In June, progressives personally delivered 225 letters to Congressional representatives and staged street heat rallies in from of high profile offices to pressure Democrats to vote against the Farm Bill that includes cuts to food stamps and school lunches (while raising subsidies to agribusiness). In Arizona, PDA members delivered letters urging members to vote against any Farm Bill that would include food stamp cuts.
Here are some blog posts that tell how this unfolded in the streets and in the halls of Congress.
Misplaced Congressional Priorities: Pork for the Pentagon but Not for Children
Can You Live on $4.50/day? 20 Congressional Leaders, Staff Join Food Stamp Challenge
Obama Opposes Food Stamp Cuts, Threatens Veto of Farm Bill
Street Heat: Progressives Protest Against Food Stamp Cuts Nationwide
Breaking News: Farm Bill Defeated 234-195, AZ Dems Split How Progressives Stopped the Farm Bill
Although we won this skirmish, Republicans are seeking to separate food assistance from the Farm Bill-- which would make it easier to cut or kill them. Hunger is real in America. We must work to save food stamps, school lunches, and other War on Poverty programs