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Evanston, Illinois – Equity & Empowerment Plan: What happened to “Access”?

Evanston, Illinois – Equity & Empowerment Plan:  What happened to “Access”? Early in 2017, the City of Evanston, IL created an Office of Equity and Empowerment. According to the Office’s webpage, “The City of Evanston has embarked on a new mission to more intentionally address issues of access, equity and empowerment. Diversity and inclusion are […]

Job Posting for the Women’s March organization — AKA the real West Wing, the real Executive Branch

Job Posting for the Women’s March organization — AKA the real West Wing, the real Executive Branch Posted July 31, 2017 This is an updated and reformatted version of a July 26, 2017 announcement posted on two food-and-farm listservs serving U.S. and North America. To: Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (national organization based in Ames, […]

2017 and 2018 Elections: Food-and-farm platforms, food-and-farm candidates

2017 and 2018 Elections: Every candidate a food-and-farm candidate? Statewide Food-and-farm Platforms Posted July 28, 2017 On June 26, 2017 I posted a query to two of the largest and most active national and North American food-and-farm listservs — COMFOOD (Tufts Univ.) and FPN (Food Policy Networks – Johns Hopkins Univ.). QUESTION Does anyone have […]

Democracy in Action: Participatory Budgeting Petition – Evanston, IL

Democracy in Action: Participatory Budgeting Petition – Good Neighbor Fund (Evanston-Northwestern University) Posted July 1, 2017   To: Evanston residents Members of the Northwestern University community (students, faculty, staff) Friends of Evanstonians and Northwestern folks Anyone who cares about real democracy cc: Maria Hadden, Participatory Budgeting Project – Chicago Ines Sommer – filmmaker, Count Me […]

Organic Checkoff — NO, New U.S. operating system — YES

Organic Checkoff — NO,  New U.S. operating system — YES Posted April 18, 2017 This blogpost contains two parts: A. My comments on the USDA Organic Checkoff proposal B. Additional resources for learning about the U.S. economy’s operating system — money, banking, language, and democratic process. A. Public comment regarding the Organic Checkoff proposal (submitted on […]

Beyond Capitalism, Before Billionaires: A New-Old System

  BEYOND CAPITALISM, BEFORE BILLIONAIRES:  A New-Old System Posted February 13, 2017 Adapted from a post published on COMFOOD listserv (Tufts University), Feb. 3, 2017. Written in response to a January 2017 thought piece by Ahna Kruzic and Eric Holt-Giminez (Food First), Beyond Trump: How Will a Billionaire’s Privatization of the Presidency Affect our Food? […]

STILL MISSING IN THE U.S.: WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE AUTHORITY (Part A)

STILL MISSING IN THE U.S.:  WOMEN’S COLLECTIVE AUTHORITY – Part A Resources for Inspiration and Action (3 parts) Posted: November 27, 2016 Part A. Events Part B. Current Messages for Inspiration –Reactions to U.S. Election –Standing Rock –Waging Peace Part C. Creating New Foundations for Life:  Practical 21st Century Initiatives  This is a revised and […]