Tacoma and Food: Creating a Food Equitable City

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This session addresses the 2010 Race and Pedagogy Conference subtheme "Innovations in Partnerships for Educational Justice." Using Tacoma, Washington, as a case study for food-related injustice and a site of innovative grassroots solutions, the session highlights the relationships between food access and equity, food cultures, racism, and systemic causes of injustice. Participants connect the personal and the systemic; share their own experiences over a vegetarian meal, then discuss the realities of food choices in Tacoma through a series of food maps. Finally the group collaborates on identifying and acknowledging strategies for a shared vision of healthy, sustainable, equitable food cultures in Tacoma. The video of this session begins with the participants' meal (7 min.), then a welcome from the organizers (11 min.), who introduce a "food map" which links 2000 Census data on income with the locations of grocery stores and convenience stores and the price of food. The attendees then discusse assigned questions at their tables (8 min.), followed by reports from the groups of their discussion (35 min.). Participants also view a scene of interracial dialogue from the 1960s documentary "A Time for Burning" (6 min.) and a presentation by William Haltom on Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and racist stereotypes (11 min.).

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