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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
4/27/17
The exercise went like this: Pick a demographic profile. Then, jot down all the characteristics you associate with that profile. These are known as stereotypical characteristics. Then, think of someone you personally know who falls into that demographic profile and jot down his or her characteristics. Are they the same? Probably not, because the people we know personally are more interesting and
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

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