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Tianna Gaines-Turner, Witnesses to Hunger-Philadelphia, submitted a blog to Community Voices, a project of The Center for American ProgressCoalition on Human NeedsFood Research and Action Center and Witnesses to Hunger to help amplify stories and personal experiences with hunger and nutrition assistance programs. 

Kim Hart, Witnesses to Hunger-New Haven, submitted a blog to Community Voices, a project of The Center for American ProgressCoalition on Human NeedsFood Research and Action Center and Witnesses to Hunger to help amplify stories and personal experiences with hunger and nutrition assistance programs. 

Quanda Burrell, Witnesses to Hunger-Boston, submitted a blog to Community Voices, a project of The Center for American ProgressCoalition on Human NeedsFood Research and Action Center and Witnesses to Hunger to help amplify stories and personal experiences with hunger and nutrition assistance programs.

Whitney Henry, a member of Witnesses to Hunger from Philadelphia, reflects on freedom as we head into the Fourth of July weekend. 

 

My definition of freedom is...nothing. Why? Because I don't feel free.

I feel smothered with troubles and nothing to free me from it, unless I am no longer here.

Sarah Palmer, a friend of Witnesses to Hunger, presented formal testimony to the National Commission on Hunger last week in Oakland, CA. She has agreed to publish her testimony on our site so that more people can hear her story and learn from her experiences about how to address hunger in the U.S.

I wish I could feel shocked by what happened in Charleston. But I’m not. I have become so jaded, so painfully aware of our country’s lack of concern for its people, that this news just hits like another cheap shot.

 

We are a cowardly nation. We sit on the sidelines and let racism and bigotry, violence and marginalization run unchecked. We only bother to act on something if you are white, wealthy, and not a woman.

 

When will we be able to retire #BlackLivesMatter because – duh – of course they do.

 

This weekend, many Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July, participating in historical reenactments, holiday parades, and, of course, fireworks. We want to celebrate America by highlighting its promising future leaders – the extraordinary children of the members of Witnesses to Hunger.

 

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