This week on What Doesn’t Kill You, Katy Keiffer returns from the Slow Meat Conference with a new friend and guest, Joe Oliva, who has plenty of insight to share on the show! Jose Oliva is Co-Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance after starting as the Associate Director from August 2013 to December 2014. He is from Xelaju, Guatemala. Jose founded the Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center in 2001 and then became the Coordinator of Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers’ Centers Network. In 2008 he went on to run the Center for Community Change’s worker justice program. From 2009-2014, Jose held a number of leadership roles at Alliance member Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the national organization of restaurant workers. He also served as Board Chair of the FCWA Board of Directors from 2010-2012. He is a member of the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. This program was brought to you by Cain Vineyard & Winery.
“We see food as the central component of society – it’s what makes us as individuals go and what makes the world go round.” [04:00]
“Good food is good food everywhere – it’s not going to change.” [17:00]
“25% of all the groceries sold in the United States are sold at Wall-Mart.” [20:00]
“As long as there is a draw in this country for work – people will come here. That’s the reality.” [30:00]
–Jose Oliva on What Doesn’t Kill You