CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | September 8, 2021

September E-News
SAT Oct 9th SLEE Gala!
SUN Sept 26th: Raj Patel Documentary Film Screening
AGRA Watch Webinar
No Sept FJP Mtg
Global Food Week of Action
AFSA Agroecology Awards
Sept 23: People's Kitchen Counter-Mobilization & more!
Goodbye from Got Green's ED
Great podcasts
Local & online events


Get Involved! Upcoming CAGJ Meetings:

Food Justice Project:
3rd Tues/month, 6:30 - 8:30; for more info email usCancelled for September.
AGRA Watch:

time varies, for more info email us

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Join our 15th Annual SLEE Gala and 20th Anniversary Party with Raj Patel!
SAT Oct 9th, 6 - 7:30PM Pacific Time

Are you curious about challenging the free trade food system? Devoted to developing economies that empower farmers and eaters alike? Like to learn about radical beginnings? Don’t wait to save the SLEE date, and get your sliding scale tickets today! Activist, academic, and film producer Raj Patel will honor CAGJ’s 20th Anniversary, linking our roots in the 1999 Seattle uprising against the World Trade Organization to our collective struggle today for Food Sovereignty. 

Thank you Pukhraj Sidhu for the banner design and Nikki McClure for the art!

CAGJ Special Screening The Ants & The Grasshopper followed by Q&A with Raj Patel
SUN Sept 26, 5:30 - 8PM PDT

Register for FREE!

“To save her home from extreme weather, Malawian activist Anita Chitaya faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. As she travels across America she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe they live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize and free themselves from a logic that is already destroying the Earth.”

Screening is free, but you must register to receive the link to the virtual Zoom event and film.


Watch the AGRA Watch Roundtable Discussion
How the Gates Foundation Sponsors the Corporate Capture of Global Food Systems
With the UN Food Systems Summit set to take place this September in New York City, our recent AGRA Watch roundtable discussion aimed to raise public and media awareness about the powerful interests working to capture our global food systems, and chart a course for participants to take action for food sovereignty. Speakers brought attention to Bill Gates’ and the Gates Foundation’s roles in advancing harmful industrial agriculture models in Africa and around the world. Though deeply flawed in many ways, this model of agricultural development is becoming dominant and edging out proven agro-ecological alternatives. Watch the recording on YouTube, and please click the red Subscribe button to support CAGJ's online presence!
No September Food Justice Project Meeting
Monthly Virtual Gatherings to Resume in October
A couple weeks ago our Food Justice Project wrapped up Rise Up! Summer School 2021! We will be taking a short break to focus on our many September events and prepping for SLEE next month. Fall meetings will resume the third Tuesdays/month, October 19 and November 16, 6:30 - 8:30PM. If you would like to get involved with the Food Justice Project, or sign-up for our pre-meeting orientation (6PM) please email us - [email protected] - Thanks!
OCT 10 - 17, 2021 Global Food Week of Action
Every year we mark the Global Food Week of Action in October, inspired by these United Nations days of action: International Day for Rural Women (Oct. 15), World Food Day (Oct. 16), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct. 17).  US Food Sovereignty Alliance will soon annouce this year's Food Sovereignty Prize honorees, who will receive their awards during this week of action (Watch the 2020 Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony).  Learn more about the Global Food Week of Action, organized by Presbyterian Hunger Program.
THURS Oct 14, time TBD
AFSA Agroecology Awards 2021 Virtual Ceremony
This year, the Africa Agroecology Awards will be given for the first time by AFSA - Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa - honouring the best agroecology leaders and initiatives in seven categories. The awards will be presented to exceptional leaders, groups and initiatives that have made a significant impact on scaling up agroecology in Africa and advancing food sovereignty by influencing practices, laws, policies, businesses, institutions, and the media. Keep an eye out in next month's e-newsletter for more info!


Join UN Food Systems Summit Counter-Mobilizations
Participate in CAGJ Co-Hosted Event, and More!
THURS Sept 23: Register for the People's Kitchen Counter-Mobilization!
In concert with the global resistance to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), CAGJ has joined a North America-based coalition of food justice organizations to host the virtual People’s Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back on the same day as the UNFSS — September 23, 2021. This virtual event will elevate the voices and concerns of those whose hands put food on our collective tables and are being marginalized by the UNFSS’s process, including our partners in the African Food Sovereigny movement. More details to be announced; please register to stay updated.
Our Food, Our Story: Reclaiming the Food Systems Narrative
A 4-part online event series hosted by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and partners
See details.

FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth
THURS Sept 9, 7am-10:30am Pacific Time
In solidarity with other NGO’s offering a strong critique of the fall UN Food Summit, FORUM2021 explores the potential of local regenerative agriculture, highlights the growing organic farming movement and offers an interfaith moral call to redressing the harm caused by agribusiness, the industrialization of the world’s food production system. Read more. 

Global People's Summit on Food Systems
TUES Sept 21 - THURS Sept 23
The Global People's Summit on Food Systems will take place September 21-23. You can
register here. Read about the framework and organizing committee here.



AFSA: Open Letter to AGRA Donors
Call to end support for Green Revolution programs in Africa
Nairobi, 7 Sept 2021 - Today the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), representing some 200 million small-scale food producers, alongside 160 international organizations from 40 countries, release an open letter calling on donors to stop funding the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Our Alliance in June wrote to AGRA’s donors asking them to provide evidence to refute research showing that the 15-year-old industrial agriculture initiative has failed to improve incomes and food security for the millions of small-scale food producers it targeted. We received few responses and no credible evidence. Keep reading.
Goodbye, For Now by Jill Mangaliman
A Farewell Message from CAGJ Solidarity Partner Got Green's Longtime Executive Director
July 27, 2021 - "It is with a heavy heart to share with you that this is my last month at Got Green as Executive Director. It has been such a journey to grow together with this organization. When I joined in 2009 as a volunteer, I did not know anything about climate change nor see myself as a leader. I’m so glad that I was organized by Michael Woo and found a political home with Got Green!" Keep reading.
Podcasts Featuring Valerie Segrest and Raj Patel
Hosted by CAGJ Member Mary Purdy, MS, RDN
Two members of the CAGJ community were recently featured on our member Mary Purdy's podcast! Check out "Decolonizing Healthcare" with SLEE Keynote Raj Patel and Rupa Marya here, as well as an episode with Valerie Segrest, with whom CAGJ has long partnered in the fight against genetically engineered salmon.


SAT Sept 11, 10am - 12pm Pacific Time
West Coast TRIPS Waiver Virtual Action Conference
Join us for an important action conference featuring voices from leading activists in the US and across the world to discuss next steps in the campaign for global vaccine access. Register to receive the Zoom link. Share the Facebook event.
THURS Sept 16, 12pm Pacific Time
Real Change 27th Anniversary Event: "This is my real job."
Please save the date of Thursday, September 16th at 12PM for our virtual anniversary event! Each day the week of September 13th we'll share videos from community members making an impact including the Volunteers of the Year, Change Agent, and Editorial Excellence award winners. Please like and follow @realchangenews on social media for updated info. Register here. CAGJ has a limited number of solidarity tickets available for our members to attend this important event! If interested, please email [email protected].
SAT Sept 18, 10am - 3pm
Farm Fest at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
Location: 5513 S Cloverdale St, 98118. All set within Seattle's largest urban farm, we plan to host plant-based crafts, nature walks, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, farmer meet-and-greets, live performances, food trucks, a farm stand and more. Hosted by Tilth Alliance, Farm to Table and Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands, this event is free and open to the public. More info:
SAT Sept 25, 1pm - 9pm
Chinatown-International District Night Market
Modeled after the lively night markets found across Asia, this event will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival with a slew of Asian street food vendors alongside handmade local goods, fresh-cut flowers, crafts, and more, plus live entertainment, such as bands and breakdancing groups. More info.
THURS Sept 2 - FRI Nov 26
"From Then 'Til Now" By Antonio Gonzales
Jansen Art Center, 321 Front Street, Lynden WA
Antonio Gonzales Presente! Movement-builder and artist with Community 2 Community Development, Antonio Gonzales, worked hard to get his artwork scheduled for showing in Lynden, WA, but passed away suddenly before he could enjoy the exhibition. We encourage folks to view his beautiful work at the Jansen Art Center and consider purchasing a piece, the funds of which will help his family cover expenses. More info on the exhibit. Read C2C's blog post about Antonio. Buy Antonio’s artwork on the “Farmworkers are Essential” T-shirt from C2C's Solidarity Shop.

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