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Author Povitz, Lana Dee, author.

Title Stirrings : how activist New Yorkers ignited a movement for food justice / Lana Dee Povitz.

Publication Info. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (xii, 344 pages) : illustrations.
Series Justice, power, and politics
Justice, power, and politics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A taste of what it takes: United Bronx Parents, school lunch, and the struggle for community control -- Hunger doesn't take a vacation: United Bronx Parents and New York City's first free summer meals program -- Life is with people: community and cooperation in the Park Slope Food Coop -- Better to light a candle: Ganga Stone and the joy of service at God's Love We Deliver -- If you know somebody, call them up: food advocacy and the beginning of the Community Food Resource Center -- Perhaps our brightness blinds: service provision and the Community Food Resource Center.
Summary "In the last three decades of the twentieth century, government cutbacks, stagnating wages, AIDS, and gentrification pushed ever more people into poverty, and hunger reached levels unseen since the Depression. In response, New Yorkers set the stage for a nationwide food justice movement. Whether organizing school lunch campaigns, establishing food co-ops, or lobbying city officials, citizen-activists made food a political issue, uniting communities across lines of difference. The charismatic, usually female leaders of these efforts were often products of earlier movements: American communism, civil rights activism, feminism, even Eastern mysticism. Situating food justice within these rich lineages, Lana Dee Povitz demonstrates how grassroots activism continued to thrive, even as it was transformed by unrelenting erosion of the country's already fragile social safety net. Using dozens of new oral histories and archives, Povitz reveals the colorful characters who worked behind the scenes to build and sustain the movement, and illuminates how people worked together to overturn hierarchies rooted in class and race, reorienting the history of food activism as a community-based response to austerity. The first book-length history of food activism in a major American city, Stirrings highlights the emotional, intimate, and interpersonal aspects of social movement culture"--Publisher's description.
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Subject United Bronx Parents (Organization)
Park Slope Food Coop.
God's Love We Deliver (Organization)
Community Food Resource Center (New York, N.Y.)
God's Love We Deliver (Organization)
Food security -- New York (State) -- New York.
Food supply -- New York (State) -- New York.
Community-based social services -- New York (State) -- New York.
Food cooperatives -- New York (State) -- New York.
Consumer movements -- New York (State) -- New York.
Social movements -- New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Povitz, Lana Dee. Stirrings. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019] 9781469653006 (DLC) 2018059438 (OCoLC)1089260410
ISBN 9781469653037 electronic book
1469653036 (electronic book)
9781469653006 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1469653001 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781469653013 paperback ; alkaline paper
146965301X paperback ; alkaline paper