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Planting Justice Provides A Green Way Back

We’re thankful to have received a $40,000 AHEAD grant that supports targeted economic development projects, deliver social services, training or educational programs, or other services and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income communities. Planting Justice co-founders Gavin Raders and Haleh Zandi believe that sustainable and organic food production can boost local economies and spur job creation while improving the health of our communities and of the urban landscape, in line with the mission of the AHEAD program. Read more about PJ’s transformative programs and mission here.

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Afrika Town Gardens

Planting Justice invites you to our workday on Sunday, May 3, at the Afrika Town Garden Collective, a project of Qilombo Community Center geared towards the radical, creative engagement and incitement of our neighbors within the McClymonds/ “Ghosttown” district and our supporting revolutionary activist communities. Join us in harvesting fall veggies, make nutritious feed, and craft healing medicine!

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Planting at the Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center

We made our return visit to the Stanislaus County Juvenile Detention Center where we had another opportunity to engage a small group of interested and bright minds. PJ staff worked with young men, mostly high school age, from around the Central Valley, and discussed mono-cropping and heavy machinery, and alternative, more sustainable agricultural methods. Read more to see how our food forest installation went.

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Permaculure Action Weekend at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm

In celebration of Earth Week and the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, Planting Justice invites you to a workday at the Gill Tract Community Farm! In addition to farming, there will be workshops, panels, and fun in the spirit of the 45 year history of the Gill Tract Farm. We hope for a week-long a community reflection -- multi generational, intersectional, discussing where we've been, where we are now, and what this moment calls on us to do in the interest of the next 7 generations.

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Oakland Hip Hop Green Dinner!

Register for the Oakland Hip Hop Green Dinner! Planting Justice, the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFAC), the Food Empowerment Project, and more are sponsoring 150 free vegan meals for attendees. Come eat delicious food while being entertained by local hip hop artists, informed by health professionals, and inspired by food justice advocates.

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4/15 Hop on the Bus: Boycott Sprouts & Fight for Fifteen

Sprouts is known for their low pay, labor violations and union-busting. Across the country, fast food workers and minimum wage workers are standing up and speaking out for their rights. On 4/15, we are shutting down Sprouts to protest their development of the Gill Tract, and to stand with workers across the country demanding $15 and a Union. Need a ride? Read more for details.

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Job Not Jails Budget Victory!

On Tuesday, March 24th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to pass a Jobs Not Jails budget that allocates half of the public safety realignment funding towards community-based reentry programs and services, instead of continuing to give the majority of the funding to the sheriff. Read more about the work behind this, and the implications for the future here.

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Urban Farmers Rally to Stop Destruction of Historic Farmland by Sprouts Supermarket

On March 14th, farmers and supporters of the Gill Tract Farm are gathering to demand that Sprouts "Farmers Market" stop their plans to pave over public historic farmland in Albany, CA to put up a big-box store. The farmers and supporters are demanding that all 20 acres of the historic Gill Tract be protected as an education and research center in urban agriculture and food justice, including a productive urban farm. Read more for details - join us in the fight to save the community.

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Creating Commons Festival 2015

Come celebrate PLACE’s 4 year anniversary, also coinciding with our neighborhood’s Golden Gate Second Saturdays. Come celebrate the Commons’ creation along with several other community organizations and neighbors to celebrate the re-imagination of the public commons! Join us for festival will feature local art, crop swapping, placemaking projects, and more.

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Workplace Justice Series on Racism and Police Violence

In response to the killing of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Planting Justice identified “Racism and Police Violence” as a form of oppression we wanted to address in our quarterly, day-long Workplace Justice trainings. After several months of Black Lives Matter direct actions taking place in cities across the U.S., Planting Justice staff members came together on a rainy day in January to dialogue about lived experiences of structural, systemic, institutionalized, and interpersonal racism, especially the impacts of police terrorism and the history of, as Angela Davis describes, “the unbroken line of police violence in the US that takes us all the way back to the days of slavery.” Read more to hear what we learned and discussed.

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Will Allen's 2014 Year End Letter

A reflection on 2014 covering everything from access to land, leadership opportunities, to climate change, by Will Allen, CEO and founder of Growing Power, an urban agriculture organization, the last functional farm within Milwaukee city limits. Growing Power aims for sustainable food production and community growth through the creation of local gardens.

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