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 CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | October 6, 2021
 

October E-News
THIS SATURDAY! CAGJ's 15th Annual SLEE Gala and 20th Anniversary Celebration
Tickets
Silent Auction
 
CAGJ HAPPENINGS
Pre-Order: New CAGJ Zine
TUES 10/19 FJP Monthly Meeting
SAT 10/16: Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony
"The Ants & the Grasshopper" Q&A with Raj Patel
Watch: People's Kitchen Counter-Mobilization
Webinar Recap: Bill Gates and the Corporate Capture of Food Systems
 
TAKE ACTION
Promote AGRA Watch's New Film Series
FRI Oct 15: TRIPS Die-In
 
CAGJ NEWS &
ANALYSIS
Webinar Recording: Unmasking Gates
Raj Patel with CAGJ Member Martha Baskin
Farmers Rap
"The Checkout" Podcast Episodes
 
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Local + Online Events

 

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SLEE: Raj Patel and 20th Anniversary Celebration
Join CAGJ virtually this SAT Oct 9, 6 - 7:30PM!

Tickets
Get your tickets to see Raj Patel and celebrate 20 years of food sovereignty movement-building on October 9th, 6 - 7:30 PM PT. Purchase your tickets on a sliding scale from $40 - 100 to support our grassroots organizing: https://tinyurl.com/SLEE2021tickets. We want to see you at SLEE even if you can’t afford a ticket! Email [email protected] today for solidarity tickets. Can't come but want to donate? Please donate online; your gift will help our Honored Guests and others to attend - Thank you!

Still time to be a Table Captain!
If you can organize a group of 5-10 friends to join you at SLEE (virtually or in person!), we consider you a Table Captain, and would love to thank you with a whole wild salmon from Loki Fish Co. and kale from Clean Greens! Just fill out this form by 5PM Thursday to arrange pick-up on Saturday, 9-11AM.

Silent Auction is LIVE! 
Silent Auction is now LIVE - bid on delightful packages such as the Cycling Enthusiast, CAGJ Favorites, Bread and Cheese Lover, and Green Thumb! Curious about what’s inside these packages? Head over to https://tinyurl.com/SLEEauction to take a peak and bid! 

  • HOW TO BID:
    • Go to https://tinyurl.com/SLEEauction
    • Start bidding! If someone outbids you, you will receive a notification. At the end of the Auction, you will be notified of the packages you have won, and pay online with a credit card. 
    • Email [email protected] with questions.

More packages added to the Silent Auction this Friday! Happy bidding, and see you in a few days! 

 


CAGJ HAPPENINGS

CAGJ's Print Zine Now Available for Pre-Order!
Our Food, Our Right 3rd Edition: Recipes for a New Normal
Pre-order on CAGJ's website!

Our latest zine features art, stories, and recipes from over 30 contributors. Explore illustrations, personal narratives and poems from Indigenous Alaska, Punjab, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy comic strips, block prints, and instructions for creating a fortune teller. Savor recipes for tea, truffles, soups, salmon, flor de calabaza and more. These illuminating pieces stitch together food justice narratives that offer insights into the challenges of 2020. The murder of George Floyd galvanized us, while the global Covid pandemic, ongoing climate crises, and intense election season forced us into a new normal of chaos and uncertainty. By centering (re)connection with land, culture, and community, we invite a vibrant vision for working together to build a more just and generative world with food sovereignty for all. Sliding scale: $10 – $20

SAT Oct 16, 3PM Pacific Time
2021 Food Sovereignty Prize Ceremony
Please register to receive the Zoom link

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Food Sovereignty Prize: The international honoree is the peasant movement FENSUAGRO of Colombia, and the domestic honoree is Eastern Woodlands Rematriation of New England. Now in its 13th year, the Food Sovereignty Prize is given annually on or around World Food Day to grassroots organizations advancing food sovereignty – the right of all peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It stands in contrast to the World Food Prize, which perpetuates the myth that we can produce our way out of hunger. Keep reading.

TUES Oct 19, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Pacific Time
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: Please RSVP
Please register to receive the Zoom link.

CAGJ's Food Justice Project will be re-convening this month after our hiatus during Rise Up! Summer School. FJP seeks to challenge and transform the globalized, industrial, corporate-driven food system, and promotes existing alternatives as we join the global struggle for food sovereignty for all! New to the Food Justice Project? Volunteer orientations are held before each meeting from 6pm-6:30pm. Orientations are a great way to learn more about the Food Justice Project, our current campaigns, and ways you can contribute. If you would like to attend an orientation, please RSVP to [email protected]

CAGJ Hosts "The Ants & the Grasshopper Film Screening
Watch the Post-Screening Q&A with Raj Patel
After a special virtual screening of The Ants & the Grasshopper, CAGJ held a Q&A session with co-director and co-producer Raj Patel. Watch the recording here. Raj co-directed and co-produced the film with Steve James, among others; James is renowned for his 1992 documentary Hoop Dreams. Learn more about the film.
 
CAGJ Co-Hosts Event in Opposition to the UN Food Systems Summit
Watch: People's Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back
In concert with the global resistance to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), National Family Farm Coalition hosted the virtual People’s Kitchen Counter-Mobilization: Food System Take-Back on the same day as the UNFSS — September 23, 2021. This virtual event elevated the voices and concerns of those whose hands put food on our collective tables, yet are being marginalized by the UNFSS’s process.  The program included saludos from our food sovereignty partners around the world, and live music! AGRA Watch hosted a conversation with African food sovereignty leaders Anne Maina and Edie Mikiibi, and our BlockCorporateSalmon campaign was featured in a very moving panel. Watch the recording here.

 
How the Gates Foundation Sponsors the Corporate Capture of Food Systems
Read the Webinar Recap and Watch the Recording
On August 19th, Community Alliance for Global Justice / AGRA Watch and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa hosted a roundtable discussion to raise awareness about the powerful interests working to capture our global food systems. Watch the full recording here on CAGJ’s YouTube channel. Speakers highlighted Bill Gates’ and the Gates Foundation’s roles in advancing harmful industrial agriculture models in Africa and around the world. This deeply flawed model of agricultural development is becoming increasingly dominant and edging out proven agroecological alternatives–including at the controversial and corporate-dominated UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), which took place in New York on September 23, 2021. Keep reading.

TAKE ACTION

Announcing AGRA Watch's New Film Series: Please Promote Widely!
"Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa"
https://www.richappetitesfilm.com

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new short film series, co-produced by CAGJ / AGRA Watch with Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) entitled "Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa". We will produce 5 short films. Watch the first of the series, "The Foundation" (6 minutes) on the Rich Appetites website.

 

TRIPS Week of Action to End the Pandemic Everywhere!
FRI Oct 15, 4PM: Die-In at the Federal Building in Seattle
CAGJ’s Trade Justice actions in 2021 have focused on partnering with WA Fair Trade Coalition, the Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans, and Socialist Alternative in support of an intellectual property rights waiver to expand global access to COVID vaccines.
October is the anniversary of the TRIPS waiver proposal being filed at the WTO, and very little progress has been made despite calls from over 140 countries including the United States. The Biden administration must do all it can to free the vaccine and get the TRIPS waiver over the finish line at the WTO, and we have to pressure them to get an agreement. Everyday that the waiver doesn't move forward is another day that peoples' lives and livelihoods are threatened.

To participate, please join in these actions:

  • MON Oct 11: Call your member of Congress and urge them to press the Biden administration to push the waiver through. We can provide a call script to those who want one. To be connected to your Representative or Senator, you can use the switchboard number (202-224-3121) and enter your Zip Code. 
  • WED Oct 13: Submit a Letter to the Editor to a local news outlet about the importance of freeing the vaccine. Please reach out if you'd like access to an LTE template.
  • FRI Oct 15: Join us at 4pm at the Federal Building (915 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98174) for a die-in calling on the Biden administration to do everything they can to push the waiver over the finish line. 

CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS

Unmasking Gates: Neocolonialism and the Failed Rice Revolution
Webinar Recording from the Global People's Summit on Food Systems
Without a doubt, farmers are inseparable from seeds and resources such as land, knowledge and the environment. However, since the 1960s, the Green Revolution program by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) has effectively shifted the control of seeds from farmers to corporations through different schemes leading to the alienation of farmers to agriculture, and the dispossession of their rights to resources. Bill Gates’ push to “develop new technologies, trust the market, and put in place policies so that corporations can make it all happen faster” is effectively being translated into public policies affecting farmers’ rights and the food systems catering profit for the corporations. The decisions on what to grow, what to eat, what technology to use are being dominated and captured by huge multinational corporations, with Bill Gates at the helm in pushing for Golden Rice and the corporate agenda. Watch the recording here.
 
Raj Patel and Food Justice in the Climate Era
PRX Podcast with CAGJ Member Martha Baskin
Extreme weather events are widely covered in the news. But the consequences for growing and accessing nutritious food receives less attention. What's the nexus between climate and food insecurity, and how do industrial agriculture, corporate and trade policies impact both? On the eve of the UN Food Summit, Martha Baskin caught up with Raj Patel, food justice writer and academic. Patel will give the keynote at this year's Food Justice Gala, hosted by CAGJ on October 9th. Listen here.
 
Music Video: Farmers Rap
Written and Produced by Young Daku, Indra Shekhar Singh
We highly recommend taking the time to watch this short video, with an incredibly deep and incisive look at global agricultural politics, including the damaging role of the Gates Foundation and philanthrocapitalism. From producer Young Daku: “Recently I was approached by some senior members in the Kisan Movement to compose a Rap song in English for submission in a South African Conference on Agriculture that is an initiative by an American university. This is an international academic collaboration of academicians, policy analysts and artists from across the globe to expose themes of corporatization of agriculture through a rap song.” Watch the music video here.
 
"The Checkout" Radio with Million Belay (AFSA) and Raj Patel (SLEE Keynote)
Listen to Conversations with CAGJ Allies
"The Checkout speaks with Million Belay about how millions of farmers across the African continent are fighting to control their own food systems and why high-tech “Green Revolution” solutions are a false promise." Listen to Million here.
 
"Inflamed is a truly awesome new book by Dr. Rupa Marya and Professor Raj Patel, combining extensive medical research with history, economics and epidemiology. The authors join The Checkout to discuss why everything is on fire and what can be done." Listen to Raj here.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

THURS Oct 7 - SUN Oct 17
ACTIVATE | REFUGE, 2021 Social Justice Film Festival
Presented by the Social Justice Film Institute, Northwest Film Forum, and the Meaningful Movies Project, the 2021 Social Justice Film Festival is a celebration of the power of people and film to push for change within their homes and communities. This year’s program runs from October 7-17 and features a competitive, curated selection of short and feature films that highlight many of today’s key human crises. Taken together, the genre-spanning films ask how we activate and create refuge in response to crisis. More details here.
 
THURS Oct 7 - TUES Oct 26
Poisoning Paradise Film Festival
Presented by the Social Justice Film Institute, Northwest Film Forum, and the Meaningful Movies Project, the 2021 Social Justice Film Festival is a celebration of the power of people and film to push for change within their homes and communities. This year’s program runs from October 7-17 and features a competitive, curated selection of short and feature films that highlight many of today’s key human crises. Taken together, the genre-spanning films ask how we activate and create refuge in response to crisis. More details here.
 
NOW through 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.
 
FRI Nov 12, 6 - 8PM Pacific Time
350 Seattle: INTERTWINED ~ a celebration of our roots and resolve
Join the 350 Seattle community to share a meal together virtually and celebrate our roots and resolve. Hear about our accomplishments and where we're going in our work to respond to the climate crisis. Find joy and inspiration in this community of resistance, with people who get into "good trouble" and those who are pushing for change from within. Intertwined reminds us of how we are interconnected; our lives are connected, our struggles our connected. We seek a just and equitable and safe world for everyone.  Tickets are $15 or $65 with a home-delivered meal. Buy tickets here.

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