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Summit Agenda

June 4
Summit Day One


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast


8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening.


9:30 a.m. - 10:55

Keynote Panel:  How does the right to food help us move along the continuum from food charity to food justice to food sovereignty? 


10-minute Stretch Break


11:05 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Panel A: A legacy of Economic and Food Apartheid:  Dissecting the Complexities of the Syracuse Food System


LUNCH 12:30 - 1:30


1:30 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

Panel B:  Moving at the Speed of Trust: Right to Food in Practice in states, cities and regions across the U.S. 


10-minute Stretch Break 


3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking and Solutions Exchange: Towards Action on the Right to Food 


DINNER 5:30 - 6:30


6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

People’s Tribunal 


June 4     6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the Syracuse People’s Tribunal is an opportunity for the Syracuse community to come together and speak collectively to the issues that have impacted their community’s access to good food and good health. People’s Tribunals have been held all around the world for centuries as a way to amplify the voices of the community so that they are heard by those who have decision making power – such as elected officials, business owners, non-profit leaders, and philanthropists – in order to bring justice where rights have been violated. We’re excited that Syracuse will be holding its first People’s Tribunal in the tradition of so many communities around the world.

What issues will be addressed at the People’s Tribunal? 

We will address the unjust food system that has impacted so many on the south and west sides of Syracuse: the fact that Syracuse has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country and that its children are suffering the most from lack of access to adequate, nutritious, and affordable food. 


We will address Syracuse’s history of racism and redlining that has produced the highest concentrations of Black and Hispanic poverty in all US mid-sized cities.


We will address that Black and Immigrant food producers are systematically closed out of the opportunity to contribute to racially diversified local food and farm economies. 


We will demand the right to economic justice, to community self-determination, and to the right to accessible, affordable, and nutritious food!


What will happen at the People’s Tribunal? 

About ten community members will provide testimony about their experiences with racial, food and economic injustice. Next, three human rights experts will deliberate and offer their opinions based on what they’ve heard, and will rule in favor of the People of Syracuse. Concrete policy proposals will be shared, followed by responses from a few elected officials. 

June 5
Summit Day Two


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Registration and Conversation


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

People’s Tribunal Debrief


10-minute Stretch Break


9:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Solutions Exchange + Membership Meeting


LUNCH 12:30 - 1:30


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Telling our stories: Food & Faith Narrative Workshop


Still need a place to stay?


Check availability:

Marriott Downtown Syracuse

Best Western Downtown Syracuse

Please note:
Syracuse is the locale for two important convenings of food as a human right this year! 

Immediately following the NRtF CoP Summit, the Agriculture, Food and Human Values conference will be taking place June 5-7 in Syracuse with the theme:  The Right to Food - Food as Commons.

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