Daily Archives: October 17, 2016

Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague


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Published on Oct 17, 2016

The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for alleged crimes against the environment. Between 14 and 16 October 2016, eminent judges heard testimonies from victims, and deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice.

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Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media

 

Amy Goodman announcing the dismissal of charges against her outside the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan, North Dakota (Democracy Now!, 10/17/16).

North Dakota District Judge John Grinsteiner stood up for the First Amendment by dismissing “riot” charges against Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!, 10/17/16). That’s more than you can say for most of Goodman’s corporate media colleagues.

After Goodman reported on the use of pepper spray and attack dogs against Native American demonstrators opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (Democracy Now!, 9/4/16), North Dakota State’s Attorney Ladd Erickson charged her with criminal trespassing. Realizing that he couldn’t make that charge stick, he sought to charge her instead with participation in a “riot”—based on Erickson’s contention that Goodman “was not acting as a journalist” because “everything she reported on was from the position of justifying the protest actions” (FAIR.org, 10/15/16).

Few corporate media journalists took note of a fellow reporter being charged with trespass for doing her job (FAIR.0rg, 9/15/16). When the prosecutor upped the ante by trying to build a criminal charge based on his perception of a reporter’s point of view, this still did not provoke much attention—let alone outcry—from outlets whose lucrative commercial enterprises are dependent on the protection of the First Amendment.

A handful of journalists at commercial outlets did weigh in to defend Goodman. Will Bunch, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (Philly.com, 10/16/16), wrote that “the First Amendment was created to prevent exactly this: the jailing of a writer for his or her political point of view.” The LA Times‘ Michael Hiltzik (10/17/16) called out the charges as “an attempt to quash legitimate news reporting.” Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone (10/13/16) noted the odd fact that Erickson is an avowed fan of Taibbi’s work—but nonetheless urged him to stop prosecuting Goodman, saying she is “as close to the ideal of what it means to be a journalist as one can get in this business.”

That’s about it for journalists in the corridors of corporate media who defended Democracy Now!‘s reporter. A few others took note of the threat she was under; AP‘s James MacPherson and Blake Nicholson wrote a piece that was picked up by outlets like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Idaho Statesman, Fresno Bee and Arizona Daily Star. Public Radio International‘s The Takeaway (10/17/16) ran a 12-minute interview with Goodman.

…(read more).

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Bayer & Monsanto deal worries skeptics, investors

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Belfer Center – Latest From the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

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Hunger and Poverty in America Documentary


Elijah Stapp

Published on Dec 13, 2012

A short documentary about poverty and hunger in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The House of Joseph Ministries: Pastor Bill Mann
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Music by: David Tolk
http://www.davidtolk.com/

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Illuminating Intersections: Hunger and Health


Feeding America

Published on Jul 27, 2016

Learn about, share and discuss the intersections of food insecurity and health. This illustrative video was developed as a tool to be viewed with communities, advocates, partners, policymakers, volunteers and others so as to illuminate the cycle of food insecurity and health, and how we can each be part of the solution. Additional resources, including a Discussion Guide and Toolkit, are available at www.healthyfoodbankhub.org. A shorter version for website and social media platforms is available here on Feeding America’s YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/2adJwP7

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Real Story: Zoey


Feeding America

Published on Oct 17, 2016

Eleven-year-old Zoey uses the free lunch program in her community in the summer. During the school year, she receives free meals at school, the lunch program helps her mom stretch their tight budget further in the summer by making up for the extra meals she’d otherwise have to provide.

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