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MLK Day in John Deere Country

I flew to Iowa to speak at Grinnell College on MLK Day. The weather was several degrees below freezing but the reception was warm. I was scheduled to speak Monday at 4:15 pm. At 4 o’clock, people from the community began streaming into the chapel-like auditorium: mostly white women, their eyes shining with anticipation. ...

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A chef’s midlife crisis

In the Bible, Joel 2:28 states, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” With that said, I must be in the throes of a midlife crisis, because I am dreaming of and envisioning a strong and vibrant food system. ...

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The media creation of consumer activism

It’s been a long trip, but after months of writing and reflecting about what environmental justice principles have to do with food and digital justice, the Justice Communicators have finally reached the last environmental justice principle. Principle 17 states, “Environmental Justice requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to ...

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A new dream

At this time on the clock of the planet, of the world, our country and our city, I cannot get out of my mind “The Second Coming,” the famous “Things Fall Apart” poem written by William Butler Yeats nearly 100 years ago, 1919, in the wake of the First World War and the 1917 Russian Revolution. ...

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Half way there: Eastern Market transforming ahead of 125th anniversary

Since 1891 Eastern Market has connected residents with food producers. In 2016, Eastern Market will be celebrating its 125th anniversary and we intend to celebrate by working over the next three years to complete the transformation that Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) — the nonprofit that manages the market — has been implementing over the past few years. ...

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Chomsky: Work, learning, freedom

I’d like to begin the New Year by thanking Noam Chomsky for his interview by Michael Kasenbacher published by RSN on Dec. 27. In the interview, the 88-year-old Chomsky makes an important philosophic contribution to the building of a new 21st century society by viewing work and learning in the context of freedom. ...

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