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EVANSTON, IL (March 27, 2021): Elections Pop-up Newsletter

Local elections in Evanston, IL are on April 6, 2021. This is a pop-up newsletter to provide practical information, to facilitate participation, and to highlight big picture issues by connecting our local issues with larger jurisdictions (county, state, regional, national, world). This will probably be my last newsletter before the election. To: Evanston voters Evanston candidatesEvanston […]

PUBLIC BANKING: Testimony to Illinois General Assembly Committee

Today, March 23, 2021, the Financial Institutions Committee of the Illinois General Assembly is hosting a “subject matter” hearing on state banks, as promoted in a current bill HB0089, “Community Bank of Illinois Act”. Members of the informal Illinois public banking coalition were invited to provide testimony. Knowing how these hearings sometimes go, I opted […]

URBAN & SUBURBAN VOTERS: Right to Food, Right to Garden — Current Illinois Bill (2021)

Just like the Whole Earth Catalogue did for my generation of urban folks (Baby Boom), I think The New Farmer’s Almanac can help to reconnect urban & suburban people—70% of U.S. voters—with the land, earth cycles, and our own human cycles. So that collectively, we make better decisions—climate-wise and democracy-wise. This right to food, right to garden legislation will […]

LAND WALKS for K-12: Homeschooling & Remote Learning in the 2020-21 pandemic

I’m wondering if the idea of regular LAND WALKS for Evanston students would relieve some of the stress that the pandemic is putting on everyone—parents, teachers, administrators, and students themselves? This proposal is addressed to my community of 43 years–Evanston, Illinois–but I think it could be useful for every U.S. community, family, school district, etc. […]

2020 U.S. ELECTIONS: FOOD, FARMS, DEMOCRACY PLATFORM — Making the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture an Election Issue — for all candidates and all voters

In my June 14, 2019 blog on Presidential Politics + Food & Farm Justice, I quoted journalist John Nichols extensively about how the appointment of a U.S. Secretary of Agriculture was, for Trump, “an afterthought” (see Nichols’s book on all Trump’s cabinet appointments, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse). In fact Sonny Perdue was the last cabinet appointment that Trump […]

CARTS for EVERYDAY BICYCLE USE

For most of my adult life, my primary mode of transportation has been a bicycle + detachable cart. If we count Earth Day 1970 as the official start of climate concern, then all 35 years of my life with a bike + cart took place amidst growing consciousness and support for that kind of transportation. […]