News and Views Winter 2019: Celebrating Food First’s New Leadership in Anxious Times and Farm Aid 2019
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There was an air of excitement and enthusiasm as a crowd of over 100 Food First supporters bustled into the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. They came to listen to an inspiring line-up of food and social justice speakers with deep roots in the food movement. There was Food First’s founder, Frances Moore Lappé, prolific writer and food activist, Mark Bittman, John Vandermeer, a Food First Fellow and professor of ecology at the Univerity of Michigan, and of course, Food First’s new Executive Director, M. Jahi Chappell. The entire night was facilitated beautifully by Dr. Maywa Montenegro, a longtime friend of both Food First and Jahi.
The theme for the night was Active Optimism in Anxious Times. Despite the incredibly turbulent and very anxious times we are living in, it is important that we remember to celebrate our past victories and accomplishments, while also celebrating the joy and hope that roots our social movements and organizations.
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