Free International Women's Day Event

Benefiting: Oxfam America
Mar 7
Hosted by:New York Action Corps
March 7, 2013 at 8:00pm to
March 7, 2013 at 10:00pm
The Church of St. Francis Xavier map 55 W. 15th St. New York, NY 10011

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Celebrate and Advocate!

Join us this coming Thursday, March 7th in celebrating women who grow the world's food and organize to end hunger and poverty. At the event, we shine a spotlight on three outstanding women working in food justice. We will take action with the Behind the Brands initiative targeting the world's biggest food and beverage companies. Since many of us buy these brands, we deserve to know what happens to the people who grow and produce the food we buy. As consumers, together we have the power to find out.
  • 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.

Host Committee:
Oxfam Action Corps NYC -
American Jewish World Service -
Amnesty International -
Brooklyn Food Coalition -
Community2Community -
Edible Churchyard -
Green Bronx Machine -
Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Secial Interest Group of the Greater New York Dietetic Association -
Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization at Union Theological Seminary -
International Youth Council -
InterVarsity's New York City Urban Project -
Muslims Giving Back -
New York City Nutrition Education Network -
One Ummah Voice -
Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program -
St. Francis Xavier Church -
Tabitha Ambassadors Foundation -
The Hunger Project -
United Nations International School -
Urban Justice Center -
WhyHunger -



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