A popular Change.org petition had been signed over 26,600 times in only 48 hours then suddenly drops to just over 14,750. Why? The petition had been expected to surpass 35,000 by Friday morning. Change.org has not responded to our request for comment but one thing appears clear, this was no accident. more
North Chicago’s Be Well-Lake County aims to increase access to healthy food for Type 2 diabetics and others in food deserts. “It provides diabetes care and education for medically underserved patients in North Chicago.” Other similar programs have emerged where convenience stores participate in getting residents more access to healthy foods. For instance, convenience store Mi Mexico in Mount Prospect in Chicago participates in the Healthy HotSpot Corner Store pilot program, which is coordinated by Communities Putting Prevention to Work.
Molly Aronica presents a series of articles, videos, and slide shows that demonstrate the strong ties that fast food companies have established with children through advertising. She points out that fast feeders have shifted their marketing focus from children to parents – who they hope will “feel good about buying ‘healthy’ alternatives for their children.” more
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is asking food justice leaders, organizations, and businesses to sign on to the letter below addressed to Rep. George Miller, asking him to re-introduce the Fair Minimum Wage Act. This act would increase the regular minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9.80 over three years and the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 up to 70% of the full minimum wage. Rep.
The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, based in the West Bank just announced the release of their report on Palestinian national identity. Although it is widely known that the establishment of Israel in 1948 resulted in the forced displacement of Palestinians from their homeland, the multiple Palestinian national identities that have emerged over time shape the continued struggle for self-determination today.
Even though mainstream media largely ignores Southern organizing happening today, southern social justice organizations used the MLK holiday & Inauguration Day to call for demands as a part of their “The People’s 100 Days” campaign.
The Southern Movement Alliance worked with its member organizations to pull off Actions took place on Monday across the region, including: