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April is Membership Month! Renew your Membership or become a Member today!

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It’s Membership Month and we need your support! CAGJ is funded by the community: 85% of our funding comes directly from our Members. Please consider renewing your Membership or become a Member today!

Together, we are funding a vital movement to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies and practices while creating and supporting alternatives that embody social justice, sustainability, diversity and grassroots democracy.

Throughout April Membership Month, we have been featuring supporters of CAGJ. What do you love about CAGJ? Take a moment and let us know!

Renew your membership or become a member today!

In the last year alone, while building leadership of dozens of new volunteers and interns, we built our movement by:

*Organizing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free-trade agreement that has been called “NAFTA on steroids”
*Campaigning for Initiative 522 to label genetically modified foods, a popular referendum that lost because of the flood of money from corporations
*Leading teach-ins about small farmers, gentrification, and the Gates Foundation’s grant-making that increases farmers’ dependency on corporate inputs
*Educating over 300 people about restaurant workers’ rights while supporting the local and Fair Trade food movement at our annual SLEE dinner
*Supporting the Sakuma Boycott in solidarity with Las Familias Unidas por La Justicia, farmworkers fighting for a fair contract in the berry fields of Skagit County

The world will not become a better place on its own. We need to take responsibility to hold corporations, governments and other institutions accountable to the principles that we hold so dearly. CAGJ is poised and ready to tackle some of the hardest issues of our time. Can we count on you to help us build a better future by donating today?

Good Food to the People – Our Food, Our Right

FINALCover-OFOR-Mar6Hosted by CAGJ and Community Kitchens Northwest. Come network with other food activist organizations and get the inside story on the 2nd edition of “Our Food, Our Right” published by CAGJ.

Date: Saturday, March 29                                                                                        
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Union Cultural Center – 803 S. King St. Seattle, 98104
(accessible by bus route #  7, 14, 36, or light rail – International District station)

Agenda
*Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) presentation about the “Our Food, Our Right” book
*Break-out sessions – exploring issues of Equity and Food Justice led by:
CAGJ- a grassroots, community-based organization committed to anti-oppressive organizing as we build solidarity across diverse movements.
FEEST- a youth-led improvisational dinner program that engages young people in issues of civic and social justice, food security, cultural expression, systems change and community development.
Got Green- Women’s Leadership Institute addresses policy to remove the barriers to low-income women of color accessing healthy food for their families.
*Cooking Demonstration By Victoria Gibson  – Raw Kale Salad (recipe on page 146 of Our Food, Our Right)
*Community potluck meal – we will provide seasonal soups and bread, we ask participants to bring salads, desserts, and beverages

*Childcare can be provided upon request

Please RSVP to Malaika Robinson.

A Special Thank You to our sponsors: Central Co-op and Union Cultural Center for their generosity in making this event fantastic!

We encourage you to extend the invitation to friends, family, neighbors, and others you know who may share an interest in food justice and food activism! We look forward to seeing you all on the 29th!

SLEE 2014 Kick-off!

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We are very excited to announce the 8th Annual Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere (SLEE) dinner. Every year dozens of volunteers help organize this important awareness-raising event for CAGJ. We bring together over 300 farmers, food workers and activists for a dinner featuring the Pacific Northwest’s amazing bounty of food and Fair Trade ingredients. We invite a leader from the food justice movement as a keynote speaker to inspire us to take action. The funds we raise are central to our organizing efforts, and the fun we have organizing it develops new CAGJ leaders every year. Join the fun!

Save the Date!
8th Annual SLEE Dinner
SAT July 26th, 2014

University Christian Church- 731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
5:30-9:30PM

Help Organize!
Are you are interested in volunteering or helping coordinate the event? Attend our SLEE 2014 Kick-off to learn about opportunities to get involved!
SLEE 2014 Kick-off
MON March 10th, 2014
Central Co-op’s Rochdale Room – 1900 E. Madison Street, Seattle
6:30-8:30PM

To RSVP or for more information, contact Danielle at SLEE@seattleglobaljustice.org.

CAGJ’s Annual Planning Meeting

food sov 101YOU ARE INVITED!
CAGJ’s Annual Planning Meeting
to dream about and plan 2014 and beyond!

Please RSVP to contact_us@seattleglobaljustice.org, and let us know if you plan to participate in part or all of the meeting:

DINNER – Friday March 7th, 6 – 9:30pm
Location: Bill Aal’s home, 2408 Valley on Capitol Hill

Join us Friday night for dinner, political conversation and a time to reflect on our involvement with CAGJ.

MORNING & AFTERNOON Saturday March 8th, 9:30 – 5pm
Location: Heather Day’s home, 403 29th Ave E, in Madison Valley

WHO should come? Open to all active members/volunteers of CAGJ.
WHAT WILL WE EAT? Central Co-op kindly provides food for all CAGJ events!

OVERVIEW OF AGENDA:
Looking back at last year’s accomplishments
Looking forward to where we want CAGJ to be in 3-5 years
Setting direction for our anti-oppression work, leadership development, and member engagement
Setting concrete goals for the next year

CAGJ kicked off 2014 with two successful events!

CAGJ Kicks-off off 2014 at January Community Meeting

1235288_10152827860572137_2103540012_nThank you to everyone who attended and helped organize our latest Community Meeting and the Stop the TPP Rally. Click here to see pictures of the Community Meeting and the Rally on our Facebook page. We had over 40 people attend our Community Meeting including core activists and first-timers! CAGJ members gave short presentations on our organizing priorities for 2014, the Food Justice Project and Trade Justice, with a special highlight on the AGRA Watch Campaign. Attendees were excited to sign up to become members and volunteer! If you were not able to attend the meeting, but are interested in getting involved with CAGJ click here or upcoming events and meetings or send us an e-mail.

A special thanks to our community partner, Central Co-op, for donating the food! Treats included Chocolate Beet Cake and Kale Salad from CAGJ’s book, Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice.

Seattle joins over 50 TPP Rallies nationally!

Then on January 31, CAGJ members joined almo1610063_10152830799487137_1085115871_nst 300 people at the “No More NAFTA’s - Stop the TPP” Rally to stand in solidarity with our trade justice allies in Mexico, Canada and across the U.SIt was part of an Inter-Continental Day of Action called for by Mexican activists. Seattle was one of fifty cities that held actions across North America. An impressive list of community leaders representing unions and social justice organizations spoke passionately about how the passing of Fast Track and the TPP could have detrimental effects on our environment, economic rights and our food systems. We would like to give a special thanks to Rev. Jeffrey, Executive Director of Clean Greens Farm and Market, who gave a very compelling and moving speech linking the dangers of the TPP and the local food community.

Fast track legislation is being considered right now. If approved, it would give all decision-making authority about the TPP to the executive branch and limit our elected officials and the public’s input into this process. Our call to action:  Urge Congress to Vote No on Fast Track Legislation. Go to www.stopfasttrack.com for any easy way to contact your Representatives!  For more information, check out CAGJ’s Trade Justice webpage. Stay tuned for more ways to take action against the TPP!

We have an exciting year ahead! Join us as we build community, have fun and make change!

April is Membership Month! Renew your Membership or become a Member today!

Quote Image for FB

It’s Membership Month and we need your support! CAGJ is funded by the community: 85% of our funding comes directly from our Members. Please consider renewing your Membership or become a Member today!

Together, we are funding a vital movement to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies and practices while creating and supporting alternatives that embody social justice, sustainability, diversity and grassroots democracy.

Throughout April Membership Month, we have been featuring supporters of CAGJ. What do you love about CAGJ? Take a moment and let us know!

Renew your membership or become a member today!

In the last year alone, while building leadership of dozens of new volunteers and interns, we built our movement by:

*Organizing against the Trans-Pacific Partnership—a free-trade agreement that has been called “NAFTA on steroids”
*Campaigning for Initiative 522 to label genetically modified foods, a popular referendum that lost because of the flood of money from corporations
*Leading teach-ins about small farmers, gentrification, and the Gates Foundation’s grant-making that increases farmers’ dependency on corporate inputs
*Educating over 300 people about restaurant workers’ rights while supporting the local and Fair Trade food movement at our annual SLEE dinner
*Supporting the Sakuma Boycott in solidarity with Las Familias Unidas por La Justicia, farmworkers fighting for a fair contract in the berry fields of Skagit County

The world will not become a better place on its own. We need to take responsibility to hold corporations, governments and other institutions accountable to the principles that we hold so dearly. CAGJ is poised and ready to tackle some of the hardest issues of our time. Can we count on you to help us build a better future by donating today?

Cooking up Justice in the Food System: Central Co-op and CAGJ Celebrate Our Food, Our Right!

fruitJoin us for seed exchange, cooking demonstration & readings

Location: Central Co-op Rochdale Room, 1900 E Madison St
(3 blocks East of store)
THURS April 17, 6:30 – 8:30pm
FREE: RSVP’s appreciated to ofor@seattleglobaljustice.org

 

Join us for a night of good food and good activism to celebrate our collective movement for food sovereignty, celebrated in CAGJ’s 2nd publication, Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice. Every year on April 17, La Via Campesina marks the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle. In honor of their call for a global day of action in defense of peasants’ and farmers’ seeds, we invite you to bring seeds to exchange!

*Participate in a seed exchange- bring seeds to share!
*Come to learn about CAGJ’s book and to hear from contributors, who will read from chapters about African food sovereignty and Trade Justice struggles.
*Enjoy a cooking demonstration by CAGJ chef Travis English, and a sampling of recipes from the book!

Help us publicize – please forward widely and invite your Facebook friends! For more information, email CAGJ’s Publicity Intern Lauren at l.l.kronebusch@gmail.com or call 206.405.4600.

Sign the Petition: Food for Good? Good for Whom?

Logo_HashtagsOnlyThe Gates Foundation claims to be promoting food for good (#Food4GoodSEA). We are asking the question: good for whom? (#Good4who)

Join us on SAT April 5th, 11-1PM. We will be passing out flyers at the Gates Foundation’s Visitor Center Food for Good event to educate folks about the Gates Foundation’s involvement in Africa. To RSVP or for  more information contact: agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org or 206-405-4600.

Can’t make it to the event? Sign this petition to show your support and then share widely!

In 2006, the Gates Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation launched the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). AGRA’s primary goal is to alleviate poverty and reduce hunger in Africa through agricultural development that targets small-scale farmers. Unfortunately, the Foundation promotes industrial farming, inappropriate technologies, and pro-corporate policies that will make things worse for the hungry, for small farmers, consumer health, and the environment in Africa.

The Gates Foundation and AGRA claim to be “pro-poor” and “pro-environment,” but their approach is closely aligned with transnational corporations, such as Monsanto, and foreign policy actors like USAID. They take advantage of food and global climate crises to promote high-tech, market-based, industrial agriculture and generate profits for corporations even while degrading the environment and dis-empowering farmers.

Feeding the world and preserving the environment requires moving away from industrial agriculture and techno-fixes (like genetic engineering), and towards proven small-scale agroecological farming. A growing international movement of peasant farmers, fisherfolk, rural women, landless workers and indigenous peoples are calling for food sovereignty—the right to define their food and agriculture systems—as a solution to hunger, poverty and the climate crisis.

Sign the petition TODAY to pressure the Gates Foundation to support African-initiated programs rooted in indigenous farming practices, social equity and food sovereignty.

Good Food to the People – Our Food, Our Right

FINALCover-OFOR-Mar6Hosted by CAGJ and Community Kitchens Northwest. Come network with other food activist organizations and get the inside story on the 2nd edition of “Our Food, Our Right” published by CAGJ.

Date: Saturday, March 29                                                                                        
Time: 4-7pm
Location: Union Cultural Center – 803 S. King St. Seattle, 98104
(accessible by bus route #  7, 14, 36, or light rail – International District station)

Agenda
*Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ) presentation about the “Our Food, Our Right” book
*Break-out sessions – exploring issues of Equity and Food Justice led by:
CAGJ- a grassroots, community-based organization committed to anti-oppressive organizing as we build solidarity across diverse movements.
FEEST- a youth-led improvisational dinner program that engages young people in issues of civic and social justice, food security, cultural expression, systems change and community development.
Got Green- Women’s Leadership Institute addresses policy to remove the barriers to low-income women of color accessing healthy food for their families.
*Cooking Demonstration By Victoria Gibson  – Raw Kale Salad (recipe on page 146 of Our Food, Our Right)
*Community potluck meal – we will provide seasonal soups and bread, we ask participants to bring salads, desserts, and beverages

*Childcare can be provided upon request

Please RSVP to Malaika Robinson.

A Special Thank You to our sponsors: Central Co-op and Union Cultural Center for their generosity in making this event fantastic!

We encourage you to extend the invitation to friends, family, neighbors, and others you know who may share an interest in food justice and food activism! We look forward to seeing you all on the 29th!

3/20: Biopiracy and Seed Sovereignty: AGRA Watch Educational

GBIACK 2.11.2010 075THURS, March 20, 6:30 – 9pm
Location: Rochdale Room, Central Co-op Admin Office Building, 1900 E Madison Street
(3 blocks East of Co-op store)
All are welcome!  Event is free, and refreshments will be provided thanks to Central Co-op! RSVP’s appreciated but not required to agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org.

International law is facilitating the appropriation of Africa’s genetic wealth, and the Gates Foundation is helping to pave the way.  African farmers who are resisting the “new green revolution” call for Seed Sovereignty – their right to save, use, exchange, and sell their own seeds.

AGRA Watch is pleased to have one of its members, activist scholar Carol Thompson of Northern Arizona University, in town to lead a discussion on this topic. Carol has partnered with a Southern African farmers’ organization for decades; recently they revealed how these international policies may be more threatening to smallholder farmers than even climate change. She is co-author with Andrew Mushita of Biopiracy of Biodiversity – Global Exchange as Enclosure.

AGRA Watch is a project of Community Alliance for Global Justice, based in Seattle, that challenges the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s questionable agricultural programs in Africa, including its Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). We work with grassroots African organizations to support African farmers defining their own food and agriculture systems, building a network rooted in agroecological and indigenous farming practices, social and gender equity, and food sovereignty.

If you’re interested in getting involved in AGRA Watch, come to this educational event!  We will learn about core issues to our campaign, and share how you can get involved in helping to organize a strategic planning meeting with several of our African partners this Fall.

For more information, contact AGRA Watch (agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org), or call 206.405.4600.
Please share widely, and invite your friends on Facebook!
Check out AGRA Watch Blog!