Dear VINES community,
From day one, VINES has worked toward building a local food movement that is inclusive of all and that grows community by connecting people through positive and empowering endeavors. Food justice is social justice, and it is VINES’ mission is to create a just and sustainable food system. These two things go hand-in-hand. People of color are the most severely impacted by hunger, poor food access, diet-related illness and other problems with the food system. If we are to have food justice for all, we must examine the structural roots of these problems.
It should not take the tragic deaths of so many, including George Floyd, Amhaud Arbrey, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade, to catalyze our nation to act to correct the deep injustices faced by people of color. Yet this is the moment we are in, and in this moment we must raise our voices. We state unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with those who seek to bring about racial equity and to dismantle systemic racism.
For some, this is a very difficult and uncomfortable conversation to have. VINES is here to be part of this conversation and to sit with the discomfort that must be faced if we want real change to happen. We will continue to do this and work to be better at it; bridging the divides that separate us, and we look forward to doing this work together.
We would like to share with you the following resources that we find both impactful and helpful in understanding these issues and learning about what we can all do to achieve a community and a world that is just.
VINES Board & Staff