Discussion Series

The recent police and racism-fueled violence in the U.S., including the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others, has painfully underscored the need for proactive anti-racist work and centering racial equity in all policies, including food policy.

The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Please register on Eventbrite.

Sessions 1-3 focused on personal racial identities, privilege, and how these interact with food system work. The FSNE Racial Equity Challenge is helpful (but not required) to start exploring these themes on your own. Please review these shared agreements for creating a space for brave and safe conversations.

Sessions 4-8 occur monthly and focus on discussions with experts.

Session 4, Friday August 7: The History of DC’s Grocery Gap (recording available here). The lack of healthy food options in District neighborhoods with predominantly Black residents is not naturally occurring, but rather the result of decades of racist federal and local policies and business practices. Join us for a discussion about how race and racism contributed to DC’s grocery gap, and how this informs policy strategies today.

Speakers:

  • Dominique Hazzard, Historian and Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University
  • Beverley Wheeler, Executive Director of DC Hunger Solutions and FPC Food Access & Equity Working Group Co-Chair
  • Andre Towner, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington and FPC Food Access & Equity Working Group Co-Chair

Session 5, Friday, September 11, 2020: Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap (recording available here): The racial wealth gap, a result of centuries of racist policies that have kept Black Americans from owning land and property, has direct implications on who controls food production today. A 2018 study found that under 3% of farms in the Washington region are owned by people of color. Join us for a discussion about how race and racism contribute to unequal land ownership and wealth, and how this informs policy strategies today.

Speakers:

  • Christopher Bradshaw, Executive Director of Dreaming Out Loud and FPC Urban Agriculture Working Group Co-Chair
  • Kate Lee, Director, Office of Urban Agriculture Director at the DC Department of Energy and the Environment, and FPC Urban Agriculture Working Group Co-Chair

Register for future sessions on Eventbrite:

More Resources on Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System:

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