CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | July 7, 2015

July E-News:
Buy your Tickets for SLEE today!

Volunteer at CAGJ's SLEE Dinner!

Get Involved with the Food Justice Project

Fast Track has passed, but we are not finished

CAGJ Report Back from Costco: No GMO Salmon

Report on "Honduran Social Movements Mobilizing for Justice"

July 9th- Costco No GMO Salmon Call-in Day


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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
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Time: 5pm-9pm
Location: University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Tickets: Sliding Scale $40-$100. If you are unable to afford a full-price ticket, please contact us for solidarity tickets.

For more information and to buy your tickets visit CAGJ's website.


FRI July 31st & AUG 1st
Volunteer at CAGJ's SLEE Dinner
Volunteer power makes the SLEE dinner possible! Are you are interested in volunteering or helping coordinate the event? Volunteers needed! Last year we had 75 people that helped make the dinner happen. Click here to see pictures of SLEE 2014! There are lots of ways to be involved.  All funds raised are used for CAGJ’s organizing around food justice issues. See here for a current list of volunteer opportunities. To sign up, contact [email protected]

TUES July 21st 6:30-8:30PM, New Member Orientation at 6PM
Get Involved with the Food Justice Project
Location: Central Co-op's Rochdale Room - 1900 E Madison St, Seattle
Through community education, political action, anti-oppressive organizing and community-building, the Food Justice Project (FJP) seeks to challenge and transform the globalized, industrial, corporate-driven food system and promote existing alternatives. Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of every month. New to the Food Justice Project? Volunteer orientations will be held before the meeting from 6pm-6:30pm. Orientations are a great way to learn more about the Food Justice Project, our current campaigns, and ways you can contribute. If you would like to attend an orientation please RSVP by contacting [email protected].


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: 
JUL 1-31
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:

SAT July 11, 10am – 4pm
Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour

This is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating "urban farms" in the Seattle area – including CAGJ’s Director Heather Day who runs 41 Legs Urban Farm with her husband (and SLEE chef) Travis English! Glean great ideas from creative neighbors who are incorporating animals and unique gardens into their home landscapes. Visit the
event page for the full scoop. In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in one afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. Take a look at how people live together with these animals in an urban environment. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure! Seattle Tilth has been hosting this event, or a version of it, since the 90s. This year, a panel of local experts has selected Seattle's best 25 urban farms -- prizes will be awarded and tourists will be able to choose the winner of the  "People's Choice" award. Buy tickets here.

WED JUL 15, 4-5:30 pm
GROW Africatown
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
Danny Woo Community Garden 40th Annual Pig Roast Celebration

Interested in being part of one of the biggest events of the summer? Join us at the Danny Woo Community Garden on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 for our 40th Annual Pig Roast Celebration! An annual tradition since the garden's inception in 1975, the Pig Roast is a fun event filled with food and friends in our unique and beautiful International District garden. Volunteers are needed at all stages! Opportunities begin at 3pm on Friday and run through the night until 4pm on Saturday. Tasks include Friday set-up, overnight pig turning, serving food at the Saturday community potluck, and garden clean up after the event. If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out our short survey and contact Lauren Wong with any questions. [email protected]. The Danny Woo Community Garden is located at 620 S. Main St., near the corner of Main and Maynard in the International District. Visit our website for more information!

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 .
AUG 22-23
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:

CAGJ's calendar is open to all! Send announcements relevant to CAGJ's Members to [email protected].

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