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National food justice activists to lead convenings on food justice

Our Kitchen Table brings to town food justice activist, LaDonna Redmond, and Rosa Parks Institute President Emeritus, Lila Cabbil.
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April 20, Lila Cabbil: Are you a Missionary or Ally? Accountability and Anti-Racist Organizing for Food Access and Justice , 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LINC, 1167 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP.

April 27, nationally renowned food justice activist and TED-X featured speaker, LaDonna Redmond, presents Historical Trauma and Food Justice, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sherman Street Church, 1000 Sherman SE, Grand Rapids. Lunch included RSVPBoth events are free and openb to the public.

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/Stelle Slootmaker

On Saturday April 20, Lila Cabbil will facilitate Are you a Missionary or Ally? Accountability and Anti-Racist Organizing for Food Access and Justice from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LINC, 1167 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP. Cabbil, who worked side by side with Mrs. Parks for decades, serves as president emeritus of the Rosa Parks Institute and is author of the book, Accountability and White Anti-Racist Organizing: Stories from Our Work. 

On Saturday April 27, nationally renowned food justice activist and TED-X featured speaker, LaDonna Redmond, will present Historical Trauma and Food Justice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sherman Street Church, 1000 Sherman SE, Grand Rapids. Lunch will be provided. RSVP.

“We have a food system that has largely been built on the backs of people who don’t have a lot of rights and access to our public policy infrastructure,” said Redmond. “We need to collectively better understand the inequities in the food system and make sure we include people who have faced these inequities in finding solutions.”

At the forefront of the food justice movement, Redmond led an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) project that focused on health, justice and the food system. The project centered on health disparities resulting from the food system, from the farm to consumers—particularly as they affect low‐income populations and communities of color. It also entailed creating universal Food Justice Principles. Our Kitchen Table attended IATP’s Food + Justice =Democracy conference September 2012 and took part in the co‐creation of these food justice principles.

In early April 2013, Redmond launched the Campaign for Food Justice Now, a membership-based organization that will use a race, class and gender analysis to promote food and agricultural system reforms and advocate for the adoption of right-to-food policies in the United States. 

A speaker, radio host and former Food and Society Policy Fellow, Redmond was one of 25 citizen and business leaders named a Responsibility Pioneer by Time Magazine. She successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policy to expand access to healthy food in low‐income communities

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