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October 2014 Africa-US Strategic Meetings in Seattle

In October, 2014, AGRA Watch, a program of Community Alliance for Global Justice, will host a historic three-day strategy meeting between African and US food sovereignty leaders. The meetings will serve to deepen the international struggle against the Gates Foundation’s agricultural interventions in Africa both directly and through its subsidiary—Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

A public event will be held with the participants of the meeting on the evening of Sunday, October 12 – save the date!

In recent years, the push for industrial, corporate-controlled agriculture has dramatically intensified on both domestic and international fronts. In the U.S., biotech companies have continued to promote new and untested genetically engineered (GE) seeds for agency approval, used the US Trade Representative and USAID to push their narrow interests onto the policies of other nations, and lobbied legislators relentlessly to secure passage of new GE-friendly laws. Meanwhile, the African continent is being targeted by a powerful confluence of outside initiatives—most from the U.S.— devoted to pushing an industrial agricultural development model that largely benefits transnational corporations at the expense of African farmers, consumers, and the environment. Chief among these is the Gates Foundation and AGRA with their agenda to “improve” African agriculture through inappropriate, high-tech, pro-corporate policies and practices.

Since 2008, AGRA Watch has partnered with African small-scale farmer and food sovereignty movements to challenge this dominant pro-corporate model being pushed “in their backyard.”   Together we are demanding policies and investments that support small-scale, agro-ecological agricultural development and local markets.

In the October meetings, food and agricultural activist leaders from eight African countries will help provide an on-the-ground perspective regarding these continent-wide foreign interventions and the African-led movement to transform agricultural development to a more sustainable and socially just model.

Expected African participants:

  • Mercia Andrews, Trust for Community Organization and Education, South Africa
  • Marian Bassey, Friends of the Earth-Africa, Nigeria
  • Fatou Batta, We Are the Solution, Burkina Faso
  • Million Belay, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and MELCA-Ethiopia
  • Ndiakhate Fall, La Via Campesina Africa, Senegal
  • Daniel Maingi, Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and the Kenya Food Rights Alliance
  • 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, Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information, and Negotiations Alliance, Food Rights Alliance, Uganda

 

To learn more, please email us: AGRA Watch <agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org>

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.

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?

October 2014 Africa-US Strategic Meetings in Seattle

In October, 2014, AGRA Watch, a program of Community Alliance for Global Justice, will host a historic three-day strategy meeting between African and US food sovereignty leaders. The meetings will serve to deepen the international struggle against the Gates Foundation’s agricultural interventions in Africa both directly and through its subsidiary—Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

A public event will be held with the participants of the meeting on the evening of Sunday, October 12 – save the date!

In recent years, the push for industrial, corporate-controlled agriculture has dramatically intensified on both domestic and international fronts. In the U.S., biotech companies have continued to promote new and untested genetically engineered (GE) seeds for agency approval, used the US Trade Representative and USAID to push their narrow interests onto the policies of other nations, and lobbied legislators relentlessly to secure passage of new GE-friendly laws. Meanwhile, the African continent is being targeted by a powerful confluence of outside initiatives—most from the U.S.— devoted to pushing an industrial agricultural development model that largely benefits transnational corporations at the expense of African farmers, consumers, and the environment. Chief among these is the Gates Foundation and AGRA with their agenda to “improve” African agriculture through inappropriate, high-tech, pro-corporate policies and practices.

Since 2008, AGRA Watch has partnered with African small-scale farmer and food sovereignty movements to challenge this dominant pro-corporate model being pushed “in their backyard.”   Together we are demanding policies and investments that support small-scale, agro-ecological agricultural development and local markets.

In the October meetings, food and agricultural activist leaders from eight African countries will help provide an on-the-ground perspective regarding these continent-wide foreign interventions and the African-led movement to transform agricultural development to a more sustainable and socially just model.

Expected African participants:

  • Mercia Andrews, Trust for Community Organization and Education, South Africa
  • Marian Bassey, Friends of the Earth-Africa, Nigeria
  • Fatou Batta, We Are the Solution, Burkina Faso
  • Million Belay, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and MELCA-Ethiopia
  • Ndiakhate Fall, La Via Campesina Africa, Senegal
  • Daniel Maingi, Kenya Biodiversity Coalition and the Kenya Food Rights Alliance
  • 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, Southern and Eastern African Trade, Information, and Negotiations Alliance, Food Rights Alliance, Uganda

 

To learn more, please email us: AGRA Watch <agrawatch@seattleglobaljustice.org>

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.

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?