CAGJ’s Annual Summer School Program

Rise Up! Summer School 2021: 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. 

Gathering Times

Discussion Gatherings via Zoom:

3 Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm PDT
July 13, August 3, August 24

“In the Field” Webinars via Zoom:

TUES June 29 6-8pm PDT
2 dates TBD

In-Person Teach Out (optional, local to Seattle):

Date(s) TBD


Space is limited! Register today at

“In the Field” webinars and reading materials will be available to the public on our website.


In order to create a cohesive learning community, we ask participants to commit to attending at least two discussion sessions, to deepen your involvement in CAGJ during 2021, and to come with a readiness to learn and have fun while doing it!


Email to reach co-coordinators Erika, Rachel, and Noël.

Past Iterations of Summer School:

Banner with text from past two Summer Schools: "Rise Up Summer School" and "Cultivating Resilient Food Systems in Times of Crisis"








See 2018 and 2020’s Summer School Resources.

To Learn More

Please email Heather ( if you have any questions.