Growing the Movement for Equity & Social Change:
CFJC believes it’s time for transformation and systemic change because our food system and its policies are killing people and our planet. To make the change we need, we must build people power. CFJC connects the dots on issues of poverty, food, health, the economy, public policy, climate change and social justice in effort to support and help grow a growing movement.
With the CFJC Messaging Campaign, we will provide materials and a frame in an effort to inspire action to Take Back Our Food System. We believe that together we can make the changes to create an equitable food system. We invite you to check out our messaging materials below and let us know what you think.
Farm Bill Re-Authorization Overview:
Connecting The Dots: Reaganomics is unjust and perpetuates inequities and disparities.
The assumption that tax cuts for the wealthy will stimulate the economy by “trickling down” is false. The United States’ tax code benefits the wealthiest 1% of households at the expense of the majority of tax payers. Over the last 30 years fundamental changes in our tax code have been unjust. For example, work income is taxed at up to twice the rate as wealth income. At the Community Food and Justice Coalition, we believe this is unacceptable.
CFJC doesn’t stand for such inequities, which is why we make it our business to connect the dots between inter-related issues. Economics, social justice, health and food are intricately linked to each other: Our tax policies created a weak economy and widened the gap between the rich and the rest of us. This gap is exacerbating inequities and health disparities because it unfairly shapes the social determinants of health. Power and resources are being concentrated at the top and are increasingly out of reach for communities.
We must ask questions that challenge this power structure: Why is it easier in some communities to get a gun than it is to get fresh, organic produce? Why are farmworkers some of the most food insecure communities in our country? Do you have grocery stores or liquor stores in your neighborhood? Why aren’t food workers paid living wages? Who are the food workers in the United States? Why don’t we the people get to vote on the Farm Bill? Why isn’t fresh produce cheaper than junk food? Why is childhood obesity and diabetes so prevalent?
We can’t stay silent against injustices; this is not our business as usual. Now is time for the people to rise up, take action, and be the leaders we need.
 Colorlines- race and taxes article.
 Colorlines- Bernie Sanders tax plan
 Circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, age, and the systems they interact with. Circumstances are shaped by distribution of money, power, and resources at local, national, and global levels. –WHO.
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the Farm Bill Extension included in the Fiscal Cliff Deal
USDA budget proposals for the 2013 fiscal year from the Obama administration and from the House of Representatives, as well as the across-the-board sequestration cuts impact USDA programs and services in different ways. The following visual represents the impact each budget has on food access, crops, food safety, research, rural communities, and conservation projects.
Budget proposals for the 2013 fiscal year from the Obama administration and from the House of Representatives, as well as the across-‐the-‐ board sequestration cuts impact Federal departments, programs and services in different ways. The following visual represents the impact each budget has on a wide variety of programs that includes disaster relief, the environment, energy, healthcare, social security, defense, government, taxes, jobs, immigration, trade, education, food access, housing, and agriculture.