Please don’t look away. 20 GOP-led states are suing the USDA over a rule from the agency that prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ students in free school lunch programs. The AGs argue schools have the right to deny queer and trans kids lunch money. https://t.co/xM3IGonUIB — Gillian Branstetter (@GBBranstetter) July 27, 2022
It does seem that mistrusting Russia is still the smartest position to take. #Ukraine 🇺🇦: Russian missiles struck the port of #Odesa today. By attacking the port the #Kremlin is making sure no captain dares to dock at the ports, meaning the Russians are actively sabotaging the grain deal they signed. pic.twitter.com/tB2rCdW5IU — Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) July 23, 2022
Read it all. Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. 1/16 — Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) July 2, 2022 Edit to add, 7/22/22: Maybe this will be averted. It’s hard for me to trust Russia right now. Russia and Ukraine agree to release blockaded grain exports
Chris Hayes had a segment on the danger of famine that Europe, Asia, and Africa are likely to face with the loss of Ukraine’s wheat crop. The area under siege is often called the world’s breadbasket, since Ukraine and Russia supply almost a third of the world’s barley and wheat supply. Obviously those crops will be crushed this year, and prices are already spiking.
If we were willing to change, different kinds of agricultural practices could mitigate global warming. I think the thing that most drives me insane about confronting this pending destruction is that we really could be capable of fixing it, but as a species we just won’t. Support American Rivers. They do good work.
That in the richest country on earth we refuse to feed poor, hungry children. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports that SNAP benefits will be cut automatically in November of this year, as the additional funding that had been allocated to feeding people will not be renewed by this Congress. The amount this saves is miniscule, as you can see in the graphic below. But these small amounts make a lot of difference in the lives and the nutrition of the families who need them. I know, because my mother raised us on welfare (AFDC it was, back …Continue reading →
What would you eat? What would you do without? And how would you feel if that extravagant sum was suddenly decreased to only $3.75? That’s the amount food stamp recipients will receive if Congress lowers food stamp benefits. In order to boost state Medicaid and education funds Congress has proposed to cut $26 billion from food stamp programs, sort of taking from the poor and working class in order to help the poor and working class. It’s a very odd decision, to say the least. The New York Coalition Against Hunger has a post that illustrates how much food you …Continue reading →
I am not a religious person, but I know Colbert is, so I suspect that his study of gospel informed this profound moment in his Congressional testimony on migrant workers last week. Despite our different frames, I found this bit of his statement, when he moved out of character, emotionally deep and true.