CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | March 3, 2021
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Billionaire or Community Solutions to Climate Chaos?
On February 25, CAGJ’s AGRA Watch campaign hosted a webinar in response to Bill Gates’ recently released book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster to unpack the role of Gates in contributing to the global climate crisis through his promotion of industrial agriculture (for more context, check out our 4-part infographic series - see IG links in Take Action below). Over 400 people registered for the event, which is available for viewing on CAGJ's Youtube channel.
We were joined by an incredible panel including Million Belay of Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa; Silvia Ribeiro of ETC Group Latin America; Tom Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance; and Jill Mangaliman of Got Green and Climate Justice Alliance. The unique perspectives shared by this group provided a comprehensive analysis which bridges the artificial divisions between climate justice and other movements for change.
Check out our report-back for highlights, links to reviews of Gates' book, and how to Take Action!
Fundraiser for “Our Food, Our Right” 3rd Edition: “Recipes for a New Normal”
CAGJ's new zine brings together the voices, wisdom, and dreams of food-loving creatives to share reflections in all mediums on food sovereignty and movement building during these unprecedented times. Artists were asked to share lessons in world-building learned throughout 2020, with a special focus on (re)connection through food during a time of disconnection. Help us bring this project to life - we need your help to pay our artist and print the zine!
Our fundraiser page is officially LIVE (tinyurl.com/zinetolife) - please consider donating at any amount that feels possible for you. We also take donations via Venmo @cagj-seattle (please note “zine” in the description).
Please share and boost our social media posts @cagjseattle!
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP
Please register to receive the ZOOM link.
We welcome you to join us for our first meeting focused on our Rise Up! Summer School 2021 program. We will be focusing on big picture dreams and ideas for how we want to engage folx with our Summer School program this year. We will also have a political education piece dedicated to learning about the Black Panther Party and how we can bolster our commitment to a mutual aid, movement-focused model of organizing. We are excited for another meeting of lively dialogue and co-learning! 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.
Honoring Local Black Food Systems Activists and Community Leaders
Go to our Instagram page @cagjseattle to watch interviews and account take-overs with Black farmers and food activists in the Pacific Northwest. Donate and follow to support their work! This project will continue through March, follow our page to stay up-to-date!
@yardyeugene @nurturingrootsfarm @blackfarmerscollective @mudbonegrown @bunkhouseacres @blackfoodfund @skyislandfarm @cleangreensfarmmarket
Contact your WA State Senator to demand a real solution to the climate crisis
The Senate Bill (SB) 5126 (Washington Climate Commitment Act) will create a cap-and-invest system, also known as “Cap and Trade,” in Washington by 2023. Got Green, one of CAGJ's Food Justice Project Solidarity Campaign partners, has been raising awareness about how this initiative for climate solutions provides a “market-based” approach for businesses to create carbon offsets and energy credit programs. However, the bill fails to address climate injustice faced by front-line communities and further perpetuates environmental harm. Cap and Trade establishes increased flexibility for big fossil fuel companies like BP, Chevron, and Exxon to further pollute Seattle’s poorest neighborhoods with a false promise to invest in renewable energy infrastructure. Read Got Green’s statement for a deeper understanding, and check out CAGJ's Action Alert for more resources and a sample message, and then...
Send your Washington State Senator a message to express your opposition to SB5126 to demand the people of Washington receive real, sustained and just climate policies.
“Bill Gates, Industrial Agriculture & the Climate Crisis”
Check out our 4 part infographic series, posted on Instagram and Facebook in advance of our webinar to illuminate our critique of Bill Gates' new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Please help us amplify by liking and re-posting - Thank you!
CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, by Timothy A. Wise
Feb 25, 2021 — Internal evaluations carried out by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), recently obtained by the U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) campaign through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, show no new evidence that AGRA is making progress improving yields, incomes and food security for African farmers. In fact, the reports, which AGRA had previously declined to share with researchers, suggest that AGRA is only now beginning to track progress for its current programming period while providing no evidence from its first 10 years of work. Read the full article.
Block Corporate Salmon Campaign Win!
Feb 2, 2021 — “This is an overdue but pivotal step towards real accountability and corporate integrity, one that every other company in the fisheries industry must make,” said Fawn Sharp, president of Quinault Indian Nation. “This incremental progress must continue as corporations learn to be morally accountable for their actions, and sincere and respectful partners to the Tribal Nations who have sustainably managed these fisheries since time immemorial.” Read the full Friends of the Earth press release.
CAGJ members testify in support of hazard pay ordinance in solidarity with our partners at UFCW21
CAGJ members joined others testifying to Seattle and Burien City Councils recently in favor of “Hazard Pay” for frontline grocery workers. The ordinance was passed in both cities, however grocery stores are threatening to pull out of these areas despite record profits. As Washington Post reported recently, “Kroger has literally made billions in pandemic profits off the sacrifices of grocery workers in Seattle and across the country,” said the union’s president, Marc Perrone. “Kroger’s action today not only threatens these workers, but it also threatens the local food supply. Instead of doing what is right, protecting the community and providing the hazard pay for these essential grocery workers, Kroger is once again trying to intimidate local and national elected leaders.” Read the full article.
We Stand with India’s Farmers!
CAGJ joins local rally in solidarity with protests #FarmersProtest #NoFarmersNoFood #CanYouHearUsIndia? #IStandwithFarmers
In the largest-ever strike in history, hundreds of thousands of farmers have been peacefully mobilizing since November against 3 proposed reforms which threaten to destroy small-scale farmers’ livelihoods; 75 people have died since the protests began. CAGJ has recently signed several solidarity statements including "Now Let's Connect the Dots Between the Forces of Neoliberalism that Stifle Farmers, From India to the U.S." On February 6 a car caravan from Federal Way to Seattle protested repression against India’s farmers by the Modi regime, with a rally at Westlake Plaza. CAGJ's Director Heather Day was invited to speak, and brought a message of solidarity from U.S. farmers including former President of National Family Farm Coalition, George Naylor, stating "We in the US see the calamitous future of corporate agriculture worldwide, because we in the US live today with the destructive consequences of the agribusiness model—the illusions and the pollutions of an undemocratic agricultural system that serves only the profits of corporations at the expense of family farmers, consumers, and the planet’s climate and ecosphere." Read the speech and See photos from the rally.
WED March 3, 12 - 1:30pm PST
Critical and Equity-Oriented Pedagogical Innovations in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Education
In response to the confluence of ecological, economic, and social crises associated with colonial and neo-colonial food systems, agroecology and sustainable food system education initiatives have emerged in institutes of higher education and popular social movements across the globe. Sustainable Food Systems Education (SFSE) initiatives are characterized by their emphasis on developing participant capacities for systems thinking, multi-, inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration, community-based learning, and collective action projects. More info.
THURS March 4, 6 - 8am PST
Berta Cáceres International Feminist Organizing School Inaguration Watch Party
The 2021 Berta Cáceres International Feminist Organizing School is the result of the partnership between members of four organizations: Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, World March of Women & Grassroots International; the contributions and active work of the members of the alliance organizations; and the coordination by several members of the GGJ team and Sandra Morán since February 2020. The intention of this school is to strengthen the grassroots feminist movement internationally within the framework of constructing a Feminist and Plural Political Subject. Through a series of workshops, each session will be facilitated in a popular education style to deepen our collective knowledge, experiences, reflections and political practices. Together we will strengthen our actions of resistance and do a deep dive on Feminist Economy as an alternative emancipatory process for our own territories. More info.
SAT March 6, 11 - 12:30pm PST
350 Network Trainings - Skilling Up For Climate Action: Climate Justice
Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in our work. Trainers: Amy Gray, 350 Colorado, & Rachal Hamilton, SanDiego350. More info on the 5-part series. Register here.
THURS March 11, 12 - 1:30pm PST
National Farmers Union Zoom Class: Agroecology
Agroecology is a way of farming, and a way of thinking about farming. It takes seriously the idea that a farm is an ecosystem, made up of plants and soil organisms, powered by the sun, subject to disturbances, and resilient, or not. Agroecology encourages us to take a whole-system approach, to look to biology rather than industry, to diversify and to close loops, and to see nature as exemplar, not nuisance. Dr. Jennifer Blesh will take a deep dive into agroecology and help us think about what it might look like on the Canadian farm landscape. More info and register.
SAT March 13, 4pm PST
Online International Women's Day Celebration: Women Rise Up Globally Against Femicide
This international celebration of the socialist-inspired day to honor working women will bring together feminists of different nations and regions to discuss the massive cross-border upsurge in defense of women’s lives and address how to stop the epidemic of violence against women. More info.
SAT March 20, 11 - 12:30pm PST
350 Network Trainings - Skilling Up For Climate Action: Strategic Messaging
How to develop effective messaging and storytelling to build the climate movement, change the public narrative and run effective campaigns. Trainer: Lila Kohrman-Glaser, 350NH. More info on the 5-part series. Register here.
WED March 24, 7:30pm PST
Nicholas Freudenberg (livestream) Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health
In his book “At What Cost: Modern Capitalism and the Future of Health”, Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg confronts how globalization, financial speculation, monopolies, and control of science and technology have led to free consumer choice being all but gone, and with it, the personal protections guarding our collective health. He joins us to argue that the world created by 21st-century capitalism is simply not fit to solve our most serious public health problems, from climate change to opioid addiction. Join Town Hall Seattle for a discussion. More info.
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