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Conexión Américas
Conexión Américas is a nonprofit that assists Latino families in realizing their aspirations for social and economic advancement by promoting their integration into all aspects of life in Middle Tennessee. Programs include Mesa Komal, a shared kitchen for food entrepreneurs with priority given to  low-income and immigrant applicants.

Healthy and Free Tennessee
Healthy and Free Tennessee promotes sexual and reproductive health and freedom in Tennessee by advancing policies and practices which recognize these elements as essential to the overall well-being of all individuals and communities.

Healthy Nashville
Healthy Nashville is an initiative of the Metro Public Health Department and a collaborative effort among planners, policy makers, health and social service providers and community members. The Healthy Nashville community health improvement process is a community-based effort to improve the health and well-being of Davidson County residents.

Healthy Nashville Leadership Council
The Healthy Nashville Leadership Council was created to mobilize community initiatives to achieve improvements in health, specifically to address underlying contributors to chronic diseases include unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and tobacco use. The Healthy Nashville Leadership Council is supported by the Metro Public Health Department.

Homes for All Nashville
Homes For All Nashville is a community association dedicated to ending displacement by building the organizing capacity of working class renters in Davidson Co., Tennessee.

Jefferson Street Art Crawl
Happening every fourth Saturday, this event engages the North Nashville community through a night of art creation and art appreciation that is completely open and free to the public.

Nashville Area Farmers' Markets
A 2018 guide to farmers' markets in and around Nashville.

Nashville Civic Design Center
Founded in 2000, the Nashville Civic Design Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of Nashville's built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a more beautiful and functional city for all.

Nashville Food Policy Council
The Nashville Food Policy Council engages City/County policy makers, consumer interest groups, retail food industry, local agriculture industry, youth leaders and faith- and community-based organizations, to strengthen and align efforts to create food system change in the community.

Nashville Food Project
The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food, with the goals of cultivating community and alleviating hunger.

Trap Garden
Founded by “Rob Veggies” Horton, The Trap Garden is a social enterprise that provides a sustainable source of healthy, high quality foods and offers innovative solutions to the physical, financial, and educational shortcomings in food insecure communities. Their mission is to help build, sustain, and empower low-income communities by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating.

Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville
Showing Up for Racial Justice Nashville is a chapter of SURJ, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.

WeHome Podcast
WeHome gets strangers talking in the rapidly changing Nashville neighborhoods of Wedgewood-Houston and Chestnut Hill. People are invited to tour each other’s lives and tell each other stories; their interactions are captured and shared via podcast.


Isabelle Anguelovski, “Healthy Food Stores, Greenlining and Food Gentrification: Contesting New Forms of Privilege, Displacement and Locally Unwanted Land Uses in Racially Mixed Neighborhoods,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 2015, vol. 39, issue 6, 1209-1230.

Erica Ciccarone, "Historically Black North Nashville Is Creating Cultural Spaces That Matter," Nashville Scene, April 26, 2018.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," The Atlantic, June 2014.

Dara Cooper, "Reframing Food Hubs: Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and
Self-Determination in the South
," Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion, February 2018.

John T. Edge, "The Question of Dinner," Oxford American, Spring 2018, Issue 100.

Richard Florida, "It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality," City Lab, January 18, 2018.

Steven Hale, "History Repeats Itself in North Nashville," Nashville Scene, June 7, 2018.

Courtney Jung, "Our mandatory breast-feeding fetish: Race, class, big business and the new politics of motherhood," Salon, November 27, 2015.

Miranda Peterson and Cathleen Kelly, "Making Nashville a More Livable and Sustainable City for All," Center for American Progress, March 9, 2017.

Benjamin Schneider, "The American Housing Crisis Might Be Our Next Big Political Issue," City Lab, May 16, 2018.

Willy Staley, "When ‘Gentrification’ Isn’t About Housing," New York Times, January 23, 2018.

Ruth Tam, "You shame my culture's food — then make it trendy," Chicago Tribune, September 1, 2015.

Linda Villarosa, “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis,” New York Times Magazine, April 11, 2018.


Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents upon gentrifying landscapes. Through digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events, the project renders connections between the nodes and effects of new entanglements of global capital, real estate, high tech, and political economy. It studies the displacement of people but also of complex social worlds as certain spaces become desirable to such entanglements.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. The Alliance centers Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

Block By Block: Renter Nation Assembly Toolkit
A practical resource for individuals and organizations involved in struggles against displacement and gentrification in United States cities, this toolkit provides a roadmap for organizing a successful Renter Nation Assembly, bringing together renters, low-wage workers, seniors, immigrants, youth, LGBTQ, union members, formerly incarcerated, and others who do not have affordable homes.

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, NYC. They provide evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food.

Food First
The Institute for Food and Development Policy, better known as Food First, works to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education, and action.

Just Food
Located in New York City, Just Food has since 1995 been a pioneer in food justice and advocacy for sustainable agriculture, with emphasis on community-driven solutions to inequities in our food system. Just Food galvanizes engaged individuals to develop thriving communities that have the power to feed, educate, and advocate for each other.

National Black Food and Justice Alliance
National Black Food and Justice Alliance is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for Black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work.

Right to the City Alliance
The Right to the City Alliance is building a strong housing and urban justice movement in America and beyond. The idea of a right to the city frames and activates a new kind of urban politic that asserts that everyone, particularly the disenfranchised, not only have a right to the city, but as inhabitants, have a right to shape it, design it, and operationalize an urban human rights agenda.

Sistersong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.

Southern Foodways Alliance
The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Our work sets a welcome table where all may consider our history and our future in a spirit of respect and reconciliation.

Undesign the Redline
An interactive exhibit, workshop series, and curriculum that explores the history of structural racism and classism, how these designs compounded each other from 1938 Redlining maps until today, and how we can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality.


Wendell Berry, What Are People For?: Essays
Ranging from insatiable consumerism and household economies to literary subjects and attitudes toward waste, Berry writes candidly about the ills plaguing America and the growing gap between people and the land. 

John T. Edge, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
A people’s history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades. The Potlikker Papers was the 2018 choice for the citywide Nashville Reads program.

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, And What We Can Do About It
Fullilove examines three different U.S. cities to unmask the crippling results of decades-old disinvestment in communities of color and the urban renewal practices that ultimately destroyed these neighborhoods. 

Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation. 

Julia Turshen, Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved
From cookbook author Julia Turshen comes this practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including a dozen of the healthy, affordable recipes Turshen is known for, plus over 15 more recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs.

Justine M. Williams and Eric Holt-Giménez (eds), Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States
With prefaces from leaders in the food justice and family farming movements, Land Justice opens with a look at the legacies of white-settler colonialism in the southwestern United States. Ultimately, the book makes the case that to move forward to a more equitable, just, sustainable, and sovereign agriculture system, the various strands of the food movement must come together for land justice.