Who do you hold the door for?
A CSW66 Parallel Event
Earlier this year, in March, we held a virtual discussion for the 66th session on the Commission of the Status of Women through the United Nations. We presented "Food Sovereignty Between Power and Politics" that dove into the many aspects women all over the world face with farming; having access to good, clean food; and solutions to these issues.
The first question:
Our board member and the host of the event, Dr.Dimah Mahmoud, started the event off with a question: "Who do you hold the door for?"
When we come together and we create these spaces for people - our people and those who are consistently left out of these important conversations - who do you help create this space for? Who are holding that seat for so that they may one day join the conversation or benefit from it?
"I'm holding that door for those that are black and mixed, and are tokenized for being black and mixed. I'm calling them in to utilize their priviliges for the movement. I'm holding the door for all of the ghetto youth that are constantly forgotten. I'm holding the door for me and all of those who are younger. I'm holding the coordinate for the real weaving of black land and land back between black and indigenous communities. I'm holding the vision of parks departments utilizing their land for food sovereignty." -Amber Tamm
"The people I hold the door for are the small scale farmers, indigenous women, pasteurized fisher folk, and of course, all of us who consume food and who desire to have good food -and that includes myself." -Bridget Magambi
"I am holding the door for all people who feel disconnected & dislocated, because we've been uprooted and planted in places where we shouldn't be. I'm holding the door especially for our young people who find themselves lost and feel that they don't belong anywhere. And I'm saying that you do belong and you have the right to grow roots wherever you are." -Dee Woods
"I hold the door for every one of our women; our young women and our elders, who know that this is our time. - Who know what it means to hold the other half of the sky." -Dr.Dimah Mahmoud
"The space that I'm holding is to challenge the narrative that exists- that "Africans are poor", that "Africans are beggars", and actually show that there is something good that can come from the continent. We try to connect the North and the South to try and change this narrative." -Leonida Odongo
"I'm opening the door for ancestor, Thomas Sankara. He spoke fiercely on the colonial origin of debt. I also hold this space for thousands of black farmers who organized in 1999 to bring a lawsuit against the USDA for decades of anti-black racism. I definitely hold this space for all the ancestral wisdom, because they knew that debt was a way to dispossess & dislocate us from our lands and the pathway to liberation." -Tracy Lloyd McCurty
We invite you to watch the entire presentation on our YouTube!
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And we pass the question off to you: Who do you hold the door for?
EDFU Foundation held our first parallel event at the United Nation's ECOSOC Youth Forum!
This year, the United Nations held their ECOSOC Youth Forum virtually this year from April 19th-20th. This year's theme was: "Building Back Better from COVID-19 while Advancing the Full Implementation of the 2030 Agenda". (The "2030 Agenda" refers to the Sustainable Development Goals.)
The forum held workshops and dialogue opportunities for young people to talk to member states, stakeholders in civil society, and even private sectors.
EDFU Foundation had youth attend on behalf of our organization.
The forum held parallel events on April 18th, a day before the forum actually started. EDFU Foundation held our first parallel event at the Youth Forum. The event was titled "BIPOC Youth in Industry 4.0" and it was a continuation of our discussion from CSW66 and our panel on "Women in Industry 4.0".
The virtual panel was moderated by our president, Sheldon Williams, and our board member, Dr.LaWana Richmond. Our guests included Kevin Nichols, Nathaniel Rose, Lekiesha French, Ko Williams, and Daniel Laster. The panel gave light and voice to the need for youth interest in technology and its development. The young members of our panel had the opportunity to ask the guests in the industry questions and express their accomplishments, as well as their concerns.
Follow along with us, because we are not done with this conversation! We need to keep the interest alive for our youth and we need continue to talk about issues and opportunities for an inclusive and diverse future.
a parallel event
for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
On May 2, 2022, EDFU Foundation held a virtual panel discussion as a parallel event for the United Nations' Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
The panel was moderated by our founder and CEO, Sheldon Williams. Our panelists were Dr. Amara Enyia, Dr.Dimah Mahmoud, and Paul Old Leitura.
The panel was a discussion about Indigenous people and their cultures and how they are connected to the African Diaspora. We also bridge the United Nations forums to how we can use these stages and spotlights to amplify our voices, and we're giving a look into the new Permanent Forum for People of African Descent.
If you missed the panel, we encourage you to watch it on replay. The video can be found below and it is streaming from our YouTube Channel.
During the panel, our host and panelists shared some great links to help you continue to learn more about the topics and issues discussed. We have gathered those links for you here! While watching the replay of the panel, please feel free to refer back to this blog entry to find all of the links discussed in the video.
A report by the Oakland Institute about the displacement of the Maasai in Tanzania. This article gives the story and facts about the issues the indigenous Maasai face in being displaced by the Tanzania government.
A report by the Oakland Institute about what the Maasai are doing to fight for their land rights in Tanzania.
Our Afronauts podcast interviewed Eric Holt-Giménez, who is the Executive Director of the Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy In Oakland, CA. Eric spoke to us about how many of the foods we eat today came to be in the USA and how the indigenous peoples of these foods were exploited in the process.
If interested in African Food and Seed Sovereignty, watch this Seed Is Power Rally, cohosted by the Alliance of Food Sovereignty in Africa and A Growing Culture.
A powerful narrative about Seed Sovereignty in Africa by A Growing Culture. This video includes French subtitles.
If you live in the US, please consider signing this letter to support the call to Defund the Alliance of A Green Revolution in Africa.
EDFU Foundation at CSW66 2022
EDFU Foundation attended CSW66 virtually this year and held 7 parallel events between our organization and with our partners.
This was EDFU Foundation's 5th consecutive attendance at CSW and the 3rd consecutive CSW forum where we have provided parallel events. We were glad to provide educational, informational, and solution-based discussion on a variety of topics that effect the world. We were so happy to engage and meet with many who attended CSW66 from all over the world. We encourage you to leave comments and feedback for us. If you are an organization who would like to reach out to us to partner or work together, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduce inequality within and among countries.
What EDFU is doing to reduce inequalities:
EDFU Foundation is committed to bringing equalities in all forms and everywhere in all that we do and are a part of.
Our board is comprised of people from all over the world with various backgrounds and we open membership to anyone who has the same goals as our mission.
We have traveled around the world, including meeting with the Maori of New Zealand, the Nation of Hawaii in Hawaii, and the Ylê Asé de Yansã of Brazil to learn, unite, and help share resources so that we can level the field of opportunities and allow everyone to succeed. -We are working on a major project that includes this work entitled "Project Sankofa". Stay tuned as we start to reveal the details!
EDFU Foundation has participated in the United Nation's CSW forum since 2018 and we have held parallel events for it since 2019.
Join us there year, 2022, as we present panels that bring light and knowledge to big topics that focus on equality for developing nations and women.
What are ways that you can help reduce inequalities?
Do you feel your current job/place of employment offers equal pay for all?
How can your local and national politics be more inclusive?
Do you feel the global market is on its way to being equal?
How can developed nations help developing nations reach equality in social and economic forms?
What type of transaction fees do you witness that could be eliminated to help equality for migrants and level socioeconomics for all?
From The Global Goals:
A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. For this, we need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.
Do you think there enough jobs are being created in the tech industry to advance science and research?
Do you feel technological advancement is progressing in your country?
How can we increase access to technology for everyone?
How can we help developing nations build sustainable and resilient infrastructure? What are some current setbacks to this issue?
Giving Tuesday 2021
Thank you to all those who have donated to us during the biggest giving week of the year!
There is still time to donate and EDFU Foundation never stops working. We're always in need of help.
This week, EDFU Foundation stocked 3,000lbs of food and gave out 104 bags of groceries to the Oakland community.
Current Volunteer Needs:
If you missed it, make sure to check out this weeks Member Spotlight about our president, Sheldon Williams, and his work to celebrate Native American Heritage month.
Our president, Sheldon Williams, helped organize the United State's Coast Guard's (USCG) celebration of Native American Heritage Month on Base Alameda in Alameda, CA.
EDFU Foundation's president, Sheldon Williams, with the guest of honor, Rochelle Diver.
Grounded in Tradition, Resilient in Spirit
Mr.Williams is a Chief Warrant officer in the USCG and is active in promoting diversity and inclusion within the force. This year, he made sure the celebration was a success and honored America's indigenous community. He reached out our Rochelle Diver to be the 2021 guest speaker. Ms.Diver spoke about the history of the Native peoples in the Bay Area, the occupation of Alcatraz, and the Indian Treaty Council and how they went to the United Nations to urge them to create what we know today as the United Forum for Indigenous Peoples.
Rochelle Diver, Anishinaabe, is a member of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. She is currently a consultant for the International Indian Treaty Council’s (IITC), an organization of Indigenous Peoples from North, Central, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific working for the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition and protection of Indigenous rights, treaties, traditional cultures and sacred lands. Rochelle’s work focuses on the interconnectedness between environmental toxics, women’s reproductive health and health for Indigenous women, girls, and future generations. Rochelle feels a strong obligation to fight for clean air, water, and food sovereignty near her homelands in the Great Lakes region as well as around the globe. She has proudly represented her Nation and the IITC in various United Nation’s Treaty Bodies and mechanisms including the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has also organized grassroots human rights and capacity building trainings on environmental health locally, nationally and internationally. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University of Minnesota in Sociology and American Indian Studies and Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Information provided by SDG Compass.
Goal 8 targets:
Information provided by The Global Goals.
Graphic and information provided by the United Nations.
What EDFU Foundation is doing to support decent work and economic growth by 2030:
Edfu Foundation fully supports equality in the work place and in decision-making. EDFU Foundation's board currently has 3 women, including 1 that is an officer. We are always open to women joining our organization!
Trade In Africa
EDFU Foundation was a sponsor for our board member, Dr.Dimah Mahmoud's presentation and discussion of trade in Africa. The two-part series focused on the colonization and gentrification of trade in Africa with a focus on women.
Watch the discussions on our Facebook page.
DO YOU FEEL ECONOMIC GROWTH IS ON A SUSTAINABLE PATH IN THE AREA WHERE YOU LIVE?
IS YOUR CURRENT WORK PLACE DIVERSE?
WHAT ARE WAYS TO CREATE STABLE JOB GROWTH IN YOUR COUNTRY?
HOW CAN YOU YOUR WORK PLACE BE MORE RESPONSIBLE WITH CONSUMPTION?
IS THE PAY SCALE AT YOUR JOB FAIR AND EQUAL?
HOW CAN WE BETTER PREPARE THE YOUTH FOR EMPLOYMENT?
IS SLAVERY, TRAFFICKING, OR CHILD LABOUR AN ISSUE WHERE YOU LIVE?
DO YOU FEEL YOUR WORK PLACE IS SAFE?
IS BANKING EASILY ACCESSIBLE WHERE YOU LIVE?
HOW CAN DEVELOPED NATIONS AID DEVELOPING NATIONS IN TRADE?
EDFU's Bay Area Street Program held our 3rd annual Turkey Giveaway on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. We successfully gave away 50 turkeys to the Oakland, California community.
EDFU Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this years Turkey Donation a success!
EDFU Foundation would like to thank all of our Bay Area Street Pantry volunteers and the staff of the Melrose Library in Oakland, CA! Without all of you, we would not be able to continue to operate at such a high capcity. You all helped make this years turkey giveaway a success!
EDFU Foundation would like to thank our ANONYMOUS PayPal donor for their generous contribution!
Giving Tuesday is November 30, 2021
Giving Tuesday is fast approaching. Please, consider donating to EDFU Foundation on this special day of giving so that we can continue to provide quality programs like the Bay Area Street Pantry and Afronauts. Your donations also allow us to continue to present parallel events during CSW and other United Nations conferences and we happily highlight and share other organizations on this global stage. We have several methods for donations, as well as specific campaigns we're holding.
Here you will find both recent and past events and news from EDFU.