This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
I went yesterday to the press conference for the release of the Food Policy Action 2015 Scorecard.
This was outdoors at Campos Community Garden in Manhattan’s East Village, attended by classes of schoolkids. The speakers:
Food Policy Action aims to improve national discussions of food policy issues by informing the public about how elected officials vote on these issues. Hence: the Scorecard.
As I discussed last year, points are awarded for votes on bills introduced or co-sponsored that deal with:
In the Senate, for example, there were just 5 bills to be voted on an 10 that were co-sponsored (but not voted on). In the House, there were votes on 10 bills and 12 that were co-sponsored (no vote). This leaves lots of room for improvement, even among the best.
The speakers explained to the kids that the Scorecard gave grades to members of Congress, just like they get, and took them through a discussion of thumbs up and thumbs down appraisals of legislators’ votes on key food issues. Congress is doing a little better this year than last, they said, but still has a long way to go.
Those of us in New York are lucky. Both of our Senators, Kirsten Gillbrand and Charles Schumer scored 100.