5/30 Action Alert: Mobilization Against Sprouts this Weekend, and More

Salutations farmrades,

With summer less than a month away, we continue to turn up the heat on Sprouts Farmerless Market. We need all hands on deck for the next action this Saturday, May 30th (see below for more information).

In other news, last week was action-packed! On Thursday, Occupy the Farm activists and community members advocated in defense of the Gill Tract at the UC Regents meeting, and then joined hundreds for the March Against Monsanto over the weekend. Updates on that and more below.

*** Action Alert: Turn Up this Weekend ***
Saturday, May 30th at 12:00 Noon.
Peet’s Coffee
5095 Telegraph Ave.
North Oakland

Join us this Saturday, May 30th for another Boycott Sprouts campaign action! Let’s make sure they get the message that we don’t want them building a big box Supermarket on OUR public farmland in Albany, CA.

Meet up to coordinate rides and logistics at 12 Noon at Peet’s Coffee in North Oakland (5095 Telegraph Ave). Please be on time. There will be rides for those who need them!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/680604638712057/

                                   …NOT “just because.”



“Produce, Not Privatization!” UC Regent’s Meeting & TV Report

Disguised as UC President Janet Napolitano, community members voice their support for locally-controlled food instead of privatization.

On May 21st, students and community members gathered to make public comments at the Regent’s meeting, sparking interest from the national Spanish-language network, Telemundo, which did a follow up piece at the farm following the Regents meeting:

http://www.telemundoareadelabahia.com/noticias/lucha-presrevar-granja-organica-UC-Gill-Tract-Community-Farm-albany-california-304921971.html#Here are the comments that sparked the piece.  Our folks speak from minutes 16:30-21:25:http://lecture.ucsf.edu/ets/Play/5d19a962e0be482aadf3737f3219346d1d?catalog=333992fe-1405-4d6b-ae39-512a30188f34We have yet to receive any official response from the Regents, but were encouraged by emails of support and further enquiry from Student Regent, Sadia Saifuddin. Onward!

Marching Against Monsanto: For a Clean, Fair and Just Food System!

In Oakland last Saturday, OTF joined forces with hundreds in the annual global day of protest against Monsanto. At the action, our #BoycottSprouts social media campaign channelled the voices of even more community members in opposition to Sprouts’s incursion.

Even kids don’t want Sprouts on the  Gill Tract. Yes, really.

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