District 4 Cook Eat Talk Listening Session

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How do you feel about your food in your community?

Detroit Food Justice Task Force
COOK EAT TALK
A Menu for Food Justice

Imagine the solutions and energy our city could have if everyone who lived here had access to good healthy food, knew why it was their best option, and took pride in it and their health as an investment in their neighbors and the future of Detroit.

We are inviting YOU to come together with your neighbors to enjoy some seriously tasty AND healthy food while talking about how we can grow a healthy Detroit by addressing and taking action against real disparity, our humane right to food security, and resource gaps in OUR city!

Join us to break bread and talk about food in Detroit.

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District 4 Cook Eat Talk Listening Session
Grassroots-led organizing for Food Justice
Thursday, May 1, 2014  – 5:30 – 8 pm
Metropolitan Community Tabernacle Church
11435 Morang Dr. Detroit 48224
RSVP Contact: Myra Lee, Program Coordinator
(248) 736-4249info@detroitfoodjustice.org

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Detroit Food Justice Task Force
4750 Woodward Ave, Suite 216
Detroit, MI 48201
http://detroitfoodjustice.org
http://facebook.com/detroitfoodjustice
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Cook, Eat & Talk with Our Kitchen Table

by Stelle Slootmaker, OKT communications officer

In Grand Rapids, Our Kitchen Table is gearing up for the growing season with a new series that brings community together around the dinner table for healthy food and political education. Launched on Friday March 23, the first “Cook, Eat and Talk” attracted more than 50 neighborhood folks.

Middle Eastern chef and director of TigerLilly Arabic Academy, “Mama” Wafa Haddad, prepared Mediterranean dishes with the crowd that featured herbs that OKT gardeners will grow this summer: chives, thyme, mint, basil, sage and parsley.

Haddad’s hands-on approach had the men and women in attendance taking part in the preparation of each dish. The recipes are posted on the OKT website under “Resources.”  During preparation, Haddad shared the health benefits of foods used in the easy to make dishes. In less than an hour, the group was all enjoying a nutritious feast.

Why Cook, Eat & Talk?
Our Kitchen Table, a grass roots environmental justice (EJ) organization, addresses issues such as air pollution, lead poisoning, infant mortality, asthma, obesity, food insecurity and the institutional racism that is at the root of all of these issues. The group approaches the work by working with community through popular education and addressing policy at the local, state and national level. These political issues are not easy to address within community—especially when relationships are just beginning to bud.

However, introduce food, fun and conversation across the dinner table and people go home with more information than they would ever digest from a PowerPoint lecture. Community has traditionally come together at the table. Cooking healthy food together not only provides opportunity to learn about healthier lifestyle choices, it also creates a climate where issues of injustice can be discussed and addressed.

OKT hosted a second Cook Eat and Talk on April 13. The third will take place May 5 at Sherman Street Church in Grand Rapids. If you happen to be on our side of the state, please join us.  Check our website for other upcoming events, including our “Plant, Eat and Talk” series which kicks off in June at one of our demonstration gardens.

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Action: Please Support Blair’s Memorial Fund

 

David Alan Blair “Blair”, age 43, born September 19th 1967, passed away Saturday July 23rd. David grew up in Newton, New Jersey but came to call Detroit his adopted home. He is the son of Hildegard Blair and (the late) Herbert Blair.

Blair was an award winning multi-faceted artist: poet, singer-songwriter, writer, performer, musician, community activist and teacher. In the words of Metro Times journalist Melissa Giannini, “Blair focused his work on the hope that rises from the ashes of despair.”

A 2010 Callaloo Fellow and a National Poetry Slam Champion, his first book of poetry, Moonwalking was recently released by Penmanship Books. Blair, as a solo artist, and with The Urban Folk Collective, self-released more than 7 records in the last ten years. His most recent album, The Line, with his band The Boyfriends, was released in 2010 on Repeatable Silence Records.

Throughout his life, Blair performed at venues, large and small, across the nation and around the world. He was nominated for 7 Detroit Music Awards, including a 2007 nod for Outstanding Acoustic Artist. He was named Real Detroit Weekly Readers Poll’s Best Solo Artist and The Metro Times Best Urban Folk Poet. In 2007, he won the Seattle-based BENT Writing Institute Mentor Award. As well as being the recipient of numerous awards, he taught classes and lectured on poetry and music in Detroit Public Schools, The Ruth Ellis Center, Hannan House Senior Center, the YMCA of Detroit, and at various universities, colleges and high schools across the country.

Blair has friends and fans on almost every continent. He will be greatly missed by the loved ones he left all too early. He is survived by his mother, Hildegard (Smith), and his siblings: Herbert Blair of PA, Tony Blair of NJ, Walter Blair of FL and Joy Blair Swinson of NJ. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

And every raindrop falling from the sky
is like a tribute to the blue skies following behind,
And every raindrop falling to the sea
is like a testament to a new life that will come to be.

~Blair

His family and friends have set up the David Blair Memorial Fund to help with the costs of his memorial service. You may donate by clicking on the button on the top right corner of this page. Any funds raised beyond these immediate expenses will be used to create a fund in his honor for Detroit artists in need of healthcare.

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