CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | June 1, 2021
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CAGJ NEWS &
Get Involved! Upcoming CAGJ Meetings:
Food Justice Project:
Summer School will act in place of July & August meetings; for more info email us.
time varies, for more info email us
CAGJ/AGRA Watch is Hiring!
Application Deadline: June 11th
As we grow closer to the United Nations Food Systems Summit this fall, both Bill Gates and the Foundation are increasingly in the public spotlight, presenting a strategic opportunity for AGRA Watch to expand our campaign. This is a critical moment to build on our successes of the past year and to utilize our historical place in the critique against philanthrocapitalism. We are hiring a full-time consultant to lead AGRA Watch research and communications in the build up to the Summit. Read about the position and how to apply.
Membership Month Thank You
Cultivating Care, Growing Movements
CAGJ’s Rise Up! Summer School is a free 3-month political education and leadership development program, where we create space to collectively develop tools and analysis to strengthen the global food sovereignty movement. This year, we will dig into the root of movement building — creating more space for joy! — beginning with these guiding questions:
We will situate our conversations in food systems, in the work of our partners with whom we have cultivated solidarity, and in strengthening the grassroots, global movement for Food Sovereignty.
Space is limited. Register to reserve your spot!
Zine Launch Party & Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Join us for a joyful celebration of all the work, love, and life that has gone into the creation of CAGJ's third edition of Our Food, Our Right Zine. We will be joined by many of the contributing artists and organizing collective members to celebrate the publication and reflect on what this collection of stories means to us as we move farther away from 2020, still holding tight to all the lessons. Live music, read alouds, and more would delight in your presence! Register to receive the Zoom link.
Note that Summer School will take the place of FJP meetings in July & August. Regular meetings will resume in the Fall, on the 3rd Tues/month!
Webinar Panel: Washington Food Chain Workers' Struggle for Food Sovereignty
Join CAGJ’s Rise Up! Summer School Launch! A conversation featuring:
As part of our opening session of Rise Up! Summer School, we will illustrate CAGJ’s solidarity organizing model by bringing together our Food Justice Project campaign partners. Our panelists will draw the connection between local and global struggles for food justice and food sovereignty, and share ways grassroots movements can organize in alignment with the world we want to build.
Open to all: please register to receive the Zoom link.
Join CAGJ's Steering Committee!
Looking for a way to support one of your favorite organizations in a crucial way, with a few hours of volunteer work per month? Look no further! The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the organization, accountable to the Steering Committee. We ask for a minimum one-year commitment. The purpose of this volunteer position is to safeguard CAGJ funds and assure that they are spent in a financially responsible manner, consistent with the policies and budgets of the Steering Committee. Read the full job description, and contact [email protected] if you are interested!
CAGJ's 15th Annual SLEE Gala & 20th Anniversary Party
Join us for our 15th Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere! Gala with Raj Patel giving the keynote: “Is This What Democracy Looks Like?: A Tale of Two Seattles”. We are planning for a virtual gathering, but will assess the possitbility of an indoor event as we get closer to the Fall. How you can help:
Interested? Please email our SLEE Coordinator, Lisa Colligan: [email protected]
Candlelight Vigil: Mourning Past and Future Lives Lost to COVID-19 Worldwide
Join the National Week of Action for Global Vaccine Access
Please join us for a solemn vigil remembering those who have died of COVID-19 and calling for the global access to vaccines and treatments that’s needed to save millions of lives and help end the pandemic. An emergency waiver of “Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights” (TRIPS) at the World Trade Organization is a critical first step to enabling vaccines and treatments to be produced in as many places as possible as quickly as possible.
The WTO will be making life-or-death decisions about the TRIPS waiver at an upcoming meeting on June 8. Prior to that crucial moment, please join us at a candlelight vigil and sign up names of your loved ones lost to COVID-19 here: https://tinyurl.com/62ub8whp.
Location: Westlake Center (401 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101)
Other info: Please feel free to bring a picture of your loved one or another visual appropriate for a vigil.
Safety Protocols: Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Write to Your Representative in Solidarity with FUJ & C2C
This bill, which was first introduced in 2019, creates a limited and complicated path to legal status for farmworkers, expands an already exploitative H-2A program without necessary oversight, and unfairly makes the E-Verify system mandatory for the entire agricultural industry. While farmworkers desperately need stronger protection, including the right to organize and access to legal status, this bill is not the answer. The proposed bill does nothing to address the root causes of labor exploitation that farmworkers face on a daily basis and would ultimately make conditions even more difficult for farm workers across the country. That is why many farmworker organizations and respected national food justice, labor, and immigrant rights groups across the country are opposing this bill, including our partners, Community to Community and Familias Unidas por las Justicia. Send a letter via The Action Network.
16 weeks, June 19th - October
Clean Greens has been a partner and donor to CAGJ’s SLEE dinner for many years. Please support them by signing up for their weekly produce box (also known as Community Supported Agriculture)! More info.
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CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
CAGJ's Gates Foundation Action Featured in Article by Member Erika Lundahl
CAGJ recently joined forces with the Coalition of Seattle Indian-Americans, Socialist Alternative, and Washington Fair Trade Coalition to organize a rally at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to call out Gates' role in impeding global access to vaccines, and to demand the Biden Administration end pharmaceutical monopoly protections. A few days later, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced the US would indeed support the TRIPS waiver! Thank you to CAGJ member Erika Lundahl for sharing her music at the rally, and featuring our action in this article with Yes! Read more about CAGJ's organizing for global vaccine access.
HEAL Act Passes in WA!
We salute all of our partners who worked hard to get this legislation passed! “Last month, Washington policymakers passed the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act, a landmark bill that would require six state agencies to embed environmental justice into their strategic plans. In principle, environmental justice aims to ensure all people receive equal protection from environmental harm and an equal voice in laws that govern where they work and live. In action, policies seeking environmental justice combat existing inequalities. Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color already experience higher rates of chemical and sound pollution (think: highways, power plants, toxic waste disposal), both in Washington and at the national level. The HEAL Act will combat this by asking communities directly: How can our actions support you? How can we minimize adverse effects?” Read the full article.
By Dr. Linsey McGoey, Author of "No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy"
“Asking Bill Gates to fix inequality is like asking an arsonist to hose down your house after he just set it on fire. Philanthropists might have the deep pockets to fund the fire engine and water hose, but the money is coming from making our houses unlivable in the first place.” Read the full article.
AquaBounty Baits Philadelphia as Test Subjects for Their First US Sale of Unlawfully Approved Genetically Engineered Salmon
Uprooted & Rising #BlockCorporateSalmon Press Release
Unconsenting Philadelphians will soon unknowingly be eating the first genetically engineered animal to be released in US markets for human consumption. AquaBounty Technologies (NASDAQ: AQB) is planning its first commercial scale harvest of genetically engineered (GE/GMO) salmon this month, and is partnering with Samuels & Son, a regional seafood distributor headquartered in Philadelphia, to bring this controversial product to eaters’ plates. Read the full press release.
A Growing Culture: Hunger for Justice Series
Since 1948, Palestine has faced militarized occupation by Israel. This has stripped generations of Palestinians of their rights to land, water, food, and dignified livelihoods. Millions of Palestinians are food insecure and without water access. Watch the recording.
SAT June 5, 9am - 4pm PDT
SAT June 5- TUES June 8
We will not stand by and watch a fossil fuel corporation line its pockets as so much is destroyed, producing oil we don’t need. On June 5-8, we will gather in Northern Minnesota to put our bodies on the line, to stop construction and tell the world that the days of tar sands pipelines are over. Only a major, nonviolent uprising - including direct action - will propel this issue to the top of the nation’s consciousness and force Biden to act. We are rising. Join us.
SAT June 5, 7pm PDT
SAT June 19, 1pm PDT
June 9, June 16, June 22; Afternoons
June 9: Migration, Climate Change, and Fair Trade: How are Farmers Faring in 2021?
June 16: Global solidarity in 2021: Can it meet today's crises of climate change, pandemic and massive migration?
June 22: Building the Alternative Trade Economy With Allies in Challenging Times
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