(VIA Truth-Out)Republicans are outraged for all the wrong reasons.This past Friday, $5 billion was automatically slashed from the federal food stamps program, affecting the lives of 47 million Americans.The USDA estimates that because of these cuts, a family of four who receives food stamps benefits will lose about 20 meals per month.But these enormous cuts to food stamps aren't enough for Republicans.They still want to slash an additional $40 billion from the program in the name of reducing spending and federal debt.
The current Farm bill represents a new low in US politics. What used to be a fairly shared value - feeding the hungry - is now out the window. Previous arguments for cutting food programs focused on fraud and waste. Now, proponents of cuts do not deny that there is need or hunger. They are asserting, successfully, that there are people who don't deserve food even if they are hungry.
The biggest food fight of all is ensuring that SNAP remains in place to feed people, especially during this time of extended economic downturn. There is a massive right wing attack on people’s basic rights, one of the most important being the right to food.
The fight for improving school food in communities inundated with processed food continues as communities, parents, and students work to find creative ways to challenge the corporate-dominated school food contract system. While the USDA has been slowly working to implement better standards for school food, groups are working at the school and school district level to shift cafeteria menus, change contract procurement terms, and source food locally.
Communities are not just fighting hunger, but also fighting for sources of healthy food in their neighborhoods. Growing food in our communities that is healthy, affordable, and GMO-free is a critical part of any food justice movement. Here are some groups that are taking food production to another level by feeding their communities, reviving tradition, and generating wealth.
South West Organizing Project (SWOP) “Project Feed the Hood”
USDA Public Comment Period on Rules for SNAP Retail Establishments Ends Next Month
California’s mass prison hunger strike ended on Sept. 5, Day 60 of the strike after two state legislators issued statements of public support for reform of conditions that have had hundreds locked in solitary confinement for more than a decade.
Remember when the Senate immigration bill was heralded as a huge victory a few months ago? While most progressive groups swallowed the bitter pill of one-sided compromise that drastically increased border militarization and ignored workers rights, few groups bravely spoke out against it, which we covered in a previous edition of the App.