In December of 2009, The Michigan Young Farmer Coalition held its first Retreat. Sixty people attended and generated the basis for the work of the MYFC. The HAVEN Garden Project emerged from that discussion and a real desire and need on the part of HAVEN to have access to fresh, affordable food for their residents. Thus the MYFC-HAVEN garden project was born in the winter of 2010. Not even a year later, we made a video to share what is likely just the beginning of this story...
Narrated by Martin Sheen, The End of Poverty? is a daring, thought-provoking and very timely documentary by award-winning filmmaker, Philippe Diaz, revealing that poverty is not an accident. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, global poverty has reached new levels because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies -- in other words, wealthy countries exploiting the weaknesses of poor, developing countries such that today 20% of the planet's population uses 80% of its resources and consumes 30% more than the planet can regenerate.
SAVE THE FARM tells the story of the largest urban farm in the United States, 14-acres sitting right in the middle of South Central Los Angeles. For 14 years over 350 families had cultivated this farm, feeding themselves and thousands in their community local organic food. When the city sells it to a developer in a closed-door meeting, activists and celebrities stage an 11th hour tree sit to save the farm. As the 5-year anniversary of the eviction approaches, director Michael Kuehnert demonstrates how a local community can come together to fight to save a farm they have come to depend on for their survival.
Featuring Daryl Hannah, Julia Butterfly Hill, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Smart, Tom Morello, John Quigley and Willie Nelson, it is being released exclusively on digital platforms as of June 7, 2011.
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BMYA (Black Male Youth Academy) @ Morningside High School
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lauren Ornelas, Founder and Director of the Food Empowerment Project, will be discussing how to use food choices to create a more just world.
Eating a vegan diet is certainly the first step in that direction, but do you drink soda or eat chocolate? Learn about how what you eat and drink might not be connected to animal exploitation but might indeed have direct connections to human exploitation!
Also learn about the unjust food system that currently exists in the U.S. regarding access to healthy foods.
lauren has been involved in the animal rights movement for more than 20 years and has done undercover investigations of factory farms and conducted successful campaigns against corporations such as Trader Joe’s and Pier 1 Imports.