Tag Archives: GOAT

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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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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Got your GOAT?

20 May 2014

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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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Movement Building Through Food and Farm Policy

7 February 2014

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Courtney Hendrix, Communications Specialist If you were to ask me three years ago what the Farm Bill was, I would tell you that I had never heard of it before. It wasn’t until I came to CFJC in the fall of 2011 that I learned the Farm Bill is the primary piece of legislation that […]

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GOAT Convening and Next Steps

7 February 2014

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Jessy Gill, Policy Specialist Last week on January 30 and 31, over 50 individuals came from across the country to attend the Third Annual GOAT (Getting Our Act Together) Convening in Washington, DC. The Convening was bookended by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Members Meeting, and the National Family Farm Coalition Board Meeting, providing 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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Martin Luther King, Jr. and History Imperatives

21 January 2014

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Executive Director Column 1/21/14 This year the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday took on special significance for many of us. First, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support throughout the year, with particular thanks to the many who contributed to our year end appeal. It takes just a little from a […]

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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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Keep Pressure on your Senators on Farm Bill Amendments

7 June 2013

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The following information is presented in appreciation of those who participate in the GOAT (Getting Our Act Together) process and Farm Bill Collaboration, which promotes a fair farm bill based on equity and sustainability, with special recognition to our close partner the Rural Coalition. The US Senate, having agreed on Thursday to limit debate on the Farm […]

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May ED Message

21 May 2013

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Dear Friends: Today the Senate takes up the 2013 Farm Bill—mimicking the (which should happen once every five years) 2012 Farm Bill process. It is possible they will debate and decide on an as-yet-undetermined number of amendments and pass a Farm Bill before the Memorial Day recess, but as with so many things about this […]

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September Redux — ED Letter September, Part II

24 September 2012

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My Dear Friends: It’s September redux, because we are sending out two newsletters this month, in lieu of our monthly public policy call. We also invite you to the weekly GOAT calls (just email jgill@cafoodjustice.org ), to learn the latest on federal public policy and what groups from around the state, across the country, and […]

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September Change Up– ED Letter September, Part I

10 September 2012

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September Change Up– ED Letter September, Part I

My Dear Friends: All of a sudden it feels that despite the heat, summer is over, and politics and food policy has kicked into high gear. In response, CFJC will forego our monthly public policy call, and instead issue two e-newsletters and co-host a press conference in D.C. along with GOAT partners the Rural Coalition […]

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