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USFSA Launches National Days of Action in Defense of Land and the Commons

Posted: September 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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ACTION AS AN INDIVIDUALSign this petition, put together by Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay. Then share it with your friends. Don’t forget: the deadline is this Friday, September 19, at midnight EST / 8:00 pm Alaska time

ACTION AS AN ORGANIZATION: You can make a strong statement by submitting public comment on behalf of your organization or business. Go to this link to customize and submit a letter (see sample below from Stephen Bartlett).


World Food Day Actions

Posted: September 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

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Sunday Oct. 12 through Sunday Oct. 19  is the Food Week of Action – which includes World Food Day (October 16) as well as the International Day for Rural Women (October 15) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

The Food Sovereignty Prize will be presented on the eve of World Food Day in Des Moines, Iowa.

Let the US Food Sovereignty Alliance and people near and far know what you have planned for October, the Food Week and/or World Food Day!  Fill out this short form to get the word out.

People in the U.S. and worldwide are taking back their food systems – fighting for their land and waterways, reclaiming vacant lots, teaching others how to grow food, and developing local distribution systems – while simultaneously creating jobs, providing fresh food, preserving the environment, building rural-urban connections, advocating for just policies, and revitalizing their communities. Local control of seeds—by farmers, gardeners and seed keeping groups—is crucial for food security and food sovereignty.

See the priority actions for 2014 and learn more

U.S. Farmworkers and Palestinian Farmers Share 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Honorees Represent Communities Defending Their Human Rights to Food in the Face of Policies of Land and Water Grabbing, Migration, and Militarization


Des Moines, IA — The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) is honored to name the Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) of Palestine, based in Gaza and the West Bank, and Community to Community Development /Comunidad a Comunidad (C2C) of Bellingham, Washington, as co-recipients of the 2014 Food Sovereignty Prize.

Their stories of continuous struggle to defend the rights of their communities – farmers and fishers in the occupied Palestinian territories and migrant Mexican farm workers in Washington State, both seeking to produce their own food, on their own land, in their home communities – stand in stark contrast to the storylines coming from agribusiness:  that technological changes to crops can meet human needs and resolve hunger.



ROC-NY, ROC the Bay, and USFSA Members Food Chain Workers Alliance and Food First Call Out Hunger in the Restaurant Industry

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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Today, ROC-NY along with USFSA members Food Chain Workers Alliance and Food First released a new report, Food Insecurity of Restaurant Workers, a first comprehensive look at food security and employment conditions of workers in the restaurant industry.

The report, based on over 280 surveys and interviews with restaurant workers in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, highlights the crucial ways in which restaurant workers’ employment conditions affect their ability to feed themselves.

The report found that:

  • An astonishing 41% of NYC restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • 67% of undocumented restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • Tipped workers in NYC were 30% more likely to be food insecure than their non-tipped counterparts.

While NY’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9 by 2016, tipped workers in New York earn a sub-minimum wage of just $5 per hour.   NY Governor Cuomo has the ability to raise tipped workers’ base pay administratively through a Department of Labor Wage Board.

Citing high rates of food insecurity among tipped restaurant workers, ROC-NY, FCWA, and allies are calling for an elimination of the sub-minimum wage through the Wage Board process.

TAKE ACTION. Support New York’s tipped workers by tweeting at Governor Cuomo. Urge him to appoint a wage board that will listen to the needs of NY’s tipped workers by eliminating the sub-minimum wage and ensuring #1FairWage in New York. UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo has convened the Wage Board. Join us in calling on the Wage Board to eliminate the sub-minimum wage! Here are sample tweets:

  • I join @ROC_NY in calling on @NYGovCuomo’s WageBoard to eliminate the sub #minwage & guarantee #1FairWage in #NY
  • New Study: tipped restaurant workers face high rates of #foodinsecurity. I call on @NYGovCuomo to ensure #1FairWage in #NY
  •  Cruel Irony: #NY‘s tipped workers struggle 2 feed themselves bit.ly/1nsVpTi Time 4 @NYGovCuomo‘s WageBoard to set #1FairWage

The full report is available HERE, and a NY-specific supplement that includes information about NY’s tipped workers is available HERE.


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