CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | July 7, 2015
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Buy your tickets for CAGJ's SLEE- Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere- Dinner!
SLEE is so much more than just a delicious, locally sourced and Fair Trade meal - it is a community event where we inspire people to take action. We are very excited to have Dean Jackson of Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) as our keynote speaking about “Growing Racial, Economic and Gender Justice in Tacoma”. Download the flyer.
CAGJ's 9th Annual SLEE Dinner
For more information and to buy your tickets visit CAGJ's website.
FRI July 31st & AUG 1st
TUES July 21st 6:30-8:30PM, New Member Orientation at 6PM
NEWS & ANALYSIS
CAGJ in the News! Report from CAGJ's June 25 Action to Demand Costco not to Sell GMO Salmon
On Thursday, June 25th, CAGJ delivered over 300,000 signatures to Costco’s headquarters in Issaquah, WA to urge the company to commit to not selling genetically modified (GM) salmon. In March, we attempted to deliver 50,000 signatures to Costco in Seattle, but they would not accept our petitions. This time we came back with 250,000 more signatures and went straight to the headquarters. (See pictures from the action here!) Participants were interviewed during the action by local news stations, and the story has been making waves over the past week! Local TV station KIRO 7 aired a great piece on the evening news giving background on the GMO salmon issue and highlighting the CAGJ action. Other media outlets also picked up the story including KING5, Nation of Change, EcoWatch, Oximity, and Under Current News. Read more about CAGJ’s campaign to get Costco to reject GMO salmon and sign the petition here. Contact CAGJ’s Food Justice Project to get involved as a volunteer!
Fast Track Has Passed, But we are not finished
From the Washington State Fair Trade Coalition: Last week Fast Track passed in the Senate by just one vote. Unfortunately, both of WA's Senators voted wrong. You may be asking what happens now? Now, we turn our attention to the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) itself. The public's voice has been restricted to 60 days by fast track, with no route to meaningful input or influence on the agreement itself, but we are going to make sure that those 60 days are a deafening roar of opposition. We are planning wide-scale educational efforts to spark public debate and ensure that the largest trade agreement in our nation's history is not the TPP, a trade agreement negotiated in secret and designed to put investor interests over the public good. Not on our watch. Immediately, you can help by calling your members of Congress and either thanking them or voicing your unhappiness at the way they voted on Fast Track. Thanks for all that you did to try to stop fast-track! We can stills top the TPP! For more info, visit WFTC's website.
Report on "Honduran Social Movements Mobilizing for Justice"
Last week CAGJ hosted Karen Spring, a Canadian human rights activist and the Honduras-based Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN). Karen began working in Central America in 2008 and moved to Honduras permanently a few weeks after the June 2009 military coup. While it was disturbing to learn of the proposed Charter Cities (read about a protest against them here) and repression of campesinos linked to production of Palm Oil, it was encouraging to learn more about the rise in social movement organizing since the coup that has led to several victories, despite the US government’s continued support of the right wing dictatorship in Honduras. You can take action by signing HSN’s petition here, to call for an end to continued militarization sponsored by the US government, and by contacting CAGJ if you are interested in helping organize a screening of a new film, Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley, about the landless workers movement in Honduras.
THURS July 9th
Join National Call-in DAY OF ACTION: Tell Costco "No GMO Salmon!"
Despite our demands, Costco isn’t listening. GMO salmon is a risk to our environment, especially wild salmon, and to our health. But Costco wants to leave the door open, and still hasn’t made a firm commitment to not sell GMO salmon if it’s approved by the FDA. Costco is a major retailer of salmon and seafood, and also prides itself on being a leader in organic food. We want Costco to be consistent, listen to top scientists and fishermen, and help keep GMO salmon off our plates and out of the environment. On July 9th, join people from all over the country to call Costco and tell them directly that it needs to do the right thing and say no to GMO salmon and stand up as a leader. Click here for the phone number and a script.
WED JUL 8, 12 pm
Save Dairy Workers' Lives
Darigold Headquarters, 1130 Rainier Avenue. On February 25th, Randy Vazquez, 27 years old, drowned in a manure pond at a Darigold member dairy farm in Mabton, WA. Since 2000, 11 workers have lost their lives working in WA state dairies. Darigold member dairy workers have also reported wage and hour theft, no access to drinking water, no rest breaks, retaliation, and animal abuse. Darigold is the largest dairy cooperative based in the Pacific Northwest, and it has the responsibility to ensure dairy workers have a safe and healthy work environment. We cannot allow Darigold to continue to ignore this issue. For more information please visit this link: www.ufw.org/darigold
Central Co-op's Annual Indie Month
Central Co-op, 1600 E Madison Street. "At Central Co‑op we have more than 500 different independent producers represented in our product selection. These independents are a critical piece of the efforts we make to support the goals of our Co‑op. The Board specifically wrote support of independent companies right into our Ends, saying that one of our goals is to contribute toward 'a stronger, more robust local food system that supports diverse and independent producers.'” For more information please visit: https://www.
SAT July 11, 10am – 4pm
WED JUL 15, 4-5:30 pm
Africatown Center for Education & Innovation, 3100 S Alaska Street. GROW Africatown is a Community Youth and Family Urban Gardening Project focused on creating a learning space to share ideas on how to grow healthy and nutritious food, people and communities. The project provides great opportunities for learning, bonding and community building.
FRI-SAT July 17-18
MON AUG 3, 6:30-7:30 pm
UW Botanic Gardens: UW Farm Talk and Tour
UW Botanic Gardens-Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street. The UW Farm is a campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability. It is an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes. Take this free class and learn about the farm and its history, who works there, and what they produce, followed by a brief tour of the farm site at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Cost: Free! But please RSVP Online, or by calling 206-685-8033 .
Arts in Nature Festival
Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW. The Arts in Nature Festival is a celebration of art, nature, and community unlike any other arts festival in Seattle. But don’t take our word for it – come experience it for yourself. It’s an eclectic experience of art and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only camp ground, Camp Long. You’ll find four intimate performance stages, a Museum of Sound in 8 rustic cabins, hands-on art and nature activities, and winding hiking trails through the great outdoors. Experience works ranging from jazz, classical, indie rock, bluegrass, contemporary dance, marching bands, and interactive sound installations. Festival hours are Saturday, August 22 from 11 am to 9 pm and Sunday, August 23 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information please visit: http://fest.naturec.
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