social justice

Social Justice as an End Statement

By |2021-12-07T13:27:29-05:00November 7th, 2018|

People's Food Co-op in Portland, OR has been doing the hard work of examining the implications of expanding into a more diverse, and rapidly-gentrifying, neighborhood. While fully acknowledging the difficulties and messiness of confronting racism, displacement, misogyny, and trans-phobia in the community, Sofie Sherman-Burton, Marketing & Membership Manager, still manages to lay out an optimistic vision for the future of food co-ops.

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops

By |2022-01-21T10:19:13-05:00August 30th, 2017|

By Jade Barker and Patricia Cumbie We believe that now is a critical time to engage our cooperative community in important conversations about racism and oppression. Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops presents a variety of perspectives on what can be done to make food co-ops more racially inclusive. Fifteen co-operators from a variety of backgrounds — class, gender, race, ethnicity, [...]

Participation and Anti-Oppression

By |2019-09-09T18:24:39-04:00April 4th, 2014|

Shawn Furst, Development Manager People's Food Co-op, Portland, OR   Shawn and her team of ~30 Co-Managers take inclusivity and openness very serious when they talk about providing "Safe and healthy food for ALL". Hear how the collective management at People's Co-op in Portland has led to a lot of difficult and important work around breaking down barriers to food access.

From Food Desert to Food Oasis: How Co-ops Can Make a Difference

By |2021-12-07T13:29:09-05:00June 17th, 2011|

Current discussions among food cooperatives often turn to the presence of food deserts in our cities and towns and what co-ops might do to address them. Mari coined the now-popular term to describe neighborhoods where mainstream grocers are distant. The statistically significant impacts on disease and life for people living in food deserts are well known. There won't be a single solution to the [...]

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