Hi Readers! Ayisah Yusuf here one of the 4 awesome youth food justice activist working on the Youth Food Justice Zine.
I wanna draw your attention to a little post from last April I wrote on my blog: https://iceturtlegirl.wordpress.com if you ever wanna check it out.
Food what a wonders thing. It fuels our bodies and helps get us through the day. But food can have its draw backs as well. You eat too much you get fat so you eat too little and your too skinny. So many rules of what to eat, how to eat and what you should and should not eat. But if food is suppose to help nourish your body then why is there always a big fuss over it. Food should be comforting, nourishing, tasty, beautiful and full of love. Food is a gift from your our Earth Mother (most of it) and she is a loving mother and she takes her time to grow (with help from us) our food for us to consume. Her lushes fruits and nuts her beautiful veggies ready for picking right out of the ground and her herbs from plants that heal us when we are sick. When we take the food she has provide for us and start to over analyze this food then it becomes less about the love and more about eating just to stay alive. For me food is life! To worry about how some food may make you fat is taking food for granted. Eat if your hungry that’s what food is there for. Of course try to eat the right kind of foods that only come from Mother Earth and not from a factory and be healthy about your decisions but eat. Take the time to pick your food from the Earth and cook your food with fresh ingredients and take the time to really taste and savor the food you have just prepared. I feel love is the key to life and food is love so we must learn to love eating for the power of love. If the creator made you fat or skinny they must of had a reason and as long as you eat healthy and live a loving life through food you might just gain or loose that weight ;D
PS- A nice jog or walk through Mother Earth might also help 😉
Food for me is a cultural & spiritual connection to our Mother Earth. Growing up the food I ate was very diverse coming from different cultural backgrounds. I started out my food journey as a vegetarian just like my dad. My parents wanted to raise me very healthy & from an Afro-centric/Muslim standpoint . My parents have these friends who always made the best spinach pie, falafel and baclava. Then you had my dad who is from NOLA and loves to eat grits. He also used to try and get my family to drink smoothies which at the time felt awful but I’ve wised up lol. When I was about 7 or so my sister introduced me to soda & McDonalds on a trip to the beach. I got hooked for a while (not on the soda but on the McDs) which my dad always says ruined me lol. So I went through my fast food fase till I was about 12 & then I wised up. Then it became the constant struggle of learning to eat veggies again.
Growing up my parents had many people from different cultures stay at my house as well as travel with them so I got to try different cultures food in that way too. They also had a diverse group of friends from different cultures who would cook for us as well. People from Africa- Senegal who stayed at my house made this drink called Bissap which was like their version of iced tea. Then some close friends to my mom would make us some traditional Trinidad food like Pelau which is chicken & peas. Then when I visited South Dakota when I was 8 and stayed on the Lakota reservation I ate a lot of Indian tacos, fry bread & buffalo (which was really good). And when I was 9 I visited Guatemala and got to enjoy the fresh cooking of Tortillas for every meal fresh off the stove. You can say I’ve had a interesting connection with food from all these different cultures which is why I think I look at food so highly. All those cultures in someway have a connection to the earth & spirit and put a lot of love in the food when they cook it. ❤️
Ok I hope you enjoyed my blog post for this week & I hope you will help us put out a really dope Youth Food Justice Zine that we can spread around and youth you are not or don’t know about Food Justice hyped about it. Here are all the details on how to do that below:
Until next time blog world stay safe & go play in the dirt and grow, eat, love, live! 🌎🌱❤️
Who are we?
A group of four activists that are passionate about youth, and food justice!
Meet Ayisah, Victoria, Beatriz, and Miyuki.
What are we doing?
Making a zine that lifts up the voices of youth food justice activists as well as intergenerational narratives around youth power within the context of the United States.
How can you help?
We want to include as many voices in this zine as possible! Send us your art (drawings, lyrics, slam poetry, photos, collages, rhymes, reflections etc.) and writings around food justice work. Know of any amazing youth groups doing work around food justice? Know of someone in your community that needs to be interviewed? This is your opportunity to do some multimedia investigations and send us your results. You can also help us out by sharing this call for submissions in your social media networks and in person to friends who might be interested in submitting.
Topics for submission: General
Food as medicine
Youth & Food
Food & Race
Food & Gender
Topics for submission: Detail
Good Food For All
Community Food Projects
Health and Nutrition
Affordable Healthy Food
Farm Worker Rights
Restaurant Worker Rights
Justice for Food Workers
Living Wages, no matter what their Citizenship Status is
Paid Sick Leave
Knowing where your food comes from.
Food Stories & Histories
Food & Culture
Food & Nutrition Education for All
Resisting GMOs (Labeling, banning)
Urban & Rural Farming/Gardening
Food and Institutions
Food Stamps/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Child and Adult Feed Programs
Emergency Food (Food Pantries, Food Banks, Soup Kitchens)
Food Corporations (accountability, industrialization, junk food marketing)
What do we mean by youth power?
Although no movement should be exclusively youth led (we believe movements should be intergenerational), we believe that youth power and creativity in movements is crucial to collective liberation. Togetherness is the only thing historically that has shifted struggle or built power.
Youth have influence in changing policies that affect them and have the right to self-determination.
Knowledge plus action is Power and Power is used to Create Change.
Empowers youth to be leaders who know how to take care of land & people alike.
Provides a platform to learn about the exploitation occurring in food systems around the world.
Respects and holds space for youth voice and action around issues that impact them directly. Honors that youth who are impacted by an issues are best positioned to create solutions for addressing those same issues.
Send all submissions (see below for guidelines) to:
or by mail to:
Zine Project C/O Beatriz Beckford
505 8th Avenue
New York NY 10018
Deadline for submission is April 1st 2015 by 5pm EST.
Content can range from:
information about group activities,
to any type of cultural and political expression.
This will be a half-size zine. Submissions should be 1-4 pages.
Along with your submission, please include a brief (one sentence) bio and contact information; submissions can also be made anonymously.
We will go through a consensus-based editorial process. If you send us a submission, we will be in touch with you to let you know if your piece has been accepted.
We welcome all kinds of submissions. Text-based submissions should be in .doc, .rtf, or .txt format, and artistic submissions should be 300-600 dpi .jpg .tiff or .pdf files. Make sure each page is 5.5” x 8.5” (half letter) or 8.5” x 11” (full page).
If you have questions about format, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission is April 1st 2015 by 5pm EST.
For more info, visit our website at: youthfoodjusticezine.wordpress.com and follow us on facebook: facebook.com/youthfoodjusticezine and on Twitter: @youthFJzine
WhyHunger’s Food Justice Voices series was created to support and amplify the voices of people working to regain control of their communities’ food system. Telling their own stories, these individual leaders and communities are on the front lines shaping the movement to alleviate food insecurity and build food justice across America. WhyHunger believes that telling one’s story is not only an act of reclaiming in the face of the dominant food narrative of this country, but also an affirmation that the small acts of food sovereignty happening across the country add up to a powerful, vital collective. Learn more at whyhunger.org