By Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger; and Tammy Boyd, JD, MPH Chief Policy Officer & Counsel at the Black Women’s Health Imperative
The pandemic has exacerbated the disparities in the nation’s health care system. According to Centers for Disease Control, 3 out of 5 pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. — or about 60% — are preventable. Yet the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among its peer countries — and the rate is rising. About 700 women die each year because of pregnancy or its complications. Additionally, Black women are three to four times…
Michelle Nikfarjam | Alliance to End Hunger
Indigenous people, scientists, activists, and academics alike have long warned of the intersecting nature of crises in the food system, climate, and social and economic inequity. Despite this, our modern food system has seen little change. As many argue, our current food system can be understood as ecologically narrow and highly dependent on outside inputs, while being extremely vulnerable to environmental and economic shocks; and now, as demonstrated by the COVID-19 pandemic, prone to severe disruption by unforeseen crises.
By Minerva Delgado | Director of Coalitions and Advocacy | Alliance to End Hunger
On the eve of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, I shared a toast with celebrated feminist Gloria Steinem. Naturally, I wasn’t alone. I joined hundreds of women from across the country for the video event hosted by the ERA Coalition. We had lots to celebrate including the anticipated, historic inauguration of Kamala Harris, the first woman and woman of color on a winning presidential ticket.
In her own words, Vice President Harris expressed the importance of her election. “While I may be the first woman in this…
By Eric Mitchell | Executive Director | Alliance to End Hunger
In a food-rich nation like the United States, no one should go hungry. Yet more than 35 million Americans live in food insecure households — defined as the inability to obtain adequate nutritious food — and nearly 16 million are some of the most vulnerable, including children and seniors.
The pandemic shone a light on a fact that many of us already knew: Hunger serves as a signal for injustice — often driven by inequities related to race, religion, ethnicity, and gender. Black and Hispanic families are disproportionally more…
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