California Food & Justice Coalition
:: February 2009 Newsletter ::
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IN THIS ISSUE:
:: CFJC News
Funding and Grant Opportunities
Workshops, Conferences & Seminars::Honoring African American farmers:: Stimulating Justice with the Economic Stimulus Package:: In the News:: Announcements:: Jobs ____________________________________________________________
screening and panel
. Please join us for a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary,
, at Sacramento’s Crest Theater on March 4. Co-hosted by thePublic Health Institute, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s protagonists, Rufina Juarez and Tezozomoc. The event is free, but donations for CFJC are welcome.Call us at 510-704-0245 for more details.
:: Does your organization need more money?.
Hone your fundraising skills at CFJC’s fundraising training March 26 in Los Angeles. The training will be led by one of the experts from GrassrootsInstitute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). Cost per participant is $60 (scholarships available), and spaces are limited. To register, email@example.com. More info will be available on our website next week. Check back soon.
:: 2009 Internship Opportunities — Available Immediately.
We are looking for interns to work on outreach, program development and administrative tasks. Interested applicants must be able tocommit to a minimum of five hours / week for at least three months. For more information, please firstname.lastname@example.org “internship” as the subject line.
:: Do you love Facebook?
We do too, but we’re not very good at it. We’re looking for an intern who enjoys and excels at using Facebook to help us use our causes page more effectively. Ifyou’re interested, email@example.com ____________________________________________________________
Funding & Grant Opportunities::Honor the Earth grant
. In partnership with the Tides Foundation, Honor the Earth awards grants solely to organizations that are led and managed by Native peoples. Priority is given to grassroots,community-based organizations and groups with a lack of access to federal and/or tribal funding resources. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. For more info:http://honorearth.org/grants/apply.html
:: The Network for a Healthy CA announces RFA
. The Network recently released the Local Food and Nutrition Education Request for Applications. Up to 10 LFNE projects will be funded for up to$85,000 annually, for a three-year contract period from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2012. See the Funding Alert for additional details:http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cpns/Pages/LFNERFA.aspx
:: Got online fundraising questions?
Grassroots Fundraising Journal
will soon have
a regular column with tips for grassroots groups to raise money online. Send your online fundraising questionsto firstname.lastname@example.org include “online fundraising question” in the subject line. For more info and tips to help groups get through these hard times, go to:
Workshops Conferences & Seminars:: MAFO National Farmworker Conference
: March 29- April 1 held in San Antonio Texas. Join MAFO and a strong group of rural professionals presenters as they make the case for 'Building Stronger Rural Communities'. To learn more about MAFO,the conference and to pre- register , go tohttp://www.mafofarmworker.com <http://www.mafofarmworker.com/>
:: CA Air Resources Board Public Workshops
Find out more about what local governments can do to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what you can do to advocate for thesechanges. For more information, go to
:: USDA Meeting on Farm Bill Conservation Priorities for CA.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will host a State Technical Advisory Committee meeting on March4, 2009, to continue a public dialogue on priorities and procedures appropriate for implementing conservation programs in the Golden State in 2009. For more information:http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/news/releases/2009/stac_2-18-09.html
:: Compact for Racial Justice: An Agenda for Fairness and Unity.
The Applied Research Center is hosting a bi-weekly series of conference calls on issues related to race and justice. On Mar. 3:Race and Health. For more info, visit:http://www.arc.org/content/view/594/1/
The Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program For White Social Justice Activists.
Starting in August, The Catalyst Project will be offering this 4-month-long political education and leadershipdevelopment program designed to support the vision, strategy, and organizing skills of white activists in becoming accountable, principled anti-racist organizers building multiracial movementsfor justice. For more info and the application:http://www.collectiveliberation.org/ ____________________________________________________________
Honoring African American Farmers and Advocates
In celebration of Black History month, CFJC takes a look at the messed-up situation that Black farmers in the US are facing and a few of the individuals working to change
Between the end of slavery and 1920, African Americans established over 1 million farms on almost 15 million acres. Since then, numbers have declined so drastically that there are now less that15,000 African American farmers in the country, and less than 1/3 of 1% of California farmers are African American. One of the reasons for this near-disappearance of African American farmerswas brought to light by the 1999 class-action lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman, where it was proved that the USDA discriminated against African Americans applying for farm programs and loans for over 100 years. As a result, many faced foreclosure. Ten years later, many of the claims are still unresolved. For the latest on the Pigford suit, check out: www.ruralco.org<http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:i1CsX5zVVXQJ:www.ruralco.org/content/DI/DI_Matrix_SDFR_1-09.pdf+latest+on+pigford+glickman+2009+rural+coalition&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a> . Just recently, Vilsack announced his intent to make civilrights a top priority at the USDA:http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0209/022309cdpm1.htmLet’s hope that Vilsack makes good on his promise. In the meantime, here are a few of the individuals working hard to change the situation African American farmers are facing.::
is a farmer and advocate in Merced County where he grows 5 acres of diversified crops and raises chickens. The sole focus of farming for him is to produce foods with thenutritional and medicinal properties that fight diet-related diseases. Leroy sells his produce exclusively at farmers’ markets in low-income areas. You can find Leroy's produce at the NorthOakland Senior Center's weekly farmstand.::
Will Scott Jr.
is a farmer in Fresno and president of the African American Farmers of California. In addition to selling his produce at West Oakland’s Mandela Farmers’ Market, Will has started ademonstration site in the Fresno area where new Black farmers can gain hands-on experience and training from seasoned farmers. You can find Will's produce at the weekly Mandela Farmer'sMarket.