PUBLIC ADVOCACY: “People ” Power

1. NY TIMES 8/4/13 As the cost of importing food soars, Jamaica( the Caribbean Island) turns to the earth. A decade ago, the government started a National food campaign, ” grow what we eat, eat what we grow”. Grocery stores prominently display signs stating food is locally grown. Seed kits are given out to promote local farms. Schools, prisons. Hospitals are encouraged to create local farms. An added benefit, food grown behind the schools, provides a healthy breakfast for hungry kids. A win win for Jamaica. They chose.

2. NY TIMES 8/1/13 A day’s strike seeks to raise FAST-FOOD PAY: Their plight was recorded Monday on NYC CHannel #1 and today, Steven Greenhouse reports. From New York to the Mid West thousands of fast food workers have walked out of McDonald’s, Taco Bell and others during peak meal times. They are asking for $15/ hour. ($600.00 for 40hr week) The strikers are backed by The Service Employees International Union. For the first time, coordinated strikes are planned to occur simultaneously in several cities. We have choices.

3. NY TIMES 8/1/13 An unusual feat in Congress : A student loan bill breezes on . Lawmakers are praising themselves for this bipartisan action, but what are the students and their parents cheering about? Rates for first time borrowers are capped for one year: 3 9% for undergraduates, 5 4% for graduate students. These rates could rise as much as 8.25% for undergraduates and 9.5% for graduates; If this is bipartisanship at it’s best, more choices?

4. NY TIMES 8/1/13 College Troupe formed to lift students sights is bound for the World Stage. The Hostos Reparatory Co located in the Bronx is headed for Edinburgh, Scotland for a prestigious competition in the Atrs, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe. They will be performing “Rough Magic”, based on Shakespeare The Tempest. Let’s cheer for our ” home” grown talent. They chose.

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