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Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Update: Join Us!

Relocalization and resilience in Detroit request open, inclusive and respectful dialog on Race.  Detroit Evolution strive to be white allies in the motion towards Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. Please consider joining these monthly gatherings to learn more. ~G

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Update:  Join Us!
By Charity Hicks and Lisa Richter, published in the last edition of the Detroit Farmer’s Quarterly.

Out of all areas of life, food is one of the areas where you can have an active engagement because food is everyday and touches all of us. Some would say that are food system is broken and if it is going to be fixed, and made resilient, sustainable, and equitable it must be in an anti-racist framework. We value a just, and vibrant food system that reflects the strength and self determination of the community and contributes to the quality of life of all. The “good food” movement is working on fixing this system and taking an honest look at how racism has distorted it, as this work is to the benefit of all.

Undoing racism work contributes to the food security in this community by promoting accountability, and reflective engagement by those working in the Detroit food system. This work traces its newest roots back to the “Race, Food and Resistance” learn shops from Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit conference of October 2009 . Since that time, we have held transformative monthly conversations, held an intensive anti-racism training, and formed study groups. In March 2010, members of several groups came together and went through Undoing Racism training by the People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond at Marygrove College. This training and dialogue provided a shared language, and preliminary understanding of how all people participate in the status quo and continue it, if they do not work in an intentional way to undo it.

Currently, we are working on raising consciousness about what racism and white supremacy look like in the Detroit Food System as well as what personal and organizational strategies we can utilize to undo them. It will take each of us to create a just food system in Detroit. Transform and grow the movement with us! Our gatherings are on first Saturdays, 1-3pm: Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4. 2010. October’s gathering:

This Saturday, October 2, 1-3pm
at MSU Center, 3408 Woodward, Detroit MI
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1 Jennifer Hilzinger { 10.07.10 at 10:26 pm }

Thank you for drawing this group to my attention last night at the Tim Wise talk. I am disappointed that the first meeting that fits into my schedule is December! Please let me know if there is something else earlier in which I could become involved. Best, Jen

2 Please Join Us at Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit! — Detroit Evolution { 10.09.10 at 1:05 am }

[...] conference please look for opportunities to learn more about the Food Justice Task Force and the Undoing Racism Gatherings that are gaining momentum in the city. Angela and I are honored to be a part of these two [...]

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