Urban Connections http://www.kkfi.org/program/urban-connections/ This podcast tracks the audio archives for the "Urban Connections" show. Urban Connections conducts guest interviews covering issues affecting our local, national, international and global communities from a Black perspective. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:42:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Urban Connections conducts guest interviews covering issues affecting our local, national, international and global communities from a Black perspective. Subjects include current events, trends, history, education, economics, science, political science, health, race, law and more. KKFI 90.1 FM clean KKFI 90.1 FM kkfi901fm@gmail.com kkfi901fm@gmail.com (KKFI 90.1 FM) Urban Connections focuses on issues affecting our local Kansas City area, national, international and global communities from a Black perspective. African-American, Black, race, Kansas City, urban, health, food justice Urban Connections » Podcast Categories » Podcast – Urban Connections http://www.kkfi.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/logo-urban-connections_600x600.png http://www.kkfi.org/program/urban-connections/ Kansas City, Missouri USA Weekly Food Fight! In Memoriam: Charity Hicks, Detroit human rights activist http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-in-memoriam-charity-hicks-detroit-human-rights-activist/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-in-memoriam-charity-hicks-detroit-human-rights-activist/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:32:15 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=36458 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-in-memoriam-charity-hicks-detroit-human-rights-activist/feed/ 0 Charity Hicks, guest on Urban Connections Food Fight! broadcast, February 22, 2014, a beloved Detroit community leader and commons advocate, died July 8 from injuries sustained after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Manhattan, New York City. Charity Hicks, guest on Urban Connections Food Fight! broadcast, February 22, 2014, a beloved Detroit community leader and commons advocate, died July 8 from injuries sustained after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Manhattan, New York City. Tod... KKFI 90.1 FM clean 54:53 Local playwrights Cynthia Hardeman, Michelle T. Johnson and Teresa Leggard share insights and experience http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/local-playwrights-cynthia-hardeman-michelle-t-johnson-and-teresa-leggard-share-insights-and-experience/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/local-playwrights-cynthia-hardeman-michelle-t-johnson-and-teresa-leggard-share-insights-and-experience/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:23:08 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=36223 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/local-playwrights-cynthia-hardeman-michelle-t-johnson-and-teresa-leggard-share-insights-and-experience/feed/ 0 Today on Urban Connections local playwrights Cynthia Hardiman, Michelle T. Johnson and Teresa Leggard talk about their upcoming Fringe production and their experiences as Black Women playwrights. - Cynthia Hardeman is a family services advocate by day... Today on Urban Connections local playwrights Cynthia Hardiman, Michelle T. Johnson and Teresa Leggard talk about their upcoming Fringe production and their experiences as Black Women playwrights. Cynthia Hardeman is a family services advocate by day and playwright by night. She is the recent winner of Kansas City’s 2013 Project Playwright II competition. Her plays have been seen at the Unicorn’s 2012 Gala playwright’s showcase and the 2012 InTENsity Showcase at Fishtank Performance Studio, produced by Frank Higgins. Her play “Truth Be Dead” was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory at Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore, MD. She then received a reading at The Unicorn Theatre in 2013, and the original premiere production as “Truth Stands” was in the 2013-2014 season at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD. Cynthia's full-length work is scheduled to have its World Premiere here in Kansas City at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in February of 2015. Cynthia writes plays because she wants to touch people, to reach people, to make them feel something, somehow, someway trapped in a moment they would otherwise ignore." Michelle T. Johnson is a Kansas City-based local and national diversity consultant and speaker. She has three published books on diversity, has a freelance column in the Kansas City Star as the "Diversity Diva" and is the Diversity Coordinator at St. Paul's Episcopal Day School. Johnson is also a playwright whose plays have been produced in the Barn Players of Mission, Kansas' "2011 Six By Ten Festival," the 2012 Kansas City Fringe Festival and by Potluck Productions in 2012. She was selected as a featured playwright in the Unicorn Theater's Writer Showcase in February 2013, as a participant in the 2013 Project Playwright 2.0 competition and had her micro-play read at the 2013 World Theater Day celebration held by Mind The Gap Theater in New York City. She has had her plays picked and produced for playwriting festivals in Houston, Texas and Medford, Connecticut. Johnson's play "Wiccans in the 'Hood" was selected for and produced in the "Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival" in New York City in February 2013 and was the sixth best-attended show out of over 120 acts in the 2013 Kansas City Fringe Festival. Her play “Echoes of Octavia” will be produced by KC Melting Pot Theater next year. Her plays “Trading Places” and an expanded “Wiccans in the ’Hood” will be produced next year in the regular season of Brainspunk Theater of Philadelphia. Her play "The Negro Whisperer" was in the New Work Series Festival in New York City last month. Teresa Leggard is a writer, editor, poet and playwright.  She’s also a member of The Writers Place, Kansas City’s own literary community center. Her upcoming plays “The Birthday” and “To Bed”  will be featured in the KC Fringe Festival in July 2014, as part of the productions Girl on Girl and More 4Play .http://kc-fringe.ticketleap.com/girl-on-girl/details     KKFI 90.1 FM clean 56:45 Food Fight! continues…Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of Food First http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-continues-eric-holt-gimenez-executive-director-of-food-first/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-continues-eric-holt-gimenez-executive-director-of-food-first/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:02:25 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=35467 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-continues-eric-holt-gimenez-executive-director-of-food-first/feed/ 0 Eric Holt-Giménez has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006. He is the editor of the Food First book Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems; co-author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Raj Pat... Eric Holt-Giménez has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006. He is the editor of the Food First book Food Movements Unite! Strategies to Transform Our Food Systems; co-author of Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice with Raj Patel and Annie Shattuck; and author of the book Campesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture and of many academic, magazine and news articles. Of Basque and Puerto Rican heritage, Eric grew up milking cows and pitching hay in Point Reyes, CA, where he learned that putting food on the table is hard work. After studying rural education and biology at the University of Oregon and Evergreen State College, he traveled through Mexico and Central America, where he was drawn to the simple life of small-scale farmers. When he arrived to work in the community of Vicente Guerrero in the impoverished state of Tlaxcala, Mexico in 1977, the place was surrounded by eroded and deforested hills and farmers were not able to grow enough food to feed their families. But the village did have a small elementary school and an energetic young mayor and Eric enthusiastically joined his efforts to revitalize the community. They started a school garden, a water project, a health clinic and a sewing coop. Several Mayan farmers from Guatemala visited at just the right time to lead a field course on soil and water conservation that helped restore the degraded environment and boost farmer’s yields. From that experience, the Campesino a Campesino (farmer to farmer) movement was born. In the four decades since, this peasant-led sustainable agriculture movement has spread steadily across Latin America—creating innovative farming methods, raising yields and improving livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of small farmers and their families. After spending over twenty-five years with the resourceful farmers of Central America and Mexico, Eric holds a deep appreciation for the value and power of building local food systems. But he has also become painfully aware that working locally is never going to be enough to bring about the larger changes that are needed: “Small farmers and underserved urban communities need changes in national food policies and international trade rules to have a fighting chance of feeding themselves and building healthy, prosperous livelihoods.” Eric has a MSc. in International Agricultural Development from University of California at Davis and a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz . He has taught Development Studies at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Boston University and the National Gastronomic University in Pollenzo, Italy. Prior to working at Food First, he served as the Latin America Program Manager for the Bank Information Center (BIC) in Washington DC. In Eric’s words, “successful social movements are formed by integrating activism with livelihoods. These integrated movements create the sustained social pressure that produces political will—the key to changing the financial, governmental and market structures that presently work against sustainability.” Contact: eholtgim@foodfirst.org KKFI 90.1 FM clean 58:16 Teresa Leggard, writer, editor, poet and playwright http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/teresa-leggard-writer-editor-poet-and-playwright/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/teresa-leggard-writer-editor-poet-and-playwright/#comments Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:10:10 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=35251 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/teresa-leggard-writer-editor-poet-and-playwright/feed/ 0 Teresa Leggard is a writer, editor, poet and playwright. She’s also a member of The Writers Place, Kansas City’s own literary community center. Her upcoming plays “The Birthday” and “To Bed” will be staged at the KC Fringe Festival this July, Teresa Leggard is a writer, editor, poet and playwright. She’s also a member of The Writers Place, Kansas City’s own literary community center. Her upcoming plays “The Birthday” and “To Bed” will be staged at the KC Fringe Festival this July, as part of the productions Girl on Girl and More 4Play. KKFI 90.1 FM clean 55:07 Shicagolyn Scroggins of Stand With Women/Organizing for Action discusses women living “Paycheck to Paycheck” http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/shicagolyn-scroggins-of-stand-with-womenorganizing-for-action-discusses-women-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/shicagolyn-scroggins-of-stand-with-womenorganizing-for-action-discusses-women-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:35:14 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=34939 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/shicagolyn-scroggins-of-stand-with-womenorganizing-for-action-discusses-women-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/feed/ 0 Shicagolyn Scroggins of Stand With Women/Organizing for Action discusses women living "Paycheck to Paycheck". - From Maria Shriver`s groundbreaking multi-platform "The Shriver report: A Woman`s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink"- in partnership with t... Shicagolyn Scroggins of Stand With Women/Organizing for Action discusses women living "Paycheck to Paycheck". From Maria Shriver`s groundbreaking multi-platform "The Shriver report: A Woman`s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink"- in partnership with the Center for American Progress comes on HBO Documentary film about the story of our time, told through the life of one woman, Katrina Gilbert, whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by the 42 million women and the 28 million children who depend on them who are living in poverty or are on the brink of it.  Paycheck to Paycheck offers a deeply personal, unvarnished and moving story of Katrina Gilbert, a single mom of three, struggling to get ahead but constantly getting knocked back by a system that almost seems designed to see her fail. KKFI 90.1 FM clean 53:29 Pat Clarke, PAC 20 and community discuss Black On Black Crime Summit held at Southeast Fieldhouse, June 6th http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/pat-clarke-pac-20-and-community-discuss-black-on-black-crime-summit-held-at-southeast-fieldhouse-june-6th/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/pat-clarke-pac-20-and-community-discuss-black-on-black-crime-summit-held-at-southeast-fieldhouse-june-6th/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 04:17:05 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=34723 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/pat-clarke-pac-20-and-community-discuss-black-on-black-crime-summit-held-at-southeast-fieldhouse-june-6th/feed/ 0 Pat Clarke of PAC 20, (People's Action Committee of 20), and a coalition of community members, organizations, law enforcement and 5th district councilman Michael Brooks organized and facilitated the Black On Black Crime Summit on Friday, Pat Clarke of PAC 20, (People's Action Committee of 20), and a coalition of community members, organizations, law enforcement and 5th district councilman Michael Brooks organized and facilitated the Black On Black Crime Summit on Friday, June 6th at the old Southeast (High School)  Fieldhouse, Swope Parkway and Meyer Blvd., in Kansas City. Pat Clarke and other Summit participants discuss Friday's event on Urban Connections. KKFI 90.1 FM clean 60:27 Food Fight! Local Greater Kansas City Food Activists March Against Monsanto 2014 http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-local-greater-kansas-city-food-activists-march-against-monsanto-2014/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-local-greater-kansas-city-food-activists-march-against-monsanto-2014/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 19:51:09 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=34521 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/food-fight-local-greater-kansas-city-food-activists-march-against-monsanto-2014/feed/ 0 Jill Valentine and her 9 yr old son Tristan;  Angela Cooper and her 17 year old daughter Keyleigh Coper and 9 year old son, Bobby Toska, and Eric King. - Today’s Guests are local KC community members turned activists out of concern for their and their... Jill Valentine and her 9 yr old son Tristan;  Angela Cooper and her 17 year old daughter Keyleigh Coper and 9 year old son, Bobby Toska, and Eric King. Today’s Guests are local KC community members turned activists out of concern for their and their children’s health. Food Fight! All Lives Matter. Purpose is to organize to build collective strength to transform power relationships with the big, global, industrialized food and agriculture corporations, in order to build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems which provide livelihoods with dignity for farm and food workers, and small and family farmers. Jill Valentine, 29, is a mother of two boys and a local activist that has organized for March Against Monsanto (MAM) since its beginning. Jill got involved out of concern for other parents like herself and the future of our children. Says Jill: “[W]e (parents) were so busy doing the best we could to provide for and protect our children that we didn't see what was deliberately being hidden from us right under our noses on the dinner table. So many in our community still haven't heard of Monsanto, and yet are being diagnosed with cancers, food allergies, diabetes and other illnesses at such young ages. I will not rest until every parent is made aware.” Jill’s beautiful, nine year old son, is just finishing 4th grade. Jill is homeschooling him. He's helped collect and deliver donations for natural disaster victims, and he played a big part in helping organize MAM for Kansas City. Angela Cooper, shown here with her beautiful 17 year old daughter Keyleigh Cooper, who graduated one year early from high school and is planning on attending college this fall, vivacious 8 year old son Bobby Toska, who is in second grade and loves baseball, and her husband, is with The Children of Vietnam Veteran Health Alliance. She knows the past crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Monsanto Corporation headquartered in St. Louis. She has joined this fight to stop Monsanto from poisoning us with our food. She is deeply concerned with food safety and recognizes that it is a global issue. Eric King is 28 years old and a college graduate. He became an activist after visiting Cairo, Egypt and witnessing some of the worst global poverty first hand. This trip helped him to understand how global socio-economic policy created poverty and human degradation. Eric has previously participated in three rallies against Monsanto. Says Eric, Monsanto is far too dangerous to sit on our hands. Opines Eric further, Monsanto’s influence over our government, including the executive branch, is out of control; their products are frightening, and they have a legal stronghold over farmers here in the US and around the globe. UC Co-hostMaria Whitaker, Program Director, Local to Global Advocates for Justice, and KC Food Justice, fssg.blogspot.com, foodhealthenvironmentaljustice.com. Food, Health, and Environmental Justice Coalition Email Maria Whittaker at foodsovereignty@yahoo.com with Food Fight! in the heading. We particularly envision lifting-up the work of youth and those communities the most negatively and directly impacted by our food, agriculture and socioeconomic systems. Objectives of Food Fight! All Lives Matter! Raise consciousness of the impact of our global, big corporate, industrialized, food system on our health, wealth, justice and sustainability, and to 2. Act as a vehicle for us to: 2.1. Organize ourselves inclusively, from the bottom-up, to build our collective strength to transform our relationships with our global, big corporate food and agriculture systems in order to build truly healthy, just, fair and sustainable food and agriculture systems which create livelihoods with dignity for farm and food workers and small and family farmers; 2.2. Take immediate actions now to actualize our basic human right to sufficient amounts of healthy, KKFI 90.1 FM clean 56:52 Dr. Lori Blankinship, ND, discusses “Food As Medicine” with co-host Sharon Valleau http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/dr-lori-blankinship-nd-discusses-food-as-medicine-with-co-host-sharon-valleau/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/dr-lori-blankinship-nd-discusses-food-as-medicine-with-co-host-sharon-valleau/#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 02:15:58 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=34212 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/dr-lori-blankinship-nd-discusses-food-as-medicine-with-co-host-sharon-valleau/feed/ 0 Dr. Lori Blankinship returns to discuss Food As Medicine . - Dr. Blankinship, is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. She attended National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s leading institutions in Naturopathic me... Dr. Lori Blankinship returns to discuss Food As Medicine . Dr. Blankinship, is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. She attended National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s leading institutions in Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Blankinship received most of her clinical training in under-served communities, including rotations at Outside-In Clinic (featured on PBS) providing low-cost medical care to the homeless and disadvantaged of Portland, Oregon. She is currently CEO of Village Medicine, LLC, a company specializing in family medicine and health & wellness education; and is the CEO and Medical Director for the Village Clinic located in urban Kansas City, Ks. The Village Clinic addresses the social determinants of health as part of each person’s wellness plan, while providing low cost natural medicine in a family practice setting. In addition to teaching and practicing Naturopathic medicine, Dr. Blankinship serves on the Advisory Board for the Campaign to End Aids and the Board of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  She is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow (Ladder to Leadership – community based medicine emphasizing social determinants of health). We will also discuss (but not diagnose) how Naturopathic doctors support people who have a cancer diagnosis through the use of Naturopathic medicines.   KKFI 90.1 FM clean 55:59 Mathew Forstater, Professor of UMKC Economics & Black Studies http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/discussion-with-mathew-forstater-professor-of-economics-and-black-studies-and-director-center-for-full-employment-and-price-stability-department-of-economics-university-of-missouri-kansas/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/discussion-with-mathew-forstater-professor-of-economics-and-black-studies-and-director-center-for-full-employment-and-price-stability-department-of-economics-university-of-missouri-kansas/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 15:12:07 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=33568 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/discussion-with-mathew-forstater-professor-of-economics-and-black-studies-and-director-center-for-full-employment-and-price-stability-department-of-economics-university-of-missouri-kansas/feed/ 0 Mathew Forstater is Professor of Economics and Black Studies and Director, Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, Department of Economics, University of Missouri —Kansas City. Forstater previously was a Visiting Scholar at the Jerome Levy Econ... Mathew Forstater is Professor of Economics and Black Studies and Director, Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, Department of Economics, University of Missouri —Kansas City. Forstater previously was a Visiting Scholar at the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (1997-1999) and taught at Bard and Gettysburg College (1992-1997), where he was the recipient of a number of teaching awards and recognitions. He remains a Research Associate with the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.  Forstater received his B.A. (summa cum laude) in African American Studies from Temple University (1987), and an M.A. (Honors, 1993) and Ph.D. (1996) in Economics from the New School for Social Research. His Ph.D. dissertation was supervised by Robert Heilbroner, author of The Worldly Philosophers. Forstater has published widely on the Employment Policy, Political Economy, and the History of Economic Thought in academic journals such as The Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Review of Political Economy, Review of Social Economy, Review of Austrian Economics, Advances in Austrian Economics, Economic and Labour Relations Review, Economie Appliquée, Review of Black Political Economy, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, History of Economic Ideas, Forum for Social Economics, Ecological Economics, Research in Political Economy, International Journal of Environment, Workplace, and Employment, Social Research, Economic Issues, Royal Economic Society Newsletter, and The Eastern Economic Journal, as well as chapters in edited volumes and encyclopedia entries. He has presented his research at Harvard University, Columbia University , New York University, George Mason University, Stanford, Berkeley, University of Ottawa, Copenhagen Business School, University of Leeds, University of Newcastle, University of Rome, Stellenbosch University, University of Utah, and elsewhere. Forstater co-edited Commitment to Full Employment (M.E. Sharpe, 2000), Reinventing Functional Finance (Elgar, 2003), Growth, Distribution and Effective Demand (M. E. Sharpe, 2004), Contemporary Post Keynesian Analysis (Elgar, 2004), Full Employment and Price Stability (Elgar, 2004), and Money, Financial Instability and Stabilization Policy (Elgar, 2005). He is an affiliated faculty member of the Missouri Institute for Public Policy and an Associate of Columbia University Seminars. He is interviewed regularly in the media and speaks in the Kansas City area on topics such as reparations for African Americans, employment policy, and race, class, and health. Forstater has served as an economic advisor in a variety of contexts, including a 2002 International Labour Organization-sponsored mission to advise the Ministry of Labour of Argentina, where his proposals for increases in the minimum wage and a public employment program were made into law.. Selected Publications Forstater, Mathew “Taxation and Primitive Accumulation: The Case of Colonial Africa,” Research in Political Economy, Vol. 22, pp. 51-64, 2005.   Forstater, Mathew “Green Jobs: Addressing the Critical Issues Surrounding the Environment, Workplace and Employment,” International Journal of Environment, Workplace, and Employment, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2004.   Forstater, Mathew “Visions and Scenarios: Heilbroner’s Worldly Philosophy, Lowe’s Political Economics, and the Methodology of Ecological Economics,” Ecological Economics, Vol. 51, Nos. 1-2, pp. 17-30, 2004.   Forstater, Mathew “Envisioning Provisioning” Social Research, Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 399-418, 2004.   Forstater, Mathew “Public Employment and Environmental Sustainability,” Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Winter, 2003.   Forstater, Mathew “Bones for Sale: ‘Development,’ Environment, and Food Security in East Africa,” Review of Political Economy, Winter, 2002.   Forstater, Mathew “Unemployment,” in The Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, John King KKFI 90.1 FM clean 59:21 Alexis Baden-Myer, Political Director, Organic Consumers Association http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/alexis-baden-myer-political-director-organic-consumers-association/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/alexis-baden-myer-political-director-organic-consumers-association/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:34:54 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=33094 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/alexis-baden-myer-political-director-organic-consumers-association/feed/ 0 Food Fight! continues with Alexis Baden-Mayer;  lawyer and activist who has worked in Washington, DC, as the political director of the Organic Consumers Association since 2005. She has contributed to some of the organizations most successful projects, Food Fight! continues with Alexis Baden-Mayer;  lawyer and activist who has worked in Washington, DC, as the political director of the Organic Consumers Association since 2005. She has contributed to some of the organizations most successful projects, including the Millions Against Monsanto campaign. The group's lobbying arm, the Organic Consumers Fund, has been a top donor to state legislative and initiative campaigns in California, Washington and Vermont, where they achieved the first no-strings-attached victory this year, when Vermont became the first state to pass a "clean" bill to label GMOs. This year, OCF is also supporting local initiatives to ban GMOs, including the GMO Free Jackson County (Oregon) effort which will get a vote on May 20. Organic Consumers Association (OCA) http://www.organicconsumers.org/aboutus.cfm From Occupy Monsanto: Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world's food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it's enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto's products.     KKFI 90.1 FM clean 55:04 Jasmine Jones, Miss Black Missouri USA 2014 discusses her mission and journey http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/jasmine-jones-miss-black-missouri-usa-2014-discusses-her-mission-and-journey/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/jasmine-jones-miss-black-missouri-usa-2014-discusses-her-mission-and-journey/#comments Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:55:47 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=32851 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/jasmine-jones-miss-black-missouri-usa-2014-discusses-her-mission-and-journey/feed/ 0 Jasmine Jones, Miss Black Missouri USA 2014 discusses her journey as she vies for the title of Miss Black USA 2014 - Jasmine's platform is Fostering the Foster "It is my goal to provide education and awareness of foster care. Jasmine Jones, Miss Black Missouri USA 2014 discusses her journey as she vies for the title of Miss Black USA 2014 Jasmine's platform is Fostering the Foster "It is my goal to provide education and awareness of foster care. This cause has opened my eyes to the lives of children in foster care for the past 8 years and I would like to use my platform to educate and encourage others to get involved." Jasmine is earning a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences, with minors in Business and Biology. KKFI 90.1 FM clean 56:12 Interview with John Peck, ED, Family Farm Defenders http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/interview-with-john-peck-ed-family-farm-defenders/ http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/interview-with-john-peck-ed-family-farm-defenders/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:38:52 +0000 http://www.kkfi.org/?post_type=program-episodes&p=32569 ]]> http://www.kkfi.org/program-episodes/interview-with-john-peck-ed-family-farm-defenders/feed/ 0 Family Farm Defenders is a national grassroots organization with members in all 50 states. It is our belief that healthy safe accessible food is a basic human right and that all communities should be able to control their own food/farm system. - Family Farm Defenders is a national grassroots organization with members in all 50 states. It is our belief that healthy safe accessible food is a basic human right and that all communities should be able to control their own food/farm system. Mission It is our belief that healthy safe accessible food is a basic human right and that all communities should be able to control their own food system. To this end, FFD supports sustainable agriculture, farm worker rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty. John E. Peck grew up on a 260 acre farm in central Minnesota, has a B.A. in Economics from Reed College and a PhD in Land Resources from UW-Madison. He has been the Executive Director of Family Farm Defenders for the last decade, and is also a part-time instructor of Economics and Environmental Studies at Madison Area Technical College (MATC).  His graduate research focused on community-based management of common property resources in Zimbabwe.   He attended the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and participated in global justice events surrounding the WTO meeting Seattle in 1999, as well as FTAA meetings in Quebec in 2001 and Miami in 2003.  He has been part of solidarity delegations to Ainaro, East Timor in 2005 and Oaxaca, Mexico 2008, and also participated in the 2007 Nyeleni Food Sovereignty Conference in Selengue, Mali, the Fifth Conference of La Via Campesina in Maputo, Mozambique in 2008, as well as the 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.   Family Farm Defenders (FFD) incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1994 and was granted permanent 501(c)(3) status by the IRS in 1999. FFD began as an outgrowth of two national grass-roots campaigns: demanding a national referendum to end the mandatory check-off on raw milk that funds the lobby and propaganda efforts of the corporate dairy industry; and to defend consumer “right to know” in response to the stealth introduction of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) into the nation’s milk supply. FFD's mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. To this end, FFD supports sustainable agriculture, farm worker rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty.  FFD has also worked to create opportunities for farmers to join together in new cooperative marketing endeavors and to bridge the socioeconomic gap that often exists between rural and urban communities. KKFI 90.1 FM clean 55:47