As part of a commitment to racial equity and food justice, the Food Solutions New England (FSNE) network is dedicated to normalizing conversations about race and racism.
We believe it benefits us all to have greater collective capacity in our region to identify and address the different ways the racism shows up in our lives (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and structural).
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 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge (aka the Racial Equity Challenge) is simple:
You (along with hundreds of other people across the US) commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days:
April 9 - April 29, 2017.
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.
Step up to the challenge:
SIGN UP to receive a prompt for each day (coming to you via email).
Set aside a little time each day to commit to the challenge: learn, read, talk, or take action. Respond to the daily prompt or check out our resource list for more options.
Record your own learning.
Share your reflections here.
This work is challenging and, as with most things in life, having a community of support helps. We hope to have a vibrant conversations, sharing diverse perspectives on the Racial Equity Challenge site, but you can also connect via Facebook or Twitter (#FSNEEquityChallenge).
Want to learn more?
We hosted a WEBINAR to prepare for learning and reflecting about race and equity. During the session, we discussed how the Racial Equity Challenge works and why this is a critical time for this conversation and collaborative action. A co-creator of the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge that we have adapted, Challenge organizers, and past participants shared their stories.
You can view the recording here.
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and food justice. We hope you'll join us and accept this challenge.