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I am Ferguson

19 August 2014

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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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GMO: a Great Many Obfuscations

5 August 2014

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The confusing framing of campaigns to label Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) marketed as food By Rose Waltz-Peters The debate over GMO labeling is masquerading as a scientific issue, when in fact it has become almost an entirely a philosophical and political one, pitting behemoth corporations against smaller industries and grassroots activists. The state initiatives to […]

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Climate Change & Health: What We Can Learn from California Communities

28 July 2014

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By Courtney Hendrix Climate change can feel far removed, but in fact, communities are dealing with its health impacts every day. Last fall, PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health funded three community organizations to undertake pilot projects aimed making the climate change-health connection, on the ground in their communities. In June the three Creating […]

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Drought, Food, and the Politics of 2014

15 July 2014

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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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CFJC’s Summer Interns

14 July 2014

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CFJC’s Summer Interns

By Anna Larson, Evaluation & Policy Research Intern Through CFJC’s Internship Program, staff mentors interns who work on various projects throughout their internships. The work is divided into several internship areas: outreach, communications, policy research, fundraising, administration, climate change, and evaluation. Interns generally choose two or three internship areas to focus on throughout their time with CFJC. […]

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Christina Spach’s Farewell

17 June 2014

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Dear Friends and Supporters: This column is the second and last—for now—that Christina and I will pen jointly, as she transitions to a new role with CFJC. We joined CFJC about the same time, in the summer of 2010 although she was a volunteer, and I am so proud of the work we’ve done together […]

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Internship Reflection

2 June 2014

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By Sarah Schmitt, Climate Change and Administrative Intern A year after graduating college I came to CFJC looking for something completely new. I had recently moved to Berkeley and was making a living for myself with two part-time jobs, but I was compelled to explore more opportunities. I started looking for an internship that would […]

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A Million March

28 May 2014

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My Dear Friends: Some really good news is that over the past four months many more people are opening our newsletters and messages to read the full text, which is very heartening. You will of course have noticed over that same period we’ve stepped up our direct appeal for your donations. More about that at […]

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Got your GOAT?

20 May 2014

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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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Agriculture Appropriations; Funding for Farm Bill Programs

20 May 2014

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June 16, 2014 The House of Representatives began debating the House Agriculture Appropriations (spending) bill on the floor on Wednesday, June 11th. Much of the discussion in the media has been on the School Meal Standards, which is included in the agriculture appropriations bill.  The First Lady provided her input prior to the floor debate, […]

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We’re Building a Movement

29 April 2014

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We’re Building a Movement

Its time to Stand and Be Heard, and Here’s How On April 2nd, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissenting opinion for four Supreme Court Justices who oppose the majority ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC that strengthens the Citizen’s United ruling, writing that the decision undermines the political integrity of our governmental institutions: “It creates a loophole that […]

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Stand and Be Heard

22 April 2014

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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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