It's finally happening: I get to pretend I'm the Barbara Walters of food (a long time career goal!) and interview people from all perspectives of our food system. Today I recorded the first official episode of Lunch Agenda, one of 30 new shows that together make up Full Service Radio at the new Line Hotel in Adams Morgan, DC. I'm grateful to Jack Inslee, the creator of Full Service, for the opportunity and for doing the technical stuff so this luddite can get on the mic :-)
The first Lunch Agenda series, Groceries for All, will explore why, in our nation’s capital, good food still can’t be taken for granted. To kick off the series, I interviewed Dominique Hazzard of DC Greens, who planned the march. Dominique talked about why the march mattered, and then shared one action Lunch Agenda listeners can take in their daily lives.
Dominique is the Community Engagement Specialist at DC Greens, where she coordinates outreach for the city's Produce Plus program and supports community advocacy efforts. Dominique is also a proud Anacostia resident, an organizer with the DC chapter of Black Youth Project 100, and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow in History at Johns Hopkins University.
Dominique's Action Item for a better food system:
"Sign up for our advocacy contact list bitly/dcfoodjusticeadvocacy. We will email you. This is real! We really want to get everyone who cares for this issue connected and involved."
Other links we talked about over lunch:
Black Youth Project 100: Dominique is an organizer with the DC chapter, and is involved with other organizations like Black Lives Matter DC. After leaving the cozy radio recording booth, she would be joining them at the Anacostia metro station to handle potential encounters with law enforcement around Metro's new policy to no longer allow passengers to board a bus or exit a rail station if it would lead to a negative balance on their SmarTrip cards.
Fair Food DC: The Grocery march was made possible by coalitions like this one.
The Green Scheme: Dominique said that the spoken word poet we heard from works with this great non-profit that promotes environmental sustainability, health awareness, and social justice.
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