(Photo: Dave Brenner/U-M SNRE)The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.
Vicki Zilke is a farmer in Ypsilanti, Mich., population 20,000, where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line. Every week, she sells her vegetables at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, one of two in the city. Nearly 40 percent of the shoppers at both hubs are on some form of food assistance funding from the government.
The two farmers markets first started accepting payment through food assistance Read More
The report shows that organizing to build the power of black workers is the ONLY way to challenge the structural racism that perpetuates black social, political and economic inequity. From Read More
Unconditional basic income is not only feasible, but it also has more emancipatory potential than any other single policy because it targets economic vulnerability, the heart of all labour exploitation.
Last May, I argued in a piece for Al-Jazeera that the emerging global anti-slavery movement risks becoming no more than a fig leaf for structural political-economic injustice. I suggested that unless it faces that injustice head-on, it will waste a generational opportunity to make the world more just, focussing instead on making consumers and activists “feel better about feeling bad.”
It doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative, Read More