4th Annual GOAT Convening

19 May 2015

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Stepping Up, Stepping Back

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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22 June 2015

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Just the Start

By Luis Ochoa – CFJC Intern Before I started my internship at Community Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) I took a look at my health education 480 syllabus and saw the 240 hours that were required for the internship. I thought that 240 hours was a huge chunk of time but looking back at my internship […]

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22 June 2015

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Many Thanks and Farewell

By Jessy Gill – Policy Specialist After four life-defining years at Community Food and Justice Coalition, I write to say thank you and farewell – though not goodbye.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to work so closely with the incredible partners and members of CFJC. I came to the Bay as Occupy […]

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21 June 2015

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June 2015: Food First

By Ashlee Wakefield, Communications and Fundraising Intern  This month CFJC highlights Food First in honor of its 40th anniversary. Food First is a research institute that provides provide tools to understand the global food system, build local movements, and engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. The three areas of Food First’s work are […]

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19 May 2015

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A Selma Reflection

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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18 May 2015

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May 2015: National Hmong American Farmers Inc. (NHAF)

By Amy Johnson, Fundraising and Climate Change Intern  Since 2003, the National Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) has been working to preserve farm culture and promote economic self-sufficiency among Hmong-American and other immigrant and ethnically underrepresented farmers. Providing services to farmers in both California’s Central valley and across America, NHAF believes that ensuring the success of […]

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5 May 2015

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An Internship: Illuminating the Possibilities for and Optimistic Future

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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20 April 2015

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Wake up and Smell the Coffee

Executive Director Column 4/21/15 I want to begin with an excerpt from an article about a Princeton study that appeared at the end of 2014: “A new study, however by a Princeton University Professor of the influence of very wealthy or economically powerful persons on American political policies makes clear for the first time that […]

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19 April 2015

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April 2015: Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

By Amy Johnson, Fundraising and Climate Change Intern  For the last 30 years, The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) has been working, “locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.” Originally an outgrowth of the family farm movement, one of the […]

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16 March 2015

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Alliance for Climate Education

Community & Issue Through a series of Youth Action Labs, AshEL Eldridge of the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) engaged high school students from California’s Central Coast in a process to educate their communities about the relationship between the food system, climate change, and health. The Central Coast Action Labs have been a place for […]

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16 March 2015

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Valley Improvement Projects

Community & Issue Valley Improvement Projects (VIP) is a community-based organization located in Modesto, a town situated in California’s San Joaquin Valley, an area renowned for it agricultural production. What may be less well-known about the community are the historic strikes, boycotts, lawsuits, and marches that illustrate a long-standing pattern of struggle between the marginalized, […]

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