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Purim

| February 19, 2009

Purim is my favorite holiday, and not just for the spinning graggers & delicious hamantashen. The megillah is an inspiring story of Jewish unity amidst insurmountable struggle. When the wicked Haman threatens brave Mordechai, he turns his wrath not only against him, but the entire Jewish population. In response, noble Queen Esther fasts for three Read More

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Save Darfur

| November 12, 2008

The genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region remains the most vicious of our time. The Sudanese Armed Forces, anti-government rebel groups & Janjaweed militias continue to clash, killing hundreds of thousands with no end in sight. This explosion of violence reverberates into continuing crisis for over 2.5 million Darfuri refugees, innocent people caught without food, shelter Read More

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Hunger Action Day

| June 14, 2007

This year, during California’s annual Hunger Action Day, I learned that advocacy is not “someone else”s job,” and that one person can make a difference. Leif Ozier from Catholic Charities and I spent the day meeting with the staffs of Assemblyman Martin Garrick, Assemblyman George Plescia and Senator Mark Wyland.  Each visit made clear not Read More

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A Year Later: The Food Safety Network in New Orleans

| September 21, 2006

I have come to New Orleans today to bear witness to the devastation and to the early stages of renewal of this city.  It’s the one-year anniversary of Katrina, and the magnitude of the destruction is still unimaginable.  The bleak landscape of flood damage stretches as far as the eye can see.  The statistics and Read More

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