CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | May 2, 2023

May E-News
Membership Month: Spring Up for Justice!
Become a Member!
SAT MAY 20 Art-Making Workshop
TUES May 16 Art & Activism Series with Morgan Brown
Staff Transitions
Stop the Kroger-Albertsons Merger!
Electrify Seattle
April Art Workshop & Marcha Campesina
Banking on Climate Chaos
IPES-Food: Who's Tipping the Scales?
Local + online events


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During Membership Month CAGJ asks for your support to fund our community organizing and transnational campaigns! CAGJ’s members make our work possible, and here are a few of the things we would not be able to do without YOU:

  • Host the 5th iteration of Rise Up! School, CAGJ’s political education and leadership development program
  • Expand the impact of our short film series Rich Appetites: How Big Philanthropy is Shaping the Future of Food in Africa
  • Publish two AGRA Watch research reports, on the problems with climate-smart agriculture and Microsoft’s ties to the Gates Foundation
  • Host inspiring artists whose work is integral to effective campaigns for justice: On TUES May 16 we’ll hear from Indigenous Tsimshian artist Morgan Brown, and on SAT May 20 we will host an art-making workshop dedicated to our campaign to stop corporate GE salmon!

These are just a few of the reasons we invite you to celebrate CAGJ’s Membership Month with us!

  • GiveBIG TUES May 2nd and WED May 3rd: Donate here.
  • Donate to CAGJ directly to become a member, or renew! All donations include membership in CAGJ, and all gifts up to 10K are matched during Membership Month thanks to UFCW 3000 and generous CAGJ members. Donate today! 
  • Become a Member online: Many people don’t have the means to join with a donation - we value your commitment and time just as much! Just fill out the online Membership Form to become a member today! 
  • Get involved! We offer both online and in-person ways to participate, find out about ways to plug into CAGJ’s programs and campaigns - email [email protected]!

Thank you!

 CAGJ Activist Profile

For May’s Activist Profile, we are highlighting a returning contributor to CAGJ, Noël Lum (formerly Hutton)! Noël has played key leadership roles since 2019."Food sovereignty to me is all about community self-determination, rooted in devotion to this planet and to one another. It’s joyful and fierce resistance to the corporate destruction of our food and lifeways by centering those of us who actually keep our communities fed." Read the full interview on our website.

CAGJ is also helping to strengthen US Food Sovereignty Alliance by creating monthly profiles of their members! This month we interviewed Food In Neighborhoods Community Coalition whose mission is to support community efforts to build a just, healthy, and sustainable food system in Louisville, Kentucky. They do this in part by being a member of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance. Check out the full interview on our website.


SAT May 20th, 10 AM - 2 PM
Art-Making Workshop: Screen-printing & Poetry

Location: Welcome Table Church, Beacon Hill
We are thrilled that David Solnit and Julie Searle are traveling up from the Bay Area to lead a screen-printing and poetry workshop! David was instrumental in the successful direct action at the heart of the 1999 WTO uprising, and has continued his art and activism in support of climate justice, farmworkers and many other movements for social justice, including by joining CAGJ for our WTO+20 anniversary celebration inside Town Hall, and in the streets afterwards! Come to CAGJ’s office at Welcome Table Church on Beacon Hill, 1322 S Bayview St, Seattle on SAT, May 20, 10 am- 2 pm. Free taco lunch provided! No skills necessary! Everyone takes home a patch! Kids are welcome, (with adult supervision). Registration:


TUES May 16, 6:30 - 8:00 PM PST
Monthly Organizing Meeting: Art & Activism with Morgan Brown

Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP
Please register to receive the ZOOM link.

Join us for the 4th gathering of our Art & Activism series! Morgan Brown is a Queer Indigenous Tsimshian Ukrainian Mother. Their inspiration and knowledge fall in the realms of Traditional Plant Medicine, First Foods, Indigenous Language Revitalization, Poetry, Healing Justice, Indigenous Childbirth Education, Motherhood, Healing Trauma through Indigenous Wisdom and partnering with Plants, Animals and Ancestors. She believes in Indigenous Women Leadership for the ReMatriation of Mother Earth.
If you missed the last Art & Activism meeting with Beverly Naidus, watch the recording here. As always, we offer an orientation for new folks at 6PM: Please register to receive the ZOOM link.

Staff Transitions: Sabbatical & Departures
Heather Away May-June, and Farewell to Deb!

For the months of May and June, our beloved Director Heather Day will take a long-awaited sabbatical! In the meantime, Lisa Colligan, Sara Lavenhar, and Noël Lum will hold down the floor.

We are saddened but excited that our incredible organizer, social media whiz, coordinator, creator extraordinaire, Deb Orieta, who coordinated Rise Up! 2022 and ongoing comms development, among many other projects, is moving on from their post at CAGJ to take up a full-time farming position. We will miss you on staff, Deb!! And we are grateful to welcome you to CAGJ’s volunteer Steering Committee!

Call for CAGJ Interns & Volunteers
Strengthen CAGJ's SLEE Gala & Communications

Are you passionate about food sovereignty and local economic justice? Want to build your outreach, organizational, communications, networking, and nonprofit management skills, or your catering résumé? CAGJ is seeking strong communicators to join our team! All positions are open to students seeking internships, or CAGJ members and supporters just wanting to get more involved!

  • Communications & Social Media Support
  • SLEE Event Organizers: We want you to help organize our 17th annual SLEE Gala taking place on October 14th! We’re looking for a Silent Auction Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and a Head Chef/Kitchen Coordinator.

Read more about Internship & Volunteer opportunities.


Say NO to the Kroger-Albertsons Merger
Send a letter to the FTC!
The merger will increase grocery monopolies across the US, which will lead to higher prices for customers, layoffs for employees, and the loss of markets for farmers and suppliers. Send a letter to the FTC asking them to oppose the merger. Learn more at Stop the Merger.
Electrify Seattle
Send a message to Seattle City Council
CAGJ signed onto 350Seattle’s Electrify Seattle campaign to build community power for timelines rooted in climate science and justice, to create hundreds of green union jobs in the next decade, and to close the door on fossil fuel industry greenwashing for good. 

Send a message to Seattle City Council: Electrify Seattle!


April Art Workshop & Marcha Campesina
In April, CAGJ held our first Art-Making Workshop, where we made a stunning banner for the May Day Farmworker March – Marcha Campesina - read more about it and see photos of our beautiful banner being made. Organized by Community to Community (C2C) and Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), the Marcha Campesina celebrates farmworkers and their inspiring history of labor organizing, in honor of International Workers Day - see CAGJ’s photos from the beautiful march.
Banking on Climate Chaos
Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2023
The world’s 60 biggest banks poured over $5,500,000,000,000 over 7 years into the fossil fuel industry, driving climate chaos & causing deadly local community impacts. The 14th annual Banking on Climate Chaos report is the most comprehensive global analysis on fossil fuel banking. Endorsed by 624 organizations from 75 countries, it reveals the truth of banks’ commitments to the climate by examining their financing of the fossil fuel industry. Read the report.
Who's Tipping the Scales?
The growing influence of corporations on the governance of food systems, and how to counter it
Who decides what you eat? In the third of our briefing note series on food systems governance, IPES-Food documents a history of growing corporate influence over our food, and proposes transformative solutions to democratize governance to serve the public interest. Read the briefing.


FRI May 5th - SUN May 7th, 5-7pm & 9am-3pm
Tilth Alliance Edible Plant Sale & Fundraiser

On Friday May 5th, be the first shopper at our annual May Edible Plant Sale, 5-7 p.m. at Meridian Playground 4800 Meridian Ave N. Seattle 98103) for early access to the best selection of plant starts. Tickets are $35 each. Saturday and Sunday sale occurs from 9am-3pm at the same location with no entry fee. Debit, credit, Fresh Bucks and EBT accepted. More info here.

FRI May 5th - SAT May 6th, 9am-6pm
2023 "Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Indigenous Foods Symposium

Join us for the 11th annual event of the "Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ" Indigenous Foods Symposium! Our symposium is a signature event for the UW Intellectual House and has become an important venue for bringing together people from diverse communities and organizations who share the same commitment to protecting Indigenous homelands and the environment. It serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Indigenous peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things. This year's theme is "Health, Healing & Resilience". Tickets and more info.

SAT May 13th - SUN May 14th, 11am - 4pm
15th Annual Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Shop for Mother’s Day flowers during the Flower Festival, when 35 local farmers sell bouquets and musicians perform under the clock at Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St. in Seattle. Free. More info here

TUES May 16th, 11am
Procuring Food Justice: Report Launch Webinar
HEAL Food Alliance and Food Chain Workers Alliance are pleased to announce the release of a consequential research report entitled Procuring Food Justice. The report reflects a decade of our collective work and draws from the lived experiences of dozens of grassroots leaders, workers, and BIPOC producers who have been organizing to transform the way our public institutions purchase food. Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 to share the findings in the report. Register here.

THURS May 25th, 6pm
Join Mt Baker and West Seattle Meaningful Movies for our upcoming film, ‘The Economics of Happiness’. ‘The Economics of Happiness’ describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people around the world are resisting those policies – and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human-scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. More info and Zoom link here.

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