Documentary to Highlight Those Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty, Landlessness
Originally published in Food Tank
A documentary film adapted from the book Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé launched on Kickstarter in May 2017.
Fifteen years after the book’s original publication in 2002, Luis Medina, a graduate Food Studies student at New York University, hopes to bring these stories to the screen by traveling through four continents to discover people who find solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness in their communities.
“These stories need to be shared now more than ever. At this point in history, people fear for their democracy. Film has the power to engage our senses and compel us to act in ways a book does not,” says the director. “I believe all people want to make a positive difference in the world, to be of something bigger and life serving, but so often we are afraid and feel powerless. “Hope’s Edge” seeks to inspire us to take action by showing regular people around the world doing what we never thought possible.”
The book itself was a follow-up to Frances Moore Lappé’s 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which challenged the idea that society needs to produce more food to feed the world.
According to the Friends of the Earth report Farming for the Future, we produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Still, as consequence of a model of food production which significantly contributes to climate change, environmental degradation, and poor diets, around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger.
Hunger is not caused by a scarcity in food, it’s caused by a scarcity in democracy and unequal access to land, water, credit, and fair markets, preventing people from acquiring the resources necessary to feed themselves.
“Hope’s Edge” finds new spaces for people to find the courage to take action by showing others effecting change, challenging inequalities, and finding solutions to hunger, poverty, and landlessness around the world.
Click here for the “Hope’s Edge” Kickstarter campaign.
Read more on the Hope’s Edge website.
100+ food & ag groups stand with labor and tell Senators to Vote No on Andy Puzder nomination
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United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
January 30, 2017
RE: Nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor
Our organizations urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor. This nomination represents another in a string of Trump administration appointments that betrays the President-elect’s promise to improve the lives of working people.
As CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, Puzder’s nomination to an agency charged with protecting working people is rife with conflicts of interest. Puzder’s company has faced numerous Department of Labor violations for failing to pay the minimum wage or overtime: Sixty percent of inspections of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants found labor law violations and Puzder has opposed both raising the minimum wage and enforcement of overtime rules and mandatory sick leave. Puzder’s confirmation would ensure that the interests of the fast food industry—and its large meat and food industry suppliers—would prevail over the needs of hard-working people in the food system who face some of the highest rates of food insecurity due to low wages and poor working conditions.
Contrary to what Puzder and other corporate leaders at the National Restaurant Association say about good working conditions in the restaurant sector, the majority of restaurant workers are women and people of color, making as little as $2.13 per hour and rely on tips to survive. These workers face disproportionate rates of poverty, discrimination, and sexual harassment and deserve a Labor Secretary who believes that, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “All labor has dignity.” Instead, with the National Restaurant Association’s champion heading the Department of Labor, workers will have to rely on vocal opponents of labor regulations to protect their basic workplace rights.
On behalf of the many people and groups who are working for a better food system that provides nutritious food and livable wages and treats the land, farmers, and animals with respect, we the undersigned urge you to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder to Labor Secretary.
Puzder would be yet one more nominee working for the interests of big business over the interests of working people.
African American Cultural Center (Us)
Agricultural Justice Project
Alliance for Fair Food
Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance (BCCLA)
Black Urban Growers
California Institute for Rural Studies
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Food Safety
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Center for Urban Education for Sustainable Agriculture
Climate Justice Alliance
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Common Ground Community
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Community Food and Justice Coalition
Compassion in World Farming
Corporate Accountability International
Dakota Resource Council
Domestic Fair Trade Association
El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas, The Farmworkers’ Support Committee
Family Farm Defenders
Farmworker Association of Florida
Food & Water Watch
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Democracy Now!
Food Empowerment Project
Friends of the Earth
Grassroots Gardens WNY
Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council
HEAL Food Alliance
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
Health Care Without Harm
Idle No More Duluth
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
International Labor Rights Forum
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
Land Stewardship Project
Laundry Workers Center
Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University
Midwest Pesticide Action Center
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
National Black Food & Justice Alliance
National Family Farm Coalition
National Young Farmers Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
NC Environmental Justice Network
New Mexico Public Health Association
Ninjas for Health
North American Climate,Conservation and Environment
Northeast Organic Farming Association of
Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center
Organic Consumers Association
People’s Climate Movement NY
Pesticide Action Network
Phat Beets Produce
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Real Food Challenge
Real Food for Kids
Real Food Media
Roots of Change
Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural
Sacramento Food Policy Council
Slow Food California
Slow Food Chicago
Slow Food USA
Small Planet Institute
South Agassiz Resource Council
Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California
Springfield Food Policy Council
Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL)
Treasure Valley Food Coalition
Union of Concerned Scientists
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
US Food Sovereignty Alliance
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Warehouse Workers for Justice
Workers’ Center of Central New York
Young Workers United
Join the Real Food Media Team in Oakland!
EVENTS AND ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR
Part-time position: 20 hours a week
Location: Oakland, CA
The Events and Administration Coordinator supports the Real Food Media and the Office of Anna Lappé. Real Food Media, housed at Corporate Accountability International, is a collaborative initiative working with partners around the country to spark conversations about our food system, catalyze creative storytelling about sustainability and justice along the food chain and connect communities for action. Anna Lappé is the Director of Real Food Media and an educator, public speaker and author. Current projects include:
- Special Partnerships: In 2017, we are focused on our partnership with the Center for Good Food Purchasing and the Food Chain Workers Alliance and the national campaign to promote Good Food Purchasing nationwide (goodfoodcities.org). (Past projects include Voices of the Food Chain with Food Chain Workers Alliance www.voicesofthefoodchain.com).
- Public Engagement: Ongoing public education through Real Food Media events and speeches, webinars, workshops and more with director, Anna Lappé (annalappe.com). In addition, Real Food Films and Real Food Reads—an online film library and resource center (www.realfoodfilms.org) as well as a monthly book club—represent more of our public education;
- Food MythBusters: An online action center with resources to combat the most persistent myths about our food system (foodmyths.org);
- Food Movement Philanthropy: In addition to the work through Real Food Media, Anna Lappé is involved with other projects that this position supports, including food movement philanthropy through efforts such as the Small Planet Fund supporting grassroots groups around the country tackling the root causes of hunger (smallplanetfund.org);
Hours: Flexible days and schedule, prefer full days Mondays and Tuesdays in our Oakland office.
Location: 22nd Street and Broadway, Oakland, California and remote.
Terms: One-month trial period after which time this job description will be reviewed. We typically seek a one-year commitment. Three weeks is requested for notice of termination.
Job Description: This position is the go-to person for project administration, including fielding media and event queries and handling details for our events, both ones we produce and ones we participate in, including conferences, webinars and workshops (about 25 to 30 a year). In addition, this candidate supports our fundraising work as well as helps administer a small grantmaking program. Candidates must be adept at managing multiple deadlines as well as back-end administration. A successful candidate will be familiar with our work and excited about being part of a small team with big impact.
Event Production and Support, including:
- Coordinating and overseeing logistics for Real Food Media hosted or co-hosted events, likely two a year;
- Publicizing events via MailChimp listserv, Real Food Media websites and social platforms and supporting event hosts in other ways as needed and managing all event follow-up and further engagement;
- Responding to speaking requests for Director and coordinating all travel and logistics;
- Tracking all events for annual impact reporting.
Media and Communications, including:
- Promoting media about the Project as relevant via Real Food Media websites, MailChimp listserv;
- Drafting and scheduling communications with direction from Director of Programs + Partnerships;
- Responding to all email and phone inquiries and managing CRM system and email lists;
- Coordinating any program mailings out of the Oakland office;
- Tracking all media queries and media hits for annual impact reporting.
- Maintaining Real Food Media calendars and project management tracking related to events, workflows and fundraising calendars via Asana;
- Supporting Directors with preparing funding proposals, tracking deliverables and preparing reports.
Small Planet Fund Administration, including:
- Coordinating with RSF Social Finance to administer, track and report on the Small Planet Fund grantmaking.
- Passion for food justice and exposing corporate control of our food system;
- Familiarity with administration of a small non-profit or business;
- Strong communication skills and attention to detail;
- High degree of competency using Excel and Word;
- Self-motivated, highly organized team player with a collaborative spirit;
- BA or MA or equivalent experience in a field related to food systems and/or business/non-profit administration and/or communications.
- Familiar with event planning and logistics;
- Familiar with on-line sharing systems, like Box, and project management systems, like Asana;
- Familiar with WordPress or design programs like Illustrator;
- Experience in grant writing and reporting;
- Familiarity with other tools we use, including: Slack, MailChimp, Insightly, Typeform,
- Google Apps, SproutSocial/Online Data Analytics.
Compensation: Contractor position at $25.00/hour. Must have own computer.
Deadline: January 20th
To apply: Submit your resume and cover letter via our online application (https://realfoodmedia.typeform.com/to/Vw7dxG)
Real Food Media is a project of Corporate Accountability International and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or veteran status.