This post was written by Jakada Imani, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Late in 2009, I had a 'personal is political' break-through. Even though I was aware of the economic and political realities of my city---West Oakland is almost a food desert and more than one in five adults in the city aged 18 to 64 go without health insurance. I was stuck by how my own mothers failing health was linked to her diet and weight. And all indications were that I was down the same path.