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Women of Color Hold the Keys to Transforming the Food System

As a Black girl growing up as a farmworker in rural North Carolina, the realities of our food system were obvious early on. My first realization that the food system was broken was not in the segregated lines of free “welfare baby” lunchers and full-price lunch students in middle school, nor was it in the grocery store line where we shamefully offered our welfare checks in exchange for Body Buddies cereal and “government cheese.” It was in the tobacco and cucumber fields, just outside of Mount Olive, where my 11-year-old twin sister, my younger cousins, my aunts, and myself spent our summers working for Mr. Julius; his grandson, who was much younger than all of us, was our overseer, towering over us on his tractor.

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Three Ways to Truly Expand Opportunity in America

Two weeks ago, President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act while the bipartisan House Budget Committee released its Expanding Opportunity in America plan. Overall, both strive to build opportunity in America by improving people’s ability to get a job, reforming our education system, and improving programs for people reentering the workforce. These are important ideas. Yet, “coaching” or training folks to build opportunity for themselves is just one piece. Training can only get people so far, especially if there are no well-paying jobs available in their community. The second, and critical piece is making sure that folks are positioned to leverage that opportunity.

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How Do We Create a Food System That Works for Everyone? Here’s How

Should 16 million kids really go to sleep hungry? Of course not, but unfortunately, this is the reality for too many young people and their families. Because the way our food system is set up, it fails too many of us, despite how hard we work. How do we create a food system that works for everyone – from children to farm workers to laborers? Here’s how.

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Better transit is the path to progress in New Orleans

CSI’s Simran Noor argues in The Times-Picayune for better transit in New Orleans.

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CONVERSATIONS ON RACIAL EQUITY: CSI TALKS TO RACIAL EQUITY FELLOW ERIC WALKER

I recently sat down with CSI Racial Equity Fellow Eric Walker, resident of Buffalo and member of the Environmental Justice Action Group of Western New York, whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income people participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Eric Walker is also one of the co-founders of PUSH Buffalo, a local membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side.

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Beyond Fighting Stigma: Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

In the past few weeks, we have seen a rise in public conversations about breastfeeding. Last month Facebook lifted their ban on female nipples in breastfeeding photos after the #freethenipple campaign, a campaign fighting against Internet censorship, went viral.These online actions are a step in the right direction to normalize breastfeeding. But normalizing breastfeeding in all communities is only the tip of the iceberg.

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Fifty Years Ago Today

50 years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. The Act was a triumph for the Freedom Riders, the organizers and the advocates, and all those struggling to fight against the injustice of segregation, discrimination, and hate. Yet, 50 years later how much further have we gone? Sadly, we are falling behind of the hopes, dreams and goals of our Civil Rights’ pioneers.

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50 years later: Freedom Summer and the Fight against Voter Suppression

Freedom Summer is an inspiration to us all, but it also reminds us how history has a habit of repeating itself. We have certainly come a long way from the days of Jim Crow, yet the strategy of disenfranchising people of color voters is still happening today.

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