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:
How and why do we build grassroots power? What does it mean to be part of a social movement?
How do we organize ourselves in ways that sustain us all better than the extractive and exploitative systems under which we currently live?
As we build solidarity with struggles for justice, healing, and sovereignty, how do we always find our way back to, in the words of bell hooks, “love as the practice of freedom”?
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.
Foundational Readings & Materials
- Declaration of Nyéléni, 2007 (Reading)
- Food First Matrix: Politics, Production Models & Approaches (Reading)
- Six Pillars of Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni 2007 (Reading)
- USFSA Food Sovereignty Stories (Videos)
- Note: There are 10 videos, varying in length (2 – 4 minutes). Choose one, a few, or all to review prior to the first session.
Topics: Food Sovereignty, Food Justice, introduction to social movements, grassroots movement-building, importance of relationship-building in systems change
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Food Justice Project Solidarity Campaign Partners
“In the Field” Webinar: Washington Food Chain Workers’ Struggle for Food Sovereignty
This panel aims to showcase our partners’ current Food Sovereignty struggles, how they build joy, care and culture into their change work, and how their connection across Washington’s food chain strengthens their organizing.
- Jill Mangaliman, Got Green
- Edgar Franks, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ)
- Estefania Narvaez, Uprooted and Rising
- Faviola Lopez and Meg Kennedy, UFCW 21
- Liz Darrow, Community 2 Community Development
Readings & Materials
- Free the Land, and Us, Too! Agroecology and Popular Struggle: Building an ‘Agrarian’ Intersectional Movement (Reading)
- There is No Hierarchy of Oppressions – by Audre Lorde (Read by Lauren Lyons) (Video + Script in Description)
- “Love as the Practice of Freedom” bell hooks (Reading)
- Raj Patel on Food Sovereignty (Podcast)
Field Trip to Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad
Join us for a field trip to Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad, the cooperatively-run farm founded by the leadership of Farmworker union and CAGJ solidarity partner, Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). This field trip is part of Rise Up! Summer School and all are welcome!
Resources: Prior to attending the field trip (or as an alternative to attending if you are unable) check out these resources to get you oriented with FUJ and the Cooperativa.
➤ Learn about the origins of La Cooperativa HERE.
➤ Learn about the lives of the people who make sure we have fresh produce, including Familias Unidas por la Justicia‘s Marciano Sanchez and Xolotl Edgar Franx, in the latest episode of Nia Tero’s #Seedcast podcast HERE.
Topics: Indigenous Food Sovereignty, genetically engineered salmon, solidarity
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with Northwest Tribes in Opposition to GE Salmon
“In the Field” Webinar: Indigenous Food Sovereignty Movements & the Role of Solidarity
How is an Indigenous lens on Food Sovereignty unique, and what is the role of non-Natives to act in solidarity with Indigenous-led movements? We will hear from Pacific Northwest scholars and activists who are deeply involved in Indigenous Food Sovereignty movements.
For the past eight years, Community Alliance for Global Justice has worked to block genetically engineered salmon from being produced and sold in the US. This fight has been led by Northwest Tribes, who call themselves the Salmon People, and who are essential protectors of this vital and threatened keystone species.
Recently CAGJ joined Uprooted & Rising in creating the BlockCorporateSalmon campaign to amplify Indigenous demands as GE salmon enters the US market. We will discuss how this campaign fits into a wide web of Indigenous-led initiatives across Turtle Island for environmental justice and food sovereignty.
- Charlotte Coté, author of new book A Drum in one Hand, A Sockeye in the Other. Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast
- Carl Wassilie, Native Fisherman from Yup’ik Nation in Western Alaska and part of Alaska’s Big Village Network and BlockCorporateSalmon
- Zoltán Grossman, author of Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands
Readings & Materials
- Film Screening and Panel Event: Salmon People: Northwest Native Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish (April 2019) (Video, 1hr 22min)
- If short on time, only watch Salmon People film (Video, 3min 44sec)
- “Indigenizing” Food Sovereignty. Revitalizing Indigenous Food Practices and Ecological Knowledges in Canada and the United States, by Charlotte Coté (Reading, 12 pages)
- The Honorable Harvest – Robin Wall Kimmerer | Bioneers (Video, 3min 30sec)
- TEDxTC – Winona LaDuke – Seeds of Our Ancestors, Seeds of Life (Video, 16min 36sec)
Topics: Philanthrocapitalism, future visioning exercise
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with the African food sovereignty movement
“In the Field” Webinar: How the Gates Foundation Sponsors the Corporate Capture of Global Food Systems
A webinar co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa.
With the UN Food Systems Summit set to take place this September in New York City, this roundtable discussion aimed to raise public and media awareness about the powerful interests working to capture our global food systems, and chart a course for participants to take action for food sovereignty. Speakers brought attention to Bill Gates’ and the Gates Foundation’s roles in advancing harmful industrial agriculture models in Africa and around the world. Though deeply flawed in many ways, this model of agricultural development is becoming dominant and edging out proven agro-ecological alternatives.
- Anne Maina, The Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya (BIBA-Kenya) and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)
- Shakara Tyler, Black Dirt Farm Collective
- Jim Thomas, ETC Group
- Stefano Prato, Society for International Development and Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism Moderated by Matt Canfield, CAGJ/AGRA Watch, Leiden Law School in the Netherlands
Readings & Materials
- Philanthrocapitalism: The Gates Foundation’s African programmes are not charity, by Phil Bereano (CAGJ/AGRA Watch) (Reading)
- Bill Gates Should Stop Telling Africans What Kind of Agriculture Africans Need, by Million Belay & Bridget Mugambe (AFSA) (Reading)
- Seed is Life (AFSA) (Video, 3min 30sec)
- The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance, by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Reading OR Listening)
Cultivating Resilient Food Systems in Times of Crisis
Rise Up! Summer School is a free 3-month political education and leadership development program for community members, which offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the problems in our food system, while being part of the change we want to see.
Across the world, we are facing a confluence of crises. The COVID-19 outbreak is magnifying racial and economic inequality. Industrial food production is accelerating climate change and increasing global food insecurity. These crises incite political instability and mass human displacement at an unprecedented scale, and now the pandemic is exposing the vulnerability of our globalized food system to collapse. Together, we will delve into why the movement for Food Sovereignty is needed now more than ever, to cultivate resilient food systems and justice for all!
JUNE: Past | Laying Groundwork & Foundations
Link to June resources
Topics: Food Sovereignty, Food Justice, Agroecology, Seed Sovereignty, Decolonization, Racist & genocidal roots of US food system
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with Farmworkers
Webinar: Farmworker Organizing in the Face of the Pandemic
An update from Familias Unidas por la Justicia Farmworker Union. FUJ is an independent farmworker union of indigenous families located in Burlington, WA, representing more than 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers at Sakuma Bros. Berry Farm. FUJ is an affiliate member of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
Community Alliance for Global Justice has stood in solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia as they support Farmworkers and fruit packers to improve on-the-job and migrant worker housing safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the lack of emergency measures in place to protect Farmworkers, the pandemic continues to peak in rural areas. As of reports this month, Yakima County in Eastern WA has the highest single-county infection rate of coronavirus on the West Coast.
Recently, FUJ President Ramon Torres and other FUJ organizers supported striking workers at six fruit packing plants in Yakima County, for almost a month. These historic strikes were ultimately successful, with companies agreeing to recognize worker committees and negotiate in good faith. Amidst the strikes, FUJ also filed a lawsuit against the state of WA seeking to revise the emergency rules regarding farmworker housing, after months of advocating that the State Departments of Health and Labor and Industries ensure rules were enforceable and in accordance with CDC guidelines.
CAGJ activates our members to support FUJ as one of our Solidarity Campaign partners. This summer, CAGJ has a goal of raising $20,000 for FUJ through both individual and organizational donations. https://tinyurl.com/FinanceFrontlines
JULY: Present | Current State of the Food System
Link to July resources
Topics: Corporate control of the food system, Agribusiness impact on climate crisis, Food workers’ rights and food security in a pandemic, Philanthro-capitalism
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with the African Food Sovereignty Movement
Webinar: The Struggle Over Agroecology: Mapping and Mobilizing against the Gates Foundation’s Influence in African Agriculture
On August 8th, 2020, CAGJ’s AGRA Watch campaign presents our new publication, “Messengers of Gates’ Agenda: A Study of the Cornell Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows Program.”
Since 2006, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has emerged as an extremely influential actor in an ever-intensifying battle over the future of food and agriculture. While the Foundation’s funding for industrial agriculture has been closely scrutinized, its public relations efforts to frame the debates and shape how issues are communicated through a cadre of “science-based” communicators has received less attention. This report examines how the Gates Foundation seeks to assert influence in debates over biotechnology through the Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS). Funded by BMGF, CAS uses its affiliation with the only ivy league institution that is a land-grant college to claim scientific neutrality while assiduously promoting communications aligned with agribusiness in its use of fellows, especially those from Africa. The report dissects the strategies of the Cornell Alliance for Science’s fellows to discredit agroecology, and how the Gates Foundation supports these fellows through its networks of funding. Panelists will contextualize the research in the broader struggle for Food Sovereignty in Africa.
- Heather Day, Co-founder and Executive Director, Community Alliance for Global Justice
- Mariam Mayet, Founder and Executive Director, African Centre for Biodiversity
- Elizabeth Mpofu, Farmer, founder of ZIMSOFF and General Coordinator of La Via Campesina
- Raj Patel, Author, activist, and research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University
AUGUST: Future | Paths Forward
Link to August resources
Topics: Just Transition, Climate Justice, Movement-Building
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: Solidarity with NW tribes in opposition to GE Salmon
Webinar: #BlockCorporateSalmon: Standing with Northwest Tribes for Food Sovereignty
2020 is a battleground for the ocean. AquaBounty, a generally unknown brand in the U.S., plans to release Genetically Engineered (GE) Salmon onto the U.S market within this year. In addition, Cargill, the largest private company in the U.S., is pushing for a federal bill (the AQUAA Act) that would expand offshore aquaculture into federal waters, confine hundreds of thousands of farmed fish, and forever change our last public commons, the ocean.
In this webinar, we hear from Valerie Segrest and Fawn Sharp, two Indigenous women who have led efforts to block GE salmon in the Northwest, and globally. CAGJ’s Rise Up! Summer School and Uprooted and Rising organizers co-present our campaigns to stop GE salmon, and uplift all of the incredible work being done around the country by Tribes to build Indigenous Food Sovereignty.
Rise Up! Summer School
Readings & Materials:
- Infographic on Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture from the Chistensen Fund
- A New Green Revolution for Africa? from GRAIN (7-p PDF – download by clicking link)
- Seeds of Neo-Colonialism: Why the GMO promoters get it so wrong about Africa Statement by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (3-p)
- Spiritual & Cultural Value of Seed in South Africa from African Centre for Biodiversity (6.5min video)
Additional Materials in preparation for Gates Field Trip:
- AGRA Watch brochure – an overview of AGRA Watch (attached in email/handed out)
- Video of the panel Who Profits from Philanthropy? Featuring CAGJ/AGRA Watch, Social Justice Fund NW, Resource Generation, and Thousand Currents. Read the report-back of the community event here.
- Resources on Philanthrocapitalism & Social Justice Giving
- Putting Agriculture First without Farmers and Land? Reflections on Tanzania’s Road to Green Revolution, a blog by Youjin Chung who researched AGRA during her time in Tanzania.
- Philanthrocapitalism: The Gates Foundation’s African programmes are not charity, an article by AGRA Watch member Phil Bereano.
- Gated Development: Is the Gates Foundation always a force for good? (56-page PDF)
- How does the Gates Foundation spend its money to feed the world? 2014 Report by GRAIN (link is to summary of report; full report is downloadable from that page)
- Agroecology: the Bold Future of Farming in Africa 2017 Report from the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (88-page PDF with photos). Definitely worth perusing!
JULY: Farmworker Solidarity
Readings and Materials:
- Towards a “Peoples” Agroecology by Blaine Snipstal, WhyHunger Blog Series (3-p)
- A New Farm Worker Union Is Born by David Bacon, American Prospect (6-p)
- Sarbanand: A “Dirty Dozen” Corporation contesting being fined in District Court for working a farmworker to death in Whatcom County by Edgar Franks, Community to Community (1-p)
- Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States (2013 edition), from Southern Poverty Law Center (Link is a PDF download. Parts 1, 2, 4, 9, and 11 suggested – totals 20-pp. Entire report recommended!)
Other recommended articles if you have time:
- Block the Expansion of H2A: Say No to H2C! From Community to Community (2-p)
- Why These Farm Workers Went On Strike—and Why It Matters by David Bacon, The Nation (4-p)
- ‘You Came Here to Suffer’ by David Bacon, The Progressive (8-p)
AUGUST: Native Resistance to GE Salmon
Readings and Materials:
- Valerie Segrest on Food Sovereignty, Ted Talk (13 min video)
- Indigenous Food, Land and Heritage Primer by Dawn Morrison (1-p)
- “Decolonizing together: Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization,” by Harsha Walia, Briarpatch Magazine (4-p PDF, also at briarpatchmagazine.com)
- Native Fishing Rights, the environment, and threats to salmon recovery: In the Pacific Northwest, Native Fishing Rights Take on a Role as Environmental Protector, By Felicity Barringer (1-p)
- Understanding Tribal Treaty Rights in Western Washington from Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (4-p PDF)
- Kyle Powys Whyte: Food Sovereignty, Justice and Indigenous Peoples: An Essay on Settler Colonialism and Collective Continuance (21-p PDF)
Check out in preparation for field trip:
- Swinomish Indigenous Health Indicators, developed in the community and leading the way for many communities working to develop their own
- Swinomish Climate Change Initiative
Other recommended materials:
- Decolonizing Pipeline Resistance: An Interview with Freda Huson by Lee Veeraraghavan (4-p PDF)
- As We Have Always Done, Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Introduction and excerpt of chapter 1, 17-p total)
- Food Sovereignty is Tribal Sovereignty by Brit Reed, Evergreen State College MA student (2-p)
- The “Fish-in” Protests at Franks Landing (History, 13-p)
- As Long as the Rivers Run directed by Carol Burns and co-produced by Hank Adams. The film that documents the Fish Wars of the late 1960s to early 1970s. Norma Frank is arrested on the banks of Nisqually River for exercising her treaty fishing rights. (1 hour film)
- Catalyst Project’s Indigenous Resistance Panel featuring Corrina Gould (9 min video)
- “Pre-Colonial Socialism and the Effects of Genocide” by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz (first 17 min of video recommended)
- Indians of the Pacific Northwest, by Vine Deloria. Foreword by Billy Frank Jr. (139 pages)
Highlighted CAGJ Campaign: GE Salmon
- Salmon People: The Risks of Genetically Engineered Fish for the Pacific Northwest, co-produced by CAGJ, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project, and New Canoe Media (3.5min video)
- Salmon People: A backgrounder to Northwest Tribal Opposition to GE Salmon (4-p, also PDF attached)