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Decolonize Your Diet: Celebrate Indigenous People's Day - Saturday, Oct. 8

Indian corn by ZakVTA,

Indian corn by ZakVTA,

As much of the country prepares to celebrate Columbus Day as "discovery" and commemorate the conquest as "progress," Phat Beets Produce and the North Oakland Farmers' Market invite the community to be a part of an alternative space to honor more than 500 years of cultural, spiritual and political resistance led by the world's indigenous peoples. 

The day will be filled with music, art, workshops, interactive cooking demonstrations exploring culinary colonialism and workshops by Poor Magazine, Stop the Gang Injunction and the Dismantling Oppression in the Food System Collaborative (Combating Culinary Colonialism). There will be a cooking demo by Tamales Oaxaca, Growing Justice Institute (and more). One can also see liberation art by Octavio De La Paz and live hip-hop featuring members of BRWN BFLO.

The event is being co-sponsored by People's Grocery, Planting Justice, Stop the Gang Injunction, Poor Magazine, Rooted in Community, Arlington Medical Center and Phat Beets Produce.

If You Go

Indigenous People's Day Celebration:Decolonize Your Diet!
Featuring "Combating Culinary Colonialism" workshop

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 8 (Alternative to Columbus Day Weekend)

Where: North Oakland Farmers' Market @ Arlington Medical Center 5715 Market St., Oakland

Why: A participatory exploration of how our diet and relationship to sacred and cultural foods and crops has been colonized and corporatized and what we can do reclaim our food system and our health.

More information and schedule available:

Phat Beets' mission is to provide equal, affordable access to organic fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes to North Oakland families through wholesale pricing. Supported by community events, Phat Beets facilitates youth in leadership roles engaging their peers in healthy eating and nutrition discussions through fruit and vegetable sampling. Phat Beets works to connect small farmers to urban communities via the creation of farm stands and farmers markets in local establishments.