CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | April 2, 2015

April E-News:
April is Membership Month!

CAGJ HAPPENINGS

CAGJ Screening of 'Out Here' at Central Cinema

New Food Justice Project Monthly Orientations

Save the Date for SLEE 2015!

NEWS & ANALYSIS
Seattle City Council Passes Historic Anti-TPP Resolution!

TAKE ACTION
National Day of Action Against Fast Track

Join CAGJ's Green-A-Thon Team!

Community Calendar


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April is Membership Month!

Membership Month is when we ask our community to step up and support CAGJ by pledging money or time. Please consider becoming a monthly sustainer or providing a one-time contribution of $15, $35, or $75. Most of CAGJ’s revenue comes from individual donations.

One of the things CAGJ does best is to bring the community together to challenge the corporate control of our food system. CAGJ is a scrappy organization with a big reach. Just this month we had two successful actions bringing attention to two very important issues:

  • Corporate Takeover of Africa's Food: On March 23, 2015 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development sponsored a secret meeting in London to promote a recent report they commissioned detailing in clear terms how to privatize the seed and agricultural markets of Africa- without African stakeholders having a seat at the table. CAGJ/AGRA Watch and Global Justice Now coordinated simultaneous actions in Seattle and London. KiroTV covered the event here: Demonstrators picket Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information see here.
  • NO GMO Salmon: On March 7th, 2015 people gathered in front of the Seattle Costco to deliver over 50,000 petitions from around the country asking Costco to commit to not selling Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon even if approved by the FDA. We were excited to get excellent TV coverage with a spot on KiroTV a few days before the action! For more information see here.

Our food system will not survive this global takeover without us intervening. Become a member of CAGJ today and let's set this trajectory on a different path! 

This month we will also be highlighting the accomplishments of supporters such as yourself. Please tell us what you love about CAGJ, and you may have your response featured on social media or our newsletter.


CAGJ HAPPENINGS

Sunday, April 5 3PM
CAGJ Screening of 'Out Here' at Central Cinema
Central Cinema - 1411 21st Avenue
$7 advance, $9 door Buy tickets online here!
Please join us for a screening of Out Herea new documentary movie about the hearts and hard work of queer farmers in the U.S.  Out Here is a full-length documentary film created by the Queer Farmer Film Project. Completed after 4 years in production, it looks at the experiences of queer farmers across the country and asks – what does it mean to be a queer farmer, is agriculture a safe space for queer people, and what are the relationships between food production and queerness? It is the filmmaker’s dream that this project will give voice and visibility to queer people in agriculture and inspire a flagrant national discussion about gender and sexuality as they are related to our food system. You can view a trailer for the film here. Share the Facebook Event! For more info, contact CAGJ

Third Tuesday of the Month, 6- 6:30PM
New Food Justice Project Monthly Orientations
Are you interested in transforming the globalized, industrial, corporate food system? Don’t know where to start? Consider volunteering with CAGJ’s Food Justice Project! The first step in standing up for food sovereignty is attending one of FJP’s new volunteer orientations. Beginning in April, volunteer orientations will be held from 6pm-6:30pm on the third Tuesday of each month, before Food Justice Project (FJP) meetings. Orientations are a great way to learn more about the Food Justice Project, our current campaigns, and ways you can contribute. The 6:30pm FJP meeting will build off this momentum, providing an opportunity to meet current members and get involved. Location: Central Co-op's Rochdale Room- 1900 E. Madison St., Seattle If you would like to attend an orientation please RSVP by contacting Danielle at Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org.

Saturday, August 1st
Save the Date for SLEE 2015! 

You are Invited to the 9th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere Dinner!
Location: University Christian Church Tickets $40 - $100 sliding scale-Solidarity Tickets available. Contact us to get involved in organizing this year’s dinner at slee@seattleglobaljustice.org.


NEWS & ANALYSIS

Seattle City Council Passes Historic Anti-TPP Resolution!
Thanks to our CAGJ members who contacted City Council these past few weeks! Thanks to your support and the work of many other local partners, with a convincing nine to zero vote, the Seattle City Council passed a historic resolution today expressing the council's opposition to Trade Promotion Authority (“Fast Track”) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Fast Track legislation would establish a process that allows Congress no amendments and limited debate on pending trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Under the TPP, cities like Seattle are at risk of having local environmental and labor standards challenged by multinational companies who could bring lawsuits outside the U.S. judicial system as a means to seek damages. This approach could give extrajudicial tribunals authority to effectively override local, state and federal regulation. This trade agreement could specifically jeopardize Seattle’s paid sick leave, minimum wage and local hire policies giving foreign companies potential legal standing to sue local jurisdictions over labor and environmental policies. By passing this resolution Seattle just sent a strong message to the other Washington. Throughout the nation, our hard work as a coalition has inspired groups across the country taking a stand for fair trade. Read more at washingtonfairtrade.org


TAKE ACTION

SAT, April 18th
National Day of Action Against Fast Track
In dozens of countries across the globe, groups are preparing for the April 18th Global Day of Action Against Unfair Trade.  This particular call is for communities in the United States to join together in action that day to help derail Fast Track legislation that would enable the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other corporate power grabs disguised as trade agreements to be rushed through Congress. The latest rumor is that Fast Track legislation could be re-introduced the week of April 13th (something many are working hard to prevent!).  If we don’t derail Fast Track, the TPP and other pending pacts would be rubber-stamped, with potentially devastating consequences for working people, family farmers, indigenous peoples, small businesses and the environment in the United States and around the globe. Click Here to Receive Updates on the Day of Action (and personally endorse the call to action if interested).

SAT, April 25 9-3pm
Join CAGJ's Green-A-Thon Team!
Got Green, is having their 3rd annual Earthday week community outreach fundraising event, the Green-A-Thon Saturday April 25th. If you aren't familiar, Got Green is a grassroots group led by young adults and people of color that promotes the movement for an equitable, green economy as the best way to fight poverty and global warming at the same time. Green-A-Thon is a volunteer outreach event to increase knowledge of and access to the climate justice movement in communities of color. Green-A-Thon teams will go door-to-door, distributing free green products and offering 500 families a vision of how getting involved in climate justice activities can lead to equity and opportunity for our communities, most often left behind! Want to join CAGJ's team for this fun event? Contact fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org

 


COMMUNITY CALENDAR

April 7-27
Support the Danny Woo Community Garden

Support the Danny Woo Community Garden in this very easy way! As many of you may know, the Danny Woo Community Garden is an incredibly unique and beautiful space. Our community partner needs your support to keep the garden and community growing. They are in the running for a $20,000 grant from Seeds of Change®. In order to move forward in the selection process, they need to have popular votes. Voting for the garden is a way to show your support for the garden’s history, current programming, and a great example of cultural and environmental sustainability. The public voting phase of the process begins on April 7 and runs through April 27. You can vote once per day! Visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com to cast your votes.

THU-SAT April 16-18
Caravana43 Tour

The Caravana43 integrated by students from the rural school Raul Isidro Burgos and relatives from the 43 students disappeared by the Mexican government, have been invited by groups and organizations in the United States to spread their struggle and demands for the appearance of their friends and family members. Seattle will be receiving them on April 16th, 17th and 18th. Tour Details: Thursday, April 16 -12:00 pm (noon) Forum at the University of Washington; 13:45 pm Interview at Univision Seattle; 14:00 pm Press Conference at Univision headquarters 140 4th Ave N Seattle, WA. 98109 – All media is welcomed - Friday, April 17- 10:00 am Dialogue at Seattle University; 13:00 pm Demonstration at the Mexican Consulate 2132 3rd Ave Seattle, WA. 98121; 14:30 pm March towards Seattle’s Federal Building; 7:00 pm Fund Raiser Dinner at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church 7500 Greenwood Ave N Seattle Saturday, April 18- 12-16:00 pm Community forum at Immanuel Lutheran Church 1215 Thomas St Seattle, WA. 98109; 17- 19:00 pm Cultural - Political Event at 3518 S. Edmunds St. Seattle, WA 98118

CAGJ's calendar is open to all! Send announcements relevant to CAGJ's Members to contact_us@seattleglobaljustice.org.


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