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CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | May 3, 2016
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CAGJ is unique: through the Food Justice Project and AGRA Watch, we are engaged in global food sovereignty organizing, while being rooted in place, and committed to supporting the food justice struggles in our Northwest communities. Check out our beautiful 2015 Annual Report to see us in action!
Your Give Big gift (today only) will not only be matched, thanks to UFCW 21 and CAGJ donors, it will enable CAGJ to receive a stretch grant from the Seattle Foundation. Please consider stretching your own giving, to help us reach our ambitious goal in 2016 of doubling our staffing.
Together in 2016 we will: Defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership; Fight with our Native sisters and brothers to stop GE salmon from entering our waters; Stand in solidarity with local farmworkers and grocery workers, to ensure fair contracts; Continue to work in solidarity with the African food sovereignty movement to oppose the push of industrial agriculture onto the continent by the Gates Foundation.
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On May 13th, 14th and 15th thousands of people are converging upon the Shell and Tesoro refineries on March Point in Anacortes, WA, to stop the flow of oil into and out of the March Point refineries. The Shell and Tesoro refineries near Anacortes are the largest source of carbon pollution in the Northwest and refine 47% of all the gas and diesel consumed in the region. This system must change—within years, not decades. Join us as we take mass action to Break Free from Big Oil and hasten a just transition to 100% renewable energy. Hundreds of people will risk arrest by engaging in peaceful civil disobedience. Please consider joining this historic convergence and helping begin the global break from fossil fuels. Sign-Up to join us there! Saturday May 14, Join CAGJ at the Indigenous Day of Action and March in Anacortes, WA. Click here to find the schedule, meeting location and logistics! Find transportation options!
Help CAGJ make a food sovereignty banner and other artwork!
Email Ross with your availability this weekend, Friday May 6th-Monday, May 9th. More info about art builds on the Break Free Calendar. Other ways to involved with the Break Free Action! Reserve a campsite! Join an affinity group! Attend direct action trainings! Volunteer!
New volunteer orientation at 6pm! Please RSVP.
Location: CAGJ Office, 606 Maynard Ave S, Seattle 98104. Join us to organize for food justice and sovereignty in 2016! At the May meeting we will discuss what we learned at Break Free, and plan for upcoming actions! All are welcome! RSVPs appreciated but not required.
Location: Rally at Westlake Park, March to the Gates Foundation. The March Against Monsanto is a global day of action, including demonstrations across Africa! AGRA Watch has had the honor of speaking every year at this very well-attended and super family friendly event. And this year, CAGJ volunteers are needed to help us gather signatures on our TPP Food petition! RALLY INFO: Special Guest Speaker, all the way from Las Vegas - Nick Brannigan - host of Health Conspiracy Radio, plus speakers from WAmend, Backbone Campaign, Beacon Food Forest and more! MUSIC - Gary Kanter, Songwriter; Seattle Raging Grannies; and Smashie Smashie! BRING your friends & family. BRING signs and banners! FUN activities and learning opportunities for the kids from Aquaponic Gardening to Urban Farming! ADA accessible rally and march. Volunteers needed – please email MAM organizers for more info.
Location: New Hope Baptist Church, home of Clean Greens Farm, 124 21st Ave Seattle, WA 98122. Join us to hear directly from leaders of the local independent farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia about the exciting outcomes of their recent tour of the West Coast and how their organizing is strengthening the farmworker justice movement nationally and internationally. Suggested Donation: $5 - 20 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds! Light refreshments provided. All funds raised will help FUJ members offset tour expenses and support their continued organizing throughout the upcoming season. Hosted by Boycott Sakuma Seattle & CAGJ. For more info, contact the Food Justice Project.
SAT July 9, 5-9pm, University Christian Church
Help CAGJ Celebrate 15 Years at our SLEE Dinner!
CAGJ's annual "Strengthening Local Economies, Everywhere!" Dinner will take place Saturday, July 9th at University Christian Church. Expect a sumptuous Fair Trade and locally-sourced meal, music and a silent auction. The keynote, "Decolonizing the Food System: Lessons from Africa" will be given by world-renowned activist and food justice advocate Anuradha Mittal.
Table Captain for SLEE!
Bring 10 friends to dine and learn more about food sovereignty and global justice organizing. If you're interested in being a table captain, email Erika.
Volunteer for CAGJ's "15 Years of Global Justice Organizing" SLEE Dinner
Tickets will go on sale soon (watch for the email!) but if you already know you would like to volunteer, please email Coral!
350 Seattle, WA Fair Trade Coalition and CAGJ are partnering to organize food activists to defeat the TPP because of the threats it represents to Food Labeling, Food Safety, Food Ethics, Farm to School Programs, our Climate and our Democracy. We need your help meeting our goal of 500 signers on our joint petition this month!
1. Please sign our petition today to tell our WA State Reps to vote NO on the TPP based on threats to building food sovereignty for all.
2. Share the petition with all of your contacts via Facebook, emails, websites etc.
3. Sign up to join us at a Farmers Market to get more signers!
4. Come to a meeting with your local Rep with other advocates for a healthy food system!
CAGJ CAMPAIGN NEWS
Donate to CAGJ's Green-a-Thon Team!
And join the Green-a-Thon on SAT June 4
CAGJ’s Food Justice Project works in solidarity with Got Green to promote food as a basic human right. Every year CAGJ's team raises $1000 through the Green-a-Thon to support Got Green's incredibly important work. Please donate to CAGJ's tea today. Your gift will help Got Green bring 500 new families into the climate justice movement - leading to environmental sustainability, equity and opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities! Thank you for helping us reach our goal of $1000 to help expand Got Green's capacity to lift up the voices and leadership of people of color and low-income people calling for good green jobs; access to healthy and affordable food; green and healthy homes; and quality public transportation. Join the green wave and give generously today!
Union Grocery Workers Call for a Union Store on Broadway!
On April 14 CAGJ’s Director Heather Day spoke along with several others at a spirited rally at the Capitol Hill Transit Station, calling for the new grocery store on the site to be a locally-owned and union. Since that rally, Central Co-op announced their bid to open a new store at the site. Take Action on Central Co-op’s website to support their bid to be the new anchor tenant by sending a letter of support to the developer! In other news, UFCW 21 is happy to announce “the ratification of a new contract for 30,000 Puget Sound grocery workers represented by UFCW 21, UFCW 367 and Teamsters 38! This is the first time in 15 years that we have an approved agreement before contract expiration and it is due directly to the strength and activism of our members alongside community allies. Over the past 3 years our members have taken action to enforce our contracts and ensure fair and safe workplaces, and partnered with many community members, including CAGJ, to pass progressives policies such as paid sick leave and minimum wage increases. We will continue to build on our victories by winning statewide wage and sick leave improvements with Initiative 1433 in November, and are well on our way to ensuring we have the signatures to make it happen!”
WED, May 11, 7:30, Doors @ 6:30
Sophie Egan with Tim Egan: Are We What We Eat?
Downstairs at Town Hall $5. The popular saying “you are what you eat” could be more true than we know. According to Seattle-based author Sophie Egan, what people choose to eat defines who they are as a person. In conversation with author Tim Egan (her father), she’ll explore the science behind everything Americans eat. From the popularity of McDonald’s to the more recent gluten-free movement, her overview of these eating habits will touch on every aspect of truly American cuisine. Why does America have such a high rate of obesity? Why is “having it our way” so unique to the U.S.? Egan, who studied under Michael Pollan, will offer insight into these and other questions in her talk.
FRI May 13, 7:30pm and SAT May 14, 7pm - MayWorks
Songwriter and Labor Folksinger John O’Connor in Concert
FRI May 13: songwriter and labor folksinger John O'Connor makes his first concert appearance in the Seattle area in almost two decades. The concert will feature John's powerful songs and stories, many about life and struggles in the Pacific Northwest. Suggested donation $15. Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl N; Seattle 98103. Please RSVP for reservations or call 206.524.7753. John’s music has always been inseparable from his involvement in working class politics. He began his involvement in the labor movement right out of high school when he went to work in the factories of Waterloo, Iowa. An interest in folk music and Woody Guthrie led to a 40-year career as a folk singer and a cultural educator, performing in concerts, coffeehouses, schools and colleges, union education programs and political action events. SAT May 14: John will also be presenting his program, Hold the Fort at the Machinist Hall at 9135 15th Place S, Seattle 98108 at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 14th. For more information and to RSVP. Suggested donation is $10. Hold the Fort; Stories and Songs of the Wobblies in Washington State is a narrative with songs that depicts the history of the IWW in Washington in the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. The Industrial Workers of the World, played a key role in the development of the labor movement in Washington State. The program includes such historic events as the free speech fight in Spokane, the Everett Massacre, the great lumber strike of 1917, the Seattle General Strike and the Centralia Massacre. It features songs by Joe Hill, Ralph Chaplin, T-Bone Slim and John O'Connor. Hold the Fort is especially timely in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the tragic events in Everett when at least five workers were killed as their ship, the Verona, docked to support the striking Shingleweavers.
FRI-SUN May 13-15
Break Free Actions: See more info above!
On May 13th, 14th and 15th thousands of people are converging upon the Shell and Tesoro refineries on March Point in Anacortes, WA for the Break Free campaign. The Shell and Tesoro refineries near Anacortes are the largest source of carbon pollution in the Northwest and refine 47% of all the gas and diesel consumed in the region. This system must change—within years, not decades. Join us as we take mass action to Break Free from Big Oil and hasten a just transition to 100% renewable energy. Hundreds of people will risk arrest by engaging in peaceful civil disobedience. Please consider joining this historic convergence and helping begin the global break from fossil fuels. Sign-up to join us there!
THURS May 26, 6:30 – 9:30PM
It Takes a Village: Village Volunteers Fundraiser & Silent Auction
CAGJ URGES YOU TO SUPPORT LONGTIME AGRA WATCH PARTNER, VILLAGE VOLUNTEERS!
Location: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98104. You're invited to join us to celebrate the successes of our first 13 years supporting sustainable solutions to community challenges in Africa & Asia with our special guests and honored partners: URMI BASU - New Light India - Half the Sky; JOSHUA MACHINGA- Common Ground for Africa – Kenya; PETER KITHENE- Mama Maria Clinic - CNN World Hero; SHARON TASUR - Namunyak Maasai Welfare, Kenya. ALSO with Naomi Wachira - fabulous singer – songwriter. Get your tickets soon! $25 registration or $35 at the door - Includes drink ticket, cash bar, and hors d'oerves. Silent Auction includes 4 tickets to Ben Harper's concert at Marymoore Park Amphitheater, Redmond with a backstage meet & greet, Phil Borges' original photo print and book, Sunset cruise at Lake Washington, exciting restaurants , and much more! We look forward to seeing you there! For more info, contact Village Volunteers.
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