August 21, 2014, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The LA Food Policy Council looks forward to seeing you at our August Network meeting at The California Endowment on Thursday, August 21 for a very exciting and timely topic: food and restorative justice in schools and prisons.
This conversation will explore the intersection of food, heath and the criminal justice system. Restorative justice is a means for addressing the root causes underlying crime and used to repair harm-doing without excessive criminalization and incarceration. Good Food can be useful to restorative justice programs because it can be a therapeutic means for formerly incarcerated individuals to get back on their feet, both in terms of their nutrition and health as well as vocational opportunities. Food and restorative justice can also be used together for solving conflicts and creating a healthy culture at schools as a means to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline affecting so many youth of color. Come explore these themes and more with leaders in food advocacy and restorative justice and help us expand our notions of what a “Good Food LA” can look like.
Please note that there will be Working Group meetings and a LA Food Policy Council orientation for newcomers immediately following the networking session.
When: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Where: The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tentative Meeting Schedule
1:30 – 2:00 PM Registration
2:00 – 2:10 PM Welcome & Updates
2:10 – 3:15 PM Food and Restorative Justice Plenary
3:15 – 3:30 PM Networking session
3:30 – 5:00 PM Working Group meetings & Orientation for newcomers
Network Resource: Food and Restorative Justice in Prisons
“Food Justice” is the idea that food is a basic human right, and that all people deserve access to quality food regardless of factors like race or income. For most people, just hearing the phrase “prison food” conjures up thoughts of tasteless gruel, stale bread, and unrecognizable meat-like substances. However, conversations about improving the quality of food in prisons are often difficult because there is so much stigma and judgment attached to incarceration…While food is frequently used to abuse and exploit incarcerated people, there is also enormous potential for food to operate in the opposite way, moving us toward healing, real rehabilitation, and abolition…In addition to providing healing possibilities from the massive trauma of the PIC at large, landscaping, gardening and being close to food can also offer more sustainable pathways to growing green economies and to break the cycle of recidivism.
– Excerpt from “Food Justice and the Prison-Industrial Complex” by Analena Hope. The full article is part of “Dignity and Power Now” Zine, available for purchase here. Your contribution helps support restorative justice advocacy efforts in Los Angeles.
Topic Resources: What is Restorative Justice?
According to restorative justice scholar Dr. Susan Sharpe, “restorative justice reflects a belief that justice should, to the greatest degree possible do five things:
1. Invite full participation and consensus
2. Heal what has been broken
3. Seek full and direct accountability
4. Reunite what has been divided
5. Strengthen the community, to prevent further harms”
Articles related to food and restorative justice in schools and prisons:
- Gardening Program Helps San Quentin Parolees Adjust to Life on the Outside (Planting Justice Blog)
- Video: Long Beach Students and Teachers Discuss the Benefits of Restorative Justice (YouTube)
- Lifetime [CalFresh and CalWORKS] Ban for Ex Felons is Repealed: Joint Statement from Organizations Working to Remove the Ban (Hunger Action Los Angeles)
- Is Good Food a Human Right for Prisoners? (TakePart)
Special Network Feature: Community Services Unlimited’s Sankofa Project
Community Services Unlimited (CSU), a South LA-based food justice organization, is engaging in a year-long research initiative that seeks to improve the community and regional food system of Los Angeles. The Sankofa project will explore the factors that link the effectiveness of food system improvement projects to the direct participation, in their every aspect, of those the projects are designed to serve. Staff from CSU will lead several focus groups during our meeting to inform their work.