CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | December 5, 2017
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CAGJ’s sixteenth year of organizing has been great - THANK YOU to all of you who have been a part of it! We hope you received our end of year appeal in the mail this week; you can read it here, including a summary of our 2017 accomplishments. We hope you will be inspired to include CAGJ in your year-end giving, to keep us going strong in 2018! Make your tax-deductible contribution today.
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CAGJ's Fair Trade for the Holidays Fundraiser
Every year CAGJ offers Fair Trade and local gifts you can feel good about buying, especially because your purchase helps CAGJ continue the good fight! Purchase these gifts online until noon Friday Dec 15, and CAGJ will ship, or pick up at our Holiday Party, or office.
Thank you for supporting CAGJ and Happy Holidays!
SUN DEC 17, 1-2PM
Join us to Speak Up for Food Workers Rights' Everywhere!
Seattle Says: Support New Seasons Workers in Ballard! WTO Out of Agriculture! Action in Solidarity with La Via Campesina
Join us in Ballard for a Solidarity Action with La Via Campesina during the WTO’s 11th meeting in Argentina. In advance of a new store opening in Ballard, we will be raising awareness about how food workers at New Seasons Market face unfair treatment. The WTO's policies undermine food workers and small-scale farmers' rights everywhere. We will send these messages: Agriculture should not be part of any WTO negotiations! Localize our Food System! Respect Workers Rights! People & the Planet Before Profit! Let’s educate and mobilize at Seattle's largest neighborhood farmers market to demand a trade system and local economy that works for all. Co-organized by Community Alliance for Global Justice, CISPES-Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, UFCW-United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and Washington Fair Trade Coalition. Let us know if you are coming! Email [email protected]. Location: Ballard Farmers Market; Meet at the Bell Tower, 22nd Ave NW & Ballard Ave NW. #WeHeartNewSeasonsWorkers #WTOKills #FoodSovereigntyNOW
CAGJ Holiday Party
Hosted by the Righi's: 6200 Fremont Ave N, Seattle 98103. Please join us for our annual Holiday Party - we will provide dinner & spirits! Our Holiday Party is our way of saying THANK YOU to all of our fabulous members, volunteers and interns who have made 2017 a great year for CAGJ’s food sovereignty organizing. You can also pick up your CAGJ T-shirts, books and 2018 Nikki McClure Calendars for holiday gifts! RSVPs appreciated - email Heather.
TUES JAN 16, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Monthly Food Justice Project Meeting
Please note that the Food Justice Project will not meet at our regular monthly time in December! Please join us on January 16 at CAGJ's office in the ID, 606 Maynard Ave S. Rm 102, Seattle. Please RSVP (appreciated but not requried) to FJP Co-Chair, Christina.
CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
Delegates from the October 2017 South Africa-US Agroecology Exchange are authoring a series of articles reflecting on different aspects of the Exchange. They will share how their trip to South Africa shaped new ideas, tactics, connections, and other means of continued engagement in the global Food Sovereignty movement, and how they’re bringing these insights to their local organizing. CAGJ co-organized the Exchange. The first two articles in the South Africa-US Agroecology Exchange Article Series are below.
Restoring my Indigeneity: Reflections on South Africa Agroecology Exchange by a Queer Black Urban Farmer, Dean Jackson First in the series. Dean Jackson is Executive Director of Hilltop Urban Gardens in Tacoma, and gave the 2015 SLEE Keynote.
In October I was honored to join seven other delegates on a US-South Africa Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Learning Exchange. As a Black queer and non-binary person who is working to remember and restore my Indigeneity through the work I do in community and at Hilltop Urban Gardens, this trip held both personal and organizational meaning for me. My ancestors were forcibly removed from their homelands. The intergenerational trauma from that displacement and subsequent horrors and enslavement, Jim Crow Laws, sharecropping, and into modern day anti-Blackness, modern day displacement through gentrification and the ongoing fight against white supremacy and white nationalism stay in my consciousness as I work to live my life for liberation and freedom. In 2017 I also committed to find Black joy and healing justice practices. This was my first trip to Africa and off the North American continent, and Hilltop Urban Garden’s first opportunity to connect with other food sovereignty and agroecology farmers internationally. I brought this all with me as I left Seattle-Tacoma International airport with my friend Xolotl Edgar Franks from Community to Community Development. I also brought the intention of coming open and ready to be filled with all that our South African comrades had to share with us. Read the rest of Dean’s blog.
Farmworkers Resist and Organize: Connected Struggles for Farmworker Justice in South Africa and the US Second in the series. Edgar Franks is an Organizer with Community to Community Development in Bellingham.
This past October I was part of the delegation sent by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance to South Africa. The delegation is part of a process to connect with groups throughout Africa with US-based Food Sovereignty groups to build an international analysis on the food system and to be in solidarity with one another. During the 11 days our delegation was in South Africa, we were able to meet with many organizations throughout different regions, each with their unique struggles. Our delegation was small but represented many different sectors within the food system, including farmworkers, Black farmers, and immigrants; we all brought our own area or expertise to the trip and complimented each other well. Even though every place we visited we learned a lot and were impacted by the amount of work and organizing that was happening, I want to share about the exchange that we had with the farmworkers in Robertson in the Western Cape. Personally, I was able to connect to the farmworker struggle in the Western Cape, as there was a familiarity with the way issues and conditions were discussed. The analysis that was shared resonated with me profoundly considering that farmworkers here in the United States are also going through the same exploitation. At Community to Community in Washington, we try to recognize that the struggle for farmworker justice is not limited to the workplace. Farmworkers’ lives are complex and have many intersections which is why we know that in order to achieve our goals – especially when it comes to transforming the food system – that we must go beyond just fighting for union contracts. Food Sovereignty for farmworkers also means being recognized as humans who are capable of leading ourselves. That is why we also organize for immigrant rights, climate justice, women’s rights, and food sovereignty. Read the rest of Edgar’s blog.
To the dismay of many organic farmers, on November 1 the National Organic Standards Board voted to allow hydroponic production under the USDA Organic certification. The vote took place at their meeting in in Jacksonville, Florida, where organic farmers marched in the Rally to Protect Organic; 14 other rallies took place around the country leading up to the vote. Read a detailed account of the march and struggle at the meeting by farmer Dave Chapman here, who writes, “All of the organic philosophy is about building the health of the soil. All the benefits of health and climate come from a fertile soil. If you can get the soil right, then you don’t need pesticides”. Chapman blames Driscoll’s, the biggest berry company in the world, for being the elephant in the room who forced this vote. The National Family Farm Coalition (CAGJ is a member) shared Iowa organic dairy farmer Francis Thicke’s comments as he ended his five-year term on the National Organic Standards Board; he criticized the influence of agribusiness on the organics program and gave his support to a specialized "an add-on organic label that will enable real organic farmers and discerning organic consumers to support one another through a label that represents real organic food." His full comments are here. The meeting got considerable media coverage, including on NPR - Hydroponics are Taking Over Organic, and a Move to Ban Them Fails, and Civil Eats Opinion: Keep Organic in the Soil.
The World Trade Organization will hold its 11th Ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires next week. In an alarming and unprecedented development, the Argentine government has revoked the accreditation of 63 civil society experts ― trade unionists, development advocates, digital rights activists, environmentalists, and others ― advising the WTO that the experts will not be allowed in the country to participate in the meeting. The majority of the rejected organizations work together through the global Our World Is Not for Sale network. Of the 20 organizations banned, only two are from corporations, while the majority of corporate representatives will be allowed. This development is particularly troubling as yesterday also marked the transfer of the G20 presidency from Germany to Argentina, leading to concern that banning of dissident voices will also extend to G20 meetings.
In the wake of disturbing reports of irregularities in the Honduran elections, CAGJ has signed onto this Open Letter, along with dozens of other human rights groups across the US.
2. Individuals: Use this form to write to your Members of Congress and demand an immediate suspension of military and police aid to Honduras.
Open Letter to the US Congress and US State Department: As US-based human rights, grassroots organizing, solidarity, and other civil society organizations, we write to express our deep concern about seeming irregularities and reports of possible fraud in the November 26 presidential election in Honduras. Since election day we have seen images of US munitions that have been used against Honduran citizens asserting their right to democracy. Colleagues and friends from throughout Honduras are sending videos of massive militarization. We write to urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to support credible, independent investigations into any and all claims of state-involvement in electoral fraud and violence during and since the November 26th elections. We reinforce our demand that you immediately suspend all US police and military aid to Honduras. Read the rest of the Open Letter on our website here.
CAGJ, UFCW 21 & Seattle allies support Portland New Seasons workers who have gone public with their organizing!
Workers at New Seasons in Portland are joining together to win a voice on the job so they can make improvements in their workplace. Just as we’ve been hearing from workers at the New Seasons store on Mercer Island, workers are tired of the company’s punitive attendance policy, continuous understaffing, and substandard wages and benefits. Workers are taking things into their own hands by asking that New Seasons executives meet with them, and agree to a Code of Conduct that mandates respect for workers’ rights to speak up collectively and organize. You can find their Statement of Principles here, signed by hundreds of workers. You can also read more from OregonLive here. New Seasons claims their “speak up culture” ensures workers have a safe way to share their concerns with management. But workers disagree - they are forming the New Seasons Workers Union to have a say in how they’re treated and to level the playing field between workers and management. In solidarity, a delegation of UFCW 21 members and community allies (including Simone Adler, CAGJ’s Organizing Director), visited the Seattle office of Endeavor Capital, the private equity firm that owns New Seasons. Although Endeavour Capital refused to meet with us, we made our message of solidarity loud and clear by reading the workers’ demands out loud. Portland workers are asking for continued support from members of our Good Jobs Coalition (which includes CAGJ!) by taking the actions:
1. Like and share updates from Facebook here
2. Tweet messages of support to @newseasons with the hashtag #WeHeartNewSeasonsWorkers
3. Sign the petition to support workers at www.nsmsick.org.
Our movement to support New Seasons workers is growing and we appreciate having you as a partner in this fight. We know that when workers and community fight together, we win!
THURS Dec 7, 5-8:30pm
Food Justice Film Fest
Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144. Join Solid Ground and Seattle Food Committee in our collective push for food justice! Enjoy a special screening of some of the best short films on sustainable food and farming from Real Food Films. You’ll have the chance to hear from local experts on food justice in our community and participate in a lively discussion! The event will also include movie snacks and a photobooth. A special reception follows the program, and all guests are invited to share food and meet the panelists. We’re also holding a food drive at the Food Justice Film Festival! Donations will be distributed to local food banks all over Seattle. Click here for a list of the most needed items. 5pm doors, 6pm films, 7:30pm reception/Q&A. RSVP here. Contact Maggie Karl at [email protected] or 206.694.6857.
FRI Dec 8, 6:30-8:30pm
Building a People's Food System, Hosted by Equal Exchange
Location: Central Co-op’s Rochdale Room,1900 East Madison St. Join Equal Exchange Co-Presidents Rink Dickinson and Rob Everts in Seattle for a discussion about who controls our food system, and how we can mobilize ourselves through the Action Forum to create a more just, sustainable, and democratic food system that works for farmers, workers, and consumers. Come learn and discuss how you can be an integral part in building this community. Snacks and beverages will be provided! Please RSVP (encouraged but not required), (and be sure to let us know which event you're attending). Share the Facebook Event!
SAT Dec 16, 6 - 8 pm, Bellingham
Community to Community Tamal Dinner Fundraiser
Join C2C and Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship for a community dinner featuring vegetarian and chicken tamales, rice, beans, and salads, as well as speakers and entertainment! You can also purchase frozen tamales for pick up on Dec. 16th. To place your frozen tamal order call C2C at 360.738.0893. Please see options here. All funds raised will be used to support C2C's work developing farmworker owed cooperatives, farmworker and immigrant rights initatives, and climate justice. Tickets: $25 – purchase online here.
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