Re:Action

Re:Action: Resource to Help You Get Involved

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LocalHarvest

Go to localharvest.org to search for locally grown food, farmers’ markets, and community-supported agriculture near you.

Ecological Farming Association

Eco-Farm brings together growers, researchers, businesses, and consumers in support of small farmers at “eco-farm.org”.

International Society for Ecology and Culture

This think tank is known as the nerve center of the local food movement. Read its reports on the global food economy at “isec.org.uk”.

MetroFarm

You don’t have to live in the country to grow your own fruits and veggies. Check out
“metrofarm.com”, an online magazine about urban agriculture.

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven

“Clean food” farmer Joel Salatin expounds on his philosophy of changing the world one bite at a time (Polyface, 2004).

Farm Aid: A Song for America

In its recent book, Farm Aid celebrates 20 years of music making to promote local agriculture and save family farms (Rodale, 2005). Find this and other ideas for supporting America’s small farmers at “farmaid.org”.

Organic, Inc.

Samuel Fromartz chronicles the rise of the organic food biz, from its alternative roots to its current flirtation with the industrial food chain (Harcourt, 2006).

The Ethical Gourmet

If all this talk of good food is making you hungry, you’ll find recipe ideas in Jay Weinstein’s environmentally friendly cookbook (Broadway Books, 2006).

“Cruising on the Ark of Taste”

Michael Pollan detailed the growth of the Slow Food movement in the May/June 2003 issue of Mother Jones.

The Midas Touch

Bristol Bay Alliance

This Alaskan activist group is fighting to stop the Pebble Mine. Check for updates on the
project’s status at “bristolbayalliance.org”.

Trout Unlimited

Sport fishers and nature lovers can visit “tu.org” to follow the environmental impacts of mining on Alaska’s waterways.

The Bible Bench

Justice at Stake Campaign

The American Bar Association, Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and
other groups are campaigning to preserve an independent and impartial judiciary. More information at “justiceatstake.org”.

Courting Influence

Go to the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “courtinginfluence.net” to scope out the backgrounds of federal gavel-wielders and read about special interest groups’ attempts to influence the courts.

“The Making of the Corporate Judiciary”

See Michael Scherer’s investigation into how big business has also been working to tip the scales of justice in the November/December 2003 issue of Mother Jones.

Upward Mortality

The Hidden Cost of Being African American

Sociologist Thomas Shapiro examines the widening economic gap between whites and blacks (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Dr. Gavin’s Health Guide for African Americans

Dr. James Gavin, chair of the National Institutes of Health’s National Diabetes Education Program, provides advice on preventing and treating obesity and other health problems (Small Steps Press, 2004).

American Diabetes Association

Learn more about diabetes and the association’s community programs at “diabetes.org”.

Overdue Process

“The Bad Guy”

Miles Harvey profiled Jose Padilla—former gang banger, radical Muslim, accused terrorist, and the Bush administration’s “perfect fall guy”—in the March/April 2003 issue of Mother Jones.

How the Rich Get Richer

The Disposable American

New York Times business correspondent Louis Uchitelle looks at the causes and costs of mass layoffs (Knopf, 2006).

Inequality Matters

Barbara Ehrenreich, William Greider, and other writers critique and propose solutions to the “poisonous consequences” of America’s wealth gap (The New Press, 2005).

Encounters With the Torturer

“The Longest Arm of the Law”

Tim Golden wrote about “Superjudge” Baltasar Garzón, who tried to prosecute Augusto Pinochet in Spain, in the March/April 2004 issue of Mother Jones.

Without Reservations

Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation

Go to “hrrfoundation.org” to learn more about Paul Rusesabagina’s efforts to provide education and social services to Rwandan women, children, and orphans.