From: Lisa Hoyos firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003
Subject: key labor endorsed fair trade actions in Sacramento
Please read and then distribute this invitation from the Sacramento
Central Labor Council to participate in important Fair Trade actions
happening next week in Sacramento. Attached is the formatted letter from
the Sacramento CLC, the schedule of events for the week, and a
informational flyers called "End Sweatshops in the Fields" for faxing
or handing out at labor meetings this week.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Labor Movement,
On June 23-25 in Sacramento, the Bush Administration and agribusiness
corporations are hosting a conference and technology expo with trade and
agriculture ministers from over 170 countries around the world. We at
the Sacramento Central Labor Council have endorsed a broad-based counter
mobilization to protest corporate agriculture, industrial food
production, and free trade policies that are undermining workers'
rights, destroying sustainable family agriculture, and harming the
health of farm workers and industrial workers here in California and
around the world.
Please join us for five days of education and action to promote our
agenda of safe sustainable communities, healthy food, workers' rights,
sustainable agriculture and fair trade. Please endorse our mobilization,
send out the attached call to action and list of events to your members,
and send a delegation with your banner to our mass rally and march next
Monday, June 23, 10am at the Capitol in Sacramento.
Now, more than ever, a united global movement for social, economic and
environmental justice is needed in the fight for a democratic economic
system that improves, instead of erodes, the well being of workers and
communities. Brothers and sisters representing mass movements in
Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, and North America will be joining
us in Sacramento. We hope that the Labor Movement in California will
also have a strong showing. Please do all you can in the next week to
spread the word.
Please let Teresa Villasenor from our office know if you can
participate. We would like our labor delegation to march together. If
you have any questions, please call me at 916-927-9772. We'll see you
in the streets of Sacramento!
Sacramento Central Labor Council
Mobilization for Food Sovereignty, Democracy and Justice
SACRAMENTO CONVERGENCE SCHEDULE, JUNE 20-25
FRIDAY JUNE 20
Sunrise Ceremony - National day of prayer called by Northern California
Native Tribes. One hour before sunrise at the Sacramento State Capitol.
SATURDAY JUNE 21
11am-6:30pm: Teach-in "Food, Global Justice, and Corporate Power:
Reclaiming our Forests, Farms, and Future." University Union, CSU
Sacramento 6000 J. Street.
SUNDAY JUNE 22
Ministers arrive in Sacramento, reception and 3D film at IMAX theatre.
Corporate reps set up expo
10am - 4pm: Organic Food Fair and Family Festival!
Land Park (at Sutterville and Land Park) Bring the whole
NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE, FOOD, FARMS, AND FORESTS!
2pm: Teach in on community gardening and urban agriculture as a
community based alternative to industrial agriculture presented by the
Sacramento Area Community Garden Coalition.
St. John's Lutheran Church 1701 L Street
MONDAY JUNE 23
5:30 pm: Corporate trade expo grand opening, ribbon cutting, and
reception, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
MASS NON-VIOLENT DIRECT ACTION locations TBA
theme based: corporate greed, US Empire, Inc, earth and life
10am: STREET FESTIVITIES, MUSIC, ARTS, and RALLY! for real food
sovereignty at home and around the world! International speakers, Bill
Camp (Sacramento Central Labor Council) Percy Schmeiser, Anuradha
Mittal, and more!
West steps of the Capitol Building, downtown Sacramento
1pm: MARCH through downtown Sacramento in protest of the ministerial!
7pm: Debate on biotech agriculture: Global South activists vs. USDA.
Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street
TUESDAY JUNE 24
4pm: Public Citizen Roundtable on Free Trade, Food Irradiation, and the
Future of Agriculture. St John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L Street
USDA closing plenary reception hosted by Secretary Ann Veneman
9pm: Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival presents "Oiligarchy" Puppetry,
poetry and performance about petroleum: it's origins, alternatives, and
ties to war! Location TBA
WEDNESDAY JUNE 25
Ministers take field trips to Central Valley farms and UC DAVIS biotech
Spokescouncil meetings every night at 7pm, locations TBA.