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La Politica en Nuestra Comida // The Politics in Our Foods

The Politics in Our Food


Centering the voices of community organizers and land stewards in the Dominican Republic and its Diaspora, join us for a panel discussion on the impact of government policy and systems of oppression on our access to food.

Together we’ll build a shared understanding of what’s led to our dependency on a failed food system while panelists speak to creating alternatives that prioritize their communities’ needs.

We’ll hear from Ruth Pion (AfroHistoria y Junta de Prietas), Paola Estevez (Barrio Alante), Altair Rodriguez (Finca Tierra Negra), Vanessa Garcia Polanco (Young Farmers Coalition) on accessible information-sharing, growing food in both rural and urban environments, teaching and supporting the remembrance of ancestral practices, and implementing practices that mitigate climate chaos.

Beyond growing food organically and centering farm-to-table initiatives, food sovereignty urges us to take control of, and redefine, a just food system that prioritizes life over profit.

We hope attendees will join us ready to hold space for this challenging conversation, share insight from personal experiences, and be open to contributing to our current work. Together, we’ll work towards mitigating harm and becoming clearer on our role(s) in the fight for a just food system.

This is a hybrid event: the in-person event will take place at the Woke Foods restaurant in Cabarete, with live-streaming access via Zoom. There will be interpretation from Spanish to English as well as music, food for those in person, and a recipe shared beforehand for those attending virtually.

Proceeds distributed to Barrio Alante, AfroHistoria, and Woke Foods