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.

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By Makani Themba

Executive Director of The Praxis Project

“They call it due process and some people are overdue… Somebody said ‘brother-man gonna break a window, gonna steal a hubcap, gonna smoke a joint, brother man gonna go to jail.’  The man who tried to steal America is not in jail… And America was ‘shocked.’  America leads the world in shocks.  Unfortunately, America does not lead the world in deciphering the cause of shock…”

- We Beg Your Pardon (Pardon Our Analysis) by Gil Scott-Heron

By John Nichols

 

The nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group responded to the acquittal of George Zimmerman with shock, anguish and a call to action.

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