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Watch "Hunger in America (1968)" in the Mission and MYOK

Let's watch the 1968 CBS documentary Hunger in America, a groundbreaking piece of investigative journalism by Edward Murrow and Fred Friendly (the journalists credited with bringing down the political career of Senator McCarthy IRL and in the George Clooney movie Good Night, and Good Luck) that revealed graphic evidence of American poverty and malnutrition, galvanized public support against hunger, and created political pressure that led to the enactment of the modern nutrition assistance safety net.

"The show opened with a long, unflinching close-up shot of a premature baby literally dying on screen. Then the narration kicked in: 'This baby is dying of starvation. He was an American. Now he’s dead.' The show pulled no punches. It said 30 million Americans were poor, that 10 million were hungry, and blamed the problems squarely on government inaction and racism. It even told the story of an 11-year-old girl who had to engage in prostitution to be able to afford food."*

Many of you have volunteered at our SFFB, Project Open Hand, Sanctuary Shelter, Next Door Shelter, Curry Senior Center, and Meals on Wheels events. Let's take this chance to frame our current food issues in a historical context.

I can host at my loft in the Mission. Don't worry about food. I'll have stuff for us to MYOK, Make Your Own Kimbap, and it will be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and omnivore-friendly. Directions and address will be sent to those RSVP'd. C'mon by!

(This is the second event in an SFGT educational series where we get smart about hunger, nutrition, obesity, exercise, and food security issues. The first event was a showing of "A Place at the Table". This movie is 51 minutes long.)

* Joel Berg, Remember 'Hunger in America?' It’s still here.http://www.niemanwatchdog.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=showcase.view&showcaseid=98 (December 7, 2008)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank You!

    May 22, 2014

  • garry

    interesting, a case study of redesigning a bayview hunter's point corner store to add produce
    https://twitter.com/canonind/status/468493986039353345

    May 20, 2014

  • Dewi

    Great event! great people and great discussion.

    March 18, 2014

  • garry

    ... and if anyone wanted to watch the movie but couldn't make it, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h94bq4JfMAA. enjoy!

    March 17, 2014

  • garry

    thanks for coming folks! i will be traveling so we'll resume food insecurity movie night next month. also, lili wanted to let people know about this movie about urban farming playing in SOMA tomorrow:

    Recology invites you to a screening of "Growing Cities"

    You are invited to a private screening of "Growing Cities," a new documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

    To view the trailer click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlSlkAB8cBo

    Attendance is free, but seating is limited, so please call Elaine Bregman at (415)[masked] at your first convenience to register.

    5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Recology Golden Gate, 900 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
    (Enter Recology parking lot on Berry Street)

    Filmmaker Andrew Monbouquette will lead a Q & A following the movie.

    Bicycle valet service available.

    March 17, 2014

  • garry

    you should have the address in your email. If not, call or text me at[masked]-4957. later! garry

    March 17, 2014

    • Evelyn

      Thanks for texting the address, I'll bring some turkey curry and quinoa to add to the mix! See everyone tonight!

      March 17, 2014

  • Dewi

    What is the address?

    March 16, 2014

    • garry

      Just emailed it to you. Let me know if you didn't get it.

      March 17, 2014

  • Tania S.

    I wish I could make it but unfortunately need to travel for work.

    March 16, 2014

  • Brooke

    I've been wanting to see this

    March 14, 2014

  • garry

    hey folks, thanks for RSVP'ing. i know this isn't the most glamorous topic, but i think you'll agree it's important to find the most effective way to eliminate hunger. maybe hunger is a symptom of another issue that we need to address first. let's investigate and work towards results.

    March 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow this is such and intense and important subject to be putting at the forefront. 1968 is the year I graduated high school and I had very little idea of the extent of hunger in America. 47 years later and it may be worse than better. This is a great plan for a meetup. Sorry I can't make it. Even so, much thanks, I'll be there in Spirit.

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • garry

      Agreed. We've done a great job at the Food Bank and other food charities, but we've been at it for five years now and the problem has just gotten worse. So we're starting this year to investigate root causes so we can attack the source of the problem.

      March 11, 2014

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