AGRA Watch Trip Blog: Meeting Kenyan Agroecologists

Last week, CAGJ Organizing Director Simone Adler arrived in Kenya, starting off our AGRA Watch trip aimed at strengthening the next phase of our international organizing. Over the week-end Simone Adler, Heather Day and Bill Aal have participated in the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa Food Systems Conference, and we are excited to participate […]

Gratitude for a Beautiful SLEE 2018

THANK YOU to everyone who made CAGJ’s 12th annual SLEE Dinner such a success! A special thank you to Edgar Franks, Farmworker organizer with Community to Community Development whose keynote, “The Legacy We Inherit: Luchando por una vida AgroEcologica” was a brilliant reflection on both what we are up against, and what gives us hope […]

Reflection: First Month of Rise Up! Summer School, on African Food Sovereignty

By Haruka Nagano and Neo Mazur, Summer School participants Reading Group Discussion On June 12, CAGJ held a dinner potluck and discussion to launch the Rise Up! Summer School, an anti-oppression leadership development program exploring food sovereignty movements situated in our local area. Enjoying the amazing food each participant brought, we started off with 25 […]

Climate Justice Requires Peasant Agroecology – Not the Extractivist Model

By Jean Fallow, AGRA Watch Intern This is a summary of Peasant Agroecology Achieves Climate Justice, a 38-page primer that appears in La Via Campesina’s May 2018 e-newsletter. The primer was produced by the Building Climate Justice Advocacy project, a partnership between Afrika Kontakt and La Via Campesina in Southern and Eastern Africa. Peasant Agroecology […]

Daily Vigils to Demand Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees

Join us for daily week-day (M-F) VIGIL FOR HUMAN RIGHTS in front of the Seattle ICE office, 1000 2nd Ave (between Spring and Madison in downtown Seattle). At this time, daily vigils are planned until July 20; we will announce here and on Facebook if we decide to extend. Learn more and follow updates on […]

Synthetic Biology Threatens African Biodiversity, Health, and Livelihoods

By Jean Fallow, AGRA Watch Intern This is a summary of the report “What Does Synthetic Biology Mean for Africa?” by Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji and Mariam Mayet of the Building International Capacity on Synthetic Biology Assessment and Governance (BICSBAG) Project, which is coordinated by the African Center for Biodiversity, ETC Group, and the Third World […]

Seeking SLEE Volunteers & Interns!

Calling on all CAGJ members and volunteers! Help make CAGJ’s SLEE Dinner spectacular again this year! We are seeking new interns, and folks who have a few hours (or more) to volunteer in the CAGJ office. Want to gain an on-the-ground view of grassroots organizing and learn valuable tools to support nonprofits? By working with […]

Philanthrocapitalism: The Gates Foundation’s African programmes are not charity

By AGRA Watch Member, Phil Bereano. Published in Third World Resurgence, December 2017. The activities of the Gates Foundation are a major example of what has come to be called ‘philanthrocapitalism’. Phil Bereano argues that philanthrocapitalism is an attempt to use market processes to do good, and therefore problematic as markets are ill-suited to producing […]