Tag Archives: ED Letter

Undeniable Human Spirit

21 September 2017


Dear Friends and Colleagues: Wednesday, September 27th I have been asked to speak at a discussion hosted by the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) on the subjects of SNAP and the 2018 Farm Bill, because, yes, despite the immediate environmental, political and economic challenges, we have to continue advocacy and organizing to effect just […]

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What’s in a Name?

4 September 2017


Dear Friends and Colleagues: Last November, in Long Beach California, my mother’s children and grandchildren gathered at a neighborhood elementary school to witness a ceremony formally changing the school’s name in her honor. Olivia Nieto Herrera was an amazing woman, but of course, to me she was just, mom. Her achievements included partnering with Rep. […]

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O Captain! My Captain!

3 August 2017

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Dear Friends and Colleagues: When Walt Whitman wrote his poem about the death of President Abraham Lincoln, he captured the sorrow and depth of loss in a nation torn asunder by the clash of cultures and a bloody war that marred the country in 1865. We have not lost our captain, but I fear this […]

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Your New Normal is Vigilance…

9 July 2017

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Dear Friends and Colleagues: I’ve been on something of a hiatus, spending time in the Santa Barbara/Carpinteria/Rincon area writing and attending the Santa Barbara Writers Conference (SBWC). It was an adventure-filled two weeks about which I will write elsewhere. During that time I pretty much ignored the news and didn’t turn on a television set, […]

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You Can’t Make this Stuff Up…

25 May 2017

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, When I was growing up one of the ongoing discussions we school children had was, “How could the people in Germany not do something to stop Adolph Hitler and the horrible things he did in World War II? All the atrocities he perpetuated inside and outside of the country?” In the […]

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Bluster and a Path Forward

4 May 2017

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Dear Friends and colleagues: OMG, when he juts his chin out he even looks like Mussolini… The brouhaha around the new President’s first 100 day is as fake as his patriotism, as evidenced by this birthday card to Melania Trump, complete with a U.S. flag with all of thirty-nine stars. Sometimes a prop is just […]

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He Said What?

7 March 2017

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Reflecting on the first weeks of a new White House administration is not new for many of us. However, by any standard or measurement we are in new territory with the Trump administration. And, after just one month it’s all still new and shiny—the emotions, the outrage, the passion and never ending surprise executive orders. For […]

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The New Gilded Age…Robber Barons Redux

6 February 2017

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  My Dear Colleagues and Friends: Now that Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State, we need to keep watch on how long until the sanctions on Russia are lifted. Tillerson’s previous job was C.E.O. of ExxonMobil, where the world’s largest gas and oil corporation invested in 63.6 million acres of potential assets in Russia that […]

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Food, Power, Politics & Climate Change

1 November 2016

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Dear Friends and Colleagues: This is one of the more difficult messages I have tried to write for CFJC. Over the past four weeks I have repeatedly contacted Courtney to say that I wasn’t happy with what I’d written, and ask her to wait another week to send the message out. The problem is that […]

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Birthday Greetings!

31 August 2016

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  Dear Friends and Colleagues: Yes, it’s true what they say—Medicare is a wonderful thing! Truly, Medicare for all is the solution to the healthcare debacle. True, the losers in such a radical proposal are the insurance companies, who like the stock brokers and hedge fund managers and corporate CEOs, have driven the need for […]

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Gee whiz, it’s great to be back!

6 July 2016

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Dear Friends and Colleagues: As most of you know, for the past year I have been on medical leave for congestive heart failure. Happily, because of advances in health care this diagnosis is something many of us can now live with, assuming better eating and exercise habits in addition to the new “miracle” medications. But […]

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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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