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6/15/17
This post originally appeared on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog . “Life moves toward other life… If we trusted more in these cohering motions, we could move into an essential role … supporting the system to explore new connections, new information, new ways of being. It means focusing on opening the system in all ways.” Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, a simpler way
5/11/17
“One way to take alliance building a step further is to reframe issues so that they’re no longer issues, which can be divisive, but values, which have more power to unite.” This notion, lifted from an excellent article by Kristin Moe , is just one of countless impactful ideas from Food Solutions New England’s Racial Equity Challenge that resonated with us. At World Farmers , our work digs into
5/10/17
This post originally appeared on the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) blog . “Clearly, we made some people uncomfortable. Good. For too long, our comfort has come on the backs of many who have been uncomfortable for a long, long time.” –Niaz Dorry, FSNE Process and Network Team Member Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized to “support the
4/24/17
Permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in the US! When do we want it? NOW!! On April 16 th , in the first of a two-part exploration of the connection between worker rights, racial justice, and sustainable food systems , the 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge prompt referenced Cosecha (the name translates to “Harvest”), a nonviolent movement
4/17/17
“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” - bell hooks Similar to other “helping professions” like teaching and social work, white women make up a large percentage of the nonprofit workforce. Those percentages drop precipitously for all women in executive
3/28/17
Vermont Farm to Plate is a program of the Vermont Legislature, administered by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to: Increase economic development in Vermont’s farm and food sector; Create jobs in the farm and food economy; and Improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund with conducting a public engagement process and
3/22/17
This post originally appeared on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog . “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” James A. Baldwin For the third year in a row, the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) is working with Food Solutions New England to design and facilitate the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building
3/9/17
This post by Lesley Heiser was originally published by The Rumpus on March 6, 2017 as part of TORCH, their series devoted to showcasing personal essays and interviews about immigrant and refugee experiences. Featuring the work of diverse writers from around the globe, TORCH aims to shatter stereotypes and encourage greater understanding and empathy in a world where immigrant and refugee
3/6/17
This post comes from NAMA's Coordinating Director, Niaz Dorry, and was originally posted on the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance blog . We often are asked "what do you mean by family fishermen" or community-based fishermen, or a Big Box Boat. I have often felt these questions are presented as a distraction to get us to all wound up in a defensive position. As many of you know, we have been
3/2/17
This post was originally published in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 1, 2017, by Claire Morenon and Philip Korman and appeared in: CISA Opinion Pieces , Press Room As the national debate about refugees and immigration roils, we at Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) have been reflecting on the history and the modern condition of farm labor in this country, and on our role as

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