(Kitchen) Counter Intelligence
Section 1 (all online): Tuesdays 6-9 PM PST April 3 – June 19 (12 weeks)
Section 2 (Huichin/Oakland): Wednesdays 6-9 PM PST April 4 – June 20 (12 weeks)
The recovery of the people is tied to the recovery of food, since food itself is medicine: not only for the body, but for the soul, for the spiritual connection to history, ancestors, and the land. The sustainability of land-based life rests on the biodiversity of traditional agriculture, the life stuff for pollinator diversity, and the web of life itself.
-Winona LaDuke, Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming
What would it taste like for our families and communities to decolonize our diets at this moment in time? What revolutions in industrial practice must we incite so we can nourish the palates of our future generations with vibrance and power? We’ll cover food justice, seed saving, food sovereignty, the biotech industry’s attempts to monopolize agriculture, food deserts, recipes as knowledge production, culinary appropriation, and more. Join us in this interactive & intimate season reclaiming our taste buds & foodways- it’ll be our most delicious yet.
seasonal devotion: This season is devoted to our precious pollinators, insects, animals, plants, soils, waters, Earth, sun, elements, & the seed-savers, recipe-keepers, farmers, hunters, fishers, foragers, and other agricultural & culinary workers who feed us. And to our loved ones who’ve been poisoned, diseased, displaced, and colonized by the agricultural & biotech industries. May not one more of our relatives be toxified by corporate merchandise, addictive additives, chemical fertilizers & pesticides, labor exploitation, neocolonial food policy, monocultures of the mind, the torture of factory farms, or the distortion of our relationship with food as they seek nourishment, vitality, sweetness, work, or the fulfillment of their role in a balanced ecosystem.
Seasonal Learning Objectives (& whatever you co-create)
- Unlearning transactional relationships with corporate merchandise advertised as ‘food & beverages’
- Detoxify/heal your relationship w/ nourishment (diets, merchandise, fast food, disordered eating, etc.)
- Supporting food sovereignty for participants and their communities
- Nourish justice for agricultural workers & a transition out of industrial agriculture
- Take concrete steps to decolonize your diet & experience food as medicine (rather than poison)
Weekly Schedule (subject to change)
- Intro to season
- The World According to Monsanto (video)
- Soul Food Junkies (video)
- Decolonizing Indigenous Diets Dr. Waziyatawin (book chapter)
- Food as Medicine- The Recovery of Traditional Foods to Heal the People Winona LaDuke (book chapter) & Wild Rice (video)
- Earthlings (minutes 1-46 & 1:21:00-end)
- consciousness-raising session
- Why sahlab (and hummus) still aren’t “Israeli”
- In New York City, farmworkers are hunger-striking to protest Wendy’s
- Womb Ecology & Our Ancestor’s Taste Buds (audio) & Seeds of Our Ancestors (video)
- ‘Aina & Culture-based Education (audio) & The Sioux Chef (video)
- Goodbye Mrs. Ant (film)
- Blue Gold: World Water Wars (film)
- The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (film)
- Sugar Coated: How the Food Industry Seduced the World One Spoonful at a Time (film)
- Food Empowerment Project (organization)
- Planting Justice (organization)
- MESA (organization)
- anything from Dr. Vandana Shiva
Assignments (All optional & strongly encouraged)
Please complete as much of the assigned materials as possible before each gathering. Give yourself time, as this material is deeply challenging and merits space to process. If you’re not able to complete the entire assignment for a class, feel free to still attend, though. If there are words or concepts you’re unfamiliar with, try to look them up. Please consider watching the films with others (documentary night!) to spread awareness & dialogue. Feel free to jot down questions that arise while doing the work.
To ensure the potency of our collective knowledge-production, (un)learning, and community building, no new participants will be able to sit in after Week 2.
Please let me know at your earliest convenience if you plan to be late or miss a gathering so that we can plan accordingly.
Also, please bring a journal and something to write with each week.
Note* This course will be audio recorded, primarily for folks who may miss a class so that they can access the recordings before our next gathering. Feel free to take this into consideration as you share with whatever level of discernment you prefer.
Since I’m committed to taking seriously questions of access and privilege, this season is offered for $240 per participant to be paid in full by the first day of class. (This is the equivalent of $20 a class). If it’s literally impossible for you to donate this, let me know.
Decolonize Maiz by Ernesto Yerena Montejano (with permission)
Liberation Spring is exactly what I was looking for before I dared let myself imagine it: a space where my full self is welcomed, nourished, necessary. A place to unlearn and learn that centers indigenous women and women of color’s genius and is fiercely decolonial. A community dedicated to healing from violent paradigms that would have us separate our minds from our bodies from our spirits from each other. A project whose aim is nothing less than our collective liberation. An invitation to step into my/our power, grow my/our knowledge and skills, and set my/our imaginations wild and free. Because we are the ones we’ve been waiting for. So what are we waiting for? – T.A.