The House is poised to begin debate today on a farm bill that runs counter to many of Comfood's core values, including equal access to nutrition regardless of income.
Among many other terrible things, this bill would cut SNAP, or food stamps, by $20.5 billion. That’s 8 billion meals that will be lost over the next 10 years, the equivalent of all the nation's food banks shutting their doors for two and a half years.
Congress hasn't passed an increase to the tipped minimum wage in 21 years.
In 1991, a loaf of bread cost 70 cents, the average salary was $29,000, and the minimum wage for tipped employees was $2.13.
21 years later, bread costs $2.89, and American workers are taking home $40,000.
But the minimum wage for tipped employees is still $2.13.
Sign the petition to raise the minimum wage.
Justice in Honduras for Berta Cáceres of COPINH and the indigenous Lenca in their struggles to defend their lands
Putting pressure on the Honduran government to get a fair trial for Berta Carceres on June 13, 2013, is very important because the trial takes place in a country that has extremely high levels of corruption, impunity and ongoing violations of human rights, particularly among indigenous peoples, as documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation of Human Rights, and COFADEH (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras), amongst others.
On Wednesday, April 24 the Boxer-DeFazio bill on labeling of food products with genetically engineered ingredients was officially introduced. This bill was introduced with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. See below the complete list of original co-sponsors. You can find the text of the Senate bill here and the House bill here.
On April 20, another peasant leader was killed: End U.S. training of Honduran Police implicted in Death Squads
We urgently need you to call your Congressional representative and ask that they contact the State Department and demand to know why the U.S. is funding Honduran police units with alleged ties to death squad activity, despite assurances otherwise. See below for number and suggested comments.
Tom Harkin and George Miller are re-introducing the Fair Minimum Wage Act today!
Three weeks after President Obama highlighted the need for a raise in the minimum wage in his State of the Union Address, Congress members Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. This proposal includes a raise in the regular minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over three years, and also a raise in the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to 70% of the regular minimum wage.
The World Bank finances huge oil palm plantations in Honduras
For three years now, brutal murders have shocked Honduras’ Bajo Aguan region.
88 small-scale farmers, labor activists and lawyers have been killed because they were trying to reclaim land from Grupo Dinant, a notorious palm oil company. Dinant had stolen the farmers’ land in order to establish palm oil plantations.