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Was on LinkedIn again this morning (there a lot) a found a fascinating article by a person there called "A Movement towards Food Justice". The person issuing the challenge is Cory Booker, the Mayor of Newark.

I had not heard of the SNAPChallenge before - it is also being twittered at #SNAPChallenge. I just saw the prior diary by Laura Clauson here. Cory's idea is to live on a SNAP (Supplmntal Nutrition Assistance Program) in New Jersey for a week to, in his words:

raise awareness and understanding of food insecurity; reduce the stigma of SNAP participation; elevate innovative local and national food justice initiatives and food policy; and, amplify compassion for individuals and communities in need of assistance.  
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I know Cory had some hits during the campaign from the right wing. I recognize Laura's issues with politicization but I do think think social media can help stress the argument.

I just think this is something everyone should follow and support. Follow him on Twitter.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, mcgee85, mndan, raincrow, SaraBeth

    There is no environmental, social, economic or resource problem that wouldn't be helped by 3 billion fwer people on the planet.

    by tjlord on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:23:05 AM PST

  •  sorry (2+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, SaraBeth

    can't get past Booker's comments that Pres Obama's attacks on Bain capital are "nauseating" and as in appropriate attacks on Jeremiah Wright.

    Dems in swing districts: INSIST your republican rep incr tax on the wealthy -gerrymandering makes rep vulnerable...swing district list: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1162387/48457188

    by grrr on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:33:43 AM PST

    •  same here - he's the Wall Street candidate apparen (2+ / 0-)
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      grrr, SaraBeth

      apparently

    •  Wow, so nothing else he does matters? (1+ / 0-)
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      raincrow

      While those comments were justifiably pilloried (and ignored by Obama), overall Booker seems to be a great mayor for Newark, and quite likely future senator from NJ.

      I met Cory in college. Amazing guy. I agree his comments about Bain were not his finest moment, but a man is made of more then one morning news show appearance.

      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        The comments Booker made were extraordinarily poorly timed. Offering cover to the Republican pres candidate The months up to a close presidential election reflects unbelievably poor character, cowardice - possibly greed.

        All large investors do not deserve to be attacked (see Buffet, Warren). But Bain Capital's success embodied the problem of today - reward for pirates, not for true entrepreneurs.

        Mayor Booker showed his hand  - He is in thrall to wall street.  We do not need more corporatists in federal positions.

        Dems in swing districts: INSIST your republican rep incr tax on the wealthy -gerrymandering makes rep vulnerable...swing district list: http://www.dailykos.com/comments/1162387/48457188

        by grrr on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 10:48:32 AM PST

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        •  wow ... in thrall to Wall Street? (1+ / 0-)
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          mndan

          Not the vibe I get from him at all. And I said so at the time this firestorm first erupted. I think he is very human and deserves kudos for the effort he's making to show people that the "welfare queen" bunkum Reagan sold us a generation ago is exactly that: malarkey.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:35:18 PM PST

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  •  I've Reced this for the topic... (1+ / 0-)
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    OooSillyMe

    I have no real respect for those men who go "a whole week!" on food stamps... Let them do it for a year, with no hope that things can go back to they way they were prior to their fun and games "experiment/experience".

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abbey

    by SaraBeth on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:05:45 PM PST

  •  Cory Booker will be President (0+ / 0-)

    Of the United States one day. I for one, can't wait for that day.

    "I don't want a line in the Sand lines can be moved. They can be blown away. I want a six foot trench carved into granite."

    by theone718 on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 05:28:05 PM PST

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