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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Building Power to Transform our Food System

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A just and ecological food system is rooted in an agricultural and fisheries systems that provides nourishing and affordable food to all communities, employment with fair wages, production with fair prices, access to credit and a widely held protection of land and water rights of tribal, fisher, and traditional communities. This session is an overview of efforts to advance food justice, and share case studies; examining collaborative/innovative local/regional models of farming and fishing that model the type of food system we seek to create.

Moderators
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Niaz Dorry

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Niaz Dorry is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). Based in Gloucester, MA, she has began working to advance the rights, economic sustainability and ecological benefits of indigenous and community based fishermen 22 years ago. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for fighting against the industrialization, privatization, and corporate takeover of the ocean.

Speakers
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Georgia Good

Georgia Good, ED of Rural Advancement Fund, RC Vice-Chair, has assisted low-income people in rural areas of SC for over forty years. Raised on a farm, she picked cotton to help her family make the $133 yearly land payment. In 1970 she co-founded a health clinic for poor families. . In 1990, she assumed leadership of (RAF) of the National Share Croppers Fund (founded in 1937), leading economic development, advocacy, and training and with RC... Read More →
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Lorette Picciano

Executive Director, Rural Coalition
Since 1992, Lorette has served as ED of the Rural Coalition, a DC-based alliance of 60 culturally diverse community based organizations representing producers and farmworkers in the US and Mexico. She works with RC's Board and members to promote just and sustainable development in rural areas. A part of 7 Farm Bill debates, she has coordinated a broad effort to assure equal access to USDA programs for farmers, ranchers, and farmworkers and helped... Read More →
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Diana Robinson

Diana Robinson has been the Campaign and Ed Coordinator of the Food Chain Workers Alliance since 2012. The daughter of immigrants from Colombia and the Dominican Republic, she previously worked at UFCW Local 1500, which represents over 23,000 grocery store workers in New York. At Local 1500, Diana played dual roles as a worker organizer and Food Policy Coord of the Bldg Blocks Project for Good Food, Good Jobs, and Good Health. Diana graduated... Read More →


Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Bulger Communication Center West


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