If you are of a certain age (let’s say born between 1970 and 1985), I suspect there’s a better than average chance that your introduction to the American lawmaking process came courtesy of an animated and singing piece of legislation. This plucky bill overcame his fear of Death by Committee and his long, long trip to Capitol City to get signed into law, while in the process demystifying the legislative process for a generation of young viewers.
If you’ve been following recent discussion over the 2012 Farm Bill, you might notice a few things that differ from the Schoolhouse Rock account. Our paper protagonist never contended with sinister lobbyists or smoky backroom deals–not to mention concerned citizens who want bills to reflect their faith and values. Fortunately, no such omissions were made at last Monday’s Chewing on Food Justice: The Farm Bill and You event, where the Pursue team assembled an impressive coterie of experts on the Farm Bill to educate and inspire the assembled crowd. Read more →
This post originally appeared on The Jew and the Carrot.
It was the pile of onions that made me cry. Not in the way you might think—I wasn’t standing over a cutting board, knife in hand, sobbing my way through an extended dicing activity. The onions that made me cry were whole, bagged and stacked about 5 feet high, in a small village in Western Senegal, where I was travelling with American Jewish World Service
I cried because of the story behind this stack of onions, a story of thwarted ambition, injustice, and our broken global food system. Working with a local Non-Governmental Organization called GREEN Senegal
, farmers from this village had implemented new farming practices, such as drip irrigation that vastly improved their efficiency and productivity. With much less time and effort, they had increased the quantity and quality of their onion crop, and were ready to bring their goods to market. In addition to the economic gain the villagers hoped to see through their efforts, the new efficiencies had the side benefits of allowing children to spend more time in school, rather than in the fields helping with the harvest, and mothers to spend more time in the home caring for their families.
It sounded like a success story. So why was I crying? Read more →
As we bid farewell to 2011, a year where popular uprisings the world over captured our collective imagination, we here at Pursue can’t help but feel inspired and reflective. We wanted to share a brief recap of the ways that Pursuers themselves have dared to dream, explored new ideas, connected to one another, and cultivated relationships based on shared values and the hope for a better tomorrow. Today we reflect on our regional work this year.
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