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This Saturday! A Taste of Justice Conference

by Garrick Ruiz Friday, Nov. 02, 2001 at 5:53 PM
garrick@oxy.edu 323-341-5099

Come to the "A Taste of Justice" Conference this Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Diet related diseases such as diabetes and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions in low-income communities in Los Angeles. Come work together with other Los Angeles residents to solve this and other problems.

The Center for Food and Justice (a project of the Urban and Environmental

Policy Institute at Occidental College) invites you to attend the "A Taste

of Justice" conference this Saturday, November 3rd. The conference will

bring together community members, food and nutrition activists and

organizations, and members of city government to strategize around food

policy in Los Angeles. The conference will focus on the following issues:

-Healthy food, gardens, and nutrition education policy in the Los Angeles

Unified School District

-Supporting existing community gardens in LA and finding ways to start more

-Bringing farmer's markets and full-service supermarkets to low-income

communities of color

-A citywide food and nutrition policy council

The conference is intended to be an example of community based policy

making. All are invited to participate. Come down and raise your voice to help

create a more fair and equitable food system in Los Angeles.

The conference is free (to ensure a lunch prepared with fresh locally-grown

produce, please pre-register).

When: Saturday, November 3rd

9:30 am registration

10:30 am-4:30 pm conference

Where: The Department of Water and Power Building

111 N. Hope St., Downtown LA

Morning Speakers will include:

Eric Garcetti LA city Councilman, district 13

Michelle Mascarenhas Director of the Center for Food and Justice

Debbie Field Food Share Toronto

Afternoon sessions will address the four issues above.

Lunch, child-care and Spanish translation will all be provided but you must

register as soon as possible.

Registration can be done on-line at www.uepi.oxy.edu or by contacting Corey

Bowers at (323)341-5092 or bowers@oxy.edu. Any other questions about the

conference can be directed to Garrick Ruiz at (323)341-5099 or


Endorsers of the A Taste of Justice Conference include:

Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness

Los Angeles Community Gardens Council

United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 770

Healthy School Food Committee

Los Angeles regional Food Bank

California Food Policy Advocates

Community Alliance with Family Farmers


SEE-LA/Hollywood Farmers' Market

Southland Farmers' Market Association

Coalition LA

Youth Organizing Communities

Communities for a Better Environment

GE Free LA

University of California Cooperative Extension Common Ground Garden Program

Community Food Security Coalition

CRSP/Los Angeles Eco-Village

Los Angeles City Councilmembers:

-Ruth Galanter

-Eric Garcetti

-Ed Reyes

-Jan Perry

-Janice Hahn

State Assemblymembers:

-Tony Cardenes

-Judy Chu

-Jerome E. Horton

-Jackie Goldberg

-Paul Koretz

State Senator Martha Escutia

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