California Food & Justice Coalition

:: January 2010 Newsletter ::
IN THIS ISSUE: :: Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan :: Events and Announcements :: In the News :: Relief efforts in Haiti :: Grants & Fundraising Opportunities :: Jobs & Internships ____________________________________________________________ Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan As we all know, the industrial agri-foods system is one of the greatest contributors of green house gas emissions. Studies show that, globally, up to 32% of GHG emissions are related to food system activities including production, transportation, processing, and storage. Because low-income communities, immigrant communities, and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by both an unhealthy, industrial food system, as well as global climate change, CFJC employs climate action planning as an important strategy for protecting and strengthening our communities through rebuilding local food systems that reduce GHG emissions. The additional benefits are many: creation of green-collar jobs, strengthened local economies, and increased access to healthy food for low-income communities. Building on our success with Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan, CFJC has turned our attention to advocating for food system localization policies in Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. We have been working with the Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC), a cross-sector coalition of community-based organizations, environmental experts and advocates, labor unions, and green businesses working for an equitable and just Oakland Energy and Climate Action Plan, to push for the inclusion of strong food system localization policies that also create green-collar jobs and community wealth and food security. We

have worked with partner organizations to develop the following food system recommendations for the OCAC:

Promote urban and regional agriculture by making unused public land within city limits (including school grounds, city land, and park land) accessible for long-term / permanent use for personal, non-profit, and micro-enterprise organic and sustainable food production for consumption within city limits. Facilitate access to private land (underutilized yards, commercial lots, etc.) for food production, prioritizing private land use by projects that create green collar jobs for low-income residents and / or direct food produced to low-income communities through retail, food banks, and schools. Require and supply assistance in soil testing and remediation.

Support the development of existing and new food markets by requiring all food businesses (retail outlets, restaurants, government facilities, hospitals and health care facilities, etc) to locally source a required percentage (TBD) of the food they sell. Provide support to small businesses owned by Oakland residents by creating new ordinances that support producing local food.

Support the development of ‘closed loop’ local food-based microenterprises including production, processing and marketing by creating five small-scale commercial kitchens in underserved areas of Oakland by 2015 in order to stimulate local food microenterprises to reduce GHG emissions and create green collar jobs. Provide technical assistance to start up small businesses (help with permitting, start-up costs, sharing of equipment, procurement of local produce, etc.). Pilot community cafeterias at at least two commercial kitchens where residents can eat low-priced, locally-grown, locally-prepared, healthy meals while getting to know their neighbors.

Create a training and certification program for new low-tech/low-cost greywater plumbers and food microenterprises including urban microfarming, processing and distribution.

These policies will help the City of Oakland reach its emission reductions targets of 36% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 85% below 2005 levels by 2050. Thanks to

hard work and pressure from the OCAC, progress toward these targets will be reviewed annually. The first draft of Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan is due out in late March. We will be sending out details on opportunities to advocate for food and climate justice in Oakland by influencing the plan. In the meantime, please sign the petition to demand an equitable and just Energy and Climate Action Plan for Oakland. (You can sign even if you're not a resident.) ____________________________________________________________ Events and Announcements :: The Global Food Crisis and Local Solutions: a discussion co-sponsored by Grassroots International and the Oakland Institute; Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm. For more info: :: Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR) Annual Bilingual Conference “Healthy Harvest from Field to Table” takes place on March 20th. $20. To register, go to: :: The Built Environment Committee of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) has put together a Healthy Planning Guide to help public health and planning departments , or anyone involved with creating healthier environments, collaborate on strategies to promote healthier communities. You can find the guide at: _____________________________________________________________________________ ______ In the News :: Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, has published a new book on consumption, The Value of Nothing. To see his interview with Stephen Colbert, go to :: Join Pesticide Action Network in building the case against atrazine: Banned in the EU, atrazine remains widely used on corn, and is found in 70% of U.S. water sample at levels linked to birth defects, certain cancers, and more. This story is hitting papers across the country as people demand clean, safe, drinking water. To take action, go to: :: Community Food and Shelter Jobs are one of the top rapidly expanding job fields in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Wall Street Journal, in its coverage of declining and expanding job areas, spoke with Community Food Security Coalition’s ex-Board President, Sharon Thornberry. To read the article, go to:

:: Michelle Obama has pledged to make her legacy a deeper and long lasting policy impact in reducing childhood obesity. For the article, go to Tom Philpott comments that this means that she will have to confront the companies that are producing "low-quality, environmentally ruinous food and robust profits." You can find his article at: :: USDA Secretary Vilsack releases funds to improve the quality and safety of school lunches through safer equipment. California receives $3.23 million. You can find the article at ______________________________________________________________________________ _______ Relief Efforts in Haiti Thank you to Food First for the information in this section. Not all aid is equal as we all learned from the fiasco in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Haiti’s January 12 earthquake has left thousands dead. Many more need urgent medical attention. Here is a short list of organizations that Food First is confident can address both urgent medical needs and prevent a deepening hunger crisis. Partners in Health and Doctors Without Borders have had a strong presence in Haiti prior to the quake. They are in a position to implement and advise on urgent medical care. Donations of cash are the best way to help meet the urgent needs in a timely manner. With many Haitians already malnourished prior to this devastating earthquake, food is also urgently needed. Farmers in other parts of the country are growing food that can be purchased and given to those in and around Port-au-Prince. Both Grassroots International and their Haitian Partners and Haiti Action can help make such people to people exchanges possible. Partners in Health Founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, this nonprofit health delivery program has served Haiti’s poor since 1987. To donate for earthquake relief, go to subsource=homepage In an urgent email from Port-au-Prince, Louise Ivers, Partners in Health clinical director in Haiti, appealed for assistance from her colleagues in the Central Plateau: "Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS... Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us."

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Doctors Without Borders was working in Haiti prior to the quake with a staff of 800. Here is a report on January 13, 2009 with a link to their donation page. Haiti Action Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators, human rights activists, support committees for prisoners and agricultural cooperatives – will attempt to funnel needed aid to those most hit by the earthquake. Grassroots organizers are doing what they can with the most limited of funds to make a difference. Please take this opportunity to lend them your support: Grassroots International Long time Food First partner Grassroots International has a long history of working with organizations on the ground in Haiti. Grassroots has committed to the extent possible to, “provide cash to our partners to make local purchases of the items they most need and to obtain food from farmers not hit by the disaster.” For more analysis of how structural and institutional forces have created Haiti's extreme poverty and food insecurity: Haiti: Roots of Liberty, Roots of Disaster, by Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First ______________________________________________________________________________ ______ Grants and Fundraising Opportunities :: The Praxis Project has announced a Call for Proposals for Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE)-a grant initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support community organizing and policy advocacy to increase access to healthy food and safe places to play in communities of color. CCHE will provide funding and technical assistance for up to ten local community organizing groups and indigenous nations with grants of up to $250,000 over three years. Youth led organizing groups in communities of color are strongly encouraged to apply. There is an in-person session on January 28 in Oakland. For more information, go to: :: CA Statewide Park Program will award $184M in grants this year to projects that create new parks and recreational opportunities in underserved communities. Applications are due on March 1, 2010. For more info: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______ Jobs and Internships :: The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is looking for a Campaign & Organizing Director. This individual should be experienced and highly motivated to lead a talented team of organizers to build the power of grassroots Asian Pacific Islander communities to advance environmental, social and economic justice. Deadline: Jan. 29th. For more information, go to: :: The San Francisco Foundation is accepting applications for its Multicultural Fellowship Program. The San Francisco Foundation's Multicultural Fellowship Program aims to increase diversity in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. The Program provides young professionals of color with challenging work experiences and leadership opportunities in the areas of grantmaking and community building. The Fellowship includes an intensive curriculum, individual coaching, mentorship, access to local service sector leaders, and countless opportunities to build a professional network. Applications due March 22nd. For more information, and to apply, go to: :: The International Rescue Committee at the San Diego Regional Resettlement Office is hiring a Manager in the Food Security and Community Health Program. For more information on job requirements, go to: :: Ag Innovations in Sebastopol is hiring a part time Program Administrative Assistant to manage the website, constituent database and communications; basic bookkeeping, HR and contracts admin; foundation and funding research; and assist with grant proposal writing and submission. For more details: :: Petaluma Bounty Farms is seeking interns who would like to be exposed to all aspects of vegetable, fruit, herb and flower production and distribution. The ideal candidate must be able to commit for the entire season from March to November, must have experience working on an organic garden or farm, and have a good work ethic and a positive attitude. Contact Amy Rice-Jones,, to receive the Internship Application. :: CCOF, in Santa Cruz, is hiring a Certification Operations Specialist to ensure the smooth delivery of a wide range of services and supports the needs of CCOF’s primary inspection, certification and review functions. CCOF is one of the

largest and oldest organic certification organizations in the US. For more information on the position, go to: ************************************************ Did you get this message forwarded to you? email to join our list and receive our alerts and monthly e-newsletter directly Want to be removed? email: The California Food and Justice Coalition is a statewide membership coalition working to ensure the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural and environmental justice. We collaborate with community-based efforts in California working to create a socially just, ecologically and economically sustainable food supply. We envision a California food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are equitable, healthful, regenerative, and community-driven. California Food and Justice Coalition 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite F, Berkeley, CA 94702 Phone: 510-704-0245 FAX: 510-548-8896 <> <> email: CFJC is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center.

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