This is a terrible idea.
For one, it places the burden of distribution on state governments, including Arkansas. The most efficient way to distribute food to people is through existing channels. Companies like Walmart and Harps spend big bucks perfecting their logistics and delivery systems, and Arkansas would have to create something like that from scratch.
How would boxes be delivered to migrant workers, transient and homeless? How would they be delivered to remote rural communities? What about people with special dietary requirements including food allergies? The boxes wouldn’t even include fresh fruits or vegetables. The program would keep SNAP dollars out of local Farmers Markets, like the one right here Fayetteville.
Food Research and Action Center, a prominent non-profit group, said the harvest box would be, “costly, inefficient, stigmatizing and prone to failure.” I agree with them.
Meanwhile, our local congressman, Steve Womack, who is now the House GOP Budget Committee chair, has maligned SNAP recipients as people who “stay on the couch, eat their potato chips”. You can see where their mindset is.
Just say no to the Trump budget, and to his GOP allies in our state government. I believe my years of experience working on local government budgets here in Fayetteville, which have used your tax money wisely, makes me the right candidate to represent you in our state legislature.
Did this headline make you uncomfortable? “Sexual assault is not a big problem around here,” you say?
A recent survey of University of Arkansas students found 31% had been sexually assaulted since arriving on campus, but almost none of these assaults were reported to campus security or city law enforcement.
Sadly, we know that sexual assault is a serious problem on college campuses all around the country. This is wrong, and it must stop. Fayetteville is a city of firsts, and we have the opportunity to lead the way in ending sexual harassment and assault on college campuses and throughout our community.
When I served on the Safety Subcommittee of the Town and Gown Committee, we reviewed numbers reported to Fayetteville and University Police showing there were very few to no reported sexual assaults. I was concerned that these numbers weren’t telling the whole story. During my time as a Planned Parenthood Advisory Board member I learned that many victims are reluctant to report sexual harassment and assault for a variety of valid reasons. Now, we have the data to show that much more needs to be done to make our hometown safe.
As the #MeToo movement continues to empower assault survivors to speak out, I hope that more will be willing to seek justice with law enforcement. However, it is not just the responsibility of victims to speak out. As a community, we also have a responsibility. We must do all we can to stop assaults from happening in the first place, while making it easier for victims to report these crimes when they do happen.
I want Fayetteville to be one of the safest cities in the country. I want parents to feel confident that their children will be safe when they come here to receive an education. I want anyone who has suffered sexual assault, abuse or harassment to know that they are supported. I want predators to know that they will not be tolerated here.
That’s why I’m calling on the University, the City and community organizations to join me in building a coalition that will help prevent sex crimes and support survivors: Sexual Assault in Fayetteville Ends (SAFE).
The Arkansas legislature also has a duty to help end sexual harassment and violence. If I am elected to the House District 86 seat being vacated by Greg Leding, I will build on his efforts to address sexual assault on campus.
We’re excited to announce the great entertainers for the Mark Kinion for State Rep Campaign Kickoff Party! Join us at George’s Majestic Lounge at 2 PM Sunday, February 4th for Emily Rowland, Jesse Dean Rocks, & Phunbags Comedy Improv!
Emily Rowland is one half of musical duo Melody Pond. Her musical bandmate Candy Lee has her due date February 4th and so she will not be able to attend. We wish Candy the best on her upcoming baby! Emily will be performing solo, as she does often. Emily combines her love of musicals and harmonies with modern influences of folk, jazz, and blues to create an original sound both nostalgic and contemporary in nature. Combining her catchy and sugary sweet melodies with heartfelt, poignant, and largely autobiographical lyrics lends Rowland’s songwriting an honest and fresh style. Rowland’s upbringing singing in both choirs and bands gives her voice a unique ability to both blend and weave as part of a group or lead as a powerful vocalist. Rowland has performed with brother Josephus and the love revival revolution and has opened for Elephant Revival, Ben Miller Band, Amy Lavere, and the Lost Gonzo Band with Candy Lee and the Sweets (now Melody Pond). She and fellow songwriter Candy Lee have been singing together for the past 9 years and perform as the duo, Melody Pond.
Jesse Dean Rocks is a Winslow native recently named the Top Independent Label Rising Star. Jesse Dean’s blues-rock originals showcase soulful bass lines, muscular lead and rhythm guitar, vibrating riffs and sultry jams. They reflect a blend influences from Mark Knopfler and Gary Rossington to Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Warren Haynes and Cake. His are edgy songs of the South, smooth and blue, soaked in the sounds of the delta, revved up Texas boogie, richly electric rough-hewn southern rock played solid and clean. Catch a preview of Jesse’s music at https://www.jessedeanrocks.com/
The emcees are Mike Thomas and Julie Gabel of Phunbags Comedy Improv. We literally cannot think of a better duo to keep the good times rolling!
We’ll be done in plenty of time for you to catch the Minnesota Super Bowl 2018 kickoff at 5:30 PM. What better way to get ready for the big game? It’s TWO kickoffs in one day!
We can’t wait to see you!
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