(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.
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Mainstreaming in the UK: Lessons for the US? From multiculturalism to structural racism and now, mainstreaming. Efforts to advance equity and equality in the United Kingdom have been shifting dramatically in the face of hard economic times and new political realities. Still, many of these policies provide powerful models for social justice advocates in the US.
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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.
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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”
Moral Mondays and “Fusion Politics” Organizing
As the nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington last month, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal issued statements claiming that America’s problem is “people being too proud of their ethnic identities and emphasizing their separateness.”
When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds came together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn't nearly on the political radar then like it is today.
"They were fighting for equality, and that's exactly what we're fighting for," said Mikhel Crichlow, 28, a native of Trinidad and Tobago now living in Brooklyn. Crichlow said he was going to Washington for the commemoration.
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“Freedom, Jobs, Peace & Social Justice”
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement
10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership & Organizing Training Conference
Highlights: Unity Breakfast, Tribute to Jamal Rose, Issue Organizing Breakouts, Regional/State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
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Marriott Kansas City Downtown - Imperial Ballroom
August 16th, 2012, 8pm-until...
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