May 20, 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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April 22, 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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February 7, 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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July 16, 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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July 16, 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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June 17, 2014

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Christina Spach’s Farewell

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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June 16, 2014

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June 2014, special edition: People Making a Difference: Charity Hicks

We’re sending heartfelt well wishes and loving blessings to Charity Hicks, a fearless leader and our sister in the food justice movement, as well as to her family and friends. Charity remains in critical condition after a hit and run accident in New York City in late May, where she was scheduled to present on […]

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June 2, 2014

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Internship Reflection

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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May 28, 2014

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A Million March

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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May 20, 2014

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Agriculture Appropriations; Funding for Farm Bill Programs

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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May 16, 2014

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May 2014: Alliance for Climate Education

The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) educates and inspires young people to break through the challenge of climate change. By holding Action Labs, ACE helps to develop the skills of high school students so they can be leaders and take action to address the impacts of climate change in their communities. Action Labs are open […]

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April 29, 2014

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We’re Building a Movement

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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April 16, 2014

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April 2014: LifeLong Medical Care and OBUGS

LifeLong Medical Care is a non-profit organization with nine community health centers that provide health care and social services to underserved people of all ages living in Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, and Novato. Oakland Based Urban Gardens, a program of LifeLong, uses schoolyard edible gardens as an outdoor classroom to teach children about growing and cooking […]

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March 17, 2014

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Youth, a Rising Tide, and Our Duty: Executive Director’s March Letter

This Saturday I was in Sacramento to take part in the largest anti-fracking rally in California to date, not that you would know it from the lackluster media coverage. Two things stick in my mind. First, I can’t help but wonder how much civil unrest and demonstrations across the country goes largely uncovered by corporate […]

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March 17, 2014

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Walk with a Doc

Walk with a Doc, along with the City of Berkeley, Ecology Center, Lifelong Medical Care, and Heart 2 Heart held a free community event in Berkeley’s San Pablo Park on Saturday, March 15th. Walk with a Doc is a national, non-profit program that coordinates events across the country in community parks that focus on bringing […]

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