Session 2 Workshops | Policy & Advocacy

Category | Policy & Advocacy

Community Food Sovereignty and the Politics of Gentrification
Room: TH 136

Mark Winston Griffith
Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center

Dara Cooper
Director of NYC Food and Fitness Partnership, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

This workshop will look at the role that CSAs, food co-ops, community gardens, green markets and similar initiatives play in the social development and gentrification of a neighborhood. Where and how does class-, race- and age-based privilege show up in community food movements? How can food justice organizing and improved access to quality, affordable food contribute to the stabilization and preservation of a neighborhood, rather than displacement?


Building Equity in City Government
Room: Cowin Auditorium 

Nadia Johnson (Moderator)
Policy and Advocacy Director / Farmers' Market Network Manager, Just Food

Barbara Turk
Director, Mayor's Office of Food Policy

Jennifer Sun-Vigoreaux
Director of Project Development in Planning & Parklands, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Nancy Kohn
Director, GreenThumb

Aletha Maybank
Director of the Center for Health Equity, NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene

How is city government engaged in building fair and just inclusion? Equity is a visible priority of the new Administration, from the creation of the new Center for Health Equity to the multi-million dollar Community Parks Initiative and more. Come hear leaders in city government share their experience, goals and challenges in working to build equity in the planning, implementation and impact of their work.


Food Justice: Extending the Framework Beyond Food Access and Services
Room: HM 150

Yonnette Fleming
Food Justice Farmer & Social Change Catalyst

This workshop will explore the concepts of food justice, community food security and food sovereignty and help participants explore the pivotal role of food justice in the food system while situating their food movement work along the political spectrum.

Policy & Advocacy