October 26, 2023
The Jump Off: Life and Liberation Summit for Black, Indigenous, and People of the Global Majority (BIPGM) was held on October 23rd. CAA’s Community Organizer, Tamuno Imbu, arranged the event to create a space to celebrate and uplift underrepresented voices in the plant-based community. It brought together inspiring individuals who are passionate about social justice and plant-based living.
The Summit aimed to:
- Strengthen collective power by voicing passions
- Organize to support issues affecting Twin Cities BIPGM neighbors
- Identify next steps for action
There was a desire to come together in a meaningful way that de-centered white supremacy, all while enjoying tasty plant-based food and meeting and connecting with others.
More than 15 people joined in, including CAA team members, board members, and entrepreneurs from organizations like H.E.A.L. and Jajja Wellness. CAA brought in vegan social justice champion Omowale Adewale to facilitate. Omowale organized Brooklyn’s Black VegFest and advocates for food and land sovereignty for BIPOC communities through Liberation Farm.
Through open dialogue, individuals found common ground. People shared their ideas and listened to each other. These conversations didn’t stop when the event was over. People stuck around to make stronger connections and build a network of support.
Tamuno shared his impression of the results: “Whether an entrepreneur or someone working to strengthen their community, everyone left feeling supported and inspired to continue their important work. Together, we’ll chart the path ahead with clearer intentions and greater authenticity.”
Looking ahead, this group plans to continue the momentum gained from the summit. The goal is to create an inclusive space that nurtures growth and celebrates the positive impact made by the vegan BIPGM community.