Hunger is a Racial Equity Issue

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In an excerpt from Conversations on Food Justice, a collaboration between Share Our Strength and the Aspen Institute’s Food and Society Program, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-1) moderates the discussion with former Obama Administration Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. and former Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4). “Systemic racism operates to create structural barriers… This is the system that we created over 400 years. If we want something different we have to actively work to dismantle those systems,” explains King. “The system suggests that there’s something wrong with trying to figure out how to feed yourself and your family, that there is something negative about doing all that you can to access food,” notes Edwards. “We could center healthy eating and nutrition in our public policy. We choose not to,” says King.

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Chellie Pingree

Chellie Pingree

U. S. Representative
Chellie Pingree is as the U.S. Representative for Maine's 1st congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, her district includes most of the southern part of the state, including Portland and Augusta. Pingree was a member of the Maine Senate from 1992 to 2000, serving as majority leader for her last four years. She is the first Democratic woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine.
Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards

U.S. Representative
Donna Edwards served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2017. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Edwards was the first African-American woman to represent Maryland in the United States Congress. In November 2008, Edwards defended her seat defeating Republican candidate Peter James with 85% of the vote.
John B. King Jr.

John B. King Jr.

President and CEO // The Education Trust
John B. King Jr. is a leading voice in education with experience as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems. He was most recently the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps in education. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education.

The Education Trust

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college, increase college access and completion particularly for historically underserved students, engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity, and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Chellie Pingree

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