A popular Change.org petition had been signed over 26,600 times in only 48 hours then suddenly drops to just over 14,750. Why? The petition had been expected to surpass 35,000 by Friday morning. Change.org has not responded to our request for comment but one thing appears clear, this was no accident. more
North Chicago’s Be Well-Lake County aims to increase access to healthy food for Type 2 diabetics and others in food deserts. “It provides diabetes care and education for medically underserved patients in North Chicago.” Other similar programs have emerged where convenience stores participate in getting residents more access to healthy foods. For instance, convenience store Mi Mexico in Mount Prospect in Chicago participates in the Healthy HotSpot Corner Store pilot program, which is coordinated by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.
Molly Aronica presents a series of articles, videos, and slide shows that demonstrate the strong ties that fast food companies have established with children through advertising. She points out that fast feeders have shifted their marketing focus from children to parents – who they hope will “feel good about buying ‘healthy’ alternatives for their children.” more
Prisoner of the Census is calling on you to sign a letter supporting the Census Bureau end prison gerrymandering practices--the current practice of tabulating incarcerated people as “residents” of the prison instead in their home communities. Prisoner of the Census breaks it down:
"When this data is used to draw legislative districts, the impact is startling: many prison districts have a significant percentage of their "residents" behind bars.
The Environmental Protection Agency is looking for your comments to their Working Draft of Policy on Environmental Justice for Tribes and Indigenous People. The draft policy includes provisions for expanding EPA efforts in addressing the environmental justice concerns of a broader set of indigenous stakeholders. This includes indigenous community-based/grassroots organizations and tribal colleges to improve environmental health throughout the United States and its territories.
The deadline for public comments is February 15, 2013.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is asking food justice leaders, organizations, and businesses to sign on to the letter below addressed to Rep. George Miller, asking him to re-introduce the Fair Minimum Wage Act. This act would increase the regular minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9.80 over three years and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 up to 70% of the full minimum wage. Rep.