As part of our commitment to racial equity and food justice, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network is dedicated to normalizing conversations about the role of racism in shaping our food systems (local, regional, national and global).
We believe it benefits us all to have greater collective capacity and courage to identify and address the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives.
This Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by Food Solutions New England with support from the Interaction Institute for Social Change. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact the food system, to connect with one another, to identify ways to dismantle racism and become better leaders for a more just, equitable food system.
The 2018 Racial Equity Challenge is over* but it's never too soon to start thinking about next year's Challenge!
The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge (aka the Racial Equity Challenge) is simple:
You (along with thousands of other people across the US) commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days.
Why 21 days?
There is no magic formula to change behavior, but committing to three weeks of consistently exploring the impact of race in the food system provides an intentional way to uncover racial inequities and injustices, as well as to discover the many ways we can collectively promote a more just food system for all.
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and food justice. We hope you'll join us and accept this challenge.
Want to learn more?
Here is a recording of the 2018 Racial Equity Challenge kick-off webinar that you can view here.
Also, we have assembled a Racial Equity Challenge Resources page with a wealth of written, video and audio materials to support your learning journey around racial equity work in your life and in your communities.
Search Facebook or Twitter for the #FSNEEquityChallenge tag to see what people have been talking about.
Get in touch with us if you'd like to organize Racial Equity Challenge activities for your school or organization in April of 2019! We have been thinking about how better to support groups, organizations, schools, and agencies to take on the Challenge collectively.
* But of course, the impact of the challenge continues!