Contact: Heather Day, Executive Director, Community Alliance for Global Justice, email@example.com
Simultaneous Demonstrations in Seattle and London Oppose Gates Foundation’s Secret Meeting about Seed Privatization in Africa
SEATTLE, WA — On Monday, March 23, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are sponsoring a secret meeting in London to promote a recent report they commissioned detailing in clear terms how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa- without African stakeholders having a seat at the table. A coalition of grassroots community organizations across the US, UK, and Africa are criticizing the gathering for:
- Inviting corporations, development bodies, trade bodies and aid donors, yet not inviting any representatives of impacted organizations;
- Promoting the privatization of African seed production and distribution through top-down changes to African states’ national regulations;
- Building a nontransparent network of corporate, philanthropic and state-based actors aiming to expropriate African land, seeds and agriculture.
The UK activists plan to hold a demonstration outside of the meeting in a message of solidarity with African groups who are resisting what they are calling a new form of colonialism. Community Alliance for Global Justice will be holding a solidarity demonstration, simultaneously with the London action, outside the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, WA.
What: Simultaneous pickets in Seattle and London protesting meeting about seed privatization in Africa
Where: In front of the Gates Foundation; 440 Fifth Avenue North, Seattle 98109
When: Monday, March 23, 2015; 8:30am-10am
Who: Protestors on both sides of the Atlantic
Visuals: Signs, Banners, Seed Packets. Protestors will hand out packets of open-pollinated seeds to demonstrate the alternatives that African farmers have to offer.
AGRA Watch is a grassroots, Seattle-based program of Community Alliance for Global Justice, challenging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations’ questionable agricultural programs in Africa, including its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).