CAGJ's 12th annual SLEE Dinner: Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere!
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

CAGJ's 12th annual SLEE Dinner: Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere!

This year, SLEE! will center agroecology, a set of agricultural principles and a process for social and ecological transformation. Amidst the current political context of deportation raids on workers at the backbone of our food system, we will uplift a liberatory vision that connects food justice and immigrant justice. Join us to celebrate farmworkers who are building community self-determination!

Keynote by Edgar Franks, Farmworker Organizer at C2C: “The Legacy We Inherit: Luchando por una Vida AgroEcológica”

In his keynote, he will reflect on agroecology as a way of life and share C2C's work to ensure the needs of migrant farmworkers are represented on the path toward food sovereignty.

For more information, visit: https://cagj.org/get-involved/slee-dinner/

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USFSA IV National Assembly
Oct
12
to Oct 15

USFSA IV National Assembly

On October 12 – 15, 2018, grassroots organizations, activists, faith-based community, scholars, union members, farmers and fisherfolk, and other food chain workers from around the US and the world will converge on Bellingham, WA, for the IV National Assembly of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA). Details forthcoming!

Sign up here to be the first to know as Assembly details become available — call for proposals, plenary speakers, registration links, & more.

C2C is seeking help from now until the summit with event coordination, logistics, drivers, site visits, phone calls and more. If you are interested in volunteering for the USFSA National Summit please email c2clogistics@foodjustice.org

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Farmworker March for Dignity
Aug
5
5:15 AM05:15

Farmworker March for Dignity

Join farmworker leaders from Community to Community (C2C) in an historic march in rural Whatcom County. The march starts in Lynden at sunrise, 4:30am, typical starting time in the fields for farmworkers.
We will be joined by the National Farm Worker Ministry and local Faith Community leaders as well as worker leaders from the National Food Chain Workers Alliance, WA State Labor Council and leaders from the environmental movement. We invite our friends, supporters and allies to accompany us. 

This will be a day long reflection on a day in the life of a farmworker; from the time they start work until their day ends. Walk with us on country roads that border Canada and acres of raspberry and blueberry fields where the fresh berries that are stocked on your grocery shelves are harvested. See the heart of the local agricultural economy and reflect on climate change, our local food system, community building and labor issues in Whatcom County from a farm worker perspective. We will end at Camp Zapata with a vigil, food and celebration, speakers, and music. 

The entire march is 12 miles, the average number of hours a farm worker is in the fields during peak season - there will be 2 additional starting points for those that cannot start with us at 5:30am - with shuttles available.

MARCH SCHEDULE

5:15-5:30 am Please arrive between 5:15-5:30 am in the parking lot of Mom's Bar and Grill (8874 Bender Road, Lynden, WA 98264) for a sunrise ceremony. There will be hot coffee and chorizo burritos, donations accepted. The march will take off from there.

8:00 am Join the march in the Nooksack Casino parking lot (9750 Northwood Road, Lynden, WA 98264). This will be a brief stop for light refreshments.

10:30 am Join the march at Sumas Border Patrol Station (9648 Garrison Road, Sumas, WA 98295) for a rally. We will be speaking out against the inhumane, unjust system of detentions and deportations that creates an artificial "worker shortage" to justify the use of H2A, a quasi slave labor force contracted in Mexico.

12:00 pm Join the march at Sarbanand Farms (4625 Rock Road, Sumas, WA 98295) for a Peoples' Tribunal demanding justice for their role in the death of a farmworker in Whatcom County, and their multiple abuses against farmworkers, our local food system, and Mother Earth.

1:30 pm Join the march as it ends at Camp Zapata (9295 Telegraph Road, Sumas, WA 98295) for a celebration! NOTE: There will be no parking at Camp Zapata, so if you are not marching to Camp Zapata, contact Liz by phone (360) 220-9065 or email c2cmedia@foodjustice.org to coordinate shuttle rides to arrive at the final location or to get on the list for carpool.

To Volunteer, donate funds or sign up for a potluck dish e-mail us at c2clogistics@foodjustice.org

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Art Build for the Farm Worker March for Dignity
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Art Build for the Farm Worker March for Dignity

Join us at BUF prior to the 6:00 pm H2A forum for an art build! We will be painting drums and making signs and banners. A special presentation will be given by C2C's resident artivist, Brenda Bentley, regarding the importance of art in the movement. If you wish to contribute materials, please consider bringing cardboard or poster board in a size manageable for carrying long distances. Kids are welcome!

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Protecting Mother Earth Conference
Jun
28
to Jul 1

Protecting Mother Earth Conference

From the Bakken oil fields to Standing Rock, to the Bayou Bridge; from the Canadian Tar Sands to the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipelines, to the Northwest Coastal Salish Sea; Indigenous Peoples are standing up to private corporations and governments that want to treat their ceded or UN-ceded territories, waters and lands, as a sacrifice zone for profit. Native Nations have inherent and legal rights to decide what happens to their land, their waters, air, sacred sites and the climate.

The Protecting Mother Earth (PME) conference 2018 is slated to be held in the Nisqually Nation territory, near Olympia, Washington. The four day outdoor conference will be held at a location known as Franks Landing. The Nisqually are known as the southern Coast Salish people. The conference is a call to action for Indigenous Peoples of North America to build narrative and action leading to a response to the protection of Native rights, treaties and the protection of the sacredness of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

The PME conference will be a convergence of U.S. and Canadian Indigenous grassroots, frontline communities and Native Nations –First Nations (Tribal governmental leaders-Chief and Council) to articulate the political moment for building strategic opposition, shifting power, strengthening the popular momentum (from Standing Rock) and confronting the challenges of a new U.S. administration that is weakening protection mechanisms of mining, sacred sites-national monuments, like Bears Ears, and fast-tracking dirty energy development in “Indian Country”. As exemplified by the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Army Corp of Engineers and the U.S. administration rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes’ request to have a full environmental impact study before any final decision was made to drill under the Missouri River. The U.S. administration blatantly disregarded tribal sovereignty.

The PME convergence will also strengthen the Indigenous Rising movement to influence and build power with broader environmental-climate-social justice allies on intersectional issues. Rapid response efforts will be a long-term organizing strategy for political, social, cultural and economic power building. From an indigenous organizing perspective, it's generally known that Indigenous Peoples in the U.S. do not have sufficient political power for change, thus, justifying a need for multi-sectoral collaborative campaigns and alliance building.

The Protecting Mother Earth Gathering will predominantly take place outdoors with camp-out style facilities. The Franks Landing Wa He Lut Indian School will provide use of its gymnasium and kitchen. Nearby motel accommodations will be available for elder, handicap and those preferring indoor overnight accommodations. The PME has an indigenous spiritual foundation with the lighting of a Sacred Fire that remains lit for four days. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Rosalinda Guillen and Edgar Franks from C2C will be leading a workshop on Friday, June 29th from 11:10-1 pm.

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En La Lucha (Special Sneak Peek)
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

En La Lucha (Special Sneak Peek)

Join us in the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery to get a sneak peek of our documentary. Suggested $10 Donation. 

Come for refreshments and good company, stay for art show and Q&A with the documentary team. 

Meet and Greet with members from Community to Community DevelopmentNWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC and Familias Unidas por la Justicia.

Learn about issues affecting farmworkers and immigrants with tabeling provided by Community to Community and The Farmworker Justice Collective from Evergreen State College. 

Check out our website at www.enlaluchafilm.wixsite.com/documentary for more information about our project.

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Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival

Celebrate the diverse cultural groups of Whatcom County in a two day festival kicking off with Fourth Friday Fairhaven Art Walk.

There will be arts and culture related activities, food, music, performers, and other activities throughout Historic Fairhaven on Friday June 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Saturday June 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The C2C booth will be selling hand-printed merchandise and ethically produced, organic berries from a local farmworker-owned worker cooperative, Tierra y Libertad

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Pathways to Impact: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Forum
Jun
19
to Jun 21

Pathways to Impact: Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Forum

Edgar Franks will represent C2C and the US Food Sovereignty Alliance at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders Forum. He is joined by Flavio Barbosa, visiting from the MST (Landless Peoples Movement) in Brazil. Their discussion will focus on Agroecology and building power from the bottom up. As part of the panel, they will also talk about food sovereignty from the point of view of different communities and how we are a part of a global grassroots movement to transform the food system.

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Juneteenth Celebration
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Juneteenth Celebration

This begins the newest Bellingham Tradition! Let us come together as an inclusive community to recognize our intertwined liberation and celebrate National Freedom Day, an American Holiday paying tribute to 153 years of independence. Party with Black Lives Matter Bellingham on Saturday, June 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Maritime Heritage Park to commemorate the official enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865, announced via the harbor of Galveston, Texas. Join us in honoring the astounding achievements of Black People and their accomplices working together to etch true civil liberty into history.

Bring your food and blanket to spread on the grass around the Maritime Amphitheatre for this community picnic! There will be live music by Bellingham's own funk/soul/R&B cover band Groovebot, step dance, food vending, a gospel choir, a Conscious Conversation with Dr Bre Haizlip, community open mic, and more. Hosts Terrance Morris and Jazzmyn Hannah will be mc'ing and directing the flow.

This event is free and open to the public, and drop-ins are welcome. ASL interpreter(s) will be provided. Maritime Heritage Park is wheelchair accessible, and Black Lives Matter Bellingham will be available for any questions or accommodation requests from the community.

For more information, please contact Jazzmyn Hannah or Terrance Morris at juneneteenthbellingham@gmail.com, 360-872-6091 (voicemail), or visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1807584439305155/. We hope to see you there!

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No Way to Treat a Guest: Race, Economy, Workers and Borders (4th Community Forum in a series)
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

No Way to Treat a Guest: Race, Economy, Workers and Borders (4th Community Forum in a series)

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Come and listen to a panel of distinguished organizers and community leaders that have confronted exploitative employers and organized with H2A workers to fight for justice in the fields of WA State. Featuring:
Jeff Johnson, President of the WA State Labor Council representing over 400,000 unionized workers
David Bacon, a world renowned photo journalist, that has interviewed and photographed thousands of h2a workers in the U.S
The panel will be moderated by Michele Stelovich, President of the NW WA Labor Council based in Bellingham

In this 4th forum the speakers will lay out the link of H2A to the lack of just comprehensive immigration reform, and the impact H2A has on our state's local economies, jobs, communities and our food system. We welcome the co-sponsorship of the Racial Justice Coalition to also link H2A to the racist beginnings of corporate agriculture.

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Jan
21
9:00 AM09:00

People’s Movement Assembly: We Marched, Now We Act!

On Sunday January 21, 2018, we will once again convene the community in a anti-inauguration People's Movement Assembly (PMA) under the current Trump administration. We invite community members in Whatcom and Skagit Counties to join us in a participative analysis of actions and commitments from our PMA held in January of 2017. It is critical that we come together to fight harder than ever because the survival of immigrant community members, indigenous community members, our freedoms, human rights, democracy, the health of women and children, and Mother Earth are at stake. This is part of a process to intersect issues that are affecting our communities and are being led by the people on the frontlines of struggles. 

The PMA is a space we together create to grow power in and for the people. It is a process in collective problem-solving by all involved. It is an act of coming together to share, work and move toward a collective vision. Issues are focused on frontline communities where the most influential movements are taking place. This is part of a process to intersect issues that are affecting our communities and are being led by the people on the frontlines of struggles. The PMA is a social movement of the people most affected by historical and current injustices to demand justice with a coordinated and sustained collective force.

This year, we will grow our resistance against the current Trump administration and impending fascist forces of capitalism, racism, white supremacy and settler colonialism. Together we will envision the road towards a Just Transition and a better way that leaves nobody behind!

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Screening of Dolores and Community Panel
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Screening of Dolores and Community Panel

Please join us in viewing the brand new, award-winning film " Dolores" at The Evergreen State College on December 2nd in Purce Hall, Lecture Hall 1. The film screening will be followed by a Q and A session with community organizer, Rosalinda Guillen with Community to Community Development, Labor Organizer, Ramón Torres President of “ Familias Unidas Por la Justicia” and National Vice President of the UFW, Erik Nicholson. 

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People's Climate March - Bellingham
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

People's Climate March - Bellingham

The Peoples Climate March will highlight the many local struggles and efforts that are currently on their way. We know that there needs to be a holistic approach to climate justice, an approach where the most impacted communities are represented and whose voices and faces are Front and Centered. We want a system change, not climate change. We want community-based solutions that are good for our workers and our environment. 

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Just Transition: Workers, Community and the Climate
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Just Transition: Workers, Community and the Climate

As C2C and our allies gear up for the Peoples Climate March on April 29 and the March for Dignity on May 7, we are gathering the community to explore what a Just Transition looks like from the perspective of the grassroots and workers rights movements. Join us for a critical panel discussion on solutions to the climate and environmental crisis as voiced by the most directly impacted. Learn how we can work together to ensure grassroots and low-income worker leadership is at decision-making tables for the just climate policy and community practice our lives depend on. 

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Wild Salmon Cook-out: Stand with Northwest Tribes to Stop GE Fish
Mar
11
10:30 AM10:30

Wild Salmon Cook-out: Stand with Northwest Tribes to Stop GE Fish

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Check out this educational event about GE salmon, coming up on SAT March 11, to highlight Northwest tribal relationships to salmon, and how biotech companies are threatening treaty rights. Sponsored by CAGJ, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

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Farm Worker Tribunal and Legislative Reception
Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Farm Worker Tribunal and Legislative Reception

Community to Community invites you to our third Annual Farm Worker Tribunal. Listen to farm workers from across the state as they give their testimony to current issues in our food system and offer solutions to our political leaders; then join us for a public reception with food, music, and more relaxed and informal conversations.

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Second Annual Northwest Detention Center Tribunal
Feb
26
12:00 PM12:00

Second Annual Northwest Detention Center Tribunal

Tribunal organized by undocumented immigrants and formerly detained to highlight the inhumane conditions on which the immigration system operates and permits for private corporations to profit from peopleąs misery. The tribunal will be held right outside the main entrance to the immigration prison AKA Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Everyone is invited to join and share experiences on how the criminalization of people of color has impacted all our communities.

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POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, FEB. 7th: The Future of Bellingham Immigrant Families
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, FEB. 7th: The Future of Bellingham Immigrant Families

The community is invited to two comprehensive presentations on the current state of the U.S. immigration system and its impact on our local economy and community’s well being. This event, co-sponsored by the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Latino Advocacy and Familias Unidas por la Justicia, will be moderated by C2C's Rosalinda Guillen and Michell Vendoila.

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Our Inauguration Day: The Bellingham People's Movement Assembly
Jan
20
5:00 PM17:00

Our Inauguration Day: The Bellingham People's Movement Assembly

Join us to celebrate what we are for and what we are willing to do to protect our communities! Take your people power to the streets -- your chants, marches and protests -- and after, that join us to plan our future together! Bring a potluck dish, your music, your energy, and your thoughtfulness. See you there!

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FUJ: An Evening of Thanks, Honor, and Action
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

FUJ: An Evening of Thanks, Honor, and Action

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Hear from local farmworker union members about their historic decision to be represented by Familias Unidas por la Justicia, ushering in a new era for farmworker justice in Washington state.This is an opportunity to honor their victory, learn what the future holds, and affirm the impact and necessity of standing up for a just food system

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