Tag Archives: Congress

Stepping Up, Stepping Back

19 May 2015

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4th Annual GOAT Convening

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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Here We Go Again….

16 March 2015

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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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What’s New in 2015

27 January 2015

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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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Emergency Drought Funding: Not A Sustainable Option for California

18 December 2014

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Read Intern Briefing as PDF December 17, 2014 Kira Lou, Food and Climate Policy Research Intern As the end of 2014 approaches, California is finishing out its third year in a row of drought—and one of the worst droughts the state has seen in recent history at that. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as […]

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Best Wishes & Blessings

15 December 2014

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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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Looking Beyond the Polls

20 October 2014

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Jessy Gill, Policy Specialist In a given election year, polling and race ratings start months in advance, followed quickly by news anchors and articles dissecting the results and comparing them against previous year’s statistics. Estimations become clearer as we near the election date, with resources such as Politico’s color coded maps to help us visualize […]

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Drought, Food, and the Politics of 2014

15 July 2014

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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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113th Congress Activity

14 July 2014

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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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Lessons Learned, Lessons Applied, Taking Action for Equity

18 February 2014

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Executive Director Column 2/18/14 It is only February, and it is beginning to look like this will be a defining year in the story of our country. Check the box: Farm Bill passed Organize for Farm Bill implementation 2014 Workplan drafted Fight Back against the unrelenting war on our families and communities Stand with the […]

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CFJC Statement on the State of the Union Address

29 January 2014

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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 […]

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Joint Statement on Farm Bill Conference Report

29 January 2014

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For more information contact: Lorette Picciano, Rural Coalition, lpicciano@ruralco.org, 202-628-7160 Y. Armando Nieto, Community Food and Justice Coalition, yanieto@cafoodjustice.org, 510-547-1547 January 28, 2014 Joint Statement on Farm Bill Conference Report Rural Coalition, Community Food and Justice Coalition, and the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association have worked with our many allies, including over 400 […]

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Farm Bill and 12 Years a Slave

18 November 2013

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I have just returned from seeing 12 Years A Slave. When I exited the California Theatre in downtown Berkeley, I saw a middle-aged black man with a do-rag unlocking the bicycle next to me, so I asked, “How’d you like the movie.” To my left, a large black man paused, and like the white hipster […]

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