Bay Area Events – This Week!

posted April 30, 2009

Greenhorns in California, some great events happening tonight and this weekend!

Free screening of The Garden
Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6 P.M.
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Come to the screening of this 2009 Academy Award Nominee for best documentary feature, followed by a panel discussion with the Garden Farm leaders, Rufina Juarez and Tezozomoc.

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This event is sponsored by The Public Health Institute, The Oakland Food Policy Council and Food First, The California Food and Justice Coalition, and The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

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Not Just Change but Justice!
U.S. Trade Policy & its Impacts on Food, Land, and Immigration

Saturday, May 2, 1 PM – 6 PM
110 Barrows Hall (near Telegraph & Bancroft) UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA

You are invited to join in assessing the recent history of U.S. trade policy toward the region and to construct an agenda for the future that places the rights of people above profit. As we end of Obama’s first 100 days, grassroots groups working in solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean will come together to assess the recent history of U.S. trade policy toward the region, and to construct an agenda for the future that places the rights of people above profit. This half-day program will examine how U.S. trade policy has impacted issues of food, land, and immigration throughout the region, from questions of food security in Haiti and Cuba, to biofuels and GMOs impact in Latin America; from NAFTA and migration, to indigenous land rights in Bolivia.

Experts and movement leaders from throughout the country will participate in this day of learning and action, and work together to create not just
change, but justice in the Americas.

1pm to 3pm: Panel discussion:
– Introduction: Christy Thornton, NACLA
– CAFTA: Kathy Hoyt, Nicaragua Network
– NAFTA: David Bacon, photojournalist, author of Illegal People
-US Trade Policy and Immigration: Colin Rajah, National Network on Immigrant and
Refugee Rights
– Agrarian and Land Reform: Angus Wright
– Biofuels and agrobusiness: Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First
– Indigenous issues/mega projects: Maria Ramos, NISGUA
– U.S. trade and relations with Venezuela: Martin Sanchez, Consulate of Venezuela

3:30 to 5pm Workshops
Constructing alternatives in food, land, and trade: Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador
Roger Burbach, Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA)
Martin Sanchez, Consulate of Venezuela

Militarization & Counterinsurgency: How Plan Colombia and “Plan Mexico” support the neoliberal agenda
Mary Ann Tenuto, Chiapas Support Committee
John Lindsay Poland, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Immigration, food security, and US relations: a comparison of Cuba and Haiti
Delvis Fernandez, Cuban American Alliance Education Fund
Pierre Laboissiere, Co-Founder, Haiti Action Committee

Big soy and ethanol agribusiness in the Southern Cone: /Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay
Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First
Erica Omena Erickson, Friends of the MST
Theresa Cameranesi, SOA Watch San Francisco

5 – 6: Wrap up and moving forward
This event is FREE and wheelchair accessible.
Invite friends who care about changing U.S. policy toward our neighbors in the southern hemisphere.
To print the event flyer, go to http://nacla.org/node/5604

Participating organizations include North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC), Berkeley Students Organizing for Justice in the Americas (SOJA), Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA), Nicaragua Center for Community Action, Task Force on the Americas, and Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy