A Grocery Store Revolution

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Brahm Ahmadi is creating the People’s Community Market, a revolutionary grocery store to tackle environmental injustice and health disparities in West Oakland’s under-served “food desert.” And a former podcast guest, social justice comedian Negin Farsad is coming to Oakland to promote her new book How to Make White People Laugh. We’ll hear the event details and more.

If you enjoyed this show, hear our previous episodes with nutritionist and food policy expert Dr. Marion Nestle and author/activist Anna Lappe; our episode with Bread, Wine and Chocolate author Simran Sethi; and our podcast on Race and Racism with Augustin Fuentes and comedian Baratunde Thurston.

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brahm_ahmadiBrahm Ahmadi is the founder of People’s Community Market, a food market that’s tailored to the West Oakland neighborhood and provides families with affordable quality foods and groceries, local jobs, and a place for community building and socializing. The market will create a fresh food retail business model that fosters health and social interaction in low-income communities, while piloting a model for catalyzing the general public to invest in mission-driven companies and local communities. Brahm is also a co-founder of People’s Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted national attention for its projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture and nutrition education that include the nation’s first Mobile Market—a traveling food store that sold healthy foods at affordable prices. On Saturday June 18, the People’s Community Market will hold a celebration event to mark the acquisition of a site for the project – the event will be at the site in West Oakland, at 329 San Pablo Ave between 1pm – 5 pm.

 

NeginNegin Farsad is a comedian, writer, actor, director and now author! Her new book is How to Make White People Laugh, and it’s really really funny. She will be in Oakland on Thursday, June 16 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for a book signing and stand-up comedy benefit for KPFA radio. The event will be held at the First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison St. More details on the website.