Occupy Food with Dr. Vandana Shiva

The biggest corporate hijack on the planet is the hijack of the food system. And the costs of the corporate takeover of food has huge irreversible consequences for the Earth and people everywhere.  —Vandana Shiva

DR. VANDANA SHIVA, renowned physicist and environmental activist, will give a talk on the necessity of taking back our Food System and the possibilities for Occupying Global Agriculture. (Bought to you by our comrades from OWS Sustainability and Environmental Solidarity Working Group)

THURSDAY MARCH 22
12:00 NOON
@ Union Square *In light of a new occupation sprouting up at Union Square, the location of this event has moved from Zuccotti
FREE TO ALL

“We go hungry today so our children won’t have to tomorrow”

OWS Food Justice proudly stands in solidarity with the courageous farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies who are fasting for a future where food is produced with dignity. Please send your solidarity statements to fast@ciw-online.org

Dear Comrades,
We are writing from New York to let you know that Occupy Wall Street’s Food Justice Working Group stands in solidarity with your struggle.
Hunger is a weapon used everywhere to concentrate power, to create dependency, and to shape conditions in favor of the rich and powerful. When a company like Publix refuses to pay a fair price for the food it sells, it uses hunger for its own gain. It drives endless demand for its products, and fearful workers toil in fields even when conditions are bad and pay is low. For Publix, hunger means profit and profit means the power to demand its asking price by ignoring injustices in its supply chain.
Your fast disarms this powerful weapon, transforming hunger from an instrument of immoral coercion to a tool of moral persuasion. You are showing that you will not be silenced by a  fear of hunger. You are reminding all of us that no hunger is so great that we should tolerate injustice in the production of our food.
Thank you so much for inspiring us all with your brave action, we have no doubt that you will succeed!
In Solidarity,
OWS Food Justice 
 
   ——————————————————————————–Version in Creole———–
Bonjou, frè m ‘ak sè m yo!
 
Nou ap ekri w nan New York pou fè w konnen  ke gwoup “Ekitabilite nan Manje” ki fè pati de Okipe Wall Street ap kanpe an solidarite avèk ou!
 
Nou tout konnen ke grangou se yon zam ke chèf yo itlize toupatou pou esplwate pouvwa! Yo itlize grangou pou kreye on depandans nan popilasyon an e pou kreye yon sitiyasyon favorab pou gwo zotobre!
 
Lè yon konpayi tankou Publix refize peye yon bon pri pou tomat wap kiltive, se paske yo ap itlize grangou pou pwòp enterè yo!  Yo ap kreye yon demann pou pwodwi yo! E pandan chef Publix ap bwè kòb yo, popilasyon an ap travay nan jaden jou e nuit menm si kòb la piti e w ap soufri!  Pou Publix, GRANGOU se LAJAN li ye. E plis popilasyon an silanysye, plis Publix ap bwe kob!
 
Pandan wap jené, se kraze wap kraze zam grangou sa a. Wap montre yo ke krentif grangou pap fèmen bouch ou! Wap montre yo ke pa gen grangou ki telman di pou fè w aksepte enjistis sa!
Mesi anpil paske nou enspire nou tout ak aksyon brav sa a! Nou pa gen dout ke wap reyisi.
 
An solidarite,
OWS Food Justice
 
 
                        ———————————-Versión en Español————
 Queridos hermanos y hermanas,
Les escribimos desde Nueva York, para hacerles saber que el grupo de Food Justice de Occupy Wall Street se solidariza con su lucha.
 
El hambre es una herramienta que ha sido utilizada una y otra vez para concentrar el poder, crear dependencia y favorecer a los ricos y poderosos. Cuando una empresa como Publix se niega a pagar un precio justo por los alimentos que vende, está utilizando el hambre para beneficiarse: el hambre genera una demanda inagotable de sus productos, e infunde en los trabajadores agrarios el temor que los mantiene cosechando los campos a pesar de las malas condiciones y los bajos sueldos. Para Publix, el hambre rinde utilidades, y las utilidades significan el poder de obtener y definir el precio que deseen, haciendo la vista gorda a las injusticias que se cometen en los distintos eslabones de su cadena de abastecimiento. 
 
Con su ayuno ustedes están neutralizando está arma poderosa, y empleando el hambre ya no como un instrumento de coerción inmoral sino como una herramienta de persuasión moral. Ustedes están demostrando que no permitirán que el temor al hambre los silencie, y nos están recordando a todos, que bajo ninguna condición deben tolerarse injusticias en la producción de nuestra comida. 
 
Muchas gracias por inspirarnos a todos con su valiente acción. ¡No nos cabe duda de que triunfarán!
 
En solidaridad,
OWS Food Justice

 

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a community-based organization of immigrant farmworkers based throughout Florida fighting for respect, dignity and fair wages in the fields. In the past (almost) twenty years of its existence, they have been the producers of a plethora of successes on numerous campaigns targeting the monstruous Food and Agricultural Industry. From Anti-Slavery to Fair Food, they have made their presence noticed across the country and have established solid alliances with student, faith and community groups resulting in a strong network of solidarity.  2012 has been an exciting year thus far, with the much-anticipated signing of Trader Joe’s on the Fair Food Agreement this past February to the present Fast for Fair Food outside of the Publix headquarters in Florida.

For five days, 3/05-3/10, over fifty farmworkers and allies will be seen outside of the main entrance, sending a strong message of hunger and commitment in the continued struggle for an end to injustice.

With this Fair Food Agreement, we are leaping into a future where there is systematic changes; when workers are no longer pushed into fearful silences and where supermarkets are deconstructed to be by the people, for the people. A future, that with each triumph, can be seen clearer and brighter, over the horizon.

We stand in solidarity with OSGTA

Our deepest gratitude to our comrades in Australia for crafting such a beautiful heartfelt letter.  We honor and stand with OSGTA. You are not alone!
Please sign letter here

Dear Farmers, Seed Growers and Farming Groups (OSGTA) Against Monsanto,

Today we also heard the bad news. We read of your case being thrown out by Judge Naomi Buchwald. We know the system is broken. And we know that you are trying, however desperately, to stitch a portion of democracy and justice back together again, with us. So, really, this is our case—sane America’s lawsuit. We are writing today to let you know that we feel the pain of today’s decision. We too are saddened and outraged. But our sadness will not last long as we hope yours too will lift soon, with your passion reinvigorated. Far from disengage and extinguish our hope, the decision by Judge Buchwald bolsters our determination, our urgency to do everything in our power to dismantle the Biotech monster machine.

With each blow to our justice, to our health, to our peace of mind, to our children’s future, we will grow stronger, more united, and determined. And with each subsequent act of corruption we will come thundering back to take back our lives, our wealth, which we believe can still be free. Count on it. It’s a promise from all of us to you, fellow farmers. And it’s our promise to Monsanto, the soulless politicians who enable them, and to all Big Business Bullies.

At this very hour know that we are organizing in large and small groups all across the country to rid ourselves of GMO. We are networking via the internet, telephone, over dinner and around campfires in every state. Like you, we are motivated by a deep care for life on Earth, for the future of our children and for nature itself. Know that we will continue to purchase and say grace over your organic products.

If the day comes when there is no more organic food, we will be here to mourn with you. But we will work hard with you so that no one ever has to see that day. Know that we are deeply grateful for your blood, sweat, and tears to grow food the way it was meant to be, to choose organics even though many times you could easily have turned and followed the way of selfishness, corruption, and convenience. Thank you for enduring the hassles with Biotech, for your efforts in and before trial. For this we honor you. For this, we, the American people and sane people all over the world, who are paying attention and who make the time for what matters most, will step up to a new level of activism, of participation in our future, for which you have worked so hard to protect. We honor you for growing our food the right way, without poisons, without fake fertilizers. We are indebted to you for our good health, for the peace of mind we still have, for a portion of the vitality that remains in Nature today. And we will be working side by side with you, in newfound solidarity, to return this good Earth to integrity.

Know that on this day we support you as we never have before. Let your pain and disappointment rest on all of our shoulders. We are holding you. We offer ourselves to this cause—in support of our trial, the people who rely on good farmers that have taken on the challenge to represent our hopes and fight for our dreams. Perhaps one day soon all Americans will file a class action suit for being poisoned and hoodwinked into engineered malevolence, and for Biotech’s usurping of the government. Maybe then this revolution will sprout the wings we need.

Until then, we will plant gardens. We will tell everyone we know the dangers of GMO foods. We will work extra hard, as you have, to stand in the face of adversity for justice and decency. We will be more prudent than ever not to purchase GMO foods at any cost. We will pass out flyers, we will educate and support one another, we will call the companies that carry GMO foods and demand otherwise. We will stand in the streets, in the parks, in the face of our corrupt system and demand no more GMO.

Like you, none of us wants to see the day when farming is foolhardy and but a farcical health risk. In the courtroom today our hearts broke with you. When you return to appeal, as you well should, know that all across this nation, all decent people will be standing with you, against the monsters taking down our world. We will have your back because we too have found sustenance and reason in the ground under our feet, in our strong bodies. So, take heart, all is not lost. We are not deterred and neither should you be. We wish you Godspeed through your disappointment and to emerge with greater conviction. This is only another beginning, and with each setback we grow stronger and closer to one another, to the land that gives us sustenance. With adversity, the things we truly love come more alive.  So grows our appreciation today for organic food, thanks to you. We are with you. Onward.


 


Occupy Our Food Supply is bringing together the Occupy, sustainable farming, food justice, buy local, slow food, and environmental movements for a global day of action on February 27, 2012. Inspired by the theme of CREATE/RESIST, thousands will come together to creatively confront corporate control of our food supply and take action to build healthy, accessible food systems for all.

As part of the F27 global day of action called for by our friends at Occupy Oakland, members and friends of the Occupy Wall Street community will be participating in creative actions to challenge the corporate food regime that has prioritized profit over health and sustainability, and to promote alternative local food systems that practice fair and ecological principles and offer affordable fresh, healthy, and culturally appropriate food for all.
SEED EXCHANGE AT THE STOCK EXCHANGE
11:30AM – Assemble at the Stock Exchange
12:00PM – Seed Exchange at Liberty Square
* special appearance of People’s Puppets of OWS’s “Free the Bull”

SEED BALL BIKE RIDE
2:00PM – Bike ride leaves from Liberty Square for seed bombing and an Lower East Side Community Garden visit.

We invite you to join us for our actions throughout the day, or organize your own!

Visit www.occupyourfoodsupply.org to register your action and view what other folks are doing around the world!