Surely two of the biggest social justice movements of the 1960s were working together? Yes, they were — but the shared history of the Black Power and César Chávez movements isn’t well known. The Black Panthers supported the United Farm Workers’ grape boycott by directing members away from Safeway in 1969, among other interesting collaborations. Here, Nikki Henderson tells why the heirs of these two movements might want to join forces.
About Nikki Henderson, executive director, People’s Grocery:
Nikki leads a team invested in creating place-based change and health parity through improvements to the food system in West Oakland, CA. Since arriving at People’s Grocery in 2010, Nikki has strengthened the connection between those interested in solving food access challenges and those invested in health and economic parity, through citywide alliances with labor and environmental justice, expanding partnerships with health
institutions, and leadership development programs. Nikki previously worked for Green for All and Slow Food, national organizations pursuing food, health, and environmental progress.
This talk is part of Session Two: Movement for TEDxFruitvale, which was held on October 14, 2011 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The conference’s theme was Harvesting Change, and it focused on farmworkers, labor and other social justice movements, and fair labor practices in business.http://www.tedxfruitvale.org/
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