15 December 2014

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Best Wishes & Blessings

Executive Director Column 12/16/14 Best wishes this holiday season, and we hope all is well with you, your family, friends and loved ones. We have lived through a fairly intense year together. This edition of the CFJC newsletter marks a change from the usual. For one thing, we are taking the opportunity to look back […]

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25 November 2014

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Ferguson 11/24/14

Executive Director Column 11/25/14 Dear Colleagues: Listening to the District Attorney out of St. Louis last night, I was reminded why I dropped out of law school. As an idealistic student, it didn’t take long to learn that, increasingly in this country, the law does not always have much to do with justice. Or, at […]

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21 October 2014

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Choosing to be Fearless

Dear Colleagues: On the GOAT call this afternoon we discussed the need to regroup as Capitol Hill staff work out differing scenarios, depending on the results of the 2014 mid-term elections, now just two weeks away. I don’t think anyone really has an idea of who is going to win the election season sweepstakes, but […]

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22 September 2014

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Every Day is Voter Registration Day

Executive Director Column 9/23/14 Dear Friends, Colleagues, & Fellow Americans: Congress is in recess until after the elections on November 4th,  except that their staff is working behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, planning for the various scenarios: will Republicans take the Senate? If so, does that mean nothing gets done until the new Congress is […]

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19 August 2014

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I am Ferguson

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Supporters & Fellow Americans: On occasion our newsletter runs a day late, as is the case this month. We know from analytics that readership is robust and growing, and that typically the E.D. column is most read. So it is that I wanted to more fully observe and digest the news stories […]

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15 July 2014

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Drought, Food, and the Politics of 2014

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters: It’s summer and we know that because children are out of school, the baseball all-star break is upon us, and back-to-school sales have already begun. With regard to the weather, we have to get used to the changes—what used to be unusual weather patterns are now the norm. Here in […]

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20 May 2014

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Got your GOAT?

My Dear Friends: I am sitting at the Harvesting Change Conference in Detroit, one of more than 600 attendees, listening to a young generation of food activists demanding to know, “why has my city privatized the health department? Why is it small business fees in Detroit are 3-4 times that of [other] surrounding counties?” and on […]

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22 April 2014

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Stand and Be Heard

Executive Director Column 4/23/14 Its time to Stand and be Heard, and that means each of us. If you bear with me, I’ll explain. To begin, I want to reflect on my personal history to lend perspective to the request for your personal action now. In the 60’s and 70’s, when I was a young […]

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7 February 2014

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CFJC Perspective on the 2014 Farm Bill

Jessy Gill and Y. Armando Nieto February 7, 2014 Today, on February 7, President Obama signs into law the reconciled House and Senate 2014 Farm Bill.  After two expirations and years of deliberation we welcome the passage of a full bill, but not because it is a brilliant piece of legislation. Any government that cuts […]

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16 July 2013

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GOAT’s Full and Fair Farm Bill Statement

Below is a statement which was prepared and circulated by the signatories who regularly participate in the “Getting Our Act Together (GOAT) on the Farm Bill” Collaboration, which promotes a fair farm bill with equity and sustainability. We are continuing to add sign-ons to the statement as they come, we urge you to sign on and send out to members of […]

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16 July 2013

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July Message

Dear Friends: Tonight, as I write for morning’s publication of the CFJC newsletter, workplace and airwave discussions of the Zimmerman verdict continue. Hopefully, a painful awareness of the tragic deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and so many others across the country can lead to action on social issues taken for granted or ignored for far […]

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25 November 2014

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November Spotlight: California Environmental Justice Coalition’s Founding Conference

On November 8th, CFJC staff attended the CaliforniaEnvironmental Justice Coalition’s founding conference in Kettleman City. Nearly 50 organizations from across California gathered to learn about one another’s work and discuss how we can collectively support each other. Throughout the conference attendees underscored the value of CEJC as a united front because of the power we bring to California’s environmental justice movement as […]

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24 November 2014

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November 2014: Food For Just-Us

San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, located in the southeast corner of the city, was once a thriving Black community. Over the last several decades, the neighborhood has become a tragic example of what happens when communities of color are marginalized and experience institutional and structural racism. Concentrated poverty, environmental injustices, high rates of chronic diseases, and […]

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21 November 2014

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Environmental Justice: The Connection Between Academia and Action

Kira Lou, Food Policy Research Intern — originally written in October, 2014 It has been a little over a month since I started my Master’s program in Public Health, and almost two weeks since I started here at CFJC. In this short amount of time I have opened my perspective of what public health, and environmental […]

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3 November 2014

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Low Turnout and Uncounted Ballots: Voting Issues to Overcome in CA

By Kira Lou, Food Policy Research Intern  With the November midterm election just around the corner, it is important now more than ever to educate voters on their rights, and to highlight just how essential their voice is in these elections. This is particularly true for California where numbers from the state’s most recent primary […]

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20 October 2014

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Looking Beyond the Polls

Jessy Gill, Policy Specialist In a given election year, polling and race ratings start months in advance, followed quickly by news anchors and articles dissecting the results and comparing them against previous year’s statistics. Estimations become clearer as we near the election date, with resources such as Politico’s color coded maps to help us visualize […]

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20 October 2014

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October 2014: Alameda County Community Food Bank

Voter registration

With the 2014-midterm elections around the corner we’re focusing this month’s Organizations Making a Difference on the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB); highlighting their voter registration and education initiatives. ACCFB first led a successful voter registration campaign before the 2012 presidential election. This coming November midterm election is their second effort at getting out the […]

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14 October 2014

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CFJC Exit Blog

By Rosalind Waltz-Peters, Food Policy Research Intern This summer was a summer of small revelations for me. There were no great ahah moments, the kind that seem like they should be accompanied by fanfares and fireworks. Instead, there were small realizations, faint swells in the soundtrack of the summer, about what I want adult life […]

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10 October 2014

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CFJC Internship Blog

By Alyssa Sheets, Food Policy Research Intern  This summer I have had food on my mind. I haven’t been literally starving; in fact, my fellow interns at the Community Food and Justice Coalition will vouch for my office notoriety as a gourmand. Rather, I have been pondering and learning to ponder food in ways of […]

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10 October 2014

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Reflection on CFJC Internship

By Alexa Kaczmarski, Climate Change Intern  The summer after my junior year at college, where I took classes like Urban Agriculture and Environmental Justice, and before my senior year where I will be facing decisions like what am I doing with my life? and the daunting task of finding an actual job, I knew I […]

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