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Community Education Forum: Survival Pending Transformation of Society
Event Speaker Biographies
      David Hilliard
      Kelly Carlisle
      Stan Oden
      Rita LeRoy
      Eric Holt-Giménez
      Jym “Jymbo” Boyden
      Y. Armando Nieto
Movements from the 60s and 70s
The Black Panther Party
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Survival Pending Transformation of Society
Food Justice Community Education Forum

The Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change, a project of the Huey P. Newton Foundation, has opened its new office in Vallejo and is putting on an inaugural event in conjunction with CFJC.  This community education forum will serve as an informational session and community discussion with an inspiring panel of local and lifelong activists. Facilitated by Executive Director Y. Armando Nieto, speakers include: Davild Hillard (Black Panther Party, IIRSC), Dr. Stan Oden (Professor, Sacramento State University), Kelly Carlisle (Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project), Rita LeRoy (Loma Vista Farm) and Eric Holt-Giménez (Food First). Free dinner will be served at the open house prior to the event at the Institute’s new offices.

Who: Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change and CFJC
What: Community education forum on social justice and food justice from the 60’s to today
When: Saturday August 25th; Open House (4-6pm); Event (6-9pm)
Where: Dinner and Open House – 1709 Sonoma, Vallejo; Event – Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia St, Vallejo
Why: Pass the torch from yesterday’s social movement leaders to today
Tickets: To obtain sponsored tickets, please email Erin at or call (510) 547 1547
More info: CFJC IIRSC page

Speaker Biographies

David Hilliard

David is the Executive Director of the Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change (IIRSC). Formerly a founding member and Chief of Staff in the Black Panther Party, he has worked consistently over time to effect social change. In memory of the Panther’s co-founder and David’s childhood friend, he formed the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, a non-profit center focusing on research, education, and advocacy for social change. Additionally, he is the author of This Side of Glory—Dr. Hillard’s autobiography and the story of the Black Panther Party—as well as co-author of the first authorized biography about Newton, Huey, Spirit of the Panther. Dr. Hillard has also taught at Merritt College, Laney College, New College, and the University of New Mexico, and is a frequent lecturer of African-American resistance movements.
David speaking in 2008, Q&A, Marxism event
For a fuller biography of David Hilliard

Kelly D. Carlisle


is the Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  She is an avid gardener and is an Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee. She is an active member of the California African-American Farmers Association. Ms. Carlisle has been selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s 2012 Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto and one of only five selected from the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Carlisle is the December 2011 Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14.  A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood neighborhood.  Previously, Kelly ran a successful catering business dedicated to utilizing local and sustainable produce.  She is a mother, activist, and concerned citizen.

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Dr. Stan Oden

Stan is a professor, author, lifelong community activist, and former Oakland resident. He has worked as a community development specialist for 20 years as well as a management analyst in both San Diego and Berkeley. After receiving his PhD in sociology from UC Santa Cruz in 2000, he began working as a professor at CSU Sacramento in the Government and Liberal Studies Department. Over the years he has also published several essays, including Race, Poverty and Social Justice (2007), Hurricane Katrina, Response and Responsibilities (2005), and Introduction to Ethnic Studies (2004). His most recent book is From Blacks to Brown and Beyond (2012), a case study of city politics in Oakland, California.

Stan on Citizen Police Review Board Skewering

More info on Dr. Stan Oden’s From Blacks to Brown and Beyond book

Rita LeRoy 

Rita moved from the streets of South Chicago to rural Texas at age 18 to learn about farming. 28 years later she’s still farming and is now at the Farm Keeper at Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo. Loma Vista Farm is an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on educational activities involving plants and animals for children of all ages and abilities. She manages the operations of an educational agriculture program that is part of the school district and also developes and teaches classes in horticulture. Formerly a nutrition education facilitator at Leah’s Pantry, Rita has provided hands-on education to members of an affordable housing community. Rita received her Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and Horticulture Therapy from Kansas State University and her Master’s in Education from California State University-East Bay.

Full Bio Here.
Loma Vista Farm

Eric Holt-Giménez

Eric is an agroecologist, political economist, lecturer, author, and the Executive Director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy—an advocacy, research, and education organization in Oakland, CA. He worked for four years as a lecturer teaching Environmental Studies, emphasizing the integration of political science, sociology, agroecology, and conservation biology. Prior to this, Eric worked for 27 years in Mexico, Central America, South Africa, and California as an International Agricultural Development Specialist, aiding in national resource management, cooperative and community development, and sustainable agriculture research and development. Complimenting this work, he also served 20 years developing farmer-to-farmer programs between farmers, NGO’s, and unions in Mexico, Central America, and the U.S. with Via Campesina—a transnational peasant movement for sustainable agriculture. Among other publications, Eric recently edited and co-authored Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform our Food Systems and Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice (2009).

Food Movements Unite! from Food First on Vimeo.

Food First
The Future of Food and Farming

Y. Armando Nieto, Event Facilitator

Armando is a seasoned executive and development professional, with experience in management and organizational development, membership development, annual giving, foundation prospecting and grantwriting, and special events. Successful capital campaigns include the Environmental Defense Center Cordero Adobe Campaign and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center. He has been Associate Producer of the Kenny Loggins Christmas Unity Telethon since 1999, and prior to joining the CFJC, Armando served as C.E.O. of Redefining Progress, Managing Director with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, and Executive Director at Eagle Eye Institute in Somerville, Massachusetts, Earth Share of California and the Environmental Defense Center.

Y. Armando Nieto Speaks at the 2012 Food and Community Conference

Full Bio Here.

Jym “Jymbo” Boyden, Music and Artistic Director for Event

Jymbo, born and raised in Vallejo, was a leader of the Black Panther Party chapter in Vallejo and currently is a part of the newly establish Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change. He has a long history of community and union organizing. He is also an established artist and musician. His art, primarily oil paintings and sculptures made with cement, are political in nature and have captured significant events and people in the social movement, including Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt, George and Johnathan Jackson and the arrest of Leonard Peltier. Jymbo is currently performing with the Dialectical Sound Ensemble along with his brother, Choque Boyden, and will be playing at the Survival Pending Transformation of Society event. Jymbo is also an Artist in Residence at the California Food and Justice Coalition.

Movements from the 60’s and 70’s

Many of the speakers for this event were social change leaders in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Activists today can learn a great deal from the power behind the social movements of the 1960’s and 70’s. There was the Anti-War Movement opposing the Vietnam War; the Feminist Movement concerned with sexuality, family, the workplace, and reproductive rights; the Gay Liberation Movement promoting public announcement of sexual identity as a form of activism; the Free Speech Movement on college campuses for the students’ right to free speech and academic freedom; and the Environmentalist Movement which helped to establish Earth Day and environmental ethics. Additionally, the American Indian Movement and the Black Power Movement have shaped activism today, and their values prompted the groundwork of the Huey P. Newton Foundation and its project, IIRSC.

The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party— founded by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966—was an African American revolutionary organization derived from the Black Power Movement. Although the government and mainstream media primarily characterized the Black Panthers for their militant stance against police brutality, the group also focused heavily on direct action within the community for the benefit of all its people.

Many influential community programs were spearheaded by the Panthers with the intention of improving the health and wellbeing of the black community, primarily in the inner cities. Some programs to note are the “Intercommunal Youth Institute,” an approach to educating black youth that differed greatly from traditional schools, where students were placed in levels based on ability as opposed to age. Students received medical care, food, and free clothing. Other programs focused on general community education, engagement, and support, such as free classes on politics, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, transportation to prisons for family members of inmates, and self-defense courses.

The Black Panthers also played a role in early food justice projects. They established the Free Breakfast program, providing a hot, nourishing breakfast for school children each morning. The Community Pantry, another project, was a free food program providing food to black or otherwise oppressed individuals. Lastly, the Food Cooperative program, similar to the Community Pantry, provided food through cooperative buying and general community participation.

Racism and access to affordable healthy food, housing, healthcare, and education are persisting issues in our communities today. Looking back towards the success and functionality of the Black Panther Party’s programs can help guide social movements and programs of today.

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