National Links & Snapshots

Counting pennies, votes, and soil particles: Learning and Liberation
(a rolling autobiography by a Chicago Baby Boomer)
July 2019

ROLLING DRAFT:  an autobiographical analysis of money and governance in the U.S.
(23 pages including recommended resources)
A.  PROLOGUE:  Why isn’t money more like arithmetic?
B. 1951-present  —  Money & Governance: Biographical context
C. 2007-present  —  Money & Governance: Resources for a professional activist
D.  EPILOGUE: All the information is needed, by everyone, all the time
E.  APPENDIX: Recommended Resources

Money & Governance Resources: Personal lists  
(3 pages)
a. Books, articles, media
b. Organizations
c. Activist sectors
d. Twitter accounts that I follow



A “Green New Deal” for Farm & Food Policy  (May 2019)
The Economic Pamphleteer
by John Ikerd
Professor emeritus of agricultural economics (Univ. of Missouri)

Two quotes:
–“The Green New Deal provides an opportunity not only to proclaim Food Sovereignty as a new mandate for farm and food policy, but also to reclaim and recommit our government to its fundamental purpose of securing the rights of the people.”

–“To claim that everyone has an equal right to everything of economic value could accurately be labeled as socialism. However, this is fundamentally different from the claim that everyone has an equal right to meet their basic human needs for clean air and water, healthy food, adequate housing, quality health care, and basic economic security.”



Healthy Soils to Cool the Planet: A Philanthropic Action Guide (2019)

“This guide focuses on philanthropic and investment opportunities to promote healthy soils and soil carbon sequestration (SCS) primarily through changes in agricultural practices in the United States and globally. It was produced by Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, a consulting rm based in Takoma Park, Maryland.”

Very good overview (40+ pages) of the issues, the high-impact strategies, and many examples of current funders (with contact information).


FOOD-AND-FARM PLATFORM for 2018 Elections
Regenerating our Democracy, our Habitats, Ourselves 
A two-page platform for candidates, voters, and media.

Page 1 contains systemic policies and programs implementable at the federal level.  

State + Local
Page 2 contains Illinois-specific goals and strategies, most of which can easily apply to other states, as well as to other jurisdictions (county, municipal, school district, etc.).


Agricultural Parity, Trade Parity, and Monetary Reform: Maintaining Purchasing Power over Time
2-page explainer prepared by AMI’s Parity Agriculture Committee
Convened by Geraldine Perry (author of Climate Change, Land Use, and Monetary Reform, 2015 book)
With expert input from Randy Cook, president – National Organization for Raw Materials (NORM)


USDA Listening Session 2017 – Coalition Statement to Chief Scientist

Soon after the 2016 election, the Office of the USDA’s Chief Scientist organized a listening session, presumably for the new administration.  Public comment was invited to provide a 50-year vision of U.S. food-and-farm systems for sustainable production.  The listening session was held on March 2, 2017.

A coalition statement was written by four food-and-farm practitioners:
— Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association (Washington, DC)
— Meg Hourigan, Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy (Connecticut)
— Liza Marron, San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (Colorado)
— Debbie Hillman, FoodFarmsDemocracy (Illinois)

Within two days, an additional 20 individuals and 18 organizations signed on to the statement, which was submitted to the Office of the Chief Scientist on March 9, 2017.  The statement begins:

Visioning of United States Agricultural Systems for Sustainable Production
Over the next 50 years, U.S. agriculture must shift to diverse, resilient, adaptive and regenerative systems that mimic nature, stimulate healthy soils, restore ecosystems, benefit human health, ensure human safety, sustain just and livable employment at all points in the supply chain, increase biodiversity, and build communities of practice, to ensure the vitality of human health and local economies.

The complete 2-page statement (plus signatories) can be read here:
USDA Listening Session 2017 – Coalition Statement to Chief Scientist