Previous SLEE Dinners

CAGJ’s 10th Annual Strengthening Local Economies (SLEE) Dinner (2016)

SLEE HANDBILLThank you to everyone who came to our 10th Annual Food Justice dinner, broke bread and helped us celebrate 15 years of global justice organizing. A packed house, incredible food, local music from Wren and Movitas and an electric energy in the room made for an unforgettable evening.

We were deeply honored to be joined by Oakland Institute founder, Anuradha Mittal who shared her deep knowledge of the colonial practices of big business and of the Gates Foundation’s impact on Africa’s food system, and inspired us with incredible stories of sustainable agroecology practices being implemented by small-holder farmers right now.  In case you missed it, click here to watch Anuradha Mittal’s powerful keynote, “Decolonizing our Food System: Lessons from Africa.See beautiful photos from the SLEE Dinner here!

Now for the money: We’re thrilled to announce that we grossed more than $20,000—an all time record for our food justice dinner. These funds are critical for us, as they are assisting to fund the two positions we are now in the process of hiring for, our Organizing Co-director, and AGRA Watch Organizer. Increasing staff capacity is the number one way we can become more powerful to expose the colonial practices of the Gates Foundation and advocate for local economies everywhere.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, but would like to, you may do so at this secure Paypal link, or by sending a check to CAGJ at: 606 Maynard Ave S. #102, Seattle, Wa 98104

Gratitude to everyone who came to SLEE and special thanks to our sponsors, who made this event possible!

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CAGJ’s 9th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2015)







8th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner: Celebrating Fisherfolk in the Food Sovereignty Movement (2014)

Thank you to everyone who attended the Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner on July 26 and the dozens and dozens of volunteers, interns, sponsors and donors that made the event possible.  Together, we had one of the best SLEE dinners to date! Check out photos of the event.

This year SLEE dinner highlighted fisherfolk in our region. Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, North Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) was our keynote. To hear her talk “Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of Our Food Supply” click here.


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CAGJ’s 6th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2013)

In 2013, SLEE highlighted the the accelerating struggles of fast food workers and restaurant workers in general, as well as the struggle of Familias Unidas por la Justicia – Sakuma Farms’ berry pickers who are currently fighting for just working conditions. Saru Jayaraman, of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC-U) and author of Behind the Kitchen Door, gave a spectacular keynote (watch it here!) on the conditions of restaurant work around the nation and the opportune time we are at to fight for change in the industry. Familias Unidas leaders shared their ongoing struggle, and local Burger King worker Jason Harvey also spoke on recent fast food industry struggles in Seattle.

To learn more about ROC, watch this excellent short video.

To learn ways to support Familiar Unidas por la Justicia/Sakuma berry pickers’ ongoing struggles, click here.



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CAGJ’s 5th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere! (SLEE) Dinner (2012)

In 2012 we highlighted the publication of the second edition of our book, Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice. Two contributors to the book, Valerie Segrest and Elise Krohn from the Northwest Indian College Traditional Plants and Foods Program, were our keynote speakers.  Valerie also founded the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project.  Through their work on health and social justice, Valerie and Elise aim to reintroduce traditional foods into the diets of native people in the Pacific Northwest.

Click here to watch their keynote in this link.

Read more about Elise and Valerie’s important work at these links:
Elise Krohn blog:
Valerie Segrest blog:

CAGJ’s 4th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2011)




CAGJ’s 3rd Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2010)

See and hear the key-note, Ben Burkett, 4th generation Mississippi farmer, leader in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, President of National Family Farm Coalition and active in La Via Campesina, the international movement of peasants struggling for food sovereignty:

Youtube video of 8/7/10 KEXP Mind Over Matters interview here

Pirate TV video of Ben Burkett’s Keynote,  “Connecting US and African Farmers for Food Sovereignty”, at CAGJ’s 8/7/10 Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner, Aired Monday 8/16/10 8-9pm PST.  Find link here



CAGJ’s 2n Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2009)

Madison Market, KBCS 91.3fm, Equal Exchange, New Roots Organics

BALLE Seattle, Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Central Co-op’s Madison Market, Chef’s Collaborative, Earthwise, Equal Exchange, Food Not Bombs, Growing WA, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Lettuce Link/ Solid Ground, Organically Grown Company, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity, Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, Nepalese Paper, New Roots Organics, NW Energy Coalition, PCC Farmland Trust, Reclaim the Media, Seattle CISPES, Seattle East Timor Relief Association, Slow Food Seattle, Sustainable Cascadia, Tools for Change,  Umojafest P.E.A.C.E. Center, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, Village Volunteers, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, WA State Food and Nutrition Council, Witness for Peace, Yes! Magazine.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated food & drink in 2009

See this link for for a map showing the location of all donors!

Alm Hill Gardens, Growing Washington, Hedlin Family Farms, Skagit Fresh, Mother Flight Farm, Silvana Crossing, Garden Treasures, Growing Things, Oxbow Farm, Local Roots, Full Circle Farm, Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Nature’s Last Stand, Island Meadow Farm, Rockridge Orchards, Kirsop Farm, Sidhu Farms, Billy’s Garden, Jessie’s Berries, Taylor Shellfish, Loki Fish Co., Blong Cha, Trixie Bakes

Portage Bay Café, Madres Kitchen, Kaspar’s

Appel Cheese, Golden Glen Creamery, Estrella Creamery, Beechers Cheese

Tall Grass Bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company, Essential Bakery

Equal Exchange, Alter Eco

BEER: Pike Place Brewery

CAGJ’s 1st Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) Dinner (2008)

Farm Donations

Willie Greens Organic Farm ~ Nash’s Organic Produce ~ Billy’s Gardens ~ Stoney Plains Farm ~ Blong Cha’s Garden ~ Alm Hill Gardens ~ Growing Things ~ Full Circle Farm ~ Oxbow Farm ~ Lyall Farms ~ Tonnemaker Orchards ~ Jubilee Biodynamic Farm ~ Rock Prairie Herb Garden ~ Growing WA


Wilson Fish ~ Loki Fish Co. ~ Taylor Shellfish


Estrella Family Creamery ~ Samish Bay Creamery ~ Port Madison Creamery ~ Mt. Townsend Creamery ~ Golden Glen Creamery


Essential Baking Company ~ Tall Grass Bakery


Kaspars ~ La Medusa ~ Portage Bay Cafe ~ Chef Seth Caswell, President, Seattle Chefs Collaborative

Fair Trade

Grounds for Change ~ Alter Eco


Pike Pub & Brewery ~ Red Barn Cider ~ Tulip Valley Winery ~ Eagle Haven Winery ~ Hoodsport Winery