16 February 2015

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Changes in 2015

Executive Director Column 2/17/15 Over the past three years, as CFJC participated in the GOAT (Getting Our Act Together) process, we learned more about the Pettus Bridge March in Selma, Alabama, from those who were there in 1965, and those who celebrate the “Bloody Sunday” event annually by re-creating the march. It has been a […]

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27 January 2015

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What’s New in 2015

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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15 December 2014

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Best Wishes & Blessings

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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25 November 2014

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Ferguson 11/24/14

Executive Director Column 11/25/14 Dear Colleagues: Listening to the District Attorney out of St. Louis last night, I was reminded why I dropped out of law school. As an idealistic student, it didn’t take long to learn that, increasingly in this country, the law does not always have much to do with justice. Or, at […]

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21 October 2014

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Choosing to be Fearless

Dear Colleagues: On the GOAT call this afternoon we discussed the need to regroup as Capitol Hill staff work out differing scenarios, depending on the results of the 2014 mid-term elections, now just two weeks away. I don’t think anyone really has an idea of who is going to win the election season sweepstakes, but […]

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22 September 2014

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Every Day is Voter Registration Day

Executive Director Column 9/23/14 Dear Friends, Colleagues, & Fellow Americans: Congress is in recess until after the elections on November 4th,  except that their staff is working behind the scenes on Capitol Hill, planning for the various scenarios: will Republicans take the Senate? If so, does that mean nothing gets done until the new Congress is […]

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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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5 March 2015

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A New Experience

Luis Ochoa-Lopez, Communications and Evaluations Intern When I heard that CFJC was invited to present a workshop to 3rd graders at the local Cleveland Elementary School, I thought this could be a great opportunity to familiarize myself with how to present to a difference type of audience. This would be the first time I would […]

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4 March 2015

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How CFJC Helped Me Connect The Dots

Kira Lou, Food and Climate Policy Research Intern When I first decided to intern at CFJC in September, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. That’s not to say that the experience was negative in any way. It is to say that I didn’t immediately have a full grasp of the work […]

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17 February 2015

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The Sacredness of Bloody Sunday Triumphs!

All groups in agreement that only one Bloody Sunday March will take place — Sunday, March 8, 2015. Below is a copy of the joint statement released by various groups participating in the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, events related to which include the Commemoration of and Re-Commitment of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, the Passage of the 1965 […]

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4 February 2015

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Sidewalk Scenes – An Internship Reflection

              By Dorian Toy, Communications and Development Intern I will begin with a quote from Master Yoda: “Strike back against the empire, we must.” On my morning walks to the CFJC office, I find this quote on a mural depicting Master Yoda wielding his lightsaber with a grim expression. […]

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28 January 2015

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Then and Now: War on Poverty

Notice: This blog is released on the day of the All In: Alameda County New War on Poverty press announcement and release of All In to End Hunger by 2020 By: Evelyn Hartman, Food Policy and Evaluation Intern As I begin my search to understand the social and political climate of the United States when […]

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18 December 2014

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Emergency Drought Funding: Not A Sustainable Option for California

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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25 November 2014

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November Spotlight: California Environmental Justice Coalition’s Founding Conference

On November 8th, CFJC staff attended the CaliforniaEnvironmental Justice Coalition’s founding conference in Kettleman City. Nearly 50 organizations from across California gathered to learn about one another’s work and discuss how we can collectively support each other. Throughout the conference attendees underscored the value of CEJC as a united front because of the power we bring to California’s environmental justice movement as […]

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24 November 2014

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November 2014: Food For Just-Us

San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, located in the southeast corner of the city, was once a thriving Black community. Over the last several decades, the neighborhood has become a tragic example of what happens when communities of color are marginalized and experience institutional and structural racism. Concentrated poverty, environmental injustices, high rates of chronic diseases, and […]

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