2016 FFS: Conversations on Food and the Economy
Intro to Food and Economic Justice
Alejandra Perez-Urkoski, Community Enterprise
Brittni Laura-Hernandez, Denver Food Rescue
This anti-oppression workshop on cass will focus on our identities and examine how all of us experience privileges and many of us also experience oppression, in our daily lives. We will look critically at social power and we will examine the ways that race and class can influence our work as food justice leaders.
Living Wage Panel: Why Does the Food Industry Harbor Low Paying Jobs for People of Color?
Asia Dorsey, Five Points Fermentation
Nikhil Mankekar, Boulder Human Relations Commission
Maggie Gomez, 9-5 Colorado
Nearly one in eight people in Denver work in the food industry, many of which are those who need work the most. The food industry is often the first place people go for work when they are reentering the workforce, or entering for this first time, and it produces, distributes and prepares a basic human need: food. Despite the importance of the food industry, it pays proverbially low wages, especially for people of color. Find out why and what you can do about it.
Youth Leadership in Food Justice
Cody Meinhardt, Green Leaf Youth
The GreenLeaf youth crew, a team of high school students who run a year-round farming and food distribution program, will lead us through a conversation around youth power and community organizing for food justice. We will touch on topics including access, affordability, food distribution models, and organizing techniques from a youth perspective. We will also dive into GreenLeaf’s unique youth leadership development model and explore other roles for young leaders in the movement for food and economic justice.
Culinary Arts Training and Social Enterprise – A strategy for Endy Homelessness
Scott Medina, Boulder Bridge House
A discussion of the role of social enterprise in the food sector as a strategy to create job training and placement for homeless and chronically unemployed adults to reenter the workforce.
Food Retail Panel
Alan Lewis, Natural Grocers
Erik Kornacki, Re:Vision Co-op
M’Lissa Baker, Whole Foods Market
As the ideas of local, organic food access, and food justice become more prevalent and important in our society, communities everywhere are inventing increasingly creative food retail systems: co-ops, CSA’s and food delivery are a few. Yet, these methods still make up a small fraction of the food available in the market. In this panel, we aim to reconcile the reality of our current food retail system, and explore the idea that no player, big or small, is free from the responsibility of making healthy food a right.
Denver Workforce Development Business Services
Tony Anderson, Denver Workforce Development
This session will provide information on the no cost services available to employers through Denver Workforce Development.
What’s Cooking? The Fight for Micro-Business in Globeville Elyria-Swansea
Robin Reichhardt, Right to Live Well: Globeville, Elyria-Swansea
Come meet the women who are fighting Denver’s economic tide to launch their own micro-businesses and learn about the rich culture of the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.