CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | February 2, 2022
THURS 2/17 Join Heather in Conversation with Vandana Shiva
CAGJ NEWS &
Get Involved! Upcoming CAGJ Meetings:
Food Justice Project:
3rd Tues/month, 6:30 - 8:30; for more info email us.
time varies, for more info email us
THURS February 17, 10 - 11:30AM PST
Join Heather Day at the Launch of a New Book Edited by Vandana Shiva: Philanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy
Vandana Shiva has edited a new book, "Philanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy", to which AGRA Watch contributed our research on how the Cornell Alliance for Science Fellowship program creates propaganda to prop up the Gates Foundation's misguided agricultural development schemes in Africa.
Global capitalists wield philanthropy to monopolize and privatize land use, food production, and the public health sector. Join a conversation with Vandana Shiva and CAGJ’s Heather Day to learn about this dangerous trend—and how global citizens are fighting back. The conversation will be moderated by Breanna Draxler, senior editor at YES! Media. This event will take place via Zoom. Get your FREE ticket here.
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP
Please register to receive the Zoom link.
Rise Up Summer School organizing has begun -come give input on the theme and curriculum this year! We hope to do more in-person field trips this summer, while keeping it accessible to folks around hte country. Let us know if you're interested in joining the Organizing Collective (email [email protected]), and you can participate by attending monthly FJP meetings.
Following Maine's example, organizers led by Northwest Harvest are seeking to enshrine the Right to Food in Washington's consitution. We will hear an update on this campaign led by Northwest Harvest, and we are excited to support the great work of our Solidarity Campaign partners across the food chain - 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.
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.
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.
Call to Action: Urge Hard Rock Cafe, Landry's and McCormick and Schmick's Seafood and Steaks to boycott GE Salmon
Join the NGO Sign-on Letter to #BlockCorporateSalmon
In March 2021, Samuel & Sons, a Philadelphia-based seafood distributor and supplier for Hard Rock Cafe, Landry’s, and McCormick and Schmick’s announced that it would sell GE salmon to its clients. Friends of the Earth is circulating a sign-on letter for organizations to urge those restaurants to join the boycott. Add your organization’s support for these restaurants to cut ties with this frankenfish! Deadline to sign on has been extended until Saturday, Feb 5. Sign-on to the letter here.
Update on WA Safe + Healthy from UFCW21
As you know, hospital workers are being pushed to the brink all over the country and world by Covid. Our solidarity campaign partner and grocery worker union UFCW 21 also represents healthcare workers, and they are mobilizing and asking for our support. Please follow this link https://act.seiu.org/a/wa-safe-healthy to quickly and easily send an email to the legislators who represent you on this issue!
Call to Action from Trade Justice Education Fund
Please use this form to submit a Valentine’s card or letter about someone you’ve lost, haven’t been able to visit or want to thank for their help during the COVID pandemic. You can either write or paste a letter directly into the "Text for Letter" box, or upload a picture/PDF of your letter. Some templates are at the bottom of this page.
Your letter will be added to an arrangement of other valentines posted in community displays in one of a handful of cities across the U.S. this Valentine’s Day in order to honor our loved ones, call for global vaccine & treatment equity and let people know they are not alone in these hard times.
CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
Blog Post by CAGJ Member Ross Doll
February 1, 2022 – China’s small-scale and subsistence household farms across the country are rapidly fading. For thousands of years the foundation of Chinese agriculture and a fixture of China’s vast countryside, they are now being replaced by the large-scale and mechanized operations so common in the Global North.1 Prominent Western and Chinese media reports have hailed this phenomenon as a necessary step to easing rural poverty, improving food security, and boosting the global economy. Says the New York Times in a recent article, “The world may benefit” — in other words, everyone wins. However, my research in rural China, along with broader work in China studies, suggests a more complicated situation, and along with it the need for a very different response.
By Julius Sigei
January 22, 2022 – Fifteen years later, and a billion dollars in funding, AGRA’s promise to double productivity and incomes for 30 million smallholder farming households by 2020 while reducing food insecurity by 50 per cent has not been fulfilled. Continue reading.
By Dave Dickey
January 19, 2022 – Welcome to 2022 and the shiny new federal labeling rule that will require manufactures to disclose when foods are BIOENGINEERED! Sort of.... The new law essentially replaces a patchwork of state regulations regarding the labeling of genetically modified foods and food products. Unfortunately the law is sure to create confusion and make it burdensome for some consumers to know if the foods they eat contain GMO ingredients.
By Niaz Dorry, National Family Farm Coalition
January 23, 2022 – A recent ruling under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement fails to address the problems confronting dairy farmers in any meaningful way (“U.S. Wins Ruling on Canada Dairy Tariffs,” U.S. News, Jan. 5). On the contrary, it dismisses the positive example of Canada’s dairy supply-management program, which has stabilized the supply of milk, provided protective subsidies to small farmers, ensured most of the dairy production is consumed domestically and offered fairer prices to farmers and consumers. Continue reading.
THURSDAY February 3, 4 - 5PM Pacific Time
Dinner Disrupted: What is food security?
What is a food desert? What is food aparthied? How does access or lack of access to fresh and nutritious foods affect a community? Ife Kilimanjaro, Ph.D. and Co-Executive Director of Soul Fire Farm and Melissa Spiesman of Food Rescue US will discuss historical practices that have led to our current food systems and how local communities can help to change the system by working with and for their neighbors. Understanding historical policies and practices is a great step in creating space for a new conversation regarding food security and a healthy future for all. Register here.
SATURDAY February 5, 5 - 11PM Pacific Time
Black Dollar Days King County Reparations Project: Remembering Black Wall Street
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle
An evening remembering the history and tragic loss of Black Wall Street, Tulsa, OK.
Performances by NAAM's African American Cultural Ensemble (ACE), Acts On Stage, and local Seattle area dancers. Guest Speaker: Dr. Phil Armstrong, Director, Greenwood Rising Black Wall St. Center, Tulsa, OK. Museum artifacts viewing, social & dancing at end of program. Music provided by The Lonnie Williams Band. Hor'dourves will be served. Doors Open: 5p; Program: 6-8p; Artifact Viewing/Social/Dancing: 8-11p. This is a Covid restricted event. Vaccination cards required at the door. Masks required for individuals 2+yrs. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe! Register here for the in-person event. NOTE: This program may also be viewed online. For more information see "Virtual: Remembering Black Wall Street." Thank you.
SATURDAY February 19 - 20
Uprooted and Rising 2022 Winter Training
Grounded in the regenerative cycle that models nature’s seasons, we are transitioning from winter to spring. Coming out of rest, which is our time for dreaming, reflection, and moving with gratitude, we welcome new ideas, welcome back new and old faces, and begin to set intentions. As we begin to ramp up our campaigns again for the Spring, we want to call in all new and returning UNR members for a weekend focused on our collective growth. Grounded in the theme of relationships and preparing for action, get ready for a weekend of skill building, storytelling, and community care! Register here. See schedule here.
WEDNESDAY February 16 - 17, 9AM - 12:30PM Pacific Time
MONDAY February 28, 12PM Pacific Time
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