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From: Hilary Martin <[log in to unmask]>
Date: April 23, 2012 10:17:43 PM EDT
To: Hilary Martin <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Join the Food Chain Block for Food Justice on May 1!

Hi food producers, distributers, and consumers,
On May 1, (next Tuesday), people from all over the state will be converging in Montpelier for the Put People First Rally and March.  

Here's what the Vermont Workers Center says about the "Put People First" campaign:

Through a unified campaign that we call “Put People First: One Movement for People and the Planet,” we can build the people power that will be necessary to realize the first universal healthcare system in the country, to take the boldest actions possible in addressing the climate crisis, to build resilient community-based food systems which meet the needs of the people and the land, to expand workers’ rights, disability rights and to obtain social justice for immigrants. We will be able to create public policy that puts people first and meets the needs of our communities. Most of all, we will establish the kind of real democracy that we will need to meet any challenge that we face.

I'd like to invite you to march together on May 1 with what we are calling the Food Chain Block for Food Justice.  Farmers, migrant farmworkers, and organized food co-op workers will all be marching together and calling for the State of Vermont to prioritize Food Justice.  Members of Rural Vermont, NOFA-VT, Migrant Justice, and UE members from food co-ops will all be participating.  

What is food justice??  Here are some concepts that we are starting to pass around.  What do you think?  

3 Pillars of Food Justice (or alternatively 3 Pillars of Food System Justice):
1) Economic Justice from farm to table
2) Healthy Food For All
3) Resilient/Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems

If you can come, let me know!  Make some food justice signs or banners that communicate what your passions are!  Farmers, we're trying to round up some wheel hoes to push in the march, so please bring along any lightweight wheeled tools.  Feel free to bring other props from your farm to spice up the march.

Here's a link to details about the day:

Lastly, please forward this to other food producers, food justice advocates and allies, and food distributers in your networks.

Thanks, and I'd love to see you next Tuesday,