How do we build strong food systems centered on justice for all? 

What is justice in our local food systems and how do we get to it?

Local Foods System DiagramThe resources below are a living list - see the abs at the bottom of this page.  We will add to this page regularly so please add your comments below.

We use the image to the right to guide our understanding of each aspect of our food systems. What does justice look like in each aspect?

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Tools for Actions from NCCJ

Ask: What did you mean by that?

Okay STOP. Build and hold a boundary.

Ask them to repeat themselves.

Pull out your phone and start filming/recording

Provide an analogy


Why did you say that? Can you tell me why you feel that way?

Leave the space/Let people know they can leave

Set expectations and parameters ahead of time (when you can)

Enter from a caring place

Hold up values: inclusivity, build community

Centering the impacted person

How would you feel if someone said that to you? Empathy

That sounds hurtful to me. Ouch!

Paraphrase back: what I’m hearing when you say that is…



Let's Learn Together: Resources for Dismantling Racism

Justice Resources

This is a living list created by YOU.  Please add your suggested resources in the comments section below.  We'll develop our list together.

Training from the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).

Constructive White Conversations - a growing online community for white people who wants to understand and dismantle racism, build and maintain white anti-racist community, and explore the nature of white identity.

Community-Engaged Research Course is a class offered in 2019 as a pilot by Huston-Tillotson University to advance equity and data activism in central Texas. This topic is related to data collection and evaluation.

While not a direct resource, this meeting guide will help support meetings where all feel welcome, heard and valued. (Scroll down past their calendar). This guide is courtesy of Iowa State University via the Farm-Based Education Network.

Trans student education resources from The Gender Unicorn


Reading list from GoodReads

The 1619 Project from The NY Times magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery

The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic, June 2014

Identifying and Countering White Supremacy Culture in Food Systems, from the Duke World Food Policy Center, Sept, 2020. Excellent overview of white supremacy in food systems and clear direction for food policy organizations to follow – Now. — Sent by Errol Schweizer.

Sistah Vegan Project by Dr. A. Breeze Harper PhD - I first heard Dr. Harper speak at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. As she shared her personal stories, I could feel her commitment, passion and love. I wished more people would hear her voice. (Sue Beckwith)

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

The Voting Booth, by Brandy Colbert - middle grade novel; fun book about two black teens voting for the first time

ACLU warns 500 Texas school districts to revise discriminatory dress codes Sept. 4, 2020, The Texas Tribune

Race: The Power of an Illusion - online companion to the award-winning documentary series discussing the origins, beliefs, and consequences of what we call race




Ben and Jerry's

#VoteQuadrant - Strategic voting to end police brutality

The Crown Act - a law prohibiting discrimination based on hairstyle, texture

'Mass hysterectomies' at ICE happened on Trump's watch. but they're America's problem., NBC News, Sept. 18, 2020



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