From Elizabeth Gabriel, Kate Cardona, & Groundswell Staff:
As part of the Multicultural Resource Center’s Community Read, Groundswell Center is hosting a book club of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander for farmers, food producers and other food related folks. We’re eager to dig into the mass incarceration and racial justice issues the book highlights, and discuss together what the connection is to our work in food and farming. How can we center these issues in our food work, especially as we ramp up our efforts for justice in the months ahead? What questions are we grappling with in this moment? The book is a launching platform for these discussions.
The month has been a challenging and emotional one for many and Groundswell feels called to bring allies of a strong community food system together to have deeper conversations and develop action steps toward dismantling oppression in the food system. The civil war at Standing Rock is intensifying. The presidential victory has shaken many of us at our core. The changing political landscape has stated his desires to deport, racially profile and withdraw a women’s right to choose. Already in this nation too many people fight for their right to land, safe and affordable food, equal treatment, racial and social justice.
We thank the many farmers who have contacted us asking for support or guidance in these times.
The book club will be facilitated by Kate Cardona, Groundswell Outreach and Equity Coordinator, Ithaca SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) co-coordinator and previous previous Talking Circle on Race & Racism co-facilitator. This group is currently being organized by white people. Farmers and food system participants of any and all races, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations are encouraged to attend and/or co-facilitate.
When: Last Wednesdays of the month beginning November 30th, 11AM-12:30PM
Where: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming office, 225 South Fulton Street Ithaca
Need a Book? Swing by MRC or the Groundswell Office to get a copy.
Other ways to get involved: SURJ chapter meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month (though the next one was rescheduled to this Monday, because of snow).
Start at the table today – Although many of us celebrate abundance and gratitude today, recognize the historical violence of colonization that this day also represents.