Grassroots-Led Narratives, 3/20

Grassroots-Led Narratives

Wednesday March 20, 2019
1:00 – 3:00pm

North Star Fund
520 8th Ave, suite 1800
NYC

Register Here by 3/18

This event will be livestreamed

Narrative change has taken a central role in the organizing around food, agriculture and climate justice in United States. Join us in this conversation with grassroots leaders who are finding inspiring and effective new ways to “change the narrative” and build power.

Food First’s intensive WriteShop method brings together frontline leaders from the food, farm and climate justice movements to produce a compelling book and generate shared strategies for community action. This broad-based initiative aims to turn the growing momentum behind the Green New Deal into an opportunity for community organizing and national movement-building to transform the food system—and our society.

The Closing the Hunger Gap Network – a coordinated space for food banks and pantries moving beyond food distribution towards strategies that address the root causes of hunger – is undergoing a national story-based narrative change process to challenge the dominate narrative of hunger in U.S. and redefine the role of food emergency organizations in building a more just food system. This ongoing initiative is helping to organize, build power and ultimately change the story of hunger in the U.S.

Join us on March 20th for a intimate discussion with many of the players involved.

  • Karen Washington (moderator)
  • Eric Holt-Giménez, FoodFirst
  • Debbie DePoala, WhyHunger
  • Yvette Molina, Elijah’s Promise
  • Tamara Jones, SAAFON
  • Savi Horne, Land Loss Prevention Project
  • Elizabeth Henderson, organic farmer

Funders are encouraged to bring anti-hunger and communications grantees to learn with us

Co-sponsored by WhyHunger


More about the speakers

Karen Washington is a political activist and community organizer, as well as a farmer and co-founder of Rise and Root Farm. She grew up in New York City, founded many food justice organizations, and serves on the board of several others. In 2012 Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014 she was awarded with the James Beard Leadership Award.


Eric Holt-Giménez has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006. He is the editor and author of several Food First books, including, Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems, and Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

Debbie DePoala is Senior Director of Communications at WhyHunger. For two years, Debbie has worked with The Closing the Hunger Gap Network to help develop their narrative change strategies and she oversees WhyHunger’s storytelling initiatives.

Yvette Molina is the Director of Community Services for Elijah’s Promise; a nonprofit Community Based organization in Central Jersey with over 25 years of experience as a community advocate and organizer. Yvette is part of the Closing the Hunger Gap Leadership Team and the Narrative Change Workgroup working to support hunger relief organizations as they shift from a charity model to social justice model.

Tamara Jones is the Executive Director of SAAFON (Southeastern African American Organic Farmers Network) a network of ecologically sustainable Black farmers in the Southeastern United States and the US Virgin Islands. SAAFON is dedicated to the creation of an alternative food system that places the wellbeing of Black and indigenous farmers and communities at its center.

Elizabeth Henderson farmed at Peacework Farm in Wayne County, New York, producing organically grown vegetables for the fresh market for over 30 years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), co-chairs the Policy Committee, and represents the NOFA Interstate Council on the Board of the Agricultural Justice Project.

Savi Horne is Executive Director of the Land Loss Prevention Project. She helps use the power of the law to keep African Americans farmers in North Carolina from losing their land to indebtedness, legal challenges, and gentrification, while offering technical support for farmers to make their enterprises economically viable and environmentally sustainable.

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