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Call to Action

Posted: October 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Call to Action

The following Call to Action is adapted from the Call to Action to End the Food Crisis issued by the US Working Group on the Food Crisis in 2008 and endorsed by several thousand organizations and individuals. It is included here as a springboard for future action of the Alliance, with the understanding that it will evolve to reflect new ideas, voices, and perspectives as the Alliance develops.

We call on people across the United States to use our political power and actions to fight poverty by rebuilding local food economies, and specifically for food system changes that:

1) Stabilize prices for farmers and consumers locally, nationally and globally by:

  • Ending rampant financial speculation in food;
  • Establishing and strengthening publicly-owned domestic, regional, and international strategic food reserves;
  • Suspending international trade and investments in industrial-scale biofuels (a.k.a. agrofuels);
  • Transforming corporate-oriented food aid;
  • Ensuring fair prices to farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers;
  • Establishing equitable regional and global trade arrangements that enable countries, communities, and all farmers, fishers, pastoralists and other food providers to meet food and livelihood needs.

2) Balance power in the food system by:

  • Reducing the political influence of agrifood corporations on public policy, e.g., by strengthening antitrust enforcement on those corporations and reducing their unregulated market power;
  • Convening multi-stakeholder, representative food policy councils at state and local levels.

3) Make agriculture environmentally sustainable by:

  • Supporting family farms’ transition to agroecological practices through incentives, purchasing and procurement;
  • Halting expansion of government-supported agrofuels (biofuels) and transgenic seeds programs, mandates, and tax incentives and other subsidies
  • Directing state and national farm policy, R&D, education and investment toward agroecological farming and sustainable food businesses.

4) Guarantee the right to healthy food by building local and regional food systems and fostering social, ecological and economic justice by:

  • Calling on the US to join the community of nations to support the human right to food;
  • Supporting domestic food production and independent, community-based food cooperatives and businesses in the United States and around the world;
  • Establishing living wages, so that everyone can afford healthy food;
  • Implementing full workers’ rights for farm workers and other food system workers;
  • Implementing agrarian reform that takes land out of the hands of large corporations and puts it in the hands of communities for local food production.
  • Strengthening the social safety net for low-income people across the US;
  • Creating a solidarity economy that puts people before corporate profit in the US and around the world.

Through food sovereignty, the Earth can feed all living things.

Member Organizations

Posted: October 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Agricultural Missions

To follow the example of the teachings and life of Jesus Christ, to accompany and support people of faith and conscience around the world in the struggle to end poverty and injustice that affect rural communities, and work toward creation of a sustainable society.

Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust

The Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust’s mission is to strengthen Alaskan fishing communities and marine resources through scientific research, education, and economic opportunity.

Applied Research Center/Colorlines.com

The Applied Research Center (ARC) is a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism.  ARC is built on rigorous research and creative use of new technology.  Our goal is to popularize the need for racial justice and prepare people to fight for it.  By telling the stories of everyday people, ARC is a voice for unity and fairness in the structures that affect our lives.

Casa del Llano

Dando La Mano al Hermano CASA is striving to help people help themselves by way of education with tradition, culture and communication.

CASA ayuda a la gente ayudarse por si mismos por medio de educación, tradición, cultura y comunicación.

Community Alliance for Global Justice

Community Alliance for Global Justice educates and mobilizes with individuals and organizations to strengthen local economies everywhere. CAGJ is grassroots, community-based and committed to anti-oppressive organizing as we build solidarity across diverse movements. CAGJ seeks to transform unjust trade and agricultural policies and practices imposed by corporations, governments and other institutions while creating and supporting alternatives that embody social justice, sustainability, diversity and grassroots democracy.

Community to Community – De Comunidad a Comunidad

Community to Community Development is a women-led, placebased, grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities. We are committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

The Detroit Black Community Food Security network is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community. Our mission is to build self-reliance, food security and food justice in Detroit’s Black community by influencing public policy, engaging in urban agriculture, promoting healthy eating, encouraging co-operative buying, and directing youth towards careers in food-related fields. D-Town Farm is a seven acre farm on Detroit’s west side that features organic vegetable plots, mushroom beds, four bee hives, four hoop houses for year-round food production, and a composting operation.

Family Farm Defenders

Our mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice. To this end, FFD supports sustainable agriculture, farm worker rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty.

Food Chain Workers Alliance

The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. The Alliance works together to build a more sustainable food system that respects workers’ rights, based on the principles of social, environmental and racial justice, in which everyone has access to healthy and affordable food.

Food First!

Food First’s mission is to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger.

Food and Water Watch

Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.

Friends of Brook Park (formerly South Bronx CSA)

The South Bronx CSA is a community-driven initiative that brings the people of our community together to build the necessary resources and infrastructure to transform the South Bronx from a “food desert” into an accessible and affordable food oasis. Our mission is to create affordable access to locally and organically grown vegetables for everyone in the South Bronx, while advocating for a more just food system.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy. Sometimes, this involves speaking uncomfortable truths to power and demanding more than people think is possible. It’s hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and its people are too important for us to compromise.

Friends of the MST (US)

The Friends of the MST (FMST) is a network of individuals and organizations that support the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) in the struggle for social and economic justice while securing respect for human rights. The FMST works to build solidarity and educate the public in the US and English-speaking world in order to raise the international profile of the MST. The FMST has a direct relationship to the MST and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Garden Justice Legal Initiative

The goal of the project is to provide pro bono legal support, policy research and advocacy, and community education and organizing to community gardeners and market farmers in the Philadelphia region. Programs include Grounded in Philly, Soil Generation, and the Philadelphia Land Bank Bill.

Grassroots International

Grassroots International works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements. We provide grants to our Global South partners and join them in advocating for social change. Our primary focus is on land, water and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights.

Groundswell: Center for Local Food and Farming

Groundswell Center engages diverse learners and empowers them with skills, knowledge and access to resources, so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems. They help people become successful small-scale farmers and homestead food producers through practical, on-farm training. Our peer-to-peer networks build community and foster skills-sharing among farmers, homesteaders and “food citizens.”

Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative

The Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative is a new initiative aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. This comprehensive network views dismantling racism as a core principal which brings together social change agents from diverse sectors working to bring about new, healthy and sustainable food systems and supporting and building multicultural leadership in impoverished communities throughout the world.

Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990 within the United States, IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities. IEN accomplishes this by maintaining an informational clearinghouse, organizing campaigns, direct actions and public awareness, building the capacity of community and tribes to address EJ issues, development of initiatives to impact policy, and building alliances among Indigenous communities, tribes, inter-tribal and Indigenous organizations, people-of-color/ethnic organizations, faith-based and women groups, youth, labor, environmental organizations and others. IEN convenes local, regional and national meetings on environmental and economic justice issues, and provides support, resources and referral to Indigenous communities and youth throughout primarily North America – and in recent years – globally.

IATP (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

IDEX (International Development Exchange)

IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas to alleviate poverty & injustice, connecting passionate and engaged supporters to visionary local leaders & organizations around the world.

Live Real

Live Real is a movement of everyday people restoring respect for ourselves, each other, and the Earth.

Local to Global Advocates for Justice

This organization is a group of individuals of Black African descent and organizations with constituencies and leadership of predominantly Black Afro-descendants, from all socio-economic backgrounds, committed to grassroots community organizing to strengthen their collective power, coming together, to explore the formation of, and interest in, the creation of local, national and global alliances to represent and promote the interests of Black Afro-descendants on issues of peace and security, food and agriculture, and environmental, economic and social justice.

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

The mission of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns is carried out through education and advocacy in cooperation with other Maryknoll departments and entities. The office also collaborates regularly with other institutions and organizations working for peace, social justice and the integrity of creation. It brings the voice and experience of Maryknoll into policy discussions in the United Nations, the U.S. and other governments, international financial institutions and the corporate world.

Movement Generation

The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth information and analysis about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice in communities of color.

National Family Farm Coalition

The National Family Farm Coalition represents family farm and rural groups whose members face the challenge of the deepening economic recession in rural communities. The NFFC was founded in 1986.

New Orleans Food and Farm Network

The New Orleans Food & Farm Network works with individuals, communities and growers to support sustainable growing practices and to ensure equal access to safe, nutritious, enjoyable food.

Other Worlds

Other Worlds is a women-driven, multi-media education and movement-building collaborative. We inspire hope and knowledge that other worlds are possible — and also help to build them. We compile and bring to light political, economic, cultural, and social alternatives that are flourishing throughout the world, with the goal of drawing in new participants and strengthening existent efforts for economic and social justice, environmentally sound systems, and meaningful democracy.

Pesticide Action Network – North America (PANNA)

Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives that protect the health of communities and the environment. PAN North America is one of five independent regional centers of PAN International, a worldwide network of more than 600 organizations in 90 countries, including local, national and regional consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups. Our network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends human rights to food, health and environmental quality, and combines  community-led campaigns and science to advance environmental justice, sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.

Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) 

The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), works to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. They work with partners in the United States and around the world to understand and address the systemic and structural causes of hunger and poverty through grantmaking, education, organizing, advocacy and movement building.

Rural Coalition

The Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural is an alliance of farmers, farmworkers, indigenous, migrant and working people from the United States, Mexico, Canada and beyond working together toward a new society that values unity, hope, people and the land.

Soul Fire Farm

Committed to the dismantling of oppressive structures that misguide the food system, Soul Fire Farm raises life-giving food and acts in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth.  They bring diverse communities together to share skills on sustainable agriculture, cooking, and natural building, and contribute to the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

SouthWest Organizing Project

SWOP was founded in 1980 by young activists of color to empower their communities in he SouthWest to realize racial and gender equality and social and economic justice.  They seek to redefine power relationships by bringing together the collective action, talents, and resources of the people within their communities.  SWOP works primarily in low-income communities of color to gain community control of their land and resources. At the core of our work is the belief that all families have the right to healthy, sustainable environments in which to live, work, and play.

Southwest Workers Union

Southwest Workers’ Union (SWU) unites workers, communities and youth in the struggle for dignity and justice.  Based in San Antonio, Texas SWU is a grassroots membership based organization working for social change from the bottom up.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe.  UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States.  We provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.


WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

Alliance Teams

Posted: October 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Fighting Against Land and Resource Grabs for Comprehensive Land Reform

Land is becoming increasingly valuable, and globally, small farmers are losing their land as it is bought by foreign governments, international corporations, and Wall Street investors. Small farmers in the U.S. are unable to stay on their rural farmland, and urban land is lost to the gentrification of cities and waterfronts. Farmers are losing control over productive resources (land, water, seeds) and rights to save, exchange and share those resources; fishermen have increasingly limited access to the water; community gardens are cleared for expensive housing and commercial development projects; and farmers from other countries are often forced to migrate to the U.S. to work as food and farm workers. Changes in land and fisheries use and ownership are critical for developing just and sustainable local food economies and ending hunger and poverty. As a common link to all struggles for food justice and sovereignty, efforts to win community access to and control over land, water, seeds and the oceans can enhance and frame all struggles.



Immigrant Rights and Trade

Food sovereignty and food justice are intimately connected to immigrant rights because in the U.S., it is often immigrants who work in the fields, on our fishing boats, in factories and processing plants, and in our grocery stores. Moreover, many immigrants come to the U.S. to work in agriculture and other industries in the food system because our system of unregulated trade, along with our foreign and agricultural policies, have in turn displaced them from their land: any approach that seeks to address immigration within the U.S. must therefore address the issues of trade. The USFSA thus supports not only the right of immigrants to stay in the country to which they have immigrated, but also the right and ability to stay home, a right which is violated by trade rules and corporate interests.

Read the USFSA’s Immigration Policy Principles for Food Sovereignty

Immigration Policy Principles for Food Sovereignty

Principios de la Politica Inmigratoria y la Soberania Alimentaria

Resources on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
On April 10 at 1 pm ET, the USFSA will host a learning call about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is being called NAFTA for the Pacific, and its implications for farmers and immigration. If you want to join the call, email info@foodchainworkers.org for the call information.

‘Free Trade’ is Not Free – Why We All Need to Oppose the TPP
by John Kinsman, March 12, 2012
“Free Trade Agreements Kill People!”
by La Via Campesina, October 19, 2011


Defending Rights of Mother Earth and Defense of the Commons

With each passing year, it is becoming more and more clear how the struggle for food sovereignty is interrelated with the struggle for the future of the planet.  We now know that the industrial agriculture system is one of the main contributors to climate change.  We also know that the people who are on the frontlines of the struggle for a just food system (i.e. family farmers, farmworkers, indigenous communities, and low-income urban communities of color) are the ones who experience some of the first and worst impacts of climate disruption – from droughts and floods, to soaring food prices, to contamination of precious land and water from the extraction of oil, gas, and coal.  At the same time that our communities experience some of the worst impacts, we are also the source of the best solutions to heal and protect our land, water, seeds, and food systems, as part of Mother Earth.  We draw inspiration from and commit ourselves to fight for the Rights of Mother Earth, a concept that has existed for thousands of years in indigenous communities around the world, and which has recently been described in depth through the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.  Across the country, our communities are developing creative and resilient ways to defend the planet and prevent harmful exploitation by unaccountable governments and corporations.  Examples include the cross-border struggle against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline; local fights for public dollars to enable communities to harvest rainwater for food production; marine stewardship; efforts to preserve the centuries-old and ever-evolving ecological relationship between peasant/family farmers and local seeds, free from corporate control; and the global struggle for climate justice.  We look forward to finding ways to lift up these struggles from a local to national and international level.

See updates, resources & actions on the Defense of Mother Earth page



Addressing Racism and Creating Leadership Structures that Reflect Frontline Communities

As we all know, the food system in the U.S. is dysfunctional and unjust. Our own movement reflects many of these contradictions and divides – this is why the Assembly was so important and why members of the USFSA recommitted to work together to ensure that as social justice advocates, we are conscious of issues of privilege and oppression in our work together. We will learn more together about issues of race and racism, and will work together to create a leadership structure that reflects the grassroots base-building, frontline communities that are most impacted by injustices in the food system.

Throughout the Assembly, participants reaffirmed the value of a US Food Sovereignty Alliance as a space for grassroots and national groups to build their power together in the food system and to provide solidarity to each other’s struggles, particularly in the face of corporate domination. We will continue to look for opportunities to take action in solidarity with each other.

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