Hello PHS participants!

Here is the outline for this coming week, which is the action component to last week’s Whats on the Table Session Notes.

Outline for Community Mapping

  1. Icebreaker
  2. Introduce community mapping activity + instructions
  3. Participants out in the community in groups for ~1.5 hours, meet back at the OC by 12:45 PM
  4. Lunch to 1pm
  5. Groups draw map of findings
  6. Groups share and discuss findings
  7. Debrief/feedback

In this session of the People’s Health Series, participants will:

  • Practice community outreach/organizing skills by participating in a community mapping exercise of Mount Pleasant.  The purpose is to document and gain a better understanding of food access and distribution in this neighbourhood and how it impacts the health of the people living here.  We will be split into groups of 4.
  • Come back to the OC and draw a map of your findings and identify the food assets and food needs of the community and how this relates to the structural and social determinants of health (recall the first session).
  • If there is time, we can look at local examples of community actions to improve food justice  (ie:  FACTS, Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Environmental Youth Alliance partnership w/ Food Bank).

Materials for this session:

1.       ReadIf Meat is Murder, What is Vegetarianism?” by Raj Patel.  http://www.stuffedandstarved.org/drupal/node/254

Don’t focus on the arguments for or against vegetarianism.  Instead, focus on the social barriers which prevent people from having more options when it comes to what they eat and how this impacts their health.  Also, focus on the concept of “supermarket red lining” and class.

2.       Please watch the following videos (all less than 5 minutes each):

Neela Sharma, Food Not Lawns in Los Angeles (discusses community mapping): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXFzWdGNPKg&NR=1

Oakland Food Connection: Educational Rooftop Gardening (example of how to tap into people power to make a project happen): http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=Gk2FF8wgWsU&feature=related

Just Us for Food Justice: Youth at Bioneers (from individual to collective revolutionary change for food justice): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWbGu3LIfVo

Also, here is the link for the “The People’s Grocery” video from last week: http://www.peoplesgrocery.org/

See you Sunday!