Food Stamps Cuts

March 06, 1997
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Guests

Wondwossen Mezlekia

Ethiopian activist and analyst living in Seattle who has been closely following this story. He runs the blog Coffee Politicspoorfarmer.blogspot.com and is a Board member for Fair Trade Puget Sound. He joins us from a studio in Seattle.

Sarah Bender

Worker at a Starbucks in Manhattan. She is an organizer with the Starbucks Workers Union and a member of the Justice From Bean to Cup Campaign. In February, she traveled to Ethiopia to meet coffee farmers growing the beans she brews at Starbucks.

Dean Cycon

President of Dean’s Beans, a fair-trade coffee roaster. He is a licensee on the agreement that Starbucks is expected to sign. He joins us on the telephone from Massachusetts.

Reverend Billy

Founder of the Church of Stop Shopping.

The Congressional attacks on welfare and immigration these past
few years are beginning to see some results. Some of the first cutbacks will
be felt with the food stamp program. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that in an average month one million poor unemployed individuals who are willing to work could be denied food stamps. Over 40 percent of those subject to the cutoff are women; 30 percent are over the age of 40.

Also, next month, legal immigrants will also start losing food stamps.

Here to update us on the food stamp cuts are Jim Wallis, the
Convener for the Call to Renewal, a Washington DC-based Christian organization seeking to build a new political direction for the country. Also joining us is Josh Bernstein, a policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, a Washington DC-based public interest law firm protecting the rights of low income immigrants.

GUESTS:

JIM WALLACE, the Convener for the Call to Renewal, a
Washington DC-based Christian organization seeking to build a new political direction for the country.

JOSH BERNSTEIN, a policy analyst at the National
Immigration Law Center, a Washington DC-based public interest law firm
protecting the rights of low income immigrants.