Food Justice Summit, Ithaca, NY 10/22/11

Michael Burns michael at
Wed Oct 19 14:56:46 EDT 2011

From: Elan Shapiro <elanshapiro343 at>


Saturday, October 22, 2011

a few highlights:(see complete event schedule below)

   - Walk for Wellness *Walk-a-Thon* - 10 AM -12 PM walk up to 5 miles around
downtown Ithaca visiting neighborhood and school gardens and raise pledges
to support local food justice projects
   - Powerful *guest speaker, **Malik Kenyatta
founder and the Interim Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food
Security Network
   - Live music from acclaimed musicians* Thousands of One*****
   - G4H's **Iron Chef Junior Competition: 2:45 PM *come celebrate (and
taste!) youth demonstrating their culinary talents
   - An organic ribs and chicken BBQ & vegetarian fare featuring food grown by
local farms, prepared by neighborhood chefs and sold at a suggested
donation so everyone can enjoy and be nourished by the bounty of our
   - *Youth performances* by Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP
including ABC Groove, Beautiful Colors, All of Us and more!
   - Informational displays, interactive workshops and calls for action by
organizations and groups working towards social justice and sustainability.

Route for the Walk-a-Thon has been
Check out the map to see what exciting sites, including neighborhood and
school gardens, that you'll be seeing on Saturday.

Organic and eco-friendly t-shirts and long sleeve shirts
Pre-order your's today. Walkers that raise over $150 receive one for a
suggested donation.

Educational, activist and service organizations or groups are invited to table
or do an interactive activity at the Food Justice Summit celebration outside
Neighborhood Pride (former P&C) from 12pm-6pm (following the walk-a-thon). To
register please complete this 1 minute Registration Form online or
contact info at / 603-986-5091. Please include a
brief description of your plans for participating (passive display/interactive
activity) and whether you require a table and chairs. *Free of charge if you
bring your own table and chairs (and canopies if desired); $20 if you want 1
table and 2 chairs provided.*

You are welcome to:
   - display materials
   - host an interactive activity or workshop
   - organize a rally or another way for people to act on an important issue
   related to social justice, health or sustainability

Vendors are welcome to sell their eco-friendly, socially conscious wares.
Contact liz at

Volunteers needed! Are you or someone you know willing to pitch-in on the
day? Help is still needed with everything from set-up to tear-down including
food service, youth activities, "green-up crew" and more! To sign-up for a
shift, contact Volunteer at

More info at:

Food Justice Summit Event Schedule

   - 10am - Walk begins at The Space (700 West Buffalo Street, at the corner
of Court Street and 13). Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in, get a
t-shirt and a route map. Early registration and check-in's available
starting at 9am for walkers who plan to walk at a leisurely pace and want
to start early.
   - 12pm - Block Party begins (streets are closed in the Northside
neighborhood for live music, local organic BBQ, speakers, workshops,
vendors, youth activities and more)
   - 1pm - Performance by the talented youth of the Community Unity Music
Education Program (CUMEP). Enjoy ABC
Groove, Beautiful Colors, All of Us and more! Come celebrate our emerging
community leaders and enjoy singing and dancing that will warm your heart!
   - 1:45 - Asya
   - 2pm - Keynote speaker: Malik Yakini
   - 2:45 - Iron Chef Junior Competition
   - 3pm - Tribute to the Bernie Milton Band
   - 4pm - Trece and Earnest Verb
   - 5pm - Thousands of One
   - 6pm - Finale

Other opportunities in Ithaca around the Summit to learn from the strong
Food Sovereignty movement in Detroit

   - *Thursday, Oct 20, 6:30-8pm at Mann Library Room 160 on the Cornell
Campus <>* - a free screening
of the documentary Urban Roots, a film that follows the work of Malik
Yakini and the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit and is a timely, moving
and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed
industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.
The screening is co-sponsored by New World Agriculture Group at Cornell and
the Albert R. Mann Library. For more information visit:
   - *Monday, Oct. 24th, 6-7:30pm at Anabel Taylor Hall Cafe on the Cornell
Campus - the public is invited
to participate in “Undoing Racism in the Food System: A Conversation with
Malik Yakini.” Light refreshments will be served. The gathering is
cosponsored by the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, New World
Agriculture and Ecology Group at Cornell, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell
Department of Development Sociology, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Gardens 4
Humanity, Whole Community Project, Cornell Garden-Based Learning Program,
and Moosewood Restaurant. More information is available at

Check out some of the other exciting opportunities to learn about and get
involved with food justice work locally and abroad during the month of

   - *Thursday, October 20th, 6:30pm at Greater Ithaca Activities
Center(GIAC), 301 W. Court Street
   * - A Conversation and dinner with Anuradha Mittal. Learn about Oakland's
Institute's groundbreaking work on land grabs focus in Africa from Anuradha
Mittal, named 2008 Most Valuable Progressive Thinker by the Nation
magazine, an internationally renowned expert on trade and development,
human rights and agriculture issues. For more info call 607-254-8072.
   - *Sunday, October 23rd, 1-4pm at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center
(GIAC), 301 W. Court Street
   * - A community celebration to showcase Center for Transformative Action's
current projects, along with guest speaker Dorothy Cotton and keynote
speaker Lily Yeh, an artist from Philadelphia whose work has helped
transform lives in places from Northern Philadelphia to Rwanda to rural
   - *Monday, October 24th <>* - Food Day. Please visit to learn more about Food Day and to find list of events
happening all over (searchable by zip).

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