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Devour! Food Film Fest Includes Three 2016 Real Food Films Winners

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Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicenter of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The sixth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 2-6, 2016.

We wish them another awesome Film Fest and are proud to share that this year’s program includes three 2016 Real Food Film Winners:

The 2016 Grand Prize Winner Home Flavored

In this powerful and poignant portrait of a Latino American family, award winning Youth Speaks poet Monica Mendoza tells the haunting story of how corporations continue to colonize the bodies of her culture and how to we can return to our roots. Directed by Jamie Wolf, written by Monica Mendoza and produced by Youth Speaks.


Home Flavored | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

The 2016 winner for Best Producer Profile, Farmed with Love

Fed up with food safety problems in China, a mother in Shanghai returns to the farm to help rebuild her trust in the local food system through organic farming. Directed by Wang Yu and produced by Li Yang.


Farmed with Love | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.

The 2016 Grand Prize Runner up and winner of best cinematography, Naturali Tea

Beyond water, tea is the number one consumed beverage in the world. An organic Japanese tea farmer with over three decades of experience shows that soil health is essential for the environment and the future of tea. Directed by Jeremy Seifert and produced by Aaron Stair.


Naturali Tea | 2016 Real Food Films Winner from Real Food Media on Vimeo.


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Pop-Up Film Fest, Food + a Farm Tour

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This weekend we joined the Logan Square Farmers Market in Chicago for a sold out Pop-Up Film Fest that included a screening of the 2016 short film finalists and winners, a behind the scenes look at the aquaponic operation at Metropolitan Farms and snacks by Chef in the Hood.

The afternoon kicked off at Silent Funny, a living and breathing arts space and community hub in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park. Before the screening, participants explored the industrial space including a series of rooms filled with a variety of mixed media art works. Nearly 40 of us gathered for the screening with opening remarks by Whitney Richardson, the Logan Square Market manager and Kris De la Torre, our Chicago based Programs and Communications manager. The screening was followed by a discussion of food issues and initiatives in the Chicago area before we walked the two short blocks to Metropolitan Farm.

Benjamin Kant, Founder/CEO of Metropolitan Farms dropping some knowledge.

Benjamin Kant, Founder/CEO of Metropolitan Farms dropping some knowledge.

At Metropolitan Farm we were met with a warm welcome by Benjamin Kant, the Founder/CEO. Ben shared his tremendous knowledge about the science and art of raising tilapia and growing nutritious greens in the middle of an industrial corridor. The farm’s mission is to grow fresh food in the city – right where it is eaten. By doing so, they hope their work will result in a healthier, more secure and environmentally sustainable food system. They are an aquaponic facility built over concrete, converting a vacant industrial site into a productive growing space. The event wrapped up with delicious snacks by Chef in the Hood including tilapia and watercress greens from the farm. We were thrilled to participate in such an inclusive community-driven event. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it and to Logan Square Farmers Market for hosting a great afternoon.

If you feel inspired to host your own Pop-Up Film Fest get in touch! We offer plenty of resources to plan your own film fest, big or small.

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Pop-Up Film Fest: Food and Fun for All!

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Last night 125+ of our closest and newest friends came together for our first Pop-Up Film Fest of the year. It was a honor to showcase our ten Real Food Films finalists to an audience hungry for food system change.

Although the in-person film vote was split, we are certain everyone agreed that the snacks and drinks provided by our friends Alta Salsa, Sweetgreen, Shrub & Co., House Kombucha and St. George Spirits were winners all-around.

Thank you to our event partners Real Food Real Stories, Berkeley Food Institute, UC Berkeley GradFood, Student Organic Garden Association, The Berkeley Student Food Collective and the Bay Area Book Festival; our media sponsor, Civil Eats; and our incredible hosts at the David Brower Center.

Just in case you missed the evening, you can still host your own Pop-Up Film Fest using our finalist reel and Screening and Action Guide. All of the information is available for free here.

Finally, a huge thank you to Youth Speaks, the Bigger Picture and Gabriel Cortez for providing us with an amazing start to the evening — See below for Gabriel in action!

"Perfect Soldiers" – Gabriel Cortez {The Bigger Picture Project} from Wolf and Holmes Studios on Vimeo.

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Food Day / Film Day – October 24

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What are YOU doing this Food Day?

Food Day — a national day of action to spark conversation and promote real food policy change — is this Saturday. For our friends in the San Francisco Bay Area we are excited to share an event organized by EatDrinkFilms to celebrate great food with great films.

The EatDrinkFilms Food Day / Film Day Festival will pair films with tastings from local food purveyors. The festival kicks off with a selection of “Celluloid Appetizers,” short films from the Real Food Films Contest. The “Celluloid Appetizers” event is free and open to the public, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Exploratorium.

The festival will continue all day at The Roxie with the San Francisco premier of three films – In Defense of Food, El Somni and The Ways of Wine. For more information and tickets, click here

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Voices of the Food Chain: Dinner + Panel

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On November 18, 2016 join event hosts the Brower Center and Real Food Media for the launch of “Voices of the Food Chain.” This event will feature a family-style dinner and a conversation to celebrate the hands that feed us with food systems advocate Eric Schlosser, Joann Lo from the Food Chain Workers Alliance, restaurateur Alice Waters – and other special guests.

Click here for tickets & details.


Co-Sponsors: Berkeley Food Institute, California Institute for Rural Studies, Corporate Accountability International, CUESA, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Lexicon of Sustainability, Pesticide Action Network, Real Food Real Stories, Roots of Change, Real Food Real Stories, UC Berkeley Labor Center

Party Host Committee: Alexa Delwiche, Andre Carothers & Firuzeh Mamdouh, Anna Lappe & John Marshall, Carolyn Federman, Marcy Coburn, Neda Nobari, Pandora Thomas, Saru Jayaraman, Yalda Modabber & Matthew Stromberg

Media Sponsor: Civil Eats

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Whiskey + Pizza + Bite-Sized Food Films

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An Evening to Celebrate Real Food Media

Thank you to everyone who joined last night’s sold out crowd in celebration of Real Food Media. It was an honor to come together over two of our favorite things – whiskey + pizza – and dig deeper into our food system while sparking creative change.

If you missed the event we suggest you pour yourself a stiff beverage, order a pie from your favorite local pizzeria, and queue up some standout films from the 2015 Real Food Films Contest finalists: Food, Our Work Is Life, and Verrückt: The Snail Farmer of Vienna

Now dim the lights and you are ready to recreate the magical evening on Gather’s patio!

Thank you to our friends at Gather and Hudson Whiskey for your generous and delicious contributions that made the evening possible.

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Join us at TEDxManhattan on March 7th

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We are thrilled to be joining the TEDxManhattan lineup on Saturday, March 7 to announce the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Real Food Media Contest

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The entire day will be livestreamed on Saturday, March 7 from 10:30am-6:00pm EST. Last year there were 150 viewing parties around the world, sign-up to host your own or check out the map for viewing parties near you!

Follow the action on social via #TEDxMAN and connect with us @RealFoodFilms and @annalappe.

The winners of all other awards will be announced on our website following the LIVE debut of the Grand Prize Winner. Check back soon!

Speakers and topics include:

  • Nikiko Masumoto – Legacy of three generations of Japanese American family farmers. Masumoto is a farmer on the Masumoto Family Farm and co-author of The Perfect Peach.
  • Anim Steel – Food justice. Steel is Executive Director and co-founder of the Real Food Challenge.
  • Ali Partovi – What’s the real economics behind organic food costs? Partovi is an angel investor who has worked with Dropbox and Facebook and co-founded LinkExchange, iLike, and
  • Stephen Reily – How do cities build platforms to help the local food economy achieve sustainability and scale? Reily is an attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader, and founder of Seed Capital Kentucky.
  • Michele Merkel – What is legal is not always right – fighting for justice in rural America. Merkel is the co-director of Food & Water Justice, the legal arm of Food & Water Watch.
  • Marcel Van Ooyen – Scaling up local food distribution to take it from niche to mainstream. Van Ooyen is the Executive Director of GrowNYC and former Legislative Director for the New York City Council.
  • Robert Graham – Teaching doctors about the importance of food to health. Graham is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
  • Stefanie Sacks – How small changes in eating can make big differences. Sacks is a culinary nutritionist, author, radio show host, educator, speaker and consultant.
  • Joel Berg – The only real way to end hunger in America. Berg is Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  • Dana Cowin – The power of ugly vegetables. Why ugly, bruised vegetables are the future of food. Cowin has been Food & Wine’s editor in chief since 1995 and oversees the Food & Wine brand.
  • DJ Cavem – Health education through art and hip hop music. DJ Cavem is an international recording artist and 2014 Music Educator Award Grammy Nominee. He is the founder of Going Green Living Bling and Eco-HipHop.
  • Henry Hargreaves – How end-of-the-world doomsday preppers are thinking about their food. Hargreaves is a New York City based photographer and artist.
  • Shen Tong – The impact of venture capital money and investment dollars in the food system. Tong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, foodie, social activist, and writer. He founded Food-X, a food-business accelerator.
  • Kendra Kimbirauskas – The rift between the good food movement and the explosion of factory farms in the U.S. Kimbirauskas founded the group, Friends of Family Farmers, operates a farm in Oregon, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP).
  • Danielle Nierenberg – Why the food system will fall apart without women farmers. Nierenberg is a food and agriculture expert and president of Food Tank.
  • Danny Meyer – Fine dining and chain restaurants – the evolvement and overlap of the two. Meyer is the CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group. 
  • Debra Eschmeyer – Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy at The White House.
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Roll out the #greencarpet this Sunday

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Watching the Oscars next Sunday night? Our friends at Birchwood Cafe and Field Guide Inc in Minneapolis are having a “green carpet” screening of the Real Food Media Contest finalists before all the Oscars action kicks off. “What a great idea..,” we thought. (Minnesotans are full of great ideas.) If you want to host your own Oscars party – or are already going to one, let people know they can show up an hour early for some seriously inspiring short films. Cast your ballot for your favorites in food, farming and sustainability before you see how the Academy cast theirs for Hollywood’s red carpet revelers.


And the #NOMNOMination goes to…

What’s a list of nominees without showing some love to our favorites in food, cooking, eating, farming, recipe stand-ins, and all around culinary creations. Send a message to your favorite farmer, chef, potluck-er, or pot-licker!

@RealFoodFilms: “My #NOMNOMination goes to @alicewaters for donating cookbooks to share with those of you who love making messes in the kitchen!”


(And those of you who give shout-outs via a #NOMNOMination on twitter, facebook or instagram will be entered into a drawing to win one!)

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2014 James Beard Foundation Food Conference

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Health & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?

October 27-28, NYC and tune in via Livestream

For decades, a growing evidence points to food as the key to improving the health of our bodies, as well as the health of our communities and our environment. Our food choices are informed—consciously or not—by policy, society, economics, marketing and, of course, personal preference. Increasingly, food is being touted as a method of prevention, as well as a prescription for better health.

The James Beard Foundation Food Conference will convene a diverse group of thought leaders to examine the way food supports and encourages, or confuses and fails us, individually and as a society, to be healthy.

Our speakers and provocateurs will include leaders in agricultural technology, nutrition science, processing, manufacturing, policy and public health. They will challenge and widen our perspectives and offer solutions to improving the impact food has on our health. You’ll never think the same way about what you eat again.

Speakers and Panelists Include:

  • Mark Bittman, Author and Columnist, The New York Times
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, Chair, Medical Ethics and Health Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania, Former Senior Health Policy Advisor on Health Care for The White House
  • Toni Griffin, Founder, Urban Planning for the American City
  • Dr. Tim Harlan, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Tulane University
  • Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy, the White House
  • Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University
  • Michael Pollan, Writer/Journalist and Professor, University of California, Berkley

A full agenda and more information is available by visiting the JBF Food Conference website.


Watch the archived footage of all the speakers and panelists from the 2014 JBF Food Conference.

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Connect with Sustainability Leaders in Portland

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We’re excited to announce that Contest founder Anna Lappé is delivering a keynote at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference & Expo in Portland, OR on October 26 – 29. Themed Innovation for Sustainable Economies & Communities, the Conference will also feature a keynote from Greenpeace USA Executive Director and “Story of Stuff” creator Annie Leonard. With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America. In one of the most innovative sustainable cities in North America, attendees from around the world will come together at AASHE 2014 to network and share new innovations, activities, frameworks, learning outcomes, tools, strategies, research, theory and leadership initiatives that are changing the face of sustainability on their campus and surrounding communities.

Check out the full schedule for the Conference & Expo

facebook_icon_email_footer Follow announcements and updates on the AASHE 2014 Conference & Expo facebook page

Student Summit

The energy of AASHE Student Summits is infectious and a highlight of the conferences. These summits bring together hundreds of students from around the world to share ideas, ask questions, challenge each other and be inspired by sustainability champions like co-founder Bill McKibben (2011 Student Summit keynote speaker), Solar Mosaic founder Billy Parish (2012 Student Summit keynote speaker) and Fight for Light co-founder Markese Bryant (2013 Student Summit keynote speaker), and this year Contest founder Anna Lappé will be delivering a keynote during the Student Summit.

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Photo: Raj Patel with students at AASHE 2013

These summits are a must for:

  • students just learning about sustainability issues
  • seasoned sustainability student leaders
  • professional development
  • gaining the skills and knowledge to lead the sustainability transformation


Student Summit lineup: Sunday, October 26, 2014

7:00 AM 8:30 AM Registration Opens
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Welcome & Opening Keynote with Andy Keller
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Morning Workshops
12:00 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 3:30 PM Afternoon Workshops
3:30 PM 4:45 PM Closing Keynote with Anna Lappé

* All Student Summit attendees are encouraged to attend the Opening Keynote and Exhibit Hall Reception on Sunday evening.

Please visit this page to view the student summit sessions.

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This weekend! GreenFeen Juneteenth Summit in Brooklyn

Bridge11Registered guests receive a one-night hotel stay courtesy of our sponsor She Soars.

For a full description from the event website:

DiorNoel is the founder of GreenFeen, a startup recycling company designed to teach a sustainable culture. As an active member in her community DiorNoel will bring representatives from her networks to help Bridge the Gap for Juneteenth Summit.

Intergenerational relationships are accomplished through action. This summit will coordinate the various skills people have to build a greater network that help sustain local economies with an emphasis on old and new knowledge. By organizing people with common goals, DiorNoel uses her degree in Urban Sustainability to promote human interconnection.

Juneteenth is a nationally celebrated commemoration marking the official end of slavery in the United States. Although President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers landed in Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now truly free.

To celebrate the past, present, and future experience of the African Diaspora, community activist DiorNoel will host the first Juneteenth Summit to include panel discussions, live performances, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

We celebrate the PAST by highlighting the farmer with a short-film screening from 2014 finalists of the Real Food Media Contest. We will also feature Executive Chef Linda Chesterfield who will do a healthy cooking demo. We celebrate the PRESENT with a mixer including young and seasoned professionals. We celebrate the FUTURE with a panel discussion on Sustainability and what it really means to cultivate this for the future.

The Professional is a person seasoned in their field of work, displaying advanced skill and the ability to educate the next set of employees. You are the leadership young professionals look to for guidance! Join us and become a team leader during our mentoring breakout sessions where your invaluable knowledge can help inspire younger generations.

The Young Professional is a person eager to learn more about their field by displaying ingenuity and passion for becoming a future leader. Whether you are in high-school, college, or a recent graduate YOU are the inspiration children look up to when they see your success! Join us for our mentoring breakout sessions where you have the opportunity to network and build your future.

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OUR LAND: a Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

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If the Real Food Contest finalist film OUR LAND resonated with you – here’s your chance to discuss the issues at the heart of farmland access today with leading voices in the field. A truly important event — not to be missed. If you’re in or near the Bay Area, see the full lineup of speakers and events throughout the weekend. The OUR LAND series is the comprehensive look into the real challenges and creative frontiers for new farmers, led by Severine v T Fleming and the Agrarian Trust.

OUR LAND: a Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century

April 26 + 27, Berkeley CA

Wheeler Hall at UC Berkeley and the David Brower Center


Agrarian Trust, a program of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 Symposium on Farmland Access in the 21st Century: OUR LAND.

In the next 20 years, an estimated 400 million acres of farmland will change hands as 70% of current farmland owners retire. Meanwhile, entering farmers struggle to compete with non-farming landowners for access to prime farmland, particularly in peri-urban areas. This dilemma of farmland succession is shared by Greyhairs and Greenhorns alike, who all hope for a more sustainable and resilient farming future.

We will examine this imminent inflection point from historical, ecological and political economy perspectives, and address both practical and philosophical approaches to transition. With both national and international speakers joining to reflect on this topic, we expect a full room and a lively convening of stakeholders.

Speakers include:

  • Joel Salatin
  • Kathy Ruhf
  • Gary Nabhan
  • Gloria Robinson
  • Wes Jackson
  • Raj Patel
  • Gayle Mclaughlin
  • Anuradha Mittal
  • Elizabeth Henderson
  • Eric Holt Gimenez
  • Reggie Knox
  • Severine v T Fleming.



Through the lenses of history, ecology, political economy and direct experience, our speakers will address both practical and philosophical approaches to transition.  As a nation we face a landmark decision; we can lose our land to commodification, toxic monoculture and corporate concentration, or we can move this land into sustainable, regional food production with more farmers, more owners, more regional resilience.

Please join us on April 26 + 27 to join the conversation about farmland access and transition.

This event is presented in partnership with Chelsea Green Publishing, The David Brower Center, Berkeley Food Institute, California FarmLink and Roots of Change.

All lectures will be recorded as podcasts for farmers and others who cannot make it in person. To get the lectures, join the email list.

Read up on the event details and reserve your ticket today at 



Severine v T Fleming, Managing Co-Founder, Agrarian Trust

Kristen Loria, Events Coordinator, Agrarian Trust

office (at) agrariantrust (dot) org


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COMMUNITY VOICES: Documentary Film Screening | Orange, CA

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Ambassador spotlight on the fantastic work coming out of Chapman University and the Community Voices program led by Sally Rubin. If you’re in the Orange / Anaheim / Los Angeles area — head on over to Dodge College for what is bound to be a meaningful night and an inspiring event.

“The power of documentary portraiture to convey the nuance and subtlety of human experience is undeniable. The Community Voices program offers our students the opportunity to explore this magic while simultaneously being of direct and impactful service to the causes they care about right here at home, in Orange County.”
– Sally Rubin


COMMUNITY VOICES Documentary Film Screening

Thursday, 5/12 at 7pm

Folino Theater, Dodge College


Community Voices is a social issue documentary film program that links Chapman University documentary film students with Orange-County based organizations. Each semester, groups of students produce short character-driven portrait films that highlight causes the partner organizations aim to serve. The films are then used in the outreach and fundraising campaigns of these organizations, and are distributed via PBS broadcast, online streaming, educational distributors, and festival release. Community Voices films have won numerous festival awards and accolades, and have been seen by tens of thousands of television viewers in Southern California. Please join us as we celebrate these students and partner organizations. The screening will be followed by a panel with the filmmakers and a reception featuring delicious, FREE food.


Screening Details:

Thursday, May 12th at 7pm
Dodge College
283 North Cypress Street, Orange, CA 92866
On street parking is available
No RSVP necessary
Contact with questions



Films include:


by Andrea Suleiman, Yvette Chou, and Nayobi Maldonado-Ochoa
Organization: Goodwill OC
This film tells the story of Roger, an Orange County resident who, plagued by bipolar disorder and a difficult past, struggles to overcome the demons that keep him from the satisfying, independent life of his dreams.



by Sarah Huffman, Matt Rogers, and Rachel Howell
Organization: Mental Health Association of Orange County
A homeless woman with an artistic gift tries to get her life back on track, in the face of many odds.



by Carmen Carrillo, Joey Fischground, and Nicholas McDonald
Organization: Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies
A high school junior crams for the SAT’s while trying to help raise her family, the fulfillment of her college dreams resting on the outcome of one exam.



by Marisol Diaz, Chris Denton, and Colin Arp
Organization: Old Orchard Conservancy
An Orange County activist fights to save the last orange orchard in the county from development.



by Casey Acaster, Sydney Guthrie, and Shaneika Lai
Organization: The Wyland Foundation
An Orange County activist fights to save the last orange orchard in the county from development.



by Michael Gutierrez and Megan McKeown
Organization: El Viento
As the United States rests on the cusp of substantial immigration reform, one young man considers whether or not to pursue the benefits behind the DREAM Act.

With many thanks to The Dhont Family Foundation for their generous support of the Community Voices initiative.


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