CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IS ANY ACTION WE TAKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR
COMMUNITY. In times when we feel overwhelmed by our political process,
how can we use our collective energies and gathering places to
galvanize the food movement for larger systems change? And how can we
best nourish ourselves and our neighbors, while fighting for the
causes we care about? Eaters, voters, and good food advocates can
shift the political culture in this country by going beyond voting
with our forks to taking action in our communities. Join CUESA
[https://cuesa.org/] and SPUR [https://www.spur.org/] for a
conversation with two community leaders who, through their work in
food, have pounded the pavement, knocked on doors, driven policy
change, and organized to help people claim their power. Learn from
their first-hand experience overcoming challenges, and discover
tangible ways you can get involved in 2020 and beyond.
* Nina Ichikawa, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute
* Reem Assil, Founder, Reem’s California
LOCATION: Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, San Francisco
Reception featuring refreshments from CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers
Market (included with admission) to follow.
FOOD DEMOCRACY 2020
This event is part of CUESA’s Food Democracy 2020 series to
galvanize our communities to get engaged locally, federally, and
globally through food leading up to the 2020 election. Join us for
future events in this series, including a community organizing
workshop, a candidate forum, and a ballot breakdown!
A NOTE ABOUT TICKETING
CUESA acknowledges the many historical factors that have led to a wide
range of inequities in the United States. This talk is an opportunity
for us to all investigate the impacts these histories continue to have
on access to fresh food and agricultural land. We invite you to
consider San Francisco’s living wage ($20.58/hour or $42,806/year),
as you purchase your ticket for the event.
No one will be turned away from the panel for lack of funds. Please
email firstname.lastname@example.org and share a bit why are you are interested in a
scholarship for this event.
This talk is co-presented with SPUR and is free to SPUR members.
Please register under your SPUR membership name, as membership will be
subject to verification. You can learn more about becoming a SPUR
member at spur.org [http://spur.org].
Tickets are nonrefundable but may be transferable by contacting us.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
NINA F. ICHIKAWA graduated UC Berkeley with a degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies (with a focus on agricultural trade and food
policy), and went on to study sustainable agriculture policy at Meiji
Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. As a Japanese Ministry of Education
Graduate Fellow, she spent three years researching in rural and urban
Japan, helping to establish an environmental publishing house in
Tokyo, and working closely with the Japanese organic and biodynamic
farming movements. She has published in Civil Eats, Grist, Mold,
Al-Jazeera America, NBC Asian America, Amerasia Journal, Rafu Shimpo
and the Nichi Bei Times. In 2009 she launched the Food and Agriculture
section for Hyphen magazine. Her writings on Asian American farmers
and retailers were published in Eating Asian America: A Food Studies
Reader (NYU Press: 2013). From 2009 to 2011 she joined the Obama
administration’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative
at the USDA and from 2011-2013, was a Food and Community Fellow for
the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, where she launched
AAPIFoodAction.org, the nation’s first food policy platform for
Asian Americans and Pacific Islander voters. She is now the Executive
Director of the Berkeley Food Institute [http://food.berkeley.edu/].
REEM ASSIL is the chef/owner of Reem’s California
[https://www.reemscalifornia.com/], a nationally acclaimed restaurant
inspired by her passion for Arab street corner bakeries and the
vibrant communities that surround them. Her food is inspired by her
Palestinian-Syrian upbringing and the connection to her family,
heritage and community that Arab aromas, flavors and techniques evoke.
Reem was named a James Beard Semifinalist in the Best Chef: West in
2018 and 2019, StarChefs 2019 Rising Star Restauranteur,
Thrillist’s “2018 Chef of the Year,” San Francisco Magazine’s
“2018 Chef of the Year,” and San Francisco Chronicle’s “2017
Rising Star Chef.” Reem’s California was also named one of Food &
Wine’s “2018 Top 10 Restaurants of the Year," SF Chronicle's "Top
100," and Mercury News' "Bay Area 50 Best Restaurants." Reem is a
graduate of the competitive food business incubator program, La
Cocina, entrepreneurship program Centro Community Partners, and
Oakland-based business accelerator program ICA: Fund Good Jobs. Before
dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a
community and labor organizer, and brings the spirit of social justice
and activism to all her projects. Using the tool of food, Reem invokes
the central virtue of her Arab culture- hospitality- to build strong,
resilient and connected community. She combines her lifelong
experience of fighting for justice and her nearly two decades of
professional experience in nonprofits and the food industry to build
towards her vision for a more socially and economically just world.
_CUESA’s 2020 panel discussion series is generously sponsored by the
glassybaby white light fund
[https://www.glassybabywhitelightfund.org/], which gives to
organizations that provide hope and healing to people, animals, and
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