-->

15 Years Since WTO Uprising! CAGJ & Central Cinema present “This is What Democracy Looks Like”

-1CAGJ & Central Cinema Present:
This is What Democracy Looks Like
Screening and
discussion with filmmaker Jill Friedberg

Sunday November 30, 2014
2:30pm – Doors Open
3pm – Film Showing
5:30-6:30pm – Happy Hour at Central Cinema
Central Cinema
1411 21st Ave
(corner of Union and 21st in the Central District)
Seattle
Tickets: $7 in advance/$9 at the door. Buy tickets here.

November 30th marks the 15 year anniversary of the 1999 WTO protests, in Seattle.  Come celebrate with us at Central Cinema, where we’ll screen the documentary This is What Democracy Looks Like, the most important documentary made about the protests. You can also enjoy food & drink, and peruse Community Alliance for Global Justice’s Fair Trade for the Holidays gifts. Filmmaker Jill Freidberg will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film, and several local activists interviewed in the film are invited to join as well, to discuss how the WTO protests shaped their organizing since then.

About the film: Watch the trailer.
Cut from the footage of over 100 media activists, This is What Democracy Looks Like captures the historic events of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. The film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through the lenses of over 100 cameras. With a driving soundtrack by Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, and Anne Feeney, This is What Democracy Looks Like, delivers an intensely political and emotional account of a week that changed the world. The film is a co-production between Corrugated Filmsfounder, Jill Freidberg, and Big Noise Films founder, Rick Rowley.

Photo credit to Rick Dahms.

Co-sponsored by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

For more information contact: Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org.

The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers

10653537_10153310209532137_530831343424097892_nAfter many years of careful planning, we are proud to be hosting the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle Oct 10-14!  African leaders from eight nations are coming to Seattle to meet with CAGJ/AGRA Watch and leaders from over a dozen US organizations – see below for a list of participants.  To find out how you can support these efforts as a volunteer or host, please contact us! And Join us for a special public event on Oct 12th!

The Global Struggle for Food Sovereignty: A Discussion with African Food Leaders & Farmers
Sunday, October 12
5pm Reception, 7pm Panel
Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave

African farmers are fighting for “food sovereignty,” the right of all people everywhere to control their food systems. You are invited to hear first-hand from African food leaders and farmers about how corporate “philanthropists” like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working to transform African small-holder agriculture into American-style industrial agri-business, with all its problems. Join us for a reception and a panel discussion to learn about the struggle for global food sovereignty and how we can work in solidarity to change these alarming trends.

5pm Pre-Event Reception: Tickets $15-$25, Catered by Madres Kitchen
Join us for a Reception welcoming Food Sovereignty leaders from Africa & the US to Seattle. Food, beverage and entrance to main event included with purchase of ticket. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Buy tickets here, and at the door.

7pm – Panel with African Food Sovereignty Leaders -Moderated by Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First Executive Director- $5 Suggested Donation. Simultaneous interpretation provided in American Sign Language. Induction Loop for hard of hearing also available at Town Hall.

Panel Speakers:

At the Reception, have the opportunity to meet representatives from participating organizations including, from North America: Center for Food Safety, Community to Community Development, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Family Farm Defenders, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Food and Water Watch, Food First, Grassroots International, IATP-Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, IDEX-International Development Exchange, National Family Farm Coalition, PANNA-Pesticide Action Network North America, Swift Foundation, US-Africa Network, WhyHunger. From Africa: African Centre for Biosafety (South Africa), Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign (South Africa), Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Food Rights Alliance (Kenya), Friends of the Earth Africa (Nigeria), Kenya Food Rights Alliance, La Via Campesina Africa, MELCA (Ethiopia), Surplus People Project (South Africa), Trust for Community Organization and Education (South Africa), ZIMSOFF (Zimbabwe).

The Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit has been organized in collaboration with the following organizations: African Centre for Biosafety (South Africa), Food First, Grassroots International, IDEX-International Development Exchange, Kenya Food Rights Alliance, National Family Farm Coalition, Pesticide Action Network North America – PANNA, We are the Solution (Burkina Faso), WhyHunger.

Thanks to our Co-Sponsors! African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, African Studies Program at the UW Jackson School of International Studies, ASUW Student Food Cooperative, Backbone CampaignCenter for the Study of Justice in Society at Seattle University, Central Co-op, Community Kitchens Northwest, Community to Community Development, Domestic Fair Trade Association, Equal Exchange, Health Alliance International, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Local2Global Advocates for Food Sovereignty, PCC, Seattle Good Business Network, Urban Food Hub, UW Farm, UW Program on the Environment, Village Volunteers, WA Fair Trade Coalition, WA Sustainable Food and Farming Network, Yes! Magazine.

Share this event! Download the flyer here: Oct. 12 Event FlyerLink to Facebook event here.

If your organization can Co-Sponsor and help us spread the word via social media, flyers, websites etc, please contact us!

For more information, please contact Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch: agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org 206-405-4600

African participants:

Mercia Andrews, Trust for Community Organization and Education, South Africa
Marian Bassey, Friends of the Earth-Africa, Nigeria
Million Belay, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and MELCA-Ethiopia
Daniel Maingi, Growth Partners Africa, Food Rights Alliance, Kenya
Mariam Mayet, African Centre for Biosafety, South Africa
Herschelle Milford, Surplus People Project and Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa
Elizabeth Mpofu, ZIMSOFF, La Via Campesina Africa, Zimbabwe
Bridget Mugambe, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, Uganda

North American participants:
Phil Bereano, Matt Canfield and Heather Day -Representatives of hosting organization, AGRA Watch/Community Alliance for Global Justice, WA
Saulo Araujo, WhyHunger, NY
Debbie Barker, Center for Food Safety, DC
Ben Burkett, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, MO
Jahi Chappell, IATP – Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, MN
Georgia Good, Rural Coalition, SC
Jim Goodman, Family Farm Defenders, WI
Heather Gray, US-Africa Network, GA
Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition, MO
Rosalinda Guillen, Community to Community Development, WA
Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, CA
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PANNA-Pesticide Action Network North America, CA
Sara Mersha, Grassroots International, MA
Darcey O’Callaghan, Food and Water Watch, DC
Kadiri Sennefer Ra, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, MI
Karen Swift, Swift Foundation, CA
Yeshica Weerasekera, IDEX-International Development Exchange, CA

7/26 Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE!) Dinner: Celebrating Fisherfolk in the Food Sovereignty Movement

slee logoJoin us for CAGJ’s annual Food Justice dinner! Enjoy a delicious meal made with local and Fair Trade ingredients while learning about relevant issues and networking with small-scale farmers, fishers, advocates and allied organizations. Support your local economy and be part of the vibrant food justice community by buying a ticket today.

Tickets on sale now: slee2014.brownpapertickets.com
SAT July 26th, 2014
University Christian Church- 4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
5:00-9:00PM

 

Keynote – “Who Feeds Us Matters: Fishers and Farmers Taking Back Control of Our Food Supply” – by Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director, North Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)

Taking Action for Food Justice: Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project

Schedule of Events:
Happy Hour 5:00-6:30: Enjoy libations, live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a Silent Auction, and the opportunity to acquaint yourself with featured food justice organizations and groups promoting urban agriculture, food sovereignty and Fair Trade.

Dinner 6:30-9:00: Enjoy a scrumptious locally sourced and Fair Trade meal prepared by CAGJ Chefs, Local 360, Madre’s Kitchen, & Community Kitchens Northwest. The Dessert Auction featuring 40 different desserts will make your mouth water!

Tickets: Purchase online
Sliding scale $40-$100. Please be generous in your support! We want to make this event accessible to everyone while also recognizing the need for us to raise crucial funds. Paying at the $100 level will support a farmer/food worker. This gives you entry and also ensures that a local member of our food economy can be an honored guest at our event. Kids are only $10!
*If you are unable to afford a full-price ticket, please contact us for solidarity tickets.

Support the SLEE Dinner:
Help Publicize – Share the Facebook Event. Print the flyer: SLEE_2014_8.5x11_illustration
Be a Table Captain! Fill a table for 10 people
Donate to the Silent Auction! An experience, cabin get-away, massage, gift certificate, garden stuff….
Make a dessert for the Dessert Auction!

Volunteers needed!
Volunteer power makes this dinner possible! There are lots of ways to be involved. Examples include: Getting the word out about the dinner by handing out flyers at local farmers’ markets and other events; Securing donations from local businesses and farms; Serving or prepping food at the dinner.

Thank you to our Sponsors! Central Co-op, Chinook Book, Equal Exchange, Loki Fish Co., Sound Seismic, REal Change, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21

Thank you to our Community Partners! Antioch’s Center for Creative Change, Backbone Campaign, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Chinook Book, Clean Greens Farm & Market, Community Kitchens Northwest, Danny Woo Community Garden, Domestic Fair Trade Association, iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, Lettuce Link/Solid Ground, Northwest Farm Bill Action Group , Readers to Eaters, Seattle CISPES, Seattle Good Business Network, Seattle Tilth, Sightline Institute, Sustainable Ballard, Urban Food Link, Village Volunteers, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, Washington Fair Trade Coalition,  Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

Interested in learning more? Contact Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org for more information!

Educate for Action Volunteer Facilitators Needed!

E4A imageEducate for Action workshops inspire participants to take action for food sovereignty and justice. We facilitate fun, informative and participatory activities that build on collective knowledge: we believe everyone has valuable awareness and experiences to share! Workshops are led by volunteer facilitators, who help lead discussions and activities, providing opportunities to learn about the issues and how we can build a better, more just food system for eaters, food producers, workers, and the planet.

Join CAGJ for a Train the Trainer Workshop:
Thursday June 12 -6:30-9:00pm
The Boeing Room, Lemieux Library
Seattle University, near 12th & Columbia (Entrance located on the East side of the library at ground level)

A professional trainer will give you the tools to create fun, informative, and participatory activities that build on collective knowledge. As a future volunteer facilitator, you will have the opportunity to educate, lead discussions, and inspire diverse groups of all ages while promoting a more just food system.

To RSVP email fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org.

For more information on Educate for Action workshops visit www.seattleglobaljustice.org/food-justice/community-education.

Singing for Justice! Seattle Labor Chorus Benefit for CAGJ

Join CAGJ, the Seattle Labor Chorus, and our allies for a fun and inspiring evening of movement story-telling and songs to celebrate our collective struggles for justice!

10273462_10152987549137137_1356092858067969696_nSinging for Justice! Seattle Labor Chorus Benefit for CAGJ
SAT May 10, 7 – 9:30PM

Location: Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118
FREE admission – donation requested.

We will be celebrating the success of our annual Membership drive at this event – if you can’t come, please join or renew your CAGJ Membership today!

We are honored to be sharing the evening with our allies:
*Seattle Labor Chorus, the musical voice of labor in Seattle.
*Got Green?, led by young adults and people of color, promoting the movement for an equitable, green economy to fight poverty and global warming
*Community to Community Development, a place based, women-led grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities
*Familias Unidas por la Justicia, farmworkers demanding fairness from Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit Valley
*Our Walmart, workers demanding respect from the Walmart corporation.

This event is part of MayWorks, an annual celebration of workers’ culture. Inspired by the Canadian labor movement, MayWorks was launched in 2011 at the Washington State Labor Council Convention.  Help us with publicity! Please forward widely and share the Facebook event with your friends! For more info, please contact CAGJ or call  206.405.4600.

Moving Forward from the Summit- Tackling the GM Banana

imagesCAGJ’s AGRA Watch project hosted the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit in Seattle October 10 – 14, 2014. The four-day meetings brought together a range of grassroots organizations, progressive funders, and international networks working towards food sovereignty in Africa and the United States.

And now the real work is beginning! Coming out of the Summit, the group decided to take on the Genetically Modified (GM) ‘Super Banana’ as one of their first issues. The GM banana is slated to be introduced in Uganda, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently funding feeding trials in Iowa to test the effects of this experimental new crop.

Hence, the GM banana offers a strategic opportunity to examine and intervene in a process that touches both Americans and Africans. This week, the organizations sent an Open Letter to the Gates Foundation opposing the feeding trials. See below for a press release issued on Dec. 9th, 2014. To learn more about this campaign, contact AGRA Watch.

US Human Trials of GM banana for Africa Widely Condemned

Press Release issued by Alliance For Food Sovereignty In Africa and US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Kampala, Uganda and Seattle, Washington -
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is a Pan African platform comprising civil society networks and farmer organisations working towards food sovereignty in Africa. Today it has submitted an Open Letter to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Wendy White from Iowa State University and the Human Institutional Review Board of Iowa State University expressing fierce opposition to the human feeding trials taking place at Iowa State University involving genetically modified (GM) bananas.

The Open Letter is supported by more than 120 organizations from around the world. Farmers, advocates, consumers and other communities from the United States are represented, including the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA), FoodFirst, AGRA Watch/Community Alliance for Global Justice and La Via Campesina North America, as well as many from Africa, Europe, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia. Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jeanne Koopman, Dr. Eva Navotny and Professor Joseph Cummins are among the prominent scientists and academics also supporting the Open Letter.

The GM banana human trials are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and carried out by Iowa State University under the leadership of Dr. Wendy White. The human subjects of these trials are young female students from Iowa State University. Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia developed the GM banana, also with funds provided by the Gates Foundation. Touted as a ‘Super Banana’ the GM banana in question, has been genetically modified to contain extra beta-carotene, a nutrient the body uses to produce Vitamin A. The results of the human trials are designed to support the release the GM bananas into Ugandan farming and food systems. According to Iowa State University, “Vitamin A deficiency is a major public health problem in Uganda and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and leads to decreased survival in children, impaired immune function and blindness.”

An outraged Bridget Mugambe, a Ugandan and AFSA Policy Advocate, says “Just because the GM banana has been developed in Australia and is being tested in the US, does not make it super! Ugandans know what is super because we have been eating homegrown GM-free bananas for centuries. This GM Banana is an insult to our food, to our culture, to us a nation, and we strongly condemn it.“

Iowa farmer George Naylor noted, “We’re told that GMOs are safe but we don’t even know if these genetically engineered bananas should be tested on humans. People who are malnourished need good food, not another public relations stint that clears the way for more corporate, patented, high-profit technologies.”

“As AFSA, we are vehemently opposed to GM crops. Africa and Africans should not be used as justification for promoting the interest of companies and their cohorts. We do not need GM crops in this changing climate. What we need is the diversity in our crops and the knowledge associated with them,” commented Dr. Million Belay, AFSA Coordinator.

(more…)

Fair Trade for the Holidays! CAGJ’s Annual Fundraiser

Support food sovereignty here and around the world by choosing our gifts which are all locally and/or fairly made – Support CAGJ, Support Local Farmers, Fisherfolk and Artists and Support Fair Trade! All proceeds go directly to CAGJ! Order deadline EXTENDED: NOON, Thursday Dec 11th.  Pick up or shipping available.  Order your Fair Trade & Local gifts here.

giftbasketGlobal to Local Gift Baskets – New this year! 

Two fantastic gift baskets to choose from. They come in stylish, donated African baskets and are sure to please. Baskets include gift wrap.

Food Justice Activist Basket – $90
Gourmet Fair Food Basket – $65

Click here to order baskets!

 

 

nikkiCALNikki McClure 2015 Calendar- $18, or 3 for $45
Urban Bee Company Honey – 5 ounce jar- $8
Loki Fish Company Smoked Coho Wild Alaskan Salmon – $8
Equal Exchange Fair Trade, Organic Chocolate Bars- $4 each
CAGJ’s book: “Our Food Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice”
1st edition: $5-$20 Sliding scale
2nd edition $18.95; Bulk order discount: Buy 5 – 9 copies, $16.50 each, buy 10 or more copies, $15 each
CAGJ Food Justice Poster & T-shirt-$15
Poster- Signed by Nikki McClure!  Printed on heavy weight, cream colored paper.  11.5 x 17.5 inches.

And more….
Order your Fair Trade & Local gifts here!

 


AFSA Open letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials involving GM Banana

ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN AFRICA requests organizational sign-ons to the letter below by Friday December 5th, 2014.  Please reply to Bridget Mugambe at: b_mugambe@yahoo.com

AFSA Open letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials involving GM Banana

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is extremely concerned about a Bill and Melinda Gates funded project, the so called, “Super-banana,” which has been genetically modified to contain extra beta-carotene. The GM banana is currently being tested on students at Iowa State University, with planned introduction on to the Ugandan and other East African markets. Bananas are not only a staple food in Uganda, they are also profoundly important to Ugandan culture where over 95 varieties are grown, mostly indigenous to East Africa.

We are deeply concerned about the impacts the GM Banana will have on the health of those who consume this risky GM banana as well as the livelihoods of Ugandan consumers and farmers. Indeed, Africa and the rest of the world do not need GM crops. These crops divert resources away from more locally appropriate and controlled agricultural solutions to nutritional concerns

In the letter below, we outline our concerns about the feeding tests currently being conducted in Iowa. We are kindly requesting that our allies please sign on to the letter on or before 5th December by writing to:

Bridget Mugambe at: b_mugambe@yahoo.com

In solidarity,

Bridget Mugambe
Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
Kampala, Uganda

AFSA Open letter Opposing Human Feeding Trials involving GM Banana

To:
The President, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
Dr Wendy S White, Iowa State University; and
The Director, Human-Institutional Review Board, Iowa State University

(more…)

15 Years Since WTO Uprising! CAGJ & Central Cinema present “This is What Democracy Looks Like”

-1CAGJ & Central Cinema Present:
This is What Democracy Looks Like
Screening and
discussion with filmmaker Jill Friedberg

Sunday November 30, 2014
2:30pm – Doors Open
3pm – Film Showing
5:30-6:30pm – Happy Hour at Central Cinema
Central Cinema
1411 21st Ave
(corner of Union and 21st in the Central District)
Seattle
Tickets: $7 in advance/$9 at the door. Buy tickets here.

November 30th marks the 15 year anniversary of the 1999 WTO protests, in Seattle.  Come celebrate with us at Central Cinema, where we’ll screen the documentary This is What Democracy Looks Like, the most important documentary made about the protests. You can also enjoy food & drink, and peruse Community Alliance for Global Justice’s Fair Trade for the Holidays gifts. Filmmaker Jill Freidberg will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film, and several local activists interviewed in the film are invited to join as well, to discuss how the WTO protests shaped their organizing since then.

About the film: Watch the trailer.
Cut from the footage of over 100 media activists, This is What Democracy Looks Like captures the historic events of the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. The film marks a turning point in collaborative filmmaking and achieves a scope and vision possible only through the lenses of over 100 cameras. With a driving soundtrack by Rage Against the Machine, DJ Shadow, and Anne Feeney, This is What Democracy Looks Like, delivers an intensely political and emotional account of a week that changed the world. The film is a co-production between Corrugated Filmsfounder, Jill Freidberg, and Big Noise Films founder, Rick Rowley.

Photo credit to Rick Dahms.

Co-sponsored by the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

For more information contact: Danielle@seattleglobaljustice.org.

Statement of the Africa-U.S. Food Sovereignty Summit

IMG_8835On Oct 10-14, 2014 Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch invited African leaders from six nations representing regional and continent-wide networks to Seattle to meet with leaders from over a dozen US organizations as part of the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit. The aim of the Summit was to promote farmer-led solutions to hunger and climate crises, share research, develop strategies and explore ways to protect communities faced with the consequences of industrial agriculture as promoted by the Gates Foundation.

On October 12th, summit participants took part in a major public event at Town Hall Seattle to voice their concerns.

See pictures and video of the event.


Statement of the African and U.S. Food Sovereignty Summit
Seattle, Washington October 13, 2014

We are brought together by a shared belief in just, sustainable and equitable food for all. We share a concern over the dangerous loss of agricultural biodiversity and of the loss of dignified and viable livelihoods in the countryside.

In great appreciation of the wisdom we each shared coming from our diverse cultures, struggles and experiences that are all a reflection of our shared humanity:

We stand together against the corporate control of our food systems, the lack of accountability of global institutions like the G8 New Alliance For Food Security and Nutrition, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), the United States (US) government’s Feed the Future Initiative, the Grow Africa Partnership, the Gates Foundation and its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and others, that are forcing their policies and institutions upon the farmers of the world to open up markets and create spaces for multinationals to secure profits; against the monopolization of our seeds that criminalizes the historical farm practices of saving, sharing, selling and exchanging seeds; against the displacement and dispossession of small-scale farm producers and workers from their lands; against the new Green Revolution, the global Free Trade Agreements, “climate-smart agriculture” and “sustainable intensification”.

We pledge solidarity with the struggles of each of our organizations and with the global food sovereignty movement, and will work in mutual support to amplify the voices of the people on the ground fighting for food sovereignty, share information with the general public about food sovereignty and agro-ecology, and expose the myths underlying the false idea that corporate agriculture is necessary to “feed the world.”

The undersigned,

African Centre for Biosafety

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

Center for Food Safety

Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch

Community to Community Development

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Family Farm Defenders

Friends of the Earth—Africa

Food & Water Watch

Food First

Grassroots International

Growth Partners Africa

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

International Development Exchange (IDEX)

Kenya Food Rights Alliance (KeFRA)

National Family Farm Coalition

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

Right to Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign

Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural

Rural Women’s Assembly (Southern Africa)

Surplus People Project

Swift Foundation

Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE)

US-Africa Network

WhyHunger

Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF)