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 CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | April 7, 2021
 

APRIL E-News
Read our 2020 Annual Report!
 
CAGJ HAPPENINGS
Join by 4/16! Zine Raffle
TUES 4/20 FJP Monthly Meeting
THURS 4/29 Trivia Night
 
TAKE ACTION
UFCW 21 Actions
End Vaccine Apartheid
 
CAGJ NEWS &
ANALYSIS
CAS Blog Post
Facing the UN Food Systems Summit
Guardian Article
 
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Local + online events

 

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Food Justice Project:
3rd Tues/month, 6:30 - 8:30; for more info email us.
 
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April is Membership Month
CAGJ is Grounded & Growing

2021 is CAGJ's 20th anniversary! We are reflecting on our roots as well as what future we envision in our work. Since our formation out of the historic WTO protests, CAGJ has continued to grow through our struggle for food sovereignty. However, our work over the last 20 years would have been impossible without CAGJ’s community of members who propel our efforts toward a more liberated future. Plug into Membership Month today to help CAGJ continue growing!

This year, we aim to raise $20k and increase membership by 10%. Thanks to UFCW 21 and generous members, all donations up to 10k are matched! Help us reach our goals by donating here - any donation amount is appreciated and comes with an automatic Membership. Please consider becoming a Sustainer by funding our fight for food sovereignty on a regular, monthly basis. If you are unable to donate, no worries! Join CAGJ’s community today by signing up to become a Member at no cost. We value every level of involvement!

City, County & State Matching funds: If you are an employee of Washington State, King County, or the City of Seattle, ask us about making a pre-tax donation through employee matching funds programs!

We just published a beautiful 2020 Annual Report, available for viewing on our website!
 


CAGJ HAPPENINGS

Donate to Raffle by April 16 to Win Great Prizes!
Fund CAGJ's 3rd Zine: “Recipes for a New Normal”
By now you’ve heard about our Zine — we can’t wait to share it with you soon in both a digital and print publication form. Help us bring this project to life! We are nearly half way to our fundraising goal but need your help to raise $2,000 to pay our artists and print the zine!

How to support the Raffle: We have 4 amazing prize bundles including art, Italian language lessons, podcast features, books, and more! 

  • By FRI April 9th, donate to the zine in $10 intervals ($10 is 1 entry, $20 is 2 entries, etc.) using either our website (http://tinyurl.com/zinetolife) or Venmo (@CAGJ-Seattle, please note: “zine artists")
  • Fill out our Google Form to enter the raffle.
  • Please include your donations receipts and prize preferences: tinyurl.com/zineraffle

Please share this fundraising page and boost our social media posts @cagjseattle - Thank you!

 

TUES April 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM PDT
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Orientation for new Members at 6pm: RSVP

Join us for our monthly community gathering to discuss more details on Rise Up! Summer School — the dreaming and the scheming continues as we inch closer to summer! We are also delighted to be hosting CAGJ intern, Na Haby Stella Faye, all the way from Italy, who will be talking more about her research with AGRA Watch.

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.

THURS April 29, 7 - 8:30pm PDT
Join CAGJ's 20th Anniversary Trivia Night!
Register here to receive the Zoom link
Help us publicize: Share the Facebook event
 
You are invited to join CAGJ’s Trivia Night! CAGJ’s Members, Interns, Volunteers and Supporters are invited to join us for this fun event to celebrate Membership Month! Trivia will test your knowledge of CAGJ’s 20 years of history, and about the Food Sovereignty & Food Justice movements. If you give us your address when you register, we will mail you Equal Exchange Fair Trade goodies to enjoy on Trivia Night! And there will be prizes for Trivia night winners! Be sure to register to receive the Zoom link. Contact us if you have any questions: contact_us@cagj.org
 
In partnership with Equal Exchange, we are highlighting New Day Cooperative Distribution: A grocery home delivery service owned and operated by your favorite local and mission-driven producers. Like a farmers market at your doorstep, New Day brings you the freshest food around while keeping your buying power in the community. Now offering order pickup at the storefront location in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Check out New Day Coop at rethinkinggroceries.coop.

TAKE ACTION

Join UFCW 21 Actions in Solidarity with Grocery Workers
Stand Up for Hazard Pay!
Kroger is threatening to close QFC stores in Seattle (Capitol Hill and Wedgewood) and possibly many more across the state because of Hazard Pay - saying that despite literally doubling their profits they can’t afford to pay workers anymore. PCC is ignoring its commitment to co-op values by lobbying the mayor of Seattle to vote against Hazard Pay, and is now fighting our members and community partners at the bargaining table on basic organizing rights and issues of racial and gender equity.

TAKE ACTION

  • QFC: We Will Not Be Bullied!
    Thurs, April 8, 11:00AM
    Wedgewood QFC store: 8400 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • PCC: Get Back to Your Roots! Informational Pickets at stores
    Wednesday, April 14, 12-2 PM Edmonds & Seattle Central District PCC, 3-5 PM Bellevue & Seattle Columbia City. Please follow this link to RSVP for solidarity actions across King County! http://bit.ly/pccinfopicket21

 

End Vaccine Apartheid! Pressure your Congressperson to Speak Out!
Support the Waiver of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) at the WTO

Please fill out this Google Form to learn how to influence your Member of Congress on this life-or-death issue. You will be contacted shortly after by trade justice organizers for support!

The global community urgently needs your voice to pressure the Biden Administration in favor of vaccine equity! The White House is actively considering supporting the “Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights” (TRIPS) waiver at the WTO. This waiver is a crucial step in removing unnecessary barriers to scaling up global vaccine production. The longer widespread vaccine access is limited to rich nations, the more time there is for viral mutations to develop that don’t respond to current vaccines. 

None of us are safe until we are all safe! Please pressure your Member of Congress to put human lives over private pharmaceutical profits! tinyurl.com/TRIPSwaiver

For more info: Watch the TRIPS Waiver Emergency Briefing. Among the panelists is Hillary Haden of WA Fair Trade Coalition, of which CAGJ is a member. See also: TRIPS Waiver Talking Points, a More-Detailed Policy Brief, and the 400+ Group Civil Society Letter in support of the waiver.


CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS

Are GMOs the Only Solution to Food Insecurity? Cornell Alliance for Science Fellows Claim They Are
Blog Post by AGRA Watch Intern Na Haby Stella Faye
My research with CAGJ as an AGRA Watch Intern has focused on gathering publications by Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS) fellows, and analyzing the narratives promoted in their writings, both before they became fellows, and after their training at CAS. Keep reading. 
 
Facing the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit
The New School Webinar
Learn more about why CAGJ is concerned about the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit. Included among the panelists are core AGRA Watch Member, Matt Canfield, and Jordan Treakle, National Family Farm Coalition (of which CAGJ is a member). Recording available on Youtube.
 
The Guardian: Farmers and rights groups boycott food summit over big business links
Focus on agro-business rather than ecology has split groups invited to plan UN conference on hunger
"An international food summit to address growing hunger and diet-related disease is in disarray as hundreds of farmers’ and human rights groups are planning a boycott. The head of the food systems summit, due to take place in September, has made an emotional appeal for unity and the UN’s own advisers are urging a rethink of the way it is run." Keep reading.
 

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

WED April 7, 12:30 - 1:20pm PDT
The Labor Struggle for Food Justice: An Interview with Edgar Franks

Come explore a visionary leader’s thoughts on labor, immigration, climate justice, and anti-capitalism. Presented by the UW Law School’s Center for Human Rights & Justice (CHRJ) and sponsored by the Public Interest Law Association (PILA). No registration required: Zoom link.

THURS April 8, 11:30 - 1:00pm PDT
A Call to Address Climate Change: Food Producer Perspectives on the Path Forward
This webinar will focus on grassroot concerns about carbon markets in agriculture. As the climate crisis increasingly impacts rural communities in the U.S., corporate capture of the climate agenda threatens to undermine efforts to hold polluters accountable and bolster resilience in rural communities. Featuring farmer and producer advocate voices from across the food system, this webinar will identify key pitfalls of carbon trading schemes and highlight the importance of existing agricultural conservation programs for reducing emissions and supporting family-scale agriculture.

Presented by The National Family Farm Coalition, Friends of the Earth US, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and Organic Consumers Association. Register to receive Zoom link.

FRI April 16 - SUN April 25
Power Shift Convergence 2021
The Power Shift Convergence is bringing together thousands of young people to build critical skills to halt climate catastrophe through trainings, action, and more. Power Shift 2021 is a massive youth convergence taking place virtually from April 16-25th. 
Register today: https://www.powershift2021.org/register 
Use the promo code “ps21cagj” when you register for FREE tickets!

THURS April 22 (Earth Day Celebration)
Got Green’s Green New Deal Campaign Launch
Save the Date for Got Green’s GND Campaign Launch on April 22nd. In this campaign, Got Green is fighting to create community controlled land with permanently affordable housing, food security programming, and community-based services. This campaign will be successful through deep community organizing and waging a powerful fight for funds and land. RSVP.

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