Umoja Community Builders Summer Internship
For the summer of Community Builders 2009 we are focusing and researching the topic of food justice. We discussed the topic of food justice, and the problem of food deserts. When we say food justice we mean each community having the same access to food. When we say food desert we are referring to a lack of grocery stores in a specific area. While researching we noticed that North Lawndale is suffering from a food desert because of a lack of grocery stores in the area. Us thirty- five teenagers decided to find a solution to this problem. In the course of the second week we visited an organization called Green Youth Farm, where other teens learn how to grow organic foods. After researching we have created several questions to produce a survey, which we passed out to the community later on that week. Once during every week, we attend Free Spirit Media to gain knowledge of the process of making a documentary. When we are there we learn to edit footage, produce a soundtrack, and generate texts. What both Community Builders and Green Youth Farm are doing is only two parts to the solution. The last part requires the assistance of the residents in the North Lawndale community to take action.
By: Shanobia Davis and Jasmine Coleman
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A Day With Community Builders By Damion Hardy
I walked into the classroom where the Community Builders internship was taking place. I walked next to the table were the sign in sheet was at and began to sign in. And suddenly I hear a intense conversation being held by the white team. The conversation got so intense that I decided to walk over there and see what the conversation was about. When I walked over there I found out that the conversation was about food deserts in the North Lawndale Community. Jermaine was talking about how black people live up to all the statistics that people set for them. and i was about to jump into the conversation and i realized that i had to go to my group instead of jermaine's group.