Today we deviate from the topic of food justice to share a powerful message about allyship within communities of color. Last month we attended the “Black Power to Black Lives Matter” event hosted by our neighborhood high school’s Black Student Union. The event featured a dynamic panel of POC organizers and activists, with Olympic medalist and lifelong activist John Carlos keynoting.
Each panelist shared some amazing stories and energized the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but Aretha Basu, organizer and leader for Women of Color for Systemic Change, really moved us. Her call to action for non-black POC allies was a vital reminder to remain present and conscious in the fight to undo racism.
Catch her speech here:
Although Aretha’s speaking specifically to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, her words certainly apply to the work we’re doing at The Foodways Project. Allyship is a practice that applies to everyone depending on the context–white, POC, straight, LGBTQ, male, female, or trans–so, we feel we can all learn from Aretha’s words.
P.S. If you have the time, we encourage you to watch the entire event. Hey! Why not grab some snacks and invite folks over for a viewing party?!? Food + Justice = Partytime!