CCA Faculty Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik Creates a Social Justice Movement Through Food

People's Kitchen Collective co-founders (L to R): Saqib Keval, Jocelyn Jackson, and Sita Kuratomi BhaumikPeople's Kitchen Collective co-founders (L to R): Saqib Keval, Jocelyn Jackson, and Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik.

Civil Eats, a daily news source covering the American food system, highlights the work of the People's Kitchen Collective (PKC)—a food justice project co-founded by CCA visiting professor Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik. Inspired by the Black Panther Party for Self Defense’s free breakfast program, this Oakland-based group has been hosting community dinners, feeding activists, and launching cultural projects for the last 10 years.

As a collective, PKC centers the lived experience of Black and brown peoples and is dedicated to eliminating all structures of racism, sexism, imperialism, and classism through food. By seeking remedies in the kitchen, they honor the wisdom of the elders and ancestors whose recipes hold the stories of survival.

Bhaumik, who teaches in CCA’s Diversity Studies program, says that while food is connected to almost every social issue, it’s one of any number of avenues toward liberation. “What I tell my students is: Food is a tool, and you have an obligation to use the tools that you have…to make real the world that we want to live in,” she says.

To read the Civil Eats full story “People’s Kitchen Collective is Feeding and Fueling a Movement”, please click here.