Dear friends, neighbors, and allies:
We are calling on you to help us meet a crucial goal. It’s a modest one, with global impact. We are fundraising to send our beloved Council Director, Esperanza Pallana, to represent Oakland at the Slow Food International Conference next month. All she needs is a plane ticket to help bring Oakland to the table. At nearly half of our goal, we have raised enough money to get her to Italy and we need you to help us get her return ticket!
Esperanza is the beating heart of the Oakland Food Policy Council, and her leadership has resulted in some huge wins for food justice in Oakland. Two weeks ago marked a significant milestone for us; after four years of campaigning we finally got the Oakland Planning Commission to propose zoning changes to allow Oaklanders to grow food ‘by right’ and remove several costly barriers to urban agriculture. In addition to strategic organizing, Esperanza has helped form the culture and ethos of the Council, always keeping us true to our roots.
The Slow Food Conference is about the deep roots of food heritage, as well as the far-reaching growth of food movements. As a member of the Oakland Delegation, Esperanza will share our experiences in working for food justice, and learn about how producers around the world have overcome barriers to self-determine their food futures.
Final countdown: Help us meet our goal!
Please support Esperanza by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign. Esperanza is offering some inspired food rewards, and all contributions are tax deductible. Click here to send Esperanza to Italy!