Sustainable Communities Network is a  commnity-based  non-profit organization located in Lexington, Ky that endeavors to educate, inspire, build, create and empower sustainable cities

2011 Fundraising Letter
with highlights of our work in 2010

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SCN Annual Report 2009

Back 2 Nature project Report

Youth GreenCorps Report

GROWLEX Community Garden Manual

God's Worms

SCN Presentations

School Garden Workshop

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Structural racism in food




Tribal Sovereignty


Structural Racism in the Food System

Learn more about The Center for Inclusion's highly sophisticated framework for understanding modern oppression and the connection between racism and the Food System. Offers a powerful history lesson on the development and maintenance of the US food system as seen through the lens of race and class. Audio lecture with power point (83mins).


VISIONS Inc. is a nonprofit enterprise that provides training and consultation to organizations, communities and individuals seeking to achieve greater effectiveness in a multicultural setting. The Food Project has used their services for program development.

Dismantling Racism
The Dismantling Racism process is designed to help leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism, both in the organization and in the community where the organization is working.

Growing Food and Justice Initiative
The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative (GFJI), hosted by Growing Power, Inc. is a new comprehensive network that views dismantling racism as a core principal that brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

American Psychological Association
The APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, sponsored a three year initiative that sought to enhance the capacity of professional psychology to promote and support community efforts that value diversity. The Valuing Diversity Project's objectives are: to assemble a database of model programs to assist in communities addressing diversity; assist two communities in the adoption and adaptation of model efforts; and disseminate lessons learned.

AntiRacismNet provides both an online resource for the activist community and a portal offering information about anti-racism activities to the general public. As a public portal, AntiRacismNet features news that gives context to information about present-day racism, promotes anti-racism organizations, and highlights actions in the fight against racism.

Applied Research Center
The Applied Research Center is a public policy, educational and research institute whose work emphasizes issues of race and social change.

Aspen Institute Roundtable for Community Change
The Roundtable on Community Change is a forum for people engaged in the field of comprehensive community initiatives (CCIs) to discuss the lessons learned by initiatives across the country and to work on common problems they are facing. CCIs are neighborhood-based efforts seeking to improve outcomes for individuals and families and improvements in neighborhood conditions by working comprehensively. Additionally, CCIs operate on the principle that community building -- that is, strengthening institutional capacity at the neighborhood level, enhancing social capital and personal networks, and developing leadership -- is a necessary aspect of transforming distressed neighborhoods.

Association for the Study and Development of Community
The Association for the Study and Development of Community (ASDC) is a research and development organization for community capacity building and social problem solving. ASDC is a values-based organization. They are committed to promoting and supporting the social justice, health, economic equity, and well being of all people. ASDC pays careful attention to the lessons learned from previous research and practice, and combines them with the experiences of participants. Recognizing the influence of culture on individuals and communities, ASDC considers approaches and methods that build on and respond to cultural traditions and assets.

California Tomorrow
California Tomorrow has built a strong body of research and experience supporting individual, institutional, and community change work around matters of diversity and equity in: public schools, community building organizations, family serving institutions, early childhood programs, private philanthropy, and the after school/youth development arena. Its mission is to create a just and inclusive multiracial, multicultural, and multilingual society by promoting equal access to and participation in major social, economic and educational resources and institutions, and embracing diversity as a great strength.

Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research (CPEPR, pronounced "sea-pepper") is a student-initiated center created at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Education. CPEPR's mission is to promote and support popular education and participatory research in order to strengthen the participation of everyday people -- especially the poor, youth, immigrants, and people of color -- in efforts for social justice.

The Crosspoint is the Net's biggest collection of links in the field of Human Rights, Anti-Racism, Refugees, Women's rights, Anti-fascism, Shoah, as well as links to Jewish organizations, Migrant organizations, and others.

Diversity Central - Diversity Statistics
The website lists statistics from several areas such as: Corporate Boards, Death Row, Entrants to the workforce, Hispanic female executives, and the number and percent of people who need transplants.

The Center for the Study of White American Culture
The Center supports cultural exploration and self-discovery among white Americans. It encourages dialogue among all racial and cultural groups concerning the role of white American culture in the larger American society. They believe the task of building genuine and authentic relationships across racial and cultural lines is crucial to the future wellbeing of America.

Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Our mission is to help renew the civil rights movement by bridging the worlds of ideas and action, and by becoming a preeminent source of intellectual capital and a forum for building consensus within that movement.

Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
GCIR seeks to move the philanthropic field to advance the contributions and address the needs of the world's growing and increasingly diverse immigrant and refugee populations.

IMPACT Silver Spring
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

Institute for Race and Poverty (IRP)
IRP’s general mission is to seek to create a better understanding of racialized poverty and its implications. IRP pays particular attention to social, fiscal, and growth dynamics and how these impact racialized poverty and are affected by regional policy.

Leadership Conference for Civil Rights
civilrights.org is a collaboration of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. Its mission: to serve as the site of record for relevant and up-to-the minute civil rights news and information.

Maplewood/South Orange Coalition
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The Network is a national organization composed of local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights and labor organizations, and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the general public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues.

National Organizers Alliance (NOA)
NOA's mission is to advance progressive organizing for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice and to support, challenge, and nurture the people of all ages who do that work.

The mission of PolicyLink is to lift up and advance, from the wisdom, voice, and experience of local constituencies, a new generation of policies that achieve social and economic equity, expand opportunity, and build strong, organized communities. In working to fulfill this mission, PolicyLink is working at the local, regional, state, and national levels to develop and advocate for policies that support community building, including anti-poverty, income enhancement, neighborhood revitalization, and asset/wealth creation strategies.

Project Change
Project Change's mission is to empower communities to reduce racial prejudice and improve race relations, to serve as a national clearinghouse for anti-racism information resources and training, and to further the development of an infrastructure for social justice work.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. The Center's Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and tracks extremist activity throughout the U.S. Tolerance.org offers a wide variety of resources to support anti-bias activism. Its outreach component provides on-site help to concerned individuals and organizations who are working for unity in their communities.

Spring Hill College – Theology Library

Tellin’ Stories
Website pilot site, please see Acknowledgements.

University of Dayton Law School – Vernellia R. Randall, Professor of Law
The website includes stories and information about: Race, Racism and the Law; Race, Health Care and the Law; Gender and the Law; and Legal Education.

University of Maryland – Diversity Database
The University of Maryland's Diversity Database is a comprehensive index of multicultural and diversity resources. Including General Diversity Resources, Institutional Diversity Initiatives, Diversity Reference Resources, and Issue Specific.

Food Security Learning Center





Coalition of Immokalee Workers
The CIW is a community-based worker organization who fights for, among other things: a fair wage, more respect on the part of their bosses and the industries where they work, better and cheaper housing, stronger laws and stronger enforcement against those who would violate workers' rights, the right to organize on the job without fear of retaliation, and an end to indentured servitude in the fields.

Student/Farmworker Alliance
SFA is a national network of students, youth and other community members organizing with farmworkers to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields. Check out their site for action ideas, organizing tools, and other information on their campaigns.

Student Action with Farmworkers
SAF brings students and farmworkers together to learn about each other’s lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change.

Alliance for Fair Food
The Alliance for Fair Food is a network of human rights, religious, student, labor, and grassroots organizations who work in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).


Race and Food Systems Work

Anti-racist Practice and the Work of Community Food Organizations
Rachel Slocum, 2006

Cultural Competency in Community Food Work
An educational session at the 2007 Southern SAWG CFS Leadership Training

Difference, power and community food
Rachel Slocum, 2005

Dismantling Racism in Community Food Work
Rachel Slocum, October 2004

Exploring the Role of Latinos in the Western North Carolina Food System
Laura D. Kirby and James Blair, March 2007

The “Food Justice” Movement: Trying To Break the Food Chains,
Mark Winston Griffith, December 2003

The United States' Failing Food System
Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark, October 2007.

Food Deserts

An Oasis in a Food Desert
Veronica Sudekum, 2008

The Persistence of L.A.'s Grocery Gap: The Need for a New Food Policy and Approach to Market Development
Amanda Shaffer, 2002

Food Access in Central and South Los Angeles: Mapping Injustice, Agenda for Action

Filling in Food Deserts

Facing Goliath:Challenging the Impacts of Supermarket Consolidation onour Local Economies, Communities, and Food Security


Bringing a Living Wage to the Farm

Colonizing the Immigrant Dream: The Agri-foods Industry’s Deadly Cycle of Dispossession, Appropriation and Substitution, Eric Holt-Gimenez

Harvest of Injustice: The Oppression of Migrant Workers on Canadian Farms

Racism, Farmworkers, and Family Farmers, Richard Mandelbaum

Racism in the US Farm Program The Plight of Black Farmers Jerry Pennick and Heather Gray

What Federal Statistics Reveal About Migrant Farm Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Student/Farmworker Alliance

Student Action with Farmworkers

Border Agricultural Workers' Project

Other Media
Story Circles

Structural Racism and Our Food: Webinar - March 2008

Reframing the Food System: Focus Group Findings [PPT]

Mending the Hoop [Blog]

The Color of Fear [VIDEO]

Follow Me Home [VIDEO]

Race: The Power of an Illusion, a three-part documentary series

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Racial Justice Tools

Glossary for Racial Equality

The Applied Research Center

The Catalyst Project

The Center for Assessment and Policy Development “Flipping the Script: White Privilege and Community Building.”

Colours of Resistance


The Highlander Research and Education Center

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Project South

Raising Change: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference

The Western States Center


Assessing Organizational Racism

Challenging Oppressive Moments

Dismantling Racism Curriculum Resource Book

Diversity Training vs. Dismantling Racism

Good for Business but Insufficient for Social Change

Guidelines for Being Strong White Allies

History and Construction of Race and Racism

Holding Leaders of Color Accountable

Moving Racial Justice: Are you Ready?

Naming and Framing Race and Racism

Picking an Issue


Tools for Change

Structural Racism and Multiracial Coalition Building

Structural Racism and Multiracial Coalition Building

Sharing the Lessons Learned: Six years of Anti-Racism Work

Tribal sovereignty

Living Like Neighbors

500 Nations, Tribes by State

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation

American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Indian Country Today


International Indian Treaty Council



Fresh Start Plan  Contributions(Jim Embry) 

Embry Web Articles
Embry Ace Articles
Brattleboro 100year plan

Hip Hop Vegan Group

Sam Levin 2008 Terra Madre

ACE Weekly download articles

Gardens of Eatin

Shovel Ready

Lexington Gardens Grow

Dig It: Gardens Root

HOBY Eco-Art 2009
HOBY Eco-Art 2008

Model of the Year
Closing the Food Gap

Greening of Bryan Station High School

Growing Food & Justice conference

Community Garden Tour Report

Gardening with Class

Bluegrass Food Security Summit 2010

The Great Work

The Great Turning

Farm to School

School gardens

Catherine Ferguson Academy

Catherine Ferguson "O" magazine article

Asenath Andrews

 Grown in Detroit_


Food and Sacred Earth Connections

Religion and Environment

Closing the Food Gap 2008

Profile of Food Policy Councils by State

interactive map of food policy councils

 Climate Change  portal information

Climate Change Books

African Americans Climate Change:Unequal Burden_REPORT

African Americans Climate Change Ex Summary

African Americans Climate Change Bullard Bibliography

Slow Food Newsletter