Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson

Jill Richardson is the founder of the blog La Vida Locavore and a member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board. She is the author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It.

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Washington’s War on Poor Grad Students
The Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress includes a special middle finger to the nation’s graduate students. It’s a little bit wonky, so stay with me here. I’ll explain how it affects me, since I’m an actual graduate student. Going to grad school would’ve been entirely out of reach...
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President Donald Trump throwing paper towels to hurricane victims during a visit to Puerto Rico. Views
Sunday, October 29, 2017
The Sad State of Disaster Relief
Five former U.S. presidents recently came together to raise money for hurricane relief for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. This generous, bipartisan act is one of true generosity and statesmanship. And yet, as former presidents, all five men know that there’s another way to help...
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Men act shocked and horrified to hear of women’s sexual assaults, but remain ignorant that the perpetrators are other men around them — their coworkers, their buddies, their family, and maybe even themselves. Views
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Me Too. And You. And You.
“Me too.” I posted those words on Facebook recently, along with what seems like every woman I know. A post went viral asking each woman to write the words “Me too” if she’d been sexually assaulted or harassed. A man exposed himself to me once. Ten years ago. He was in a car, and I was on foot. He...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017
We’re Failing the US Citizens of Puerto Rico
Hurricane-struck Puerto Rico wants “ everything done for them ,” says President Trump. Puerto Rico, an island of 3.5 million inhabitants — all of whom are U.S. citizens — gets nearly nothing done for it. Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States, has gotten a whole lot of nothing from Washington...
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We have areas of very wealthy people whose children attend wonderful schools, and areas of concentrated poverty where children attend failing schools. Views
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor
We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. And it’s true that it sometimes happens. Sometimes a child born into poverty...
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Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping Views
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Is This How the World Sees America Now?
Donald Trump recently returned from meeting with the other powerful countries of the G20 group—one of his first big performances on the world stage. So how did it go? Not swell, according to a no-holds-barred account delivered by Chris Uhlmann, an Australian journalist. Uhlmann made four main...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Are We Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?
Can we stop pretending that leading Republicans care about anything beyond winning and power? To be sure, there are some in the party who are guided by conservative “principles.” House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’s been “ dreaming ” of gutting Medicaid — the program that provides health care to the...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Trump’s Budget: Feeding One Kid, Starving the Family
Imagine a parent who starves his children and fails to do any number of basic parental duties, but then buys one of his kids a healthy meal. Well, that’s good. Great, really. But it’s not enough. An act of goodness directed at one child cannot feed an entire starving family. That’s essentially what...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A War on Regulations
The incoming Republican government is waging a war against regulations. “For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated,” Donald Trump promised after the November vote. Since then, Republicans in Congress have voted to give themselves broader authority to strike down federal...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Why We Still Need Feminism
From his campaign rhetoric to his transition appointments, our next president has placed himself squarely in a conservative movement calling itself the “alt-right.” That movement, the Los Angeles Times reports , “generally embraces and promotes white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia,...
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