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CFJC Update

2 June 2016

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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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January 2016 Program Manager Letter

28 January 2016

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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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A Year of Change

27 October 2015

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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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Bright Future

30 September 2015

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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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The Meaning of Grassroots

30 September 2015

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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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A Road Crossed On My Way Up

30 September 2015

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

25 September 2015

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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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Nestlé and the Drought

28 July 2015

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 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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White House Pollinator Task Force

28 July 2015

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  By Chris Jadallah, CFJC Intern Pollinator health has been a hot topic of discussion in recent years as major news outlets have featured honey bee population declines along with the impact their decline has on  agriculture, economic prosperity, and food security. At least 90 commercially grown crops are dependent on honey bees and their […]

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

25 July 2015

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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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Berries & Boycotts

13 July 2015

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By Chris Jadallah — Food Policy Research Intern Boycotts have always been an important tool in progressive activism, with roots tracing back far and wide throughout history. Boycotts give consumers the collective power to “turn the heat on” and pressure powerful entities like corporations and nation-states to change unfair and unjust policies. In the mid-1960s, […]

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You Can’t Eat Oil

7 July 2015

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By Cassandra Ceballos – CFJC Intern I’m going to paint a picture for you, and I want you to try and guess where I’m describing. Imagine you’re sitting in a wicker chair at a mahogany table. You’re wearing a loose tank top and cutoff shorts. There are sandals on your feet, and you’re eating New […]

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