CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | JUNE 6, 2023

Thank YOU for raising $15K!
June MOM: Art & Activism w/ Patricia Mazuela
Call for SLEE interns
Watch the recordings: Rich Appetites Screenings
PNWPOP APEC Counter Summit
Say no to the Kroger-Albertsons Merger!
Avocados of Wrath
Farm Bill needs more funding for Indigenous Producers
May Art Workshop Report-back
UN and Governing Food System Data
Local events


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2023 Membership Month: Thank YOU for raising $15K!

Thank you to all of our members and supporters who make CAGJ’s work to build a more just food system possible! With your help, we raised over $15,000 during Membership Month!

To counteract the industrialized food system and its messengers who try to greenwash and co-opt our movements, we need to join together. CAGJ is here to create community for our members to organize - in Seattle, in our state of Washington, and with allies nationally and transnationally.

CAGJ Members allow us to be independent, giving us freedom to be outspoken and unafraid of taking on corporate and philanthropic giants. No one dictates to us what we work on, or what we can say. We can’t do it without you – become a member today!


For the month of June, our Activist Profile features Bill Aal, one of the founding members of CAGJ who has been with us since the aftermath of the WTO protests. Check out his full, transcribed interview here.






TUES June 20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM PST via Zoom
June Monthly Organizing Meeting (MOM): Art & Activism w/ Patricia Mazuela
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP
Please register to receive the ZOOM link.

We hope to see you on June 20th for Art & Activism with Patricia Mazuela. Mazuela is a musician, Pasajeros playback theater director, and event developer. Come to the meeting to hear her sing songs from the Nueva Canción tradition, speak about the relationship between music and healing, and how she helps groups process social inequities through improv theater. As her Sin Fronteras bio puts it: “Her passion for union within our community is most infectious, inspiring those around her to continue to create and learn to listen.” Presentation will be in both Spanish and English. REGISTER HERE. 

No MOM meeting in July.

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 resumé? 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.

Rich Appetites Film Screenings: Watch the Recordings

CAGJ and AGRA Watch are thrilled to have had the opportunity for two recent discussion and film screening events. The first was held in person at Town Hall Seattle on March 25, and the second was held virtually on April 25. We are grateful to Ashley Fent, Kirubel Tadele, Derrick McDonald, Mariam Mayet, Frances Davies, and Mamadou Goïta for presenting at these events. Watch the recordings: March 25 (Town Hall), April 25 (virtual).


People Over Profit! Seattle Counter Summit Against APEC
Register for the Peoples’ Counter Summit, July 29 - 30

CAGJ recently joined the PNW POP (People Over Profit) coalition. PNW POP is organizing to ensure that large numbers of working people, climate activists and others are shining a spotlight on the Seattle APEC meetings to ensure that corporate lobbyists don’t get their way as they discuss agreements on women, the economy and the upcoming Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF).

Sign up for the Peoples' Counter Summit against APEC happening Saturday July 29 - Sunday July 30 in Seattle!  This will include a gathering to host discussions and make plans for regional and national organizing against APEC and other "free trade" bodies in the future.  The weekend will also include an informal social event and a rally to protest the APEC ministerial meetings that will be beginning the same weekend in Seattle. Register here, and help us raise essential funds to make this event possible!

Say no to the Kroger-Albertsons Merger!

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.


The Avocados of Wrath
May 4, 2023, by GRAIN & Colectivo por la Autonomía
Avocados are, after bananas and pineapples, the world’s third-largest fruit commodity. Their production is taking up an ever-growing area and continually expanding into new countries. The business model for this popular tropical fruit is the epitome of agribusiness recrudescent, causing rampant deforestation and water diversion, the eradication of other modes of agriculture, and the expulsion of entire communities from the land. Read more.
Farm Bill Funding for Indigenous Food Producers Needs a Boost
May 8, 2023, by Gabriel Pietrorziomay, Civil Eats
Skya Ducheneaux, a lender focused on growing Native food businesses, explains why unequal funding opportunities are harming Indigenous entrepreneurs. This is the third installment of the new series, Faces of the Farm Bill, where we humanize the real-world impacts of ag policy. Read more.
Report-back: #ProtectWildSalmon Art Workshop
May 20, 2023, by CAGJ
This past May 20th, community members came to the CAGJ office to make protest props and screen-print patches in support of wild salmon. Excitingly, many new folks showed up to the Art & Activism Workshop, led by David Solnit and Julie Searle. We can’t wait to use our art in future Block Corporate Salmon actions to #StopGMOSalmon and #ProtectWildSalmon! Read more about the day on our blog. 

Governing Food System Data: is the UN Committee on World Food Security Up to the Task?
May 25, 2023 by AGRA Watch Member Matt Canfield & Maywa Montenegro
In 2021, The World Bank published a major report arguing that “the digital revolution has enormous potential for transforming the agriculture and food system in ways not previously seen.” Indeed data-driven technologies—from AI-enabled plant breeding to digital farm platforms to online food retail—are being rapidly brought online in countries around the world. But who is going to benefit from this so-called transformation? Read more.


TUES June 6 & 14 6pm-7:30pm PST
Juneteenth Abolition 101
Join Creative Justice Executive Director Nikkita Oliver (they/them) for an Abolition 101 workshop on June 6 or June 14th. This workshop will highlight the history of abolition, why abolition in 2023 and some ways that we can get to healthier, safer communities and a world beyond punitive and carceral systems. This is a virtual workshop. $10 donation. Tickets and more info.
June 8 Onward 
The Oystercatcher Soft & Grand Re-Opening
Make your way to Whidbey Island for the exciting re-opening of The Oystercatcher restaurant! We are delighted to share that former Food Justice Project co-chair Sophia Kitay and her partner, Executive Chef Ben Jones, will be carrying the restaurant forward. Indulge in fresh seafood, farm-grown veggies, and a biodynamic wine list prepared with honor for the land and commitment to the community. Make a reservation now for Thursday through Monday, from 5 pm to 10 pm.
SAT June 10 12pm-2pm PST
Pride & Juneteenth Community Arts & Healing
We invite you to Washington Hall for a celebration of strength, self-expression, and connection. At this event, we have two captivating workshops happening simultaneously: the Plant n’ Juice Workshop and the Dance to Heal Workshop. You get to choose the experience that resonates with you! $20 donation. Tickets and more info.
SAT June 10 7pm-10pm PST
The Black Trans Comedy Showcase: Annual Pride Fundraiser
Please join us for a much, much needed night of laughter, community, and resistance while we fundraise for Black trans liberation! There will be light refreshments, raffle prizes, opportunities to interact with performers (bring yall’s tips!), and so much more! Come ready to donate as you learn about Lavender Rights Project’s work to protect Black trans life in Washington State and beyond! ADA accessible. $50 first come, first served eating. Tickets and more info.
TUES June 13, 6 - 8PM PST
No to APEC! No to War! Resisting free trade and the build up to war in the Asia-Pacific
The Pacific Northwest People Over Profit Coalition will partner with Resist US-Led War movement to host our June build-up educational event in the No to APEC campaign against the Seattle August Ministerial Meetings! Join us for an online/zoom educational discussion focused on resisting free trade and the build up to war in the Asia-Pacific. We will share a short history and context for the build up to war and the trade war in Asia-Pacific, and make the connection between the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) and the US Military Pivot to Asia. Register here.
SAT July 1
ILPS Solidarity School
ILPS (International League of Peoples' Struggle) Seattle-Tacoma will be hosting our second Solidarity School, bringing together progressive and anti-imperialist organizations and individuals to tacticize, strengthen our movement building, and unite on campaign directions into 2023. Register here.

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