History and Scope of the Growing Food and Justice Initiative
The organizing of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI) reflects the need for innovative and genuine leadership in the development of a sustainable, community-based food systems movement. The founding members of the initiative are the practitioners of sustainable food systems work: mainly farmers, marketers and other workers who are building new, local systems. Some are familiar with coalition and advocacy work at the national and international levels, while others are new to large-scale initiatives. This initiative strives to outreach to other parallel social justice movements and build solidarity and multidisciplinary support, in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of building “Beloved Community”.
Our Vision: The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.
For more information: www.growingfoodandjustice.org
Intensive Leadership and Facilitator Training
Designed to build a community of leaders and provide intensive training and dialogue for participants to facilitate anti-racist food justice in their own programs and communities. We use the title Facilitator instead of Organizer very intentionally, and will discuss the long term development process that anti-racism work requires and the need for leadership development and empowerment. Another goal of ILFT is to build regional GFJI “network chapters” that we call a LEG (Local Empowerment Group). LEG’s create space for others who are dedicated to facilitating change to connect and develop a supportive local and national/international community to exchange ideas, strategies and continue training in anti-racism to specifically address how achieving food justice can lead to the end of systemic and institutional racism.
During our trainings we will explore:
If you are interested in hosting an ILFT training in your city email info [at] growingfoodandjustice [dot] org.
Types of Committees that are involved with GFJI: