Facing intimidation, Argentine communities and students continue demanding
Harvard University halt timber plantation expansion in protected wetlands
On Thursday, December 5, community organizations in rural Argentina will protest the expansion of Harvard University's timber plantations into the world's second largest wetlands, Esteros del Iberá, and the endangerment of the rights and livelihoods of nearby communities.
TPP chief negotiators are meeting in Salt Lake City, USA, on November 19th-24th. Then from December 7th-9th TPP meetings will be held in Singapore. An agreement could be reached by December 31, 2013.
After the agreement is signed by the negotiators, most countries require ratification by another branch of government. In the US, Congress will have to ratify the TPP treaty. President Obama is pushing to ‘fast track’ ratification which would allow Congress to only vote yes or no with no extended debate about the details of the agreement.
I am willing to pay an extra dime a day ($3/ month) for my food so that close to 8 million food system workers and 21 million additional low-wage workers can receive a much deserved raise to help them meet their basic needs.
Most of the people in the U.s. who qualify for food stamps work full time at low paying jobs, but are not paid enough to feed themselves and their families. One in seven in the U.S. do not always know where their next meal is coming from.
CALL IN Day is today.
Call Sakuma Berry Farms at 360 757 6611
Why? 400 families of Indigenous Farm Workers organized as Familias Unidas por la Justicia and accompanied by C2C (a founding member of USFSA) are standing tall in response to Disrespect and Exploitation! They are on strike! Their chosen leader and negotiator has been fired and is being defamed in a smear campaign.
Sakuma Berry Farm Management needs to hear from YOU! Ask to speak to Mr. Sakuma or to leave him a message.
Talking Points: (choose two or more!) Sakuma Berry Farms: 360 757 6611
On Friday, September 20, a Honduran Court ordered that internationally respected Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, the Coordinator of the Lenca organization COPINH, be jailed. The court also ordered that Aureliano Molina and Tomas Gomez, also COPINH leaders, be subject to alternative measures to imprisonment and that all three of these leaders face trial for bogus charges aimed at silencing Indigenous resistance to the neoliberal privatization agenda being imposed by military force on Honduras.
The workers at Sakuma Berry Farms north of Seattle are on strike - the fourth strike against the company this season. The company has gone back on its promises of wage increases, and fired Ramon Torres, the leader of the workers' organization, Familias Unidas para la Justicia.
Boycott picket have gone up at the company's processing plant, and in front of retail stores in Seattle. Now Sakuma may be moving security guards into the labor camp where the strikers live.
The workers need your help now.
CONGRESS IS BACK
AND THEY MUST ACT
The USDA is launching a #MyFarmBill social media campaign today at 4 pm ET, asking people to share what they want to see in the Farm Bill. The campaign will continue until the set expiration date of the current seriously incomplete extended Farm Bill, September 30, 2013.
Call Sakuma Brothers Farms in support of Familias Unidas Para La Justicia/United Families for Justice
Please call Sakuma Brothers Farms in support of Familias Unidas Para La Justicia/United Families for Justice, a 200+ strong independent farmworker committee who have been organizing on the job to improve working and living conditions for themselves and their families. Since July 10 there have been three work stoppages, the latest on Friday August 16th.
They have won several important concessions
1. Defending a coworker from a retaliatory firing,
2. Ending a system that put local white teenagers with no work experience in supervisory roles,
Deadline is July 1 midnight so act now.