The weather is cooling down for fall but we’re just getting warmed up.. for bridging interracial gaps that is. We are beginning a collabo program with Rethink – 9 months of education on food justice with 14 young people, ranging in age from 12 to 22. Together, we will become stronger advocates by learning about the food history of major ethnic groups in New Orleans, maintaining a plot on the VEGGI farm and forming our own solidarity economy.
This past weekend, we broke the ice by retreating it out at Caritas in Abita Springs. Over meals and team-building activities, we got to know one another better. We even went on a little hike in the back woods of our house. Daniel, Nam Thu and Victoria provided Vietnamese-English translation for 4 of our young people who are not English proficient (there are 5 but 1 was not able to come), and we had to learn how to make our multilingual space comfortable.
It is quite late but here is the fjcollective newsletter for August.