Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 pm
From the Bay Area to Port-au-Prince: Creating Food Sovereignty in Haiti
Presented by Max Cadji
Since the devastating earthquake in January of this year there has been an outpouring of international humanitarian donations, yet much of it has never reached the Haitian people nor has it been used in ways that will be of ongoing sustained support to Haitians. Tonight’s event has been organized both to benefit organizations directly helping the Haitian people and to help people in the Bay Area understand what’s really going on in Haiti.
Keynote speaker Pierre LaBossiere, longtime activist with the Haiti Action Committee, will clarify the current political and social situation in Haiti. He has worked to support the Haitian struggle for democracy, fostered connections between grassroots movements in Haiti and the progressive community in the U.S., linked with journalists who want to hear an alternative viewpoint of Haiti, and helped Haitian organizations work to rebuild since the earthquake.
Other featured speakers include Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy and Nikki Henderson, executive director of the People’s Grocery. Eric Holt-Giménez is not only the director of Food First, he is the author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice and Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture which chronicles the development of this movement in Mexico and Central America over two and a half decades. Nikki Henderson is executive director of People’s Grocery in West Oakland. Under her leadership, People’s Grocery has launched a strategic campaign strongly focusing on: revitalizing the economy of West Oakland through all aspects of the food system, from production to distribution, and leveraging the power of local nutrition education and major health institutions to reduce obesity, diabetes, and other major health ailments in West Oakland.
Presentations and discussions will follow focusing on how issues of food justice and food sovereignty are working out on the ground in Haiti in relation to international aid and the impacts of the earthquake. This evening’s event will benefit the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund‘s (HERF) sustainable agriculture programs. It’s part of Solidarity with the People of Haiti Benefit Series organized and sponsored by the Ecology Center, People’s Grocery, Haiti Action Committee, Planting Justice, Phat Beets Produce, Food First, and KPFA (Hard Knock Radio).
In addition to the stunning speakers, there will be stunning performances by Tacuma King and Bay Area Youth Arts. Tacuma King is a master percussionist and teacher who has worked with many artists including the San Francisco Symphony.
Refreshments from local sustainable sources will be provided.
$10 Donations Accepted