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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Would Donald Trump gone anywhere in business if he were born to your parents? Very unlikely. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
Another Billionaire Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Get It
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz just announced he may run for president as an independent centrist candidate in 2020. I have some concerns about billionaires, however well-intentioned, running the country. For one thing, people generally pay a lot of attention to those who have more than them,...
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The transgender ban in the military has nothing to do with military readiness or cost — and everything to do with bigotry and transphobia. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Transgender Ban Is About Bigotry and Distraction
The Supreme Court just paved the way for Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military to move ahead, at least pending other court challenges. The ban will harm the military and help no one, while doing nothing to address the nation’s real problems. I’m neither transgender nor in the...
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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Republicans Don't Want Your Vote to Count
Wisconsin Republicans have made the news again. After losing the governor’s race (but maintaining control of the state legislature, thanks to gerrymandering), Republicans have passed a series of measures to limit the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
California Is on Fire. Trump’s Solution: Rakes?
California’s in the midst of the deadliest fire our state has ever suffered. As I write, there are 79 confirmed dead, and that number may grow as many more are missing. The Camp Fire also destroyed more structures than any fires before in our history. An even larger area within the state is...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The White House Desperately Wants This Election to Be ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’
In the days leading up to the election, the news has been scary. “We” are under threat from all sides. “They” are threatening us. There’s an actual threat from violent extremists motivated by racial and ethnic hatred. One white supremacist murdered two black people in Louisville and another...
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For straight men who emphasize the performance of sexual prowess, sex with women is necessary to achieving masculinity — and women saying no puts a roadblock in their path to being a man. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
We Need to Talk About Masculinity
When we discuss sexual assault, we often talk about women. What should women do to stay safe? When I was in school, girls were even trained in women’s self-defense. I don’t know what the boys did during those time periods. Study hall? Ask any woman what she does to prevent sexual assault and she’ll...
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On TV, politicians say that it’s unreasonable to hold a man accountable for an assault he committed decades ago. Why on earth not? His victim is almost certainly still suffering from it. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The Unbelievable Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade
This past week, my private reality and the public reality playing out on the television have diverged. It’s hard to believe that I live in the same world as Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary chair trying to Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court. When Christine Blasey Ford first alleged...
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 "I know someone who reported a rape to the police and had a traumatic experience of testifying in court and getting cross-examined by her rapist’s lawyer in front of her rapist. And then the rapist was found innocent. I don’t want that to happen to me." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault
When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak out then? Why didn’t she go to the police? There’s a long, long list of reasons why a woman wouldn’t...
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We’re going to end up spending money either way: whether we pay to develop non-polluting energy sources, restore forests, and take other steps to prevent catastrophic climate change, or whether we don’t, and then we have to pay for the consequences. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Here Out West, ‘Smoke Season’ Keeps Getting Worse
Right now, much of the west is affected by wildfires. An unlucky minority will have to evacuate their homes, and some will lose their homes altogether — or even their lives. But for millions more across the west, “smoke season” is a real thing. Vast swaths of the west can be covered in smoke for...
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"Already pediatricians are warning about the lasting damage they’re likely to suffer from this cruel treatment." (Photo: Otherwords) Views
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Immigrant Kids Are Suffering Trauma That Will Last Years
Let’s be clear about something: Separating children from families, as the Trump regime is doing to undocumented immigrants, isn’t just cruel. It’s going to cause irreparable damage to the children involved — and probably to the parents too. The difference is that developmental trauma — trauma...
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