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Fighting Food Deserts

The City of Chicago has engaged community organizers to work with shopkeepers in Englewood, South Chicago, and Humboldt Park to bring healthy food into their stores. Students working on this issue can click here to read about some of the successes and roadblocks this program has had so far.

One Nation, Underfed

Teachers with students interested in addressing the issue of hunger and food insecurity in America can check out the film A Place at the Table. This documentary aims to demonstrate “how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides-as they have in the past-that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.” To learn more…

  • Click here to see a trailer for the film (and learn how to access it).
  • Click here to see the accompanying website that offers supplementary material (such as myths and facts about hunger) and digital tools to take action.

Click here to see an interview with the film’s directors on an episode of the Daily Show.

Racism as a Danger to Health?

A new study provides more evidence for the assertion that racism is not only a danger to a person’s legal rights, which guarantee equal protection under the law, but also a danger to their health. Click here for an Atlantic article about this connection – and what it means for NYC’s Stop and Frisk policies.  (You can also click here to access the NYCLU’s 2011 report about Stop and Frisk that includes multiple statistics about which groups have been most affected by the policy and how.)


students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC

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