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2020 U.S. ELECTIONS: Update for Food & Farm Activists

This is my latest update on the 2020 U.S. elections for three food & farm listservs — COMFOOD (Tufts U.), Food Policy Networks (Johns Hopkins U.), Regeneration Midwest (a 12-state coalition). These networks are committed to food justice, farm justice, democracy through food policy councils, urban-rural coalitions, thriving local economies, good health for all, as […]

EVANSTON, IL: Search for new City Manager — Community input survey

CHOOSING A NEW CITY MANAGER FOR A U.S. CITY IN 2020 I’d like to frame the search for a new City Manager in the crises of the moment. We are living in a time of growing and interlocking crises—the COVID pandemic, climate destruction, and all the inequalities caused by human cruelty, human stupidity, and human […]

JULY 4, 2020: USA Beginning Again? It’s in the Air

This week, Haymarket Books has been advertising a discussion about Eddie Glaude, Jr.’s new book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own. The conversation was between Glaude and Cornel West and by every Twitter account, it was a terrific one. I’m sure I’ll listen and watch it very soon.   First, […]

SHOCK DOCTRINE — Evanston, IL 2020: Is the city government being hijacked from the voters?

In September 2019, the City Manager of Evanston left his position (after 10 years) for another position. Voters and officials knew well in advance of his leaving that we would need to find a new City Manager. Many public discussions were had, both before September and after, with voters making it clear at every opportunity […]

U.S. CLIMATE ACTION — 40 years wandering in the desert, 40 years desertification: Untangling the Confusions

The night before Earth Day 2020, filmmaker Michael Moore made a surprise announcement about the release of a new film. The film is Planet of the Humans, directed by Jeff Gibbs, with Moore as Executive Producer and author/scholar, Ozzie Zehner, as Producer. The U.S. climate movement hasn’t been the same since — a good thing, […]

REFLECTIONS FROM ILLINOIS, March 17, 2020: Growing season, homeschooling, shamanic dismemberment

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Governor of the State of Illinois imposed a moratorium on ON-SITE CONSUMPTION of food & drink for all Illinois food businesses—grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars, etc.  The moratorium is currently scheduled to continue through March 30. Of course, the situation around COVID 19 is completely fluid no matter what time […]

EVANSTON, IL: A Political Economy Newsletter (March 13, 2020)

This informal newsletter features timely Evanston-connected information in bite-sized formats. The purpose of this newsletter is fourfold — growing our community consciousness, creating a real democracy, restoring our natural resources (air, water, soil, ourselves), and supporting each other economically — one event, one person, one project, one epiphany at a time. Special note to those who are […]