Learning About Equity & Justice: 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 key definitions, 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.


TAKE ACTION: Sign-on-Racism is a Public Health Crisis in Wisconsin


Understanding Racism and White Privilege:

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

“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”

Changing the Narrative about Native Americans: A Guide for 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 Conference Recommended Resource List

Me and White Supremacy

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice



Wisconsin Context Data:

Land-grab universities: Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system, 2020

Explore the land-grab universities maps, data, and interactive features 

COWS Wisconsin’s Extreme Racial Disparity, 2019

COWS Wisconsin’s Extreme Racial Disparity, 2017

COWS Wisconsin’s Extreme Racial Disparity, 2013

WI Dept of Health Services: Healthiest WI 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report 

UWMadison Pamela Oliver : WI Racial Disparities Project (criminal justice focused)

The Hmong Community Marks 40 Years in Wisconsin, 2016

Hmong in Wisconsin: A Statistical Overview, 2015

Nuestra Comunidad, Nuestro Futuro: A Latinx Community Portrait, 2019 

Cuéntame Más: A Report on the Current State of Latinxs in Dane County, Wisconsin, 2016

“Dane County Latino Workers Still Facing Outrageous Working Conditions”, 2016 and “Struggling for a Better Life: the State of Working Latinos in Dane County”, 2016

“Wisconsin’s dairy farms rely on immigrant workers, undocumented laborers”, 2020

“Under Trump, Wisconsin dairies struggle to keep immigrant workers”, 2017 

“Immigrants now 40 percent of state’s dairy workforce”, 2009 

“Eighty-four Percent of Students Arrested in Madison Schools are Black”, 2017

Justified Anger: Alex Gee op ed, Our Madison Plan

New Americans in Wisconsin, infographic, 2013

Contributions of New Americans in WI, 2016

“No state worse than Wisconsin for black children, says new national study”, 2014

Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children”, 2014

Race to Equity report, 2013

The Roadmap to Equity: A Two Generation Approach to Reducing Racial Disparities in Dane Co, 2018

“The most racist city in the U.S.?”

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

Wisconsin Food Security Project



Equity in the Food System:

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

Blackfeet Nation Food Sovereignty Strategic Plan, 2019-2024

Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Acces in Washington, D.C.

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, 2019

Racial Equity in the Food System Workgroup

“Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement”, 2018

“The Great Land Robbery: The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms”, 2019

“How USDA distorted data to conceal decades of discrimination against black farmers”, 2019

Why have America’s Black Farmers Disappeared?, 2019

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

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

“Draft Principles of Food Justice”

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

“Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: “Indigenous Food Sovereignty in North America”

“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”

Report: ‘Food Desert’ Gets a Name Change in Response to Baltimore Community Feedback, 2018

 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


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

“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”

Food Literacy for All 


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

Toward One Wisconsin Conference

White Privilege Conference

YWCA Madison: Racial Justice Summit


Have a Facebook or Instagram 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

Regional People of Color Business Association

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

First Nations Development Institute

First Nations of WI 

Food First

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc

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 and justice in the food system? Add your suggestions here.