31 August 2016

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Birthday Greetings!

  Dear Friends and Colleagues: Yes, it’s true what they say—Medicare is a wonderful thing! Truly, Medicare for all is the solution to the healthcare debacle. True, the losers in such a radical proposal are the insurance companies, who like the stock brokers and hedge fund managers and corporate CEOs, have driven the need for […]

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6 July 2016

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Gee whiz, it’s great to be back!

Dear Friends and Colleagues: As most of you know, for the past year I have been on medical leave for congestive heart failure. Happily, because of advances in health care this diagnosis is something many of us can now live with, assuming better eating and exercise habits in addition to the new “miracle” medications. But […]

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2 June 2016

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CFJC Update

Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you know, CFJC executive director Armando Nieto has been on medical leave for the past year. We are truly happy to report that he is healing  on schedule and planning to return to work soon. We are writing to update you on Armando’s condition, but also to let you know […]

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28 January 2016

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January 2016 Program Manager Letter

We’re a month into the new year, and 2016 will indeed be a new year for the Community Food and Justice Coalition. To start, we’ve moved fiscal sponsorship from the Public Health Institute (PHI) to Food First (The Institute for Food and Development Policy). CFJC would like to thank PHI for their support over the […]

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27 October 2015

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A Year of Change

Dear CFJC members, partners, and supporters: 2015 has been a year of change at CFJC, and I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about where CFJC is at now. You may have noticed that we did not publish a September newsletter—that is just one of the small changes. Our newsletters will now be published […]

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25 July 2015

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$131k in 31 Days: Support CFJC’s Transition!

On July 27th, the Community Food and Justice Coalition launches our biggest summer fund appeal to date. $131k in 31 Days: Support CFJC’s Transition! to address Armando’s health concerns. CFJC has come a long way since our founding in 2003. Y. Armando Nieto came to CFJC in 2010 to take the coalition “to the next level.” […]

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19 May 2015

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Stepping Up, Stepping Back

4th Annual GOAT Convening

Executive Director Column 5/19/15 Arguably, one of the most successful efforts with which CFJC is involved is the GOAT process—Getting Our Act Together. This past March activists, farmers, organizers and policy wonks met in Washington, D.C. for the Fourth Annual GOAT Convening. We will continue to report on the GOAT process but the purpose of […]

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16 March 2015

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Here We Go Again….

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I had planned to devote this month’s column to the high philosophical concept level of who we are as a country, and who we want to become. I will still go there, but first, I need to update you on the conversation we just had on the weekly GOAT (Getting Our […]

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16 February 2015

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Changes in 2015

Executive Director Column 2/17/15 Over the past three years, as CFJC participated in the GOAT (Getting Our Act Together) process, we learned more about the Pettus Bridge March in Selma, Alabama, from those who were there in 1965, and those who celebrate the “Bloody Sunday” event annually by re-creating the march. It has been a […]

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27 January 2015

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What’s New in 2015

Executive Director Column 1/27/15 Dear Friends and Colleagues: The first CFJC newsletter of the year is a week later than usual on purpose. I asked Courtney to hold off because it seems the year is unfolding at once slowly and quickly, all at the same time. I just thought more would be settled—in the press, […]

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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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1 November 2016

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Food, Power, Politics & Climate Change

Dear Friends and Colleagues: This is one of the more difficult messages I have tried to write for CFJC. Over the past four weeks I have repeatedly contacted Courtney to say that I wasn’t happy with what I’d written, and ask her to wait another week to send the message out. The problem is that […]

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30 September 2015

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Bright Future

by: Chris Jadallah, The Bay Area has historically been a progressive-minded place for individuals to come together, share revolutionary ideas, and work toward their vision of a brighter future. The food justice movement in Oakland provides a beautiful and compelling example. Grassroots efforts spearheaded by community-based organizations have sought to transform the local food system […]

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30 September 2015

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The Meaning of Grassroots

by: Grania Power I came to CFJC at an unusual time. Jessy, the policy specialist, was moving away, and Armando, the executive director, was on medical leave. CFJC had only one staff member, Courtney, who was doing a huge amount of work, not to mention helping all five interns make the most of our internships.  […]

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30 September 2015

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A Road Crossed On My Way Up

by: Ashlee Wakefield, As a strong believer that everything happens for a reason, I am certain that I was placed here at CFJC for every reason that I needed on my journey through life. Courtney, despite the interesting period of transition and stress- made sure that I along with the other intern’s interests’ and passions […]

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25 September 2015

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Lifting the ban on crude oil exports & decision-making politics

by: Claudia Guerrero, CFJC Research and Communications Intern  On September 3rd, a committee in the House of Representatives voted on a bill that would lift the ban on exporting crude oil in the United States. The forty-year-old bill banning the exportation of oil was put into place in the 1970’s to conserve domestic oil and […]

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18 August 2015

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August 2015: Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

By Ashlee Wakefield, Communications and Fundraising Intern  Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) was founded in August 2010 by Kelly Carlisle, so that young children could have a brighter start. ANV was born out of the negative inclinations often ascribed to Oakland. After continually hearing numerous news stories of the dangers of Oakland—i.e. […]

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28 July 2015

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Nestlé and the Drought

 By Grania Power, CFJC Fundraising and Climate Change Intern  The California drought has made national headline news this year, with water resources reaching a new level of scarcity. Governor Brown has asked state residents to cut back their home water use by an average of 25%.  Businesses, too, have been asked to cut back by […]

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