Thursday, July 19, 2012

The 'Milk Not Jails' Truck Delivers in Brooklyn

The cheerful Milk Not Jails truck making a delivery on Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.
We saw the Milk Not Jails truck in Brooklyn Heights yesterday and wondered what it was all about. It turns out that Milk Not Jails is an alliance working to build an economic alternative to the prison industry in New York State.

Milk Not Jails says New York should promote dairy farming, not incarceration, for rural jobs. Over 90% of New York’s prisons are located in rural areas, but prison towns have not seen the jobs or improvements they were promised. Today, dairy farmers are selling their herds or shutting down.

Milk Not Jails sells fresh, organic, free range, minimally pasteurized dairy products from Ronnybrook Farms and Hawthorne Valley Farm at eight CSAs or buying clubs in Brooklyn and in other boroughs as well. Here's a list of products.

They are also working to bring more local farm foods into schools, break a monopoly that is putting dairy farmers out of business, and decriminalize minor crimes like possessing small amounts of marijuana that put thousands of people in jail unnecessarily.

Photo by MK Metz

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