Summer School

CAGJ’s 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 creating the change we want to see. We are offering the program again in 2021; Contact us if you would like to join the Summer School Organizing Collective!

2020 Summer School

Cultivating Resilient Food Systems in Times of Crisis

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!

2020 Summer School

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

JULY: Present/Current state of 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 African food sovereignty movement

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


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 2020, and to come with a readiness to learn and have fun while doing it!

2018 Summer School

See 2018 Summer School Resources

More info: Please email Heather ( if you have any questions.