Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where does your food come from?

an enslaved women in the tea industry
this can easily be regarded as the big question of the year...where does it from from? and who is harmed in the process? what safety precautions are sidestepped to make sure that grapes sell at $1.99 a pound? under what conditions do people live who cut sugar cane that winds up in cereal, coffee, bread, and  the host of packaged foods consumed daily?

Friday, September 16, 2011

We Must Fight for Ourselves

Much of the language in social movement and progressive organizations is reformist in nature. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; it is the reality. Perhaps it reflects the reality that movement building organizations rely on external funding. Perhaps it reflects a fear that many have to oppose the formidable and well-funded corporate interests. Perhaps it is a necessary stage in the process of change. We have to start from somewhere, right?