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Eva M. Clayton
Eva M. Clayton is a former member of Congress who represented eastern North Carolina (1992-2003), Member of the Agriculture & Budget Committee, and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; upon retirement accepted the position of Assistant Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (2003-2006). She remains active with agriculture, rural development and food security issues.

Entries by Eva M. Clayton

Environmental Justice Means We Stand With Vulnerable Communities

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 10:06 AM

Environmental injustice and environmental racism are not new phenomena, and yet the scandal in Flint, Michigan shocked so many. As a result of the outrage in Flint, the Natural Resources Defense Council issued a report, What's in Your Water? Flint and Beyond, that noted Flint was not an isolated case....

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Dear Fellow Americans: What Does It Take For America To Control Guns And Violence?

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 2:59 PM

How much is too much? How much pain must Americans endure before we act? How many lives must be lost, how many children, adults, church members and party goers must die? This week, our country witnessed the murder of two innocent young black men by police officers, caught on video,...

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We've Fixed Fannie and Freddie; It's Time to Release Them

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Since the 2008 financial crisis, the twin housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been in a conservatorship. Yet, the status quo in Washington seems to be dug into keeping them hamstrung in permanent confusion. In late February, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt in a

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On International Women's Day Democracy is Essential to End Injustice and Violence Against Women

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:26 PM

More than 20 years after our then, first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, declared that women's rights are human rights in Beijing, International Women's Day is a call to action more than a moment to celebrate. Even with isolated gains in some countries, thanks to heroic efforts of a wide array...

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For Our Grandchildren: The Importance of the 2016 Presidential Election

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 3:01 PM

American families are working harder for less pay, while the cost of rent continues to rise, and young people are often forced to move back home with their parents because economic opportunity has yet to become a reality for them, and with all of their college debt, economic independence is...

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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 9:32 PM

Dear President Obama,

Thank you for your firm and clear declaration to commit the resources of our beloved country, the United States of America, and to lead other countries in the fight to eliminate global poverty and hunger by the year 2030. Your speech to the United Nations (UN) was...

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There Is Still Time for Obama to Strengthen the American Dream for All

(2) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 12:12 PM

Income inequality is an issue that we must work diligently to identify balanced policy solutions that reward hard work and determination. Narrowing the income gap and widening opportunity for all is an effort that this administration has focused on in earnest. So much so that the president made it one...

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An Open Letter to President Obama: For Our Children

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 2:14 PM

Dear Mr. President,

Job well-done on your penultimate State of the Union address, your leadership and persistent pursuit to ensure that all Americans have access to the American dream should be commended. The policies and administrative actions that you have shepherded over the last six years have...

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Moïse Katumbi: New African Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:21 PM

For decades the birthplace of humanity has been stymied in abject poverty and cradled in conflict and despair, yet there is hope for a more prosperous Africa, tomorrow and for decades to come. Today seven of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa -- six of which...

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Finding the Right Tech Policy Solution

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:52 PM

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) mid-May meeting has generated divisive rhetoric from the right and many progressives. Yet, as the public comment period spans over the coming months, and as individuals and groups weigh in on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's compromised proposal for new Open Internet regulations, it...

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The Economic Case for Medicaid Expansion

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:30 AM

From a quick glance at the number of North Carolinians who signed up for healthcare in the first enrollment period, it's clear that the citizens of our great state not only needed the coverage, but also wanted it. Their resolve to have health care was in spite of the efforts...

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Tech Policies That Transform Our Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:37 AM

For the last decade, there has been a hot-blooded policy debate in Washington that most consumers are unaware of and to some, it may seem quite niche, yet network neutrality (a.k.a. the open Internet) has controlled the tech agenda while tech issues of greater importance to everyday Americans...

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Housing Reform Should Create Wealth

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:58 PM

As the Senate Banking Committee prepares to markup the Johnson-Crapo housing reform legislation, which seeks to wind down the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Democrats on the Banking Committee, including my senator, Kay Hagan, should take into account an initiative called With Ownership Wealth. With Ownership...

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A Farm Bill at the Expense of the Poor

(7) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Two years after its deadline, a Farm Bill emerges from Congress headed to the President's desk. For months, the Agriculture Conferees struggled to compromise on the various elements of the farm bill that our nation needs.

The farm bill is undoubtedly complex, impacting international trade, environmental...

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It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:48 AM

It is unquestionable that the widespread use of the Internet has benefited our economy, society and overall quality of life -- as resulted we are more connected than ever before. However while new technologies are created and brought to market every day, the laws governing our country's communications sector are...

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Congressional and Presidential Leadership Needed for a Fair and Equitable Farm Bill

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Will Congress and the president demonstrate the leadership necessary to enact a strong, but fair Farm Bill that protects our agricultural economy and rural communities? Will it provide a "safety net" for our most vulnerable citizens? Hopefully, the appointed Conferees will seek an opportunity to pass a strong Farm Bill...

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A Government Working to Help Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 10:47 PM

In today's partisan political environment, headlines and policy debates are too often driven by over-the-top rhetoric, scare tactics and loose facts. All too often, however, the issues that may make for good political theatre or fundraising appeals fail to address the issues most concerning to the majority of hard working...

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Fiction and Misinformation Win Over Facts, But Obamacare Is Open for Business

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:07 AM

Sensationalism sells the 24-hour news cycle. All too often sensationalized stories spur misinformation and the public is left to their own vices to discern and validate the facts. And when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the misinformation ranges from the infamous death panels to the embellishment of...

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The Future of Broadband: Why Fix It if It's Not Broken

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Since its creation, the Internet has been a conduit for economic growth, enhanced social progress and generated groundbreaking -- world-changing -- innovations. However, more work needs to be done to truly maximize the benefits of this technology by paying more attention to America's "digital divide" and the ways in which...

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The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

(82) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:17 PM

The war on the poor is real in the 113th Congress.

Last month, the House of Representatives reauthorized half of the historically popular and bipartisan farm bill. Following an embarrassingly thin defeat of the full farm bill, House Republican leaders stripped the bill of its food stamp provisions, leaving only...

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