|Growing Food and Justice For All|
join us for our Intensive Leadership Facilitator Training Dismantling
It's happening at our Iron Street Farm in Chicago on December 12, 2013. We will be discussing recent challenges and opportunities in the food movement world both from a local, in your community, perspective and from the national and international food sovereignty arena.
Designed to build a community of leaders who are enabled to take action and provide intensive training and dialogue that facilitates anti-racism. With the hope that leaders take food justice actions in our own programs and neighborhoods.
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6th Annual GFJI Gathering
“Food is Medicine, Water is Life"
Taos, New Mexico
October 18 - 20, 2013
This year Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) and Growing Power Inc. are excited to partner with the Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) to host the 6th Annual GFJI Gathering in Taos, New Mexico.
October 17th 8am till Friday
* All participants need to have attended ILFT or other 2-3 day long anti-racism training to participate in this training.*
(1 1/2 days of training) - this includes Lunch on Thursday and Friday.
For more information: www.growingfoodandjustice.org
History and Scope of the Growing Food and Justice Initiative
The organizing of the GFJI reflects the need for innovative and genuine leadership in the development of a sustainable, community-based food systems movement. The founding members of the initiative are the practitioners of sustainable food systems work: mainly farmers, marketers and other workers who are building new, local systems. Some are familiar with coalition and advocacy work at the national and international levels, while others are new to large-scale initiatives. This initiative strives to outreach to other parallel social justice movements and build solidarity and multidisciplinary support, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of building “Beloved Community”.
The principal objective of the GFJI Initiative network
is to create support for the local work that is already underway
throughout North America, employing a from-the-ground-up strategy to
build power for broad food systems change across the world.
Vision - To work together
with a shared vision of dismantling racism via network building, shared
leadership, economic growth and community food systems :
List of committees
Intensive Leadership Facilitation Training (ILFT)
Designed to build a community of leaders and provide intensive training and dialogue for participants to facilitate anti-racist food justice trainings in their own regions/communities. We use the title Facilitator instead of Organizer very intentionally, and will discuss the long term development process that anti-racism work requires as well as the need for leadership development and empowerment.
We hope empowered individuals will return to their home community of practice and facilitate and create spaces to connect and develop a supportive local and national/international community to exchange ideas, strategies and continue training in anti-racism to specifically address how achieving food justice can lead to the end of systemic and institutional racism.
Participants will experience: a series of farming activities that explore how to build a just food system, identify barriers to achieving justice and equity, historical challenges and community building at Growing Power’s Iron St. Facility. This will be followed with a day of two tracks to process the experience and delve into dialogues and interpersonal learning of anti-racism principles and strategies, concluding with an introduction and invitation to begin a chapter or local empowerment group (LEG).
We will explore:
(1) Examples of institutional and structural racism and how it operates, also how to address, challenge and change it!
(2) Practical applications of facilitating change and becoming a change agent, including some personal identification to understand the kind of facilitator you are.
(3) Opportunity to explore individual role in the anti-racism process of your work with the opportunity to strategize with others to develop an action plan for next steps that can be put into motion upon your return to home.
****** Please come prepared to get your hands dirty! Leave your dress shoes at home and wear your comfortable, farmer duds. We will be working outside and in our conference/office area. Feel free to bring a pair of indoor shoes, to change into after being outside.
The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) is hosted by Growing Power, Inc.
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