In honor of today’s Occupy Our Food Supply day of global action (and to celebrate spring’s imminent arrival), here are two very affordable community-supported agriculture programs that support social justice and urban renewal programs in Oakland.
Dozens of progressive students from across North America converged on Berkeley this weekend, bearing cardboard name badges, vegan recipes, and bright-eyed ideas about how to shake up their college food-supply systems. With a rallying cry of “Occupy Your Plate!” the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive hosted a boot camp to help students create their own on-campus co-ops.
Sunday kicked off the fifteenth-annual conference by the Community Food Security Coalition at the Oakland Marriott City Center. When deciding upon the location for this year’s event, organizers couldn’t have known how well their timing would dovetail with the local Occupy movement. Yet it was clear that speakers and facilitators would capitalize on the themes playing out down the street (e.g., “Overturn the one percent that control our food system!”).
It’s safe to assume that when the Oakland PD raided Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on October 25, few people were thinking about vegetable destruction. Call it collateral damage: A group of Occupiers and community allies had been working to create edible gardens at the encampment, all of which were destroyed.