2020 Core Grantees

  • The Alliance for Fair Food , Immokalee, FL — to increase communications capacity to mobilize consumers and investors to join with farmworkers in demanding corporate food retailers end farmworker exploitation in their supply chains by joining the Fair Food Program. Funds will develop lasting staff skills in digital media mobilizing and help frame and develop core resources for socially responsible investors to shift them from unilateral actions to accountable actions in partnership with farmworkers.
  • Brandworkers, Long Island City, NY — to support the establishment of earned media relationship building systems and data infrastructure to support immigrant worker organizing in NYC area food factories.
  • Center Pole, Garryowen, MT — to develop Crow Voices, an indigenous community radio station, the first and only on the Crow Indian Reservation in rural southeastern Montana. Programming includes Crow traditional culture, food systems, natural farming, sustainability, sovereignty, and ecological stewardship. Crow Voices is part of the 20-year old organization Center Pole whose mission is to build knowledge, justice, opportunity and prosperity in indigenous communities with a focus on food sovereignty and decolonization education.
  • The Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC), Chicago, Illinois — to design a platform for collaborative communication. This project will enable strategic and collective messaging between diverse organizations working together across different focal points (labor, environment, health, racial justice, economic development) in the food system. A unified voice will serve to amplify collective impact toward centering the experience of Black and Brown communities to shift narratives about food and farming.
  • The Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, and members of Southern New England’s commercial fishing community — support to undertake a series of exchanges with partner constituencies, narrative training, and media outreach, with the goal of developing and promoting a widely embraced, actionable narrative strategy around climate change and energy reform that supports the resilience of local food producers — particularly wild seafood — while building bridges with other impacted communities.
  • The Food Chain Workers Alliance, a national coalition based in Los Angeles, CA — to support vital communications equipment and activities that support language justice capacity in programming; support the expansion of newly launched Food Workers Organizing platform; amplify FCWA and member campaign messaging through website, social media, and new communication mediums; and continue to shift the public narrative to uplift food worker voices in this important election year.
  • Food First, Oakland, CA — support for Writeshop, a process to convene frontline farm, food, racial, and climate justice movement leaders and articulate a shared, but diverse, vision for a Just Transition; starting with an intensive writing and strategic planning workshop to co-create core materials articulating this vision, followed by a multi-media campaign using the materials as a platform to inspire connections across movements and cross-sector organizing.
  • Grassroots International, with offices in Boston, MA, and work in West Africa — support for a project to strengthen the communications capacity of rural women’s organizations, through radio and other communications methods, with the aim of increasing awareness as well as public and state support of the women’s agroecology and food sovereignty movement in West Africa.
  • The Land Stewardship Project, with offices in Minneapolis, and the farming communities of Lewiston and Montevideo, Minnesota — to support work to shift the rural narrative on race in the Upper Midwest. The project will provide the training and communications support for the creation of a rural racial justice advocacy network of farmers and working class people speaking out on agriculture, race, and immigration.
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, MO — to support MRCC’s capacity, growth, and future sustainability at a critical time by investing in underlying communication and data infrastructure that will quickly engage people following a historic year of fighting against Big Ag in ways that lead to long-term organizational power in rural Missouri.
  • The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — to support a power-building process designed to increase the capacity and coordination of network communicators and develop a comprehensive communications strategy to advance the vision and actions outlined in the Pittsburgh region’s first countywide food action plan.
  • Rural Initiatives for Community and Ecology Association (RICE), Bangkok, Thailand — to support a capacity-building project for peasant communities and their movement, Assembly of the Poor, to enhance the digital literacy and communication skills, and to develop the communication and advocacy strategy at grassroots and national levels.
  • Eastern Woodlands Rematriation, Northeast, United States — to develop a comprehensive communications strategy to build a broad base of power for the rematriation of Indigenous food systems.