Environmental Health Watch in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership, and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will come together once again to present the Race, Food & Justice Conference. The theme for 2014 is 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.
On Saturday, April 5th, Allison Guess and Mistinguette Smith of The Black/Land Project will offer a Desire Mapping workshop. This is an opportunity for black Clevelanders to reflect on how they want to see land used in their communities in the future.
This workshop is sold out, although tickets for the Friday plenary may still be available here.
Many of us entered social change work to be of service. But what is it we serve? Sometimes, the way we do our work actually gets in the way of justice and self-determination. What would our work look like if it was specifically organized to increase the autonomy, authority and relatedness of the communities we serve?
Grist magazine really understands that The Black/Land Project is about more than just agriculture: it’s about the very relationship between race and place.
Be sure to read Andrea Appleton’s interview with Black/Land founder Mistinguette Smith, “Black to the Land: Project explores connections between race and place” in the June edition of the online magazine. The interview draws the connections between U-Pick farms, redlining and the Underground Railroad.
You can find more of Appleton’s fantastic Grist posts, which focus on race and place, here.
Black/Land team members Allison Guess and Tavia Benjamin will be discussants on the panel Tierra Y Libertad, presenting Black/Land’s work on how black people understand and transcend the effects of historical trauma as part of organizing. Set in the context of contested public land in Detroit, Black/Land will offer a critical perspective on an aspect of organizing that is often overlooked – responding to transhistorical trauma in ways that help black people to become more self determining in the present.
We will also be at the Research Justice Network Gathering, sharing and learning with others engaged in the work of tactical, grassroots research in pursuit of social justice, and social justice movement building.