An awesome article from the Pursue Blog by Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster about Trader Joe’s becoming the second grocery store chain to sign a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), guaranteeing a wage increase for tomato pickers and ensuring that the company will only source from growers who agree to a code of ethical conduct in the fields. My heart goes out to migrant farm workers, who are often exposed to toxic chemicals, long hours under the sun, low wages, unstable job security, and human rights abuses. This is one step in the right direction for eating in a way that sustains us without sacrificing the well-being of others.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and network. Act with confidence, because once you make one connection, the network grows exponentially. Most people are willing to sit and meet with you, and dying to be asked for advice.
Just watched an excellent documentary from Al Jazeera “Witness.” Interviews with Jewish and Arab Jaffa-ites who recount the history and political imagery of the world-famous Jaffa orange. Touches on environmental ethics, art history, Zionist narrative, colonial dispossession of land, and an Arab-Jewish citrus cooperative that falsifies the notion that Jaffa was always a divided city. Jaffa- The Orange’s Clockwork
Here in Jaffa and South Tel Aviv, we tend to focus quite a bit of our attention and conversation on the most recent newcomers to Israel– the African refugees and Asian foreign workers. They frequent the news, are the target of progressive socially conscious resource centers, and provide a constant source of heated debate. But I had a nice experience today with a slightly older generation of immigrants today, while I was shopping at my favorite clothing store in Jaffa. Continue reading