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Adrienne Maree Brown


Detroit Food Justice Task Force

Detroit, Michigan

To me real prosperity means community abundance and community determination, and it starts with abundant, healthy local food. Prosperity exists when a community is generating resilience that allows for vision and emergence - it’s not an end goal, it’s an opening.

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Adrienne is a facilitator, writer, artist, and doula living in Detroit. In addition to being a BALLE Fellow, she is currently a facilitator for the Center for Whole Communities and a contributing editor for YES! Magazine. In the past few years she has been a facilitator for the Detroit Food Justice Task Force, Detroit Future, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Adrienne was the executive director of The Ruckus Society from 2006-2010, and was also a National Co-Coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum. She is studying somatics.


  • Inspiring and incubating a Youth Food Justice Task Force.
  • Hosting inspiring conversations at the neighborhood level around what people love in their communities and what their vision of food justice is in a series of community food/research events called Cook, Eat, Talk.
  • Giving back to the communities a zine full of recipes and articles from the community events.
  • Completing a documentary and engaging in community feedback about the first year of the Task Force.
  • In a movement rife with competition and scarcity, perhaps the greatest impact of the Task Force has been developing and practicing internal principles for cooperation, transparency, and justice.


  • Everyone At the Table For Health (Eat4Health) Initiative Fellowship 2012-­2013