Learning About Equity: A Resource List

Food Solutions New England has put together a robust list of learning resources for the 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Here are links to additional resources you could utilize. The following resources focus on issues of food justice and sovereignty, race and racism, data on racial disparities, and efforts or organizations advancing racial equity or food justice in Wisconsin and beyond. Our partners in 4H Youth Development also provided a list of equity-focused resources for educators and organizers working with young people.

Here is a list of “ground rules” offered to help facilitate respectful conversations about race and racism. This article on cultivating a “color brave space” is also excellent food for thought.


Food Justice:

“An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System” 

“Beyond Access: What the Movement for Black Lives’ Policy Says About Food”

“Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability”

“Draft Principles of Food Justice”

Growing Food and Justice for All: Intensive Leadership Facilitator Training homepage and resources

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: “Collected Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity.”

“Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System”

Natasha Bowens: “The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming.”

“Covering Food Deserts: Tips for bringing context to a complex story”

 Food First: Backgrounder Series on Dismantling Racism in the Food System:

  1. Introduction to series 
  2. Race and Corporate Power in the US Food System: Examining the Farm Bill
  3. More Than a Bingo Hall: A Story of Mashpee Land, Food, and Sovereignty
  4. The Roots of Black Agrarianism
  5. Everyone is Downstream
  6. Black Agrarianism: Resistance
  7. Decolonize Your Diet: Notes Towards Decolonization

Truth-out: Ladydrawers comic series telling food culture and justice stories of several activists and thinkers:

  1. Roots and Migrations
  2. Stinging Nettles
  3. Cultivation
  4. Cultivating Policy
  5. Food and Freedom

Wisconsin Context:

COWS analysis of racial inequities in Wisconsin

Cuéntame Más: A Report on the Current State of Latinxs in Dane County, Wisconsin

“Dane County Latino Workers Still Facing Outrageous Working Conditions” and “Struggling for a Better Life: the State of Working Latinos in Dane County”

“Eighty-four Percent of Students Arrested in Madison Schools are Black”

“Immigrants now 40 percent of state’s dairy workforce” 

Justified Anger: Alex Gee op ed, Our Madison Plan

New Americans in Wisconsin, infographic

“No state worse than Wisconsin for black children, says new national study”

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

Race to Equity report

Racial disparities in education, Wisconsin

Racial Justice resource list, YWCA Madison

Racial Justice resource list, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

“The most racist city in the U.S.?”

“Under Trump, Wisconsin dairies struggle to keep immigrant workers” 

Wisconsin Racial Disparities Project (criminal justice focus)

Wisconsin Food Security Project

Understanding Racism and White Privilege:

“Are you or your org guilty of Trickle Down Community Engagement?”

The Black Radical Tradition compendium

“Community Engagement Matters, Now More Than Ever”

“Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person”

“From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: A Life Long Journey”

Indigenous Action Media: “Accomplices Not Allies”

Ladder of Empowerment– People of Color

“Levels of racism: a theoretic framework and a gardener’s tale”

“Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize Equity”

University of New Hampshire- “Bias Free Language Guide”

“What is White Supremacy?”

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Videos and Broadcasts

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi: “The Danger of a Single Story

Dr. Camara Jones: “Allegories on Race and Racism”

Food Chains: the Revolution in America’s Fields

Netflix: 13TH

New Tribal Histories videos, WPT

“Pierce’s Northside Market closing sparks debate on food sovereignty and justice in Madison,” WORTfm “A Public Affair” broadcast

“#RaceAnd” 8-part video series, Race Forward

Vernā Myers: “How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them.”

LaDonna Redmond: “Food + Justice = Democracy”

Ron Finley: “A guerilla gardener in South Central LA”


Trainings, Conferences, etc.

Black History for a New Day- Justified Anger

Food Sovereignty Symposium and Festival 2017

Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit

Groundwork Anti-Racism Workshop Series, Living Room Conversations

Growing Food and Justice for All 2016 Gathering

Richard Davis’ Madison Institute for Healing Racism

White Privilege Conference

YWCA Madison: Racial Justice Summit


Have a Facebook profile? Like or join these pages and groups to receive news, organizational updates, and event notices prioritizing racial equity and/or food justice in Wisconsin and beyond


American Civil Liberties Union, Wisconsin

Center for Resilient Cities

Centro Hispano of Dane County

Economic Empowerment Wisconsin

Environmental Organizations Working Towards Equity

Equity Rocks group

Freedom Inc.

Groundwork Anti-Racist Collective

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative, page

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative, group

Growing Power, Milwaukee

Hmong American Farmers Association 

Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice

Race to Equity

The SEED Initiative

Justified Anger


Urban League of Greater Madison

Voces de la Frontera

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

Workers Rights Center

Young Gifted and Black, Madison

YWCA Madison

National news/culture/media sources and organizations:

Civil Eats

Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance

Decolonize Your Diet

Food First

The Color of Food

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development


Color of Change

Race Forward

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Policy Link

Center for Social Inclusion


Southern Poverty Law Center

Catalyst Project

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The Root

Rooted in Community


Resources for Educators working with Youth


How and why to talk to kids about race

Developing Culturally Responsive Youth Workers

Accomplishing Cross Cultural Competence in Youth Development Programs

Why Equity Matters in Youth Development

From Generation to Generation: An epidemic of childhood trauma haunts Milwaukee

Additional Resources:

Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Learning Resources to support Extension Educators reach at-risk, low-income children, youth, and families, and to ensure vulnerable populations continue to be part of Extension and 4-H programs and have access to resources and educational opportunities.

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

Teaching Tolerance Magazine + Facebook page

Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters!

Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing

Rethinking Schools + Facebook page

SPEAK UP: Opening a Dialogue with Youth About Racism 


And many more! Do you know of resources left off of both resource lists that would be helpful for deepening an understanding or commitment to racial equity in the food system? Add your suggestions here.