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07/09/2017
Local Yokels

Food Justice Media - Community Produced Media

At the advice of a friend, I picked up some fresh local eggs the last time I was in Detroit at the Oakland Avenue Farmer market. And then, I ate them...

https://youtu.be/zoeh-Z5iuM8

Where do you get your eggs from? And how were they processed? And how were the chickens treated?
#HappyChickens
#HappyEggs
#HealthyFood from #CommunityRun
#LocalFarms equals
#FoodJustice

Taste testing some local eggs procured from the local farmers market!

06/19/2017
griid.org

Something is telling me this is required reading for analyzing as understanding gentrification practices and more.

"In Todd Robinson’s important book, A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he names the type of structural racism and white supremacy in Grand Rapids as Managerial Racism.

Robinson notes that in the mid-1950s, there was a shift in the local power structure with the ascendency of the Citizens’ Action movement, a group of businessmen who made reformist changes to how politics was practiced here. The author states early on in the book, “members of the Citizens’ Action movement replaced a citywide policy of overt discrimination with a complex system of managerial racism.”

https://griid.org/2017/06/19/the-function-of-managerial-racism-in-grand-rapids-today/

https://griid.org/2017/06/19/the-function-of-managerial-racism-in-grand-rapids-today/

The Racist Sandwich Podcast
06/06/2017
The Racist Sandwich Podcast

The Racist Sandwich Podcast

Some capital-T Truth about cultural appropriation, capitalism, and the racial wealth gap via Dakota Kim at Paste Magazine.

"Okay, food media, chefs, restaurant owners and home cooks. I get it. Many of you keep saying you want to be able to cook whatever food you want, regardless of cultural appropriation. Set me free, you scream. I am in food chains! No one is realistically going to be able to stop you from cooking whatever you want. No Cultural Appropriation Fairy is standing in your private kitchen, ready to bonk you over the head with her wand every time you cook from a cuisine you were not raised in.

But because of your emphasis on 'having the right,' we keep having the wrong food and cultural appropriation conversation, over and over and over again, and to be honest, I’m tired of it. (And yes, I’m going to say 'wrong,' because a lot of these attempts at cultural sensitivity are just really misguided.) The problem here is that people are trying to have this conversation in a vacuum, without a larger understanding or acknowledgement of the racial, ethnic and cultural capitalist power structure in America. Until you acknowledge that power and privilege structure, this conversation stays about cultural appropriation, and not food justice or food equal opportunity."

[Pictured: A family standing around a dinner table, folding their hands in reverence.]

Chuck Collins in Detroit area for two book eventsBorn on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequal...
05/31/2017
Author Visit: Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins in Detroit area for two book events

Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good –a power book about privilege, advantage and building a unified movement to reverse the deep inequalities destroying our communities and nation.



“Born on Third Base will make you think about what it means to be human.”�

—PBS News Hour



Wednesday June 7 at 7 pm: Book Beat

http://www.thebookbeat.com/backroom/2017/05/10/chuck-collins-at-book-beat-on-wednesday-june-7th/

Lincoln Shopping Center, 26010 Greenfield Road, Oak Park, MI 48237



Thursday, June 8 6:00 pm -Pages Bookshop

19560 Grand River, Detroit, MI

http://www.pagesbkshop.com/event/author-visit-born-third-base-chuck-collins

A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good

05/30/2017
Malik

A foodies guide to capitalism...

The last of our series with the youth of Palmer Park preparatory academy. This one focused on the making their own media...
05/04/2017
Making Our Own Media Messages

The last of our series with the youth of Palmer Park preparatory academy. This one focused on the making their own media messages. Enjoy!

Peace, Lottie

https://vimeo.com/215774508.

This is "Making Our Own Media Messages" by Just Creative on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

04/05/2017

Uhm....Kroger? What exactly is "pre-packaged bulk food"? Isn't that just like "packaged food"?

04/05/2017
foodsystems.msu.edu

Seasonal eating chart for Michigan produce:

http://foodsystems.msu.edu/uploads/files/mi-produce-availability.pdf

Is this not the ca-utest little green girl ever? These are Michigan greens with our own Michi-Gurl Lauryn encouraging YO...
03/31/2017
New photo by Lottie Spady

Is this not the ca-utest little green girl ever? These are Michigan greens with our own Michi-Gurl Lauryn encouraging YOUR to know where YOUR greens come from!!

10 ways to practice institutional racism at your nonprofithttp://www.korbettmosesly.com/2016/02/15/10-ways-to-practice-i...
03/23/2017
10 Ways to Practice Institutional Racism at your Non-profit Organization

10 ways to practice institutional racism at your nonprofit

http://www.korbettmosesly.com/2016/02/15/10-ways-to-practice-institutional-racism-at-your-non-profit/

1. Maintain white leadership.

Ensure that white people predominantly occupy your board leadership and executive management positions, even if your organization primarily serves people of color. Come up with some really excellent excuses to to why you can not diversity your leadership.
They have to be qualified…
We can’t find qualified candidates…
They need to meet the minimum qualifications…
Team culture is important here…
We just don’t know any people of color…
We have good qualified white people that should be promoted…
We asked [a person of color] once and we never got any applications…

2. Frame the issues & lead the strategies for people of color.

Ensure that white people predominantly frame the social issues and lead the strategies to impact social problems, even in institutions that serve primarily communities of color. Invest mostly in your white non-profit leadership to receive high quality training and resources needed to pursue strategies and ideas. Make value statements that minimize strategies created by people directly affected by the issue and people of color and do not invest in their strategies.

3. Limit partnerships with (and Feedback from) communities of color.

Limit your time creating partnerships with communities of color to sending an occasional marketing email about your programs. People of color will request an opportunity to offer feedback on programs, implementation, and evaluation. Limit this type of feedback to an email survey and do not come back to share if that information was used in any way.

4. Ignore complaints of bias and racism from workers and clients.

Ignore micro-aggressions and micro-inequities social workers of color experience by their white colleagues.

5. Value credentials vs. the skills needed to serve diverse populations.

Carefully select employment criteria and credentialing requirements and do not require candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to effectively serve a culturally and linguistically diverse population. If pressured, you can diversify your lowest paid workers that usually do the actual work of providing services to clients to increase the diversity of your staff.

6. Do not involve people directly impacted.

Do not involve people directly impacted by your organizations into the planning, implementation, and evaluation of your service. Without their input you can maintain a dependency of your services and never really address the systemic issues. You can also avoid providing people of color the training, resources, and opportunity to learn the skills needed to address social issues in their own communities.

7. White wash the diversity language.

Minimize institutional racism by expanding the definition of diversity to include other forms of diversity (i.e. gender, sexual orientation, occupation, background, socio-economic status, and geography.)

8. Maintain the social dynamic of white non-profit affinity groups.

Don’t participate in social initiatives predominately led by people of color. Focus on social events where you can share resources between other predominately white led organizations and increase your fundraising revenue (i.e. annual galas). When non-profit leadership staff donate to each other, it will show strong community support for your organization. It doesn’t really matter if people of color donate to your organization anyways.

9. Exploit black clients in poverty.

Exploit black clients and front line staff on marketing materials. Show the most disadvantaged heartbreaking stories of clients you served and how you helped them. Use this to raise money and have the appearance of a strong commitment and connection to communities of color. If every organization does this, the narrative will be that communities of color could not do this without white people. This will also minimize the achievement of communities of color and organizations led by people of color who often show a more positive and empowering image.

10. Cultural competency.

Include Cultural Competency
Training for your staff (there are many white people that provide this training) to have the appearance of wanting to address equity. Learn the language to have better conversations about race and equity, but do not create an action plan. Avoid action steps that you could be held accountable for.

I realize that institutional racism may not be your goal or intention. You may not even be aware of the complexities of racism at your organization. I hope this post moves you from unintentional racism to intentional allyship.



Lottie V. Spady
Community Educator and Media Maker
Food*Herbalism*Life

I realize that institutional racism may not be your goal or intention. You may not even be aware of the complexities of racism at your organization.

03/23/2017
Honest Government Advert - Visit Hawai'i

Honest media.

SEE why we don't have it?

The US Government just released this tourism ad for Hawai'i and it's surprisingly honest and informative. ☛ CREDITS: * Written by Giordano - based on convers...

03/14/2017
Rosanne Placencia-Knepper: Changing the world through food

This is a great message from a young woman describing how she became aware of the many injustices in the food system. I particularly appreciate the way she phrases processed food as "robbing us".

We are being robbed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoWs_GoJDs0&sns=em

Lottie V. Spady
Community Educator and Media Maker
Food*Herbalism*Life

Rosanne grew up in the Bronx. It was there, inspired by one of her teachers, that she fell in love with cooking, and discovered that “the only things in betw...

03/13/2017
Strategies For Change

Greetings all.

We caught up with our youth food media masters at Palmer Park Prepatory academy as they think about ways to implement change at their school…

We are reaching the end of our short video series, we have one more to release. Hope you've enjoyed this. There will be some more follow up material coming out soon.

And visit the www.chirp313.org to access all of the valuable community resources that was created by this powerful collaboration!

Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/207195087

Lottie V. Spady
Community Educator and Media Maker
Food*Herbalism*Life

This is "Strategies For Change" by Just Creative on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

03/09/2017
A Taste and the Waste Workshop

Hot, fresh, and healthy media! A Taste and the Waste Workshop conducted by the Food Media Masters of Palmer Park Preparatory Academy! Get the play by play and hear the report out of this awesome work by this youth team!!

https://vimeo.com/207301089

This is "A Taste and the Waste Workshop" by Just Creative on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The ending of CHIRP...The 5 1/2 year collaborative project wrapped up yesterday. The Child Health Incubator Research Pro...
03/08/2017
child health incubator research project

The ending of CHIRP...

The 5 1/2 year collaborative project wrapped up yesterday. The Child Health Incubator Research Project (Chirp) has been challenging childhood obesity with healthy food, physical exercise, and a multipronged approach for the last several years and it is with mixed feelings that we move on in our work and on to other projects.

This has been a time of great learning, friendship, love, challenges and growth. I am thankful to have been a part of such a beautiful collaboration and I look forward to seeing you all soon as we move forward and continue our valuable work around Food Justice and Food security and other issues that impact the city of Detroit and especially her children!

For more information and to access the valuable resources that were created by the CHIRP project, visit https://chirp313.org/

Peace.
Just Creative

a USDA NIFA funded childhood obesity prevention project of Michigan State University Extention Health and Nutrition Institute

Great article unpacking the definition of a food desert, more accurately re-tagging the food system as food apartheid an...
03/08/2017
Perpetuating Food Apartheid: New Urban Grocery Stores in Grand Rapids

Great article unpacking the definition of a food desert, more accurately re-tagging the food system as food apartheid and some factors of how this came to be in Grand Rapids and across the nation...

https://griid.org/2017/03/08/perpetuating-food-apartheid-new-urban-grocery-stores-in-grand-rapids/

Last week, Rapid Growth Media ran a piece about new grocery store efforts in Grand Rapids. The article, discusses food deserts and the variety of responses that people are involved in. Unfortunatel…

03/06/2017
Lunchable Deconstructed

Featuring the youth food media team from Palmer Park Prepatory academy, Just Creative is pleased to release the latest installment of their work.

Enjoy!
Lottie

https://vimeo.com/206679513

Sent from my iPhone

This is "Lunchable Deconstructed" by Just Creative on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

"In my experience, most urban farmers are justice-minded folks who enter this profession with high-minded ideals. But in...
02/28/2017
D.C.’s Urban Farms Wrestle with Gentrification and Displacement | Civil Eats

"In my experience, most urban farmers are justice-minded folks who enter this profession with high-minded ideals. But in D.C. we are increasingly finding that our work is being associated with, and even coopted by, the forces that are driving extreme gentrification and displacement, forces viewed negatively by many working class communities of color.

As I slogged through the harvest season, I realized that I couldn’t be the only farmer wrestling with this conundrum. So I set out this winter to have some frank conversations with others in my community about how to address displacement, and how to position our industry in relation to the larger forces at work."

http://linkis.com/civileats.com/2017/0/A9q23

Urban farmers often hold high-minded ideals about food justice and access; they’re also often unwitting vehicles for driving out communities of color.

More than just about improving food access, markets provide significant social capital within neighborhoods and impact r...
02/22/2017
Losing a Grocery Store Changes a Neighborhood - New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College

More than just about improving food access, markets provide significant social capital within neighborhoods and impact residents when they close.

http://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/losing-grocery-store-changes-neighborhood/?utm_source=NYC+Food+Policy+Watch+%282%2F22%2F17%29&utm_campaign=%282%2F22%2F17%29+&utm_medium=email

More than just about improving food access, markets provide significant social capital within neighborhoods and impact residents when they close. BY EMILY PAYNE, ALEXINA CATHER, CHARLES PLATKIN, AND EMMA COSGROVE This article was produced through a partnership with Civil Eats Victor Papa was born in...

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