Campaign Action Sessions-Group A

Attendees will be split into two groups from 12pm-2pm: Group A and Group B (your group will be assigned to you and listed on your conference badge). One group will eat lunch while the other group attends 45-minute Campaign Action Sessions, then the groups will switch (all the Campaign Action Sessions will be offered twice). 

12:15-1pm: Group A - Lunch  / Group B - Campaign Action Sessions

1:15-2pm: Group B - Lunch / Group A - Campaign Action Sessions

 

Food Justice Certified
Room: HM 431

Elizabeth Henderson
Agricultural Justice Project

Join Elizabeth Henderson to learn more about the Agricultural Justice Project’s (AJP's) Food Justice Certification. AJP will provide the concrete information and documentation farmers or food businesses need to live up to the claim of social justice. First, a viewing of Hungry for Justice, a short film about the certification of a family-scale Florida farm. Then Q and A to answer your questions about AJP standards and certification process including fair prices for farm products, conflict resolution, democratic and cooperative structures, fair labor policies, health and safety. If you want to implement social justice in your operation, come to this session!

 

From Field to Fork: Food & Farmworkers Organizing for Justice
Room: Milbank Chapel

Catherine Barnett
Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York

Daniel Gross
Executive Director, Brandworkers

Margaret Gray
Associate Professor of Political Science, Adelphi University

Martha Albarado
Farmworker, Sullivan County

Sean Basinski
Director, Street Vendor Project

Harvir Kaur
Community Manager, Brandworkers

There are 20 million people who work in U.S. food system and most food workers earn low or poverty wages. Workers are coming together in solidarity across the food system to address inequality and exploitation in the workplace. This workshop will share with participants’ current food worker campaigns in NYC -- farmworkers, food processing workers, restaurant workers, and food cart vendors -- and how they can get involved. The presenters will share campaigns about farmworkers organizing for basic rights such as a day of rest, building a new form of worker association in NYC's local food production industry, restaurant workers organizing to eliminate the subminimum wage of $5/hour for tipped workers and lifting the caps on NYC Mobile Food Vendors.

 

Labeling GMOs in New York
Room: HM 150

Alex Beauchamp
Northeast Region Director, Food & Water Watch

Stacie Orell
Campaign Director, GMO Free NY

Want to know what’s in your food? Join us for a discussion of the campaign to label genetically engineered (GMO) foods in New York. We’re building a movement that’s taking on Monsanto and other corporate giants to allow consumers the opportunity to make informed choices about what they eat. Working together, we can make GMO labeling the law.

 

Lunch 4 Learning Campaign: Fighting Hunger & the Stigma of Poverty in NYC Through Universal Free School Lunch
Room: HM 152

Liz Accles
Executive Director, Community Food Advocates

Socheatta Meng
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Community Food Advocates

This workshop will discuss the Lunch 4 Learning campaign and its fight to reduce hunger and the stigma of poverty for NYC students. By calling for universal free school lunch, Lunch 4 Learning has already secured a significant victory with the implementation of this program in NYC middle schools this year. Currently, the campaign’s fight continues as it continues to advocate for the expansion of this program to all NYC public school students.

 

NYC for Child Nutrition Reauthorization (NYC4CNR)
Room: HM 140

David DeVaughn
Manager, Policy & Government Relations, City Harvest

Ali Hard
Tisch Scholar, The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University 
Food Policy Intern, Office of the Mayor of New York City

Take advantage of this once in five years opportunity to advocate for federal programs that ensure the health of Americans, and support local and regional food systems. This session will teach you how you can support the work of the NYC Alliance for CNR, a group of diverse stakeholders working together for a strong Child Nutrition Act. The Child Nutrition Act governs the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, WIC, and other federal programs that provide food and nutrition education to children and families. Congress authorizes the legislation every 5 years, and the current bill expires on October 1, 2015.

 

Save Antibiotics for Medicine, Not Factory Farms
Room: HM 438

Eric Weltman
Senior Organizer, Food & Water Watch

Lana Guardo
Organizer, Food & Water Watch

Leah Eden
Director of Food Policy, Office of NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, District 5

Antibiotics are important tools for human medicine, yet the majority are given to farm animals, creating resistance and weakening their ability to protect people. Join us for a discussion of the campaign to win a ban on the misuse of antibiotics in factory farms. We’re working to pass local resolutions, including in New York City, calling for federal action on this major public health crisis.
 

Securing NYC's Supply of Fresh, Local Food by Conserving the City's Regional "Foodshed"
Room: HM 138/138A

Steve Rosenberg 
Senior Vice President, Scenic Hudson, Inc. 
Executive Director, The Scenic Hudson Land Trust, Inc.

Fresh, local food improves our health, sustains our economy, feeds our culture and increases our resiliency. Yet NYC's annual unmet demand for regionally-produced food is almost $1 billion. To narrow this gap, it's essential to protect the city's regional "foodshed." Scenic Hudson's NYC/Hudson Valley Foodshed Conservation Plan found that 89% of the valley's farmland—a dependable supplier of local food to city farmers markets, restaurants, CSA's and food pantries—is at risk of development.

To secure its water supply, New York City launched an innovative program in the 1990s to conserve land around its upstate reservoirs. Now the city can be a national leader by partnering with state, federal and philanthropic stakeholders to protect the nearby farmland supplying its local food. This can be done with conservation easements—paying farmers a portion of their land's value to keep it permanently available for agriculture -- enabling farmers to invest in their operations and make it more affordable for the next generation of farmers, resulting in increased productivity.

Policy & Advocacy