Celebrate and Advocate!
- Leticia Alanis, executive director of La Union in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
- Tanya Fields, founder of The BLK ProjeK
- Winnifred Lee, farmer, and volunteer with Oxfam Action Corps NYC
Moderator: Sarah Kalloch, senior advisor, campaign alliances at Oxfam America
Leticia Alanis is co-founder and executive director of La Unión in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. La Unión is an organization of people of the global south working to advance the social, economic, and cultural rights of the communities where they now live and the communities they left behind, many in the state of Puebla, Mexico. One of these rights is access to healthy foods. Alanis writes, “My goals are to advance social justice goals through dialogue and common action, through my service to the empowerment of those affected by policies but that rarely have a voice on their creation or implementation and working with those that have decision-making authority to make systems work better for people.”
Tanya Fields is executive director of The BLK ProjeK. This organiztion seeks to address food justice, public & mental health issues as they specifically relate to under-served women of color through culturally relevant education, beautification of public spaces, urban gardening and community programming. She has worked with Mothers on the Move’s environmental justice committee, and has served as Outreach Coordinator at Sustainable South Bronx as an advocate for residents. Simultaneously, she is building a media company that seeks to unite women of the African Diaspora through media, entertainment, and community projects. Recently, after being disinvited to speak at a conference on the food movement, she organized an event on February 16th entitled Not Just Talk: Food in the South Bronx. Her vision includes a democratic system that gives power back to communities and promotes sustainability.
Winnifred Lee grew up in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. After graduating from Baruch College, she worked in a midtown law firm, saving up to become a farmer. Since 2010 she has worked on a variety of farms, including Wassaic Community Farm alongside members of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and others from New York City communities targeted by racism. The farm transported freshly grown vegetables to communities in the Bronx, while also facilitating urban consumers' participation on the farm. As a volunteer with Oxfam, she has lobbied US Senators and Representatives on climate change, supports for small-scale food producers, food aid, and a global development strategy. She was a co-leader of Oxfam Action Corps NYC from 2009 to 2010.