CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | January 5, 2022
Happy New Year! Thank you for your year-end support to CAGJ & our African partners!
CAGJ NEWS &
Get Involved! Upcoming CAGJ Meetings:
Food Justice Project:
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Happy New Year from Community Alliance for Global Justice
May 2022 Bring Abundance, Joy & Food Sovereignty
Thank you CAGJ Members for your end of year support!
We begin 2022 with gratitude to our Members for donating so generously to start the year on sustainable footing. We've raised close to 10K through our #SeedingSolidarity campaign, including both one-time donations and a full year of donations from our 12 new and renewed Sustaining Members! We are still $500 short of our 10K goal: If you would like to help us get there, please donate today, and consider a monthly gift (click 'I want to contribute this amount every month'), or make a donation of any size, we greatly appreciate all support, which we will put towards our Food Sovereignty organizing, carried out locally, regionally, nationally and transnationally! We are committed to creating joy and abundance in 2022, in community with our members and supporters.
Support for our African partners in wake of canceled trip
AGRA Watch planned to send two representatives - Heather Day and Noël Hutton - to Kenya in December for the annual meeting of AFSA, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. However, due to the emergence of the new Covid variant, we made the very difficult decision to cancel. However we were able to turn that disappointment into support for three of our African partners:
We are also very grateful for the travel support we received from RSF Small Planet Fund!
Watch Rich Appetites, Short Film #2,"Seeds", to learn more
We are very excited to announce the release of the second episode of our short film series, "Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa". The new short film is entitled “Seeds” - Watch now, on the film website and Vimeo!
“Seeds” exposes the Gates Foundation’s role in promoting laws that commercialize seeds in Africa and beyond, allowing corporations to commodify, control, and profit from the fundamental building blocks of agriculture–posing a serious threat to farmers and farmer-led seed systems in the process.
AGRA Watch provides an annotated script with links to sources available for each film (see episode 2 script here), and is producing a study guide for the series as well. You are also invited to review the full interview (excerpted in the film and available here) with Bern Guri of CIKOD, on Ghana’s Plant Varieties Protection Law.
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP
Please register to receive the ZOOM link.
This month we will bring in the New Year celebrating all that we accomplished in 2021, hear updates from our Solidarity Campaign partners - Got Green, Familias Unidas por la Justicia Farmworker Union, Community to Community, UFCW 21, Indigenous fish protectors fighting GE salmon, and WA Fair Trade Coalition - and look forward to what 2022 will bring, including Rise Up Summer School! Organizing will begin soon for Summer School, so let us know if you want to join the Organizing Collective (email [email protected]), and you can participate by attending monthly FJP meetings. We look forward to seeing you soon!
As always, new volunteers are invited to our orientation via ZOOM at 6pm: Please email us to let us know you're attending the orientation. All are welcome! For more info, email the Food Justice Project.
Our Food, Our Right 3rd Edition: "Recipes for a New Normal"
Available on sliding scale: $10 – $20: 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, lumpia 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. Cover art courtesy of Morgan Brown. See the beautiful content in the digital version of the zine, and go to CAGJ's online store to order today!
Contact your Representative and Share on Social Media
Watch December’s Emergency Briefing on Omicron & the "End the Pandemic Now" Plan where we heard from public health experts and policymakers about how the Omicron variant is demonstrating once again that the COVID pandemic will not end anywhere until vaccines, test kits and treatments are readily available throughout the world. Crucially, we also heard how Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Rosa DeLauro and other congressional champions’ new ”End the Pandemic Now" Resolution (H. Con. Res. 60) lays out a clear road map for increasing global production of the supplies needed to save millions of lives and bring the pandemic to a close.
To help build momentum behind the End the Pandemic Now plan and get it implemented as quickly as possible, we need your help today:
LEARN MORE: CAGJ organizer Noël Hutton was recently featured in Source New Mexico regarding vaccine inequity and the intellectual property waiver proposal at the WTO.
CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
Blog Post by AGRA Watch Intern Na Haby Stella Faye
December 7, 2021 – The mainstream media often portrays agroecological practices in a belittling way. At best, they are described as utopian; at worst, as damaging to the international economic system. This contributes to the dismissal of these practices as niche and prevents their serious consideration as models for the transformation of agriculture. Thus, it is important to unpack and understand these narratives. In this vein, I analyse how Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS) fellows portray agroecological alternatives and the people who support them. Continue reading.
Blog Post by guest author Helene Schmutzler
December 8, 2021 – The Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 was a continuation of business-as-usual: the neoliberal capture of high-level political events to promote Western-led and finance-focused pseudo-solutions. The Summit took place on December 7-8, 2021, as the culminating event of the #NutritionYearofAction. The N4G Summit is an international, multi-stakeholder conference that promotes nutrition-related issues. The Summit takes place every few years; the first was held in London in 2013, the second in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, and the third in Tokyo this year, after being postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Unfortunately, the Summit offered mostly meaningless and empty political rhetoric, from expressions like “leave no-one behind” and “we must act now”, to endless self-praising about how bold the actions and commitments from the Summit attendees were, arguably representing “unprecedented political will.” Of those commitments that were made, one aspect stood out: they align with the N4G Summit’s highly finance-focused agenda. The neoliberal, Western-supremacist notion of “development” and financial fixes has struck once again in high-level politics. Continue reading.
Story from KUOW by Anna King
It’s a race against winter to load heavy pallets of squash on the 1,500-acre Inaba farm. Four generations of his family has farmed this land, but now Lon Inaba and his family are selling it – not to just anyone. They’re selling it back to the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Continue reading.
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