Media Center

Welcome to our Media Center. Here you'll find our latest news and press releases. 

Members of the media can reach us by contacting Brett Tolley, National Program Coordinator, at brett (at) namanet (dot) org, 718-570-2377

Recent press releases

May 14, 2020:​ A report released by Real Food Generation, a national organization mobilizing young people around food justice, reveals how major cafeteria contractors like Aramark monopolize the cafeteria industry, hurting the communities they claim to serve. The report, entitled ​“​Be-Trayed: How Kickbacks in the Cafeteria Industry Harm Our Communities -- And What To Do About It,​”​ shines a light on long-hidden business practices that have rendered the food system rigid and unable to respond to crises like the one brought about by COVID-19.

While our country faces the crippling effects of a pandemic, the White House has issued anExecutive Order​ with a dangerous set of measures that would deregulate the fishing industry, expedite the development of offshore factory fish farming, and promote seafood exports. Instead of strengthening our domestic seafood system by protecting fisheries and building the infrastructure that fishing communities need right now, the provisions in the Order would do exactly the opposite ― undermine marine ecosystems and increase our reliance on international markets. The Trump Administration is also blatantly ignoring the public health risks of holding animals in captivity in high concentrations, in spite of evidence that such operations are breeding grounds for diseases and that viruses such as COVID-19 have originated from the captivity of animals in close confinement.

On May 4, 2020, hundreds of independent fishermen along with small and mid-sized seafood businesses across the country and their allies sent a letter to the Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Agriculture, and Congress urging for increased federal support for America’s fishing communities. Representatives from Alaska, the West Coast, the Gulf, and New England spoke out in an accompanying video message. Their message underscored growing concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on small and mid-scale seafood producers and called on the Trump Administration and Congress to address the increasingly urgent situation facing fishing communities nationwide.

LOCAL CATCH NETWORK OFFERS SOLUTIONS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

North American network of community-based seafood businesses steps up during a time when consumers are relying more on local and direct seafood supply chains.

This week, the Local Catch Network launched a coordinated effort to support the growing demand for locally caught and direct-marketed seafood as well as the growing challenges spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. With an increasing number of U.S. households seeking out local sources of food and home delivery options, the network - comprised of over 500 fishermen, organizers, researchers, and seafood eaters - is helping make it easier for seafood producers and consumers to connect as well as adapt with innovative online seafood locator tools and digital forums.

NAMA is one of 577 signatory organizations including energy and environmental justice groups, clean energy and anti-fossil fuel climate organizations, faith and community leaders, labor activists, health workers and physicians, and legal clinicians. 

It is more important than ever to stand with the millions of Americans saddled with mounting utility burdens as they now face essential utility shut-offs in these uncertain times. We recognize that there are many governors, mayors and utility commissions that have made the right choice regarding shut-offs, waiver of late payment fees and reconnections. However, we know that these moratoria are band-aids that do not address the inequities forcing socially marginalized communities to this breaking point in the first place. Moreover, not all moratoria are created equal; even the ones that have been implemented vary wildly in scope, duration, interconnection, and application. We must continue to demand robust and long-term protections.