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A Selma Reflection

19 May 2015

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By Christina Spach Selma was alive with events and speakers tucked into all corners of the town when we arrived on March 8, 2015—the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. According to multiple sources, an estimated 80,000 people crossed the Pettus Bridge that day with roughly 100,000 in attendance. Original foot soldiers who risked their lives […]

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An Internship: Illuminating the Possibilities for and Optimistic Future

5 May 2015

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Evelyn Hartman, Evaluation and Food Policy Research Intern I had a frustrating relationship with my undergraduate thesis. Before immersing myself in the research of my thesis on the alternative food movement, I thought I strongly identified with the movement. I made a conscious effort to visit my local farmer’s market every Saturday morning, worked with […]

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A New Experience

5 March 2015

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Luis Ochoa-Lopez, Communications and Evaluations Intern When I heard that CFJC was invited to present a workshop to 3rd graders at the local Cleveland Elementary School, I thought this could be a great opportunity to familiarize myself with how to present to a difference type of audience. This would be the first time I would […]

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How CFJC Helped Me Connect The Dots

4 March 2015

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Kira Lou, Food and Climate Policy Research Intern When I first decided to intern at CFJC in September, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. That’s not to say that the experience was negative in any way. It is to say that I didn’t immediately have a full grasp of the work […]

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Changes in 2015

16 February 2015

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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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Sidewalk Scenes – An Internship Reflection

4 February 2015

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              By Dorian Toy, Communications and Development Intern I will begin with a quote from Master Yoda: “Strike back against the empire, we must.” On my morning walks to the CFJC office, I find this quote on a mural depicting Master Yoda wielding his lightsaber with a grim expression. […]

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What’s New in 2015

27 January 2015

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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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Emergency Drought Funding: Not A Sustainable Option for California

18 December 2014

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Read Intern Briefing as PDF December 17, 2014 Kira Lou, Food and Climate Policy Research Intern As the end of 2014 approaches, California is finishing out its third year in a row of drought—and one of the worst droughts the state has seen in recent history at that. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as […]

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Best Wishes & Blessings

15 December 2014

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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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November Spotlight: California Environmental Justice Coalition’s Founding Conference

25 November 2014

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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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Ferguson 11/24/14

25 November 2014

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

3 November 2014

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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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