CFJC Statement on the State of the Union Address

29 January 2014


It has been an eventful week in DC as we wait for the House and Senate to pass the 2 year-delayed Farm Bill.

After a day of dissecting the Farm Bill Conference Report with allies in DC, the CFJC staff gathered to watch the State of the Union address. We’re currently in DC to bear witness to the GOAT Convening and other historic events; To continue to tell you and others the story unfolding that affects your daily life and those of your neighbors.

Last night, President Obama said, ‘No one working full time should have to raise a family in poverty.’ And when do we want anyone to live in poverty?

We’ve become so accustomed to losing, that we have redefined what it means to win.  When Congress can’t increase wages for those who haven’t seen a raise in over 20 years and the President asks for businesses to do so out of the kindness of their heart, we think it’s progress? Unlike Costco, most large corporations don’t and won’t give up the mantra of greed on their own.  When we increase funding for public school lunches by taking money from food stamps (2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization), or when food stamps are cut by only $8 billion (with a ‘B’), we think it’s a victory?  Let’s see a show of hands of those who think we are all responsible for feeding our children.

Despite Congressional dysfunction, a growing number of people in communities across the country continue the fight for justice. More are joining this fight because they believe change and transformation begins with equity.

Likewise, good Farm Bill policy should be based in equity.

CFJC is in DC to help coordinate the GOAT Convening on Thursday and Friday where more than forty-five leaders will follow up on the Farm Bill process, strategize on movement building for 2014, and continue the fight for equity in food and farm policy. We will be taking notes and visiting legislative offices.

Stay tuned for updates and more on the GOAT Convening later in the week.


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CFJC promotes the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, environmental and economic justice. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we collaborate with community-based efforts to create a sustainable food supply. We envision a food system in which all activities, from farm to table, are equitable, healthful, regenerative and community-driven.

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