"They've colonized us with our own product"

Estefanía Narváez, October 17, 2017
I grew up with abundance all around me. Every fruit, vegetable, or legume I could ever want. Ecuador is known as a country of oil, cocoa, bananas, and coffee -- products over which land and labor have been exploited. Some call this ‘la maldicion de la abundancia’ or “the curse of abundance.”Every time I go back home to Ecuador, my mom gets me this ground coffee from the province my ...
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"I believe in the beauty and resilience of my ancestral foodways"

Tlaloc Vasquez, October 9, 2017
Growing up Mexican-American, I had to wrestle with competing legacies from an early age. I am the product of indigenous Americans and Spanish colonists, all while being raised in the modern US culture. Foodways are some of the best connection I have to my indigenous roots. Many of the flavors that remind me of home are gifts from my ancestors like corn, beans, salsas, tamales, atole, and so much else. ...
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"Consolidation devalues my people, my culture, my body"

Katie LeBlanc, October 8, 2017
Back home in Kentucky, consolidation felt like the total annihilation of the resources around us.The forests were clear cut to put up chicken houses for Big Food companies. Our water quality was destroyed by fertilizer from Big Tobacco. Now, we have lost the ability to fish or even swim in the Ohio River because of pollutant-dumping CAFOs, large-scale monocropping, and the paper, oil and gas industries upstream. It is now ...
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Reflections on Taking Action from Anim Steel

Anim Steel, September 8, 2017
I’m out of jail, grateful for the support and actions so many took yesterday, and in ever deeper awe of the young leaders who marched without documents AND without fear.This was the first time I took a higher risk action. I’m writing about my experience to support others in thinking through the decision of whether or not to risk arrest during a crisis.WHAT HAPPENED AT TRUMP TOWERAfter 9 young DACA ...
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A Note on Transition from RFC Co-Founder David Schwartz

July 10, 2017
Friends,I've got some big news: at the end of this summer, I’ll be leaving my staff role at Real Food Challenge. It’s been ten incredible years — helping develop, design, launch and lead Real Food Challenge. I’ve learned so much about food injustice, organizing and myself. And I’ve learned so much from this inspiring community of staff and young leaders, as well as from our powerful partners.It is very bittersweet ...
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BREAKING: California Students Vote YES for Real Food, NO for Corporate Kickbacks!

Amanda Jacir, May 8, 2017
On May 6, students from the CSU and in the California State Student Association (CSSA) voted yes on a resolution for Real Food Systems in the CSU urging CSSA to support an increase in Real Food purchasing, to contest corporate food service kickbacks at 8 CSU campuses, and promote small student and community-based businesses. Real Food Purchasing: In 2014 the Cal State University (CSU) system approved a food service section ...
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This is an important moment. Let's get together.

November 14, 2016
Last week, we woke up with a new President. Ever since we’ve been discussing, feeling, thinking all over the map. But one thing has held us constant: we know that today our work is more important than ever. This election revealed twin truths that may not come as a surprise to many of us:Corruption and corporate consolidation have hollowed out economic opportunities and livelihoods for too many. Unfair trade deals, ...
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