05/22/2013: Hunger Action Day
The California Hunger Action Coalition is excited to once again host this annual event in Sacramento, CA. Each May, anti-hunger advocates from all over the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and support anti-hunger legislation. Advocates, soup kitchen volunteers, nutritionists, food bank supporters, and others concerned about the millions of Californians experiencing hunger travel by bus, car, and plane each year to participate in this important event. Travel and food costs can be covered. For more information contact Cat Burton at 510.635.3663 ext. 307 or Amanda Lasik at 858.637.3363.
When: May 22nd
Where: Capitol Building, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814
05/28/2013: When Does Science Become Justice? Scientific Evidence, Pesticides and Food System Justice
At the heart of disputes over pesticide use in agriculture are questions of evidence. Whose evidence is to be trusted? When causal relations between pesticides and human illness or ecological harm are disputed, who decides on their continued use? Is it appropriate for regulators to take into account matters of political economy and social justice when regulating agricultural practices or are there plainly empirical criteria of risk for regulators to use? This panel will bring together a social scientist, an activist organization, a natural scientist, and a pesticide regulator. For more information, click here.
When: Tuesday May 28th; 4-6 pm
Where: UC Santa Cruz, Baskin E2-599
05/30/2013: Berkeley Dine Out: Help Keep Gardening & Cooking Alive in Berkeley Public Schools
Make one meal matter on Thursday, May 30th! Dine Out at a participating restaurant and a portion of sales will be donated to the Berkeley Public Schools Gardening & Cooking Program.
Background: Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) has an international reputation for its edible schoolyards, where public school children of all economic means learn first-hand what it takes to grow their own food and cook healthy meals. As of this fall, BUSD will be losing all of its federal funding for 14 school garden and cooking programs, from the preschool through high school level. The funding cuts to the program would represent a significant setback in the district’s pioneering efforts to date. By dining out at a participating restaurant, a portion of sales will be donated to the Berkeley Public Schools Gardening & Cooking Program.
Event Sponsored by the Dine Out Committee & BUSD Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Garden & Cooking
For more information and a full list of participating restaurants visit www.berkeleydineout.com
06/07/2013: Food for Thought: In Conversation with Leaders of the Food Justice Movement
You’re invited to join in the conversation: “Food for Thought” – featuring leaders from the Food Justice movement, including Ocean Robbins of Food Revolution Summit, Nikki Henderson of People’s Grocery, Y. Armando Nieto of Community Food and Justice Coalition, and Katherine Zavala of International Development Exchange (IDEX)’s. The event will involve critical conversations from thought leaders working at the intersection of food justice and agroecology. Click here to purchase tickets.
When: June 7th, 5-8 pm
Where: San Francisco Film Centre
08/02-08/03/2013: Justice Begins With Seeds West Coast Summit Conference
This conference is hosted by the Biosafety Alliance in collaboration with Agra Watch, Alemany Farm, Center for Farm Worker Families, Community Food and Justice Coalition, Food First, Roots of Change, Sierra Seeds, and the South Central Farmers Cooperative. Dr. Vandana Shiva will be a keynote speaker at the 2013 conference. As well, there will be food justice and non-GMO’s advocates from Washington, Oregon, California and Vancouver Canada. Opportunities to volunteer at the conference are available, as well as a limited number of scholarships.
When: August 2nd-3rd
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 1013 8th Avenue, Seattle WA 98104; Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ 1217 Sixth Avenue, Seattle WA 98101
08/02/2013: Night in Oaxaca
This year’s 3rd annual event will celebrate the educational dreams and achievements of Ventura County’s indigenous immigrant community. The event will feature traditional Oaxacan dances, a mole dinner, auction, and scholarship awards to six indigenous college students. Click here for further information.
When: August 3rd, 5-9 pm
Where: Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center
CFJC’s Monthly Public Policy Call
CFJC organizes monthly Public Policy Conference Calls, to come together over shared issues and efforts, lending to a coalition that is authentic and responsive to grassroots and local organizations shaping a sustainable food system in California.
Where: Conference call. To register please email Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who: Open to all
2013 Farm Bill Series
Throughout the month of April San Diego’s 1 in 10 Coalition is convening a series of Farm Bill sessions to learn, reflect, connect, and act locally to create a U.S. Farm Bill that includes San Diego. For more information, check out their website here.
Resilient Communities Legal Cafe
The Sustainable Economies Law Center, with the HUB Bay Area is starting free weekly legal advice sessions to provide you with the legal support to create a resilient community! Get legal advice on: worker co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, micro-enterprise, car sharing, social enterprises, local investing, land trusts, child care co-ops, time banks, local currencies, cottage industries and more
S.o.S. (System out of our System) Juice is Earth Amplified’s urban culture and health series. A monthly community event that educates participants on the benefits of juicing and healthy lifestyles. S.O.S. Juice provides pathways for its attendees to create healthy lifestyles via the direct consumption of live juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, conscious urban culture, and the awareness of themselves as beings connected to the Earth. These monthly events take place at United Roots.
When: Last Thursdays of each month from 5-8 pm
Where: United Roots, located at 2781 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Saturdays. Phat Beets Produce’s Food N’ Justice Workshops
These are free, community based workshops and are based on a peer-to-peer popular education model.
When: Saturdays, 11am-1pm
Where: 942 Stanford st @ Lowell St
Who: Community Healers, Storytellers, Urban Farmers/Herdspeople, Nutritionists, Activists, Facilitators, Artists, and Canners/Fermentors to present at the North Oakland Farmers’ Market Food N’ Justice Series
Want to Get Involved? If you are interested in presenting a workshop please email email@example.com
Saturdays. Oakland Food Connection’s Fresh New Farm Stand
Come for delicious local produce, spices and bulk dry goods all for a great price!
Where: 4173 MacArther Blvd.
When: Every Saturday through the summer; 10am-2pm
Who: Everyone who eats!
More info: www.foodcommunityculture.org
Check back soon for more exciting events!