Monthly Archives: May 2015

Happy Birthday Dorothea Lange

Photojournalist & documentary photographer Dorothea Lange was born on this day in 1895. The shot known as “Migrant Mother,” immediately below, is among the most famous images of the Dust Bowl era in U.S. history. Lange was working as a photographer for the Resettlement Administration at the time, photographing farm labor around the state of…

1988 Presidential Forum on Agriculture and Rural Life

The 1988 Presidential Forum on Agriculture and Rural Life

January 23, 1988. Ames, Iowa.

The Democratic Party had five candidates who supported substantial reform of U.S. agricultural policy in order to safeguard the interests of small family farmers. The reforms in mind that year were most prominently embodied by legislation introduced by one of those candidates, Richard Gephardt – the Save the Family Farm bill, also known as the Harkin-Gephardt Farm Bill.

Courtesy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

The Andy Lopez Task Force Minority Report You Won’t Read About in the Press Democrat

You might think this letter from Caroline Banuelos and Robert Edmonds would merit some discussion or at least mention in the local daily newspaper monopoly, and you’d be right. It just hasn’t happened yet. As Chair and Vice Chair of the Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (CALLE), we are very proud…

Joseph Stiglitz – The Great Divide: Unequal Societies And What We Can Do About Them

Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, April 24, 2015.

From the World Bank Live website:
“How has America become the most unequal advanced country in the world, and what can we do about it? In The Great Divide, Stiglitz, argues that inequality is a choice—the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities. From Reagan-era policies to the Great Recession, Stiglitz delves into the irresponsible policies—deregulation, tax cuts, and tax breaks for the 1 percent—that are turning the American dream into an ever more unachievable myth.

Drawing lessons from Scandinavia, Singapore, and Japan, he urges to embrace real solutions: increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy; offering more help to the children of the poor; investing in education, science, and infrastructure; helping out homeowners instead of banks; and, most importantly, doing more to restore the economy to full employment. His is a call to confront America’s economic inequality as the political and moral issue that it is. If we reinvest in people and pursue the other policies that he describes, America can live up to the shared dream of a more prosperous, more equal society.”

This Day in History: Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee Verdict

via Carl Bunin & PeaceButtons.info:   May 18, 1979 A jury in a federal court in Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee established a company’s responsibility for damage to the health of a worker in the nuclear industry. Karen Silkwood worked for the Kerr-McGee Nuclear Corporation at their Cimmaron, Texas, plant where plutonium was manufactured. Silkwood had become the first…

Big Turnout in Support of Sonoma Compost at Board of Supervisors Hearing

From Evan Wiig of The Farmer’s Guild, via Facebook: Big thanks to the HUGE show of support at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors hearing. The room was PACKED with passionate supporters, eloquent farmers like Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm and Kaiti Catchmyer of Red H Farm, ag advocates like Carmen Snyder of Sonoma County Farm…