“To talk about race and food, we have to change the terms of engagement. We should reward not just the finished product of transformation but the process. My personal experiences, hosting public dinners on race and immigration, over the last year and a half in communities across the country, has taught me that the tensions inherent in these sorts of conversations are reconcilable only through a substantive transformation of the individual and the system. Both have to inform each other, happening in tandem, and also independently.”
writer and host of the Blackness in America Dinner Series
It seems like Winter is coming on fast, friends, and many of us are in the mood for family, friends, food, and, of course, resisting. While we're cozied up under our blankets and sweaters this December here are a few good (food) books that will keep your spirit hungry for progress and your soul full of fuel. Happy reading...and cooking!
- America the Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz: A compendium of 800 home-cooking recipes from across all 50 states of America that covers every region’s specialties and a range of cultural cuisines. America: The Cookbook acknowledges the culinary influences and contributions of both Native Americans and immigrant populations as well. (https://www.phaidon.com/store/food-cook/america-the-cookbook-9780714873961/)
- A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet by Nicola Temple: A History of the World...explores how processing methods have evolved in many of the foods that we love in response to big business, consumer demand, health concerns, innovation, political will, waste and even war. (https://www.amazon.com/History-World-Seven-Cheap-Things/dp/0520293134)
- Feed the Resistance: Recipes and Ideas for Getting Involved by Julia Turshen: Recipes are mindful of affordability, time, and dietary requirements, ranging from “easy meals for folks who are too busy resisting to cook” to “feeding the masses”. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. (https://www.amazon.com/Feed-Resistance-Recipes-Getting-Involved/dp/1452168385)
- The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty: Culinary historian and author of the blog Afroculinaria, Michael W. Twitty, explores the history of African-American cooking and and how it has shaped the Southern American culinary tradition. (https://thecookinggene.com/)
- The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action edited by Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman: The New Food Activism explores how food activism can be pushed toward deeper and more complex engagement with social, racial, and economic justice and toward advocating for broader and more transformational shifts in the food system. (https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520292147)
- Cooking Up Trouble by Leela Cyd and Anne Parker: (from the author) We can’t do everything to fix this alternate political reality we’re living, but we can contribute in the best way we know how and give 100% of all proceeds from this book to Planned Parenthood, a place that has nurtured and protected us and so many of our friends throughout our lives. (https://cookinguptrouble.org/buy-the-book/3m6hdos50zhvun10p8fmtnv3ighovk)
- The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow:Small steps can create big changes in your community’s food quality and food security, helping to get more healthy food to more people and support a better food system. Ali Berlow shows you dozens of things that anyone can do, from creating a neighborhood kitchen for preserving fresh food to mapping farmland. (http://www.aliberlow.com/the-food-activist-handbook/)
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"Information helps you to see that you're not alone."
In recent weeks we've been asked to touch on these two queries: "Aside from the Weekly Email Update where do I find real time information about local events and campaigns?" and "Where can I find ideas on how to give or seek solidarity right now?"
These are fantastic questions! Here are a few resources we use regularly to help stay up-to-the-minute informed about marches and vigils planned with short notice:
WeCAN Facebook Group: Open to Facebook members, this group is an extension of this email blast and is moderated and administered by local group and community leaders. Here you can find event postings in real time with the option to create your own events listings as well.
The Rapid Response Text System by Song and Solidarity: This system, run by the local group Song and Solidarity, texts members to alert of locally occurring protests, marches, postcard campaigns, and more. Directions for signing up are on WeCAN's website, here: https://www.wecantogether.net/rapid_response.
Brattleboro.com Event Calendar: A comprehensive list of goings-on in Brattleboro that is updated daily.
The Root Social Justice Center's Calendar: This extensive calendar is updated regularly; their Facebook page and website reflect real time announcements of marches and gatherings happening locally.
The Putney Huddle's public Facebook page is updated regularly and often reflects real time march and vigil information.
For those that would like to give or seek solidarity right now, in this moment, we offer these two resources:
To give solidarity: The Local Love Brigade: The mission of this group is to band together when there is an incident of hate and respond with giant helpings of love in the form of mailed postcards and notes. Through the reliably updated spreadsheets, you can dive deeper into the stories of people needing a bit of love and garner a larger understanding of social injustices happening at your local and national level.
For those that are seeking solidarity: we encourage you to plan an event of your own with the backing of a local group. This website, https://www.mapsonline.net/brattleborovt/forms/standalone.html.php?id=854136589, is the town of Brattleboro's Parade and Open Air Meeting Permit Application platform and an excellent place to start.
We hope that by sharing these resources we can all be better prepared to show up when necessary, make our voices heard, and help our neighbors cope. To suggest other resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you keep up-to-the-minute informed.Read more
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We hope all of you, WeCAN readers, had a holiday filled with loved ones, hearty food, and reflection. Please take a moment to look through some of the new events we have listed below; we would love to see you at a meeting or event in the coming weeks and encourage you to bring a friend (or two) along.
“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
Your friendly WeCAN editors would like to extend to you and your family our warmest wishes for a week of peace, inclusivity, and reflection. We are beyond thankful for your presence beside us as we fight for equality and justice in Windham County. We offer our thoughts of solace and mourning, too, to all those engaged in remembrance this Thursday. We remember, especially, the murdered and missing Indigenous Women across North America who cannot speak for themselves.