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Rising to this Occasion

We are here to listen, to learn, and to take more focused, sustained action as a local food media company.

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Edible San Diego stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Our hearts are in  pain at how recent and historic violence against Blacks reveals how far we have to go as a people. We commit to exploring how Edible San Diego can do more to promote more equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We are a small food media company, but we have high hopes and standards. We understand the value of the tools we have, including our editorial voice and growing platforms, and we will use them to more explicitly and consistently share content that promotes food justice.

The intentions of our editorial path over the four years I have owned this company have aimed at an ever-more inclusive vision of health and wellness, for each of us individually and for all of our neighborhoods. We’ve explored the cultural richness of San Diego County’s food system because these stories reveal different interpretations of meaning, solutions, and opportunities to work together as a community. Edible San Diego commits to serving as a platform and loudspeaker for diverse points of view and calls to action.

We reaffirm our commitment to contract more Black writers, photographers and other professionals whose diverse life experiences can show us all some new ways forward.

We affirm that freelance professionals deserve to be fairly compensated for their time and talent, and while our budget is small, we commit to deploying it towards a more inclusive editorial voice.

Over the past three years, we have worked to transform our company, building digital platforms to better connect with more people. We share in the struggles of entrepreneurship, drawing energy from our motivation to be of service. Part of our work is celebrating the intentions, hard work, talent, and courage of people who start, nurture, or make enormous efforts to maintain local companies of all sizes in our food system. At the same time, we acknowledge the far greater challenges that all workers, entrepreneurs and food-related businesses face with the intersectionality of race, gender, access to land, capital, training and more. We commit to telling more of these stories.

Like many of us, I have been reflecting on my personal and family experiences with cultural identity, my biases, privileges, and the frontiers of my understanding. I see myself (and each of us) as part of a network, and I affirm that there is power in numbers and in cooperation. The diverse organizations and leaders carrying out progressive, conscious food-systems work that I am affiliated with give me hope, ways to contribute, and tools for change in this historic moment. I commit to amplify the impact of my personal time, resources and professional capacity in the service of more inclusivity in our local food system and our country.

In the coming days Edible San Diego will be sharing stories from our archives that came from our earlier efforts to explore our food system from multiple vantage points. Since last week, we have commissioned several stories to explore race in our food system and will continue to do so. As always, we welcome all ideas for stories and contributors any time 24/7/365.

We are here to listen, to learn, and to take more focused, sustained action as a local food media company.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Katie Stokes
Katie Stokes is the Publisher and Executive Editor of Edible San Diego.
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