Tag Archives: President Obama

Millions Sought for Global Fund to Aid Farms: NYTimes World

EARTH DAY: HELENE COOPER reports from Washinton DC: The Obama administration is proposing to add $408 million to a global fund to boost food production and encourage good farming practices in the developing world, the Treasury Department announced on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Obama Appoints Pesticide Boss As Top Government Agriculture Negotiator

While the Government slumbers through spring break, President Obama: (…) bypass(ed) a vacationing senate to make recess appointments of 15 nominees, including an Indian American; agricultural scientist (Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui,) as chief agricultural negotiator in trade talks. (Economic Times, … Continue reading

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The White Supremacist in Us: Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen, Executive Director of Applied Research Center and Publisher of ColorLines, weighs in on the white supremacy that is “deeply embedded in our minds” and culture.  Read the full story at the Huffington Post here.

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Sotomayor Nomination to Supreme Court Brings Up Uncertain Meaning of Activism

The NYTimes reports: (…) while Judge Sotomayor has occasionally made statements outside court that conservatives find objectionable, it is far from clear that her judicial record supports the accusation that she is an activist. Several empirical studies have concluded that … Continue reading

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Obama Adds Money to Pay Black Farmers for Bias: NYTimes

In yesterdays NYTimes, a blurb in the Business section announced: The White House has added $1.15 billion to a fund meant to settle claims made under a discrimination lawsuit filed by black farmers against the Department of Agriculture. The money, … Continue reading

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“A Good Food Manifesto for America” by Will Allen

(Re-posted from the Growing Food and Justice Initiative list-serve. Please read on. –ed.) A Good Food Manifesto for America by Will Allen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Growing Power I am a farmer. While I find that this has … Continue reading

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White House Pledges $50 Million in Seed Capital for Social Innovation Fund

From the White House blog, Michele Jolin talks about the creation of a Social Innovation Fund: Yesterday, the President announced that he would ask Congress in the FY2010 budget to provide $50 million in seed capital for his Social Innovation Fund, … Continue reading

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Van Jones on Green Rooftops, Green Jobs

Van Jones, author and activist, and recently appointed Special Adviser to Green Jobs on the White House Council for Environmental Quality, visits DC Green Works to talk with Sara Loveland about the environmental benefits of green rooftops, and the opportunity … Continue reading

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Obama Flinches on Immigration: NYTimes Editorial

From an editorial about Obama and immigration in yesterday’s NYTimes: In a little-noticed act of political faintheartedness, the Obama administration has pulled back from nominating Thomas Saenz, a highly regarded civil-rights lawyer and counsel to the mayor of Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Van Jones to Advise Obama on Green Jobs

From Wednesday’s edition of Democracy Now: The Obama administration has tapped author and activist Van Jones to become a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation. Jones is expected to start work next week. He is author of the … Continue reading

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Crisis on All Sides: The Obama Housing Plan

NPR’s Planet Money podcast, Friday, February 20th edition, Hear: The Obama Plan.

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Making a scandal for bankers

Google game: Make a 3 word phrase, in a specific order, and that has logical sense for at least one example sentence that you can think of–  then search the three word phrase, in quotes, on Google, and the first … Continue reading

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Literally Speaking: Transform problems instead of burying them

The old-century question still looms: where to “throw away” all this “waste?” Scenario one, the old method:  Dump industrial boat-loads of agriculture waste into the ocean, slowing the decomposition rate of the waste in the dark, cold, oxygen-deprived underwater environment. … Continue reading

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Obama Tunes to Genius Urban Farmer?

First MacArthur “genius grant,” now calls from Obama team (click above to read full article from Milwaukee Journal Sentinal) see also virtual farmgirl blog: Team Obama Calls on Urban Farm Expert for an Ag Chat Will Allen, Milwaukee’s urban farming … Continue reading

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