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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19 August 2014

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August 2014: National Hmong American Farmers

By Alexa Kaczmarski, Communications and Development Intern This month, CFJC would like to highlight an organization that has made an incredible, positive impact on its community over the years, but due to uncontrollable environmental conditions, is seeing that community struggle. We’re talking about Hmong farmers in the Central Valley suffering loss of their livelihoods because of […]

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5 August 2014

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GMO: a Great Many Obfuscations

The confusing framing of campaigns to label Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) marketed as food By Rose Waltz-Peters The debate over GMO labeling is masquerading as a scientific issue, when in fact it has become almost an entirely a philosophical and political one, pitting behemoth corporations against smaller industries and grassroots activists. The state initiatives to […]

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28 July 2014

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Climate Change & Health: What We Can Learn from California Communities

By Courtney Hendrix Climate change can feel far removed, but in fact, communities are dealing with its health impacts every day. Last fall, PHI’s Center for Climate Change & Health funded three community organizations to undertake pilot projects aimed making the climate change-health connection, on the ground in their communities. In June the three Creating […]

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14 July 2014

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Immigration and US-Mexico Border update

Jessy Gill, Policy Specialist The opportunity for comprehensive Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress, something that after decades finally appeared feasible, is dead—due in large part to Republicans holding up the process in the House. Immigration reform experts say we should not expect another opportunity until after President Obama leaves office; and even then, immigration […]

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14 July 2014

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113th Congress Activity

Rosalind Waltz-Peters, Food Policy Research intern The 113th Congress has just left its “lame duck” session and the numbers thus far are indicating that it will go down in history looking pretty lame as well. According to the federal register, the 113th Congress has passed just 126 public laws thus far, only 53 of which […]

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14 July 2014

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CFJC’s Summer Interns

CFJC’s Summer Interns

By Anna Larson, Evaluation & Policy Research Intern Through CFJC’s Internship Program, staff mentors interns who work on various projects throughout their internships. The work is divided into several internship areas: outreach, communications, policy research, fundraising, administration, climate change, and evaluation. Interns generally choose two or three internship areas to focus on throughout their time with CFJC. […]

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14 July 2014

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July 2014: Truly Living Well

The heart of a bustling, urbanized city is not the first place most people would look to find a successful farm, producing food for year-round farmer’s markets and Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) programs. It is, however, the first place to look in Atlanta, Georgia. Rashid Nuri and partners of Truly Living Well Center for Natural […]

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17 June 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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16 June 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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2 June 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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