Amy Laura Cahn

Staff Attorney
Public Interest Law Center
Amy Laura Cahn is a Staff Attorney and Director of Public Interest Law Center's Garden Justice Legal Initiative (GJLI). The GJLI uses law, organizing, and policy advocacy to support community gardeners and market farmers in historically disinvested communities. She currently serves as co-chair of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council and on the boards of the Neighborhood Gardens Trust and Bread and Roses Community Fund and is a co-founder of Bluestockings, one of North America’s remaining feminist bookstores.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Building Solidarity for Food and Land Sovereignty

This workshop is intended to harness existing and broad interest in food access, security, and justice to create accountable and anti-racist support movement building for land and food sovereignty. There is tremendous grassroots, often people of color-led, organizing happening in the North America to promote land and food sovereignty. Concurrently, an increasing number of sectors, including lawyers, planners, policy-makers, foundations, are bringing attention to food security. “Professionals” tend to remain in their silos, only reaching out to gather data or provide information about services or policies that have been designed without input from the people most affected by or in need of them. The reality is that researchers, attorneys, and policymakers do not always ask the same questions as gardeners, farmers, or community leaders. And because of this, the reality is that researchers, attorneys, policymakers, and foundations may not be asking the right questions. And, at the same time, individuals, unincorporated associations, community based organizations, and small business enterprises have the necessary expertise to guide the work and real resource needs that could be supported by others acting in solidarity. More importantly, individuals, unincorporated associations, community based organizations, and small business enterprises have the necessary expertise to guide the work, though may face barriers to getting the resources to act. We see this as a pivot place where folks acting in solidarity can get involved. Our goal, through this workshop, is to flip the script on how privilege plays out in potential food and land sovereignty collaborations.

Speakers: Amy Laura Cahn, Kirtrina Baxter