters work addressing the social determinants of health. Race and racism is a root cause of health disparities we see manifested within our communities.  

Last year we had over 700 attendees come for the two day conference! Based on some of the suggestions from over 130 survey participants, we responded by creating 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.

By engaging multiple sectors of our society, we hope to expand the grassroots base promoting environmental justice and build upon the energy and excitement of last year's conference. Our hope is that including working group sessions will facilitate and create access to networking and advocacy opportunities and for attendees to get a more in-depth understanding of environmental and social justice issues within the food movement both nationally and locally.


Dr. Monica White, Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison--Monica M. White earned a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in Sociology. She is an assistant professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and is a former Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations that are involved in the development of sustainable community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility.

Dara Cooper, Director NYC Food and Fitness Partnership
Dara Cooper brings a wealth of experience in local food systems, community access, community health and community economic development both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Restoration, Ms. Cooper led the launch and expansion of an award winning mobile market and community health programming, which quickly became a nationally recognized model for healthy food distribution and community based self determination and empowerment.


Mistinguette Smith/Allison Guess -Black Land Project
As the founder and director of the Black/Land Project, she has travelled the country gathering black people's stories about relationship to southern farmland, urban city-scapes, changing neighborhoods, and public green spaces since the fall of 2010.

Malik Yakini-The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network--Malik Yakini is a founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit. Yakini is dedicated to working towards identifying and alleviating the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system, and contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement.

Jonathan Ferrer United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE)--Jonathan Ferrer is an award winning youth organizer for UPROSE and  is dedicated to the empowerment of Southwest Brooklyn residents primarily through broad and converging environmental, sustainable development, and youth justice campaigns. Founded in 1966, UPROSE is Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization.


The Black Land Project

Food, Justice & Culture: Not Just a Black White Thing!

Local Leadership Roundtable/Food Justice Collaborative

Young Adult Leadership Discussion: College and High School


CWRU Allen Memorial Medical Library & Univercity Circle United Methodist Church (View)
University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States


Education > Conventions
Education > Workshops
Other > Green
Other > Political
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Environmental Health Watch
On BPT Since: Feb 04, 2013
RFJ 2014 Planning Team

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