Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx. Organized by Tanya Fields, Founder of Blk Projek. Keynote Speaker, Karen Washington with Nicole Taylor, Claudio Gonzalez, LaDonna Redmond and Madea Allen. 

From conflict can come progress. On February 16th we create a platform of inclusion, celebration, discussion and action. Join us for a multidiscplinary approach to discuss food and food access effect on the South Bronx (and beyond). 

The South Bronx is a community through which millions of pounds of food arrive everyday but residents have little access to. On that day we will come together in the spirit of progress, action and resiliency. We will explore the themes that create our current reality and then celebrate those who engage, dream big and move forward! 

It is a day of talks, visioning, art, music and of course great food and drink. 


La Familia Verde

karen washington, urban farmer

This week on Just Food Stories, Jacquie & Alison welcome guests Karen Washington and Nadia Johnson to the show to discuss what they have done for their communities by introducing gardens into their neighborhoods. After the break, Nadia tells us about starting the New York City Food Forum, and explains how successful the event was and how beneficial this movement is for communities across the city. Later, Karen tells us the most important changes she would like to see in the food & agriculture communities in New York. This program has been sponsored by Heritage Foods USA. Today’s music provided by The California Honeydrops.


“The administration needs to come forward and protect community gardens in NYC.” [27:30]

Karen Washington on Just Food Stories

The Farm Bill Course at NYU

For those of you interested in learning more after last week’s talk on Food Justice and the Farm Bill, Marion Nestle provides the syllabus for her course on the subject at NYU. 

And for anyone in and around New Haven, the second talk in our Food and Justice speaker series happens next Monday, September 26 at 5:00 pm in the GM room at 55 Hillhouse. Karen Washington, of Just Food, and Michel Nischan, CEO of Wholesome Wave, will talk about Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, discussing how urban farming can reform our food system by ending food deserts, creating green jobs and helping build community in urban neighborhoods.

Last night, WhyHunger hosted the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize celebration honoring inspiring movements across the world “fighting for the right to food for all people and dignity for those who put food on our plates.”

Congratulations and thank you to Korean Women’s Peasant Association, National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region for all of the incredible work you each do to protect the health and rights of communities and farm workers.

It was a great evening ushered in by the devoted and passionate Karen Washington, community activist and gardener, and complete with Tom Morello performing as The Nightwatchman and an eye-opening keynote address from UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter.

Incontrovertibly, the night acted as a strong reminder that food and justice go hand-in-hand.

anonymous asked:

24 63 85 86 for the ask thing

24- yeah!! I have an adorable puppy named Luna and three parakeets: Dandelion, Periwinkle, and Azure (i didn’t name them; they were adopted)

63- a quote i try to live by…. this is so cheesy but probably “Carpe Diem” bc Dead Poets Society is one of the best movies of all time


86- oh, top five…. probably niagra falls, disneyland, florida so i can see karen, washington so i can see logan, and new york city bc i want to visit the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (http://biggayicecream.com/)

thank yoooooou

Jackin’ Off (And Letting Out Streams Of Consciousness) #16

Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men […], and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.[1]

Karen Attiah of the Washington Post writes of Dylann Roof’s desecration of Black space defying the now popular narrative that his generation, the millennials, “are more tolerant than their parents, and that racism will magically die out as previous generations pass on.”[2] However, citing studies, they’re right on par with their forbears. For example, “[o]n work ethic, 31 percent of millennials rate blacks as lazier than whites, compared to 32 percent of Generation X whites and 35 percent of Baby Boomers.”[3]

On most measures of explicit anti-Black bias, millennials are less racist than their parents and grandparents by a matter of 1 to 3 percentage points.

Wow, what amazing progress!!!

Motherfuck what the researchers say that “1 to 3 percentage points [is] not a meaningful difference.”[4]

Snarkiness aside, Roof literally and figuratively blew (bullet)holes in the popular idea that “racism will just die out with older generations.”[5]

And when you think like this, “Why confront America’s racial legacy as long as you believe that the younger generation will do it for you?”[6]

I hope I’m not the only one seeing how utterly lazy the idea of letting time work its magic is.

When I encounter what I’ll refer to here as the “hourglass argument”, what springs to mind is the loathsome white moderate of King’s day speaking now: We’ll do absolutely nothing about the extant racial inequality but just wait for these old relics with their antiquated views on race to die and thus solve the problem of the color line for us!

And who’s shiftless, deficient in work ethic?


Come again?

  1. King, Martin Luther, Jr. “Chapter 5: Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Why We Can’t Wait. New York: Mentor, 1964. Print.
  2. Attiah, Karen. “Charleston, Dylann Roof and the Racism of Millennials.” WashingtonPost.com. The Washington Post, 18 June 2015. Web. 22 June 2015. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2015/06/18/charleston-racism-and-the-myth-of-tolerant-millennials/>.
  3. ibid.
  4. ibid.
  5. ibid.
  6. ibid.