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Food Sovereignty Day in Chicago – April 15th

April 13, 2011
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Forward Widely:
FRIDAY APRIL 15th, 2011
Join Family Farm Defenders for Food Sovereignty day in Chicago, Illinois at TWO events: Protest at Noon at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (141 W. Jackson) + Potluck and Discussion at 5:30pm at Unit 2 Art Collective (2041 W Carroll Ave)

To mark Via Campesina’s International Day of Peasant Struggle, family farmers and their allies will once again be converging on the doorstep of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) – 141 W. Jackson – at Noon on Fri. April 15th to expose the price fixing by commodity speculators that is behind the ongoing global food crisis.

Dairy farmers in particular are calling upon the Dept. of Justice (DoJ) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to take action against the food giants that are continuing to defy anti-trust rules and manipulate markets for their own private gain. At the CME rally, FFD will also be launching a nationwide consumer boycott campaign against one of the worst dairy market racketeers. For more on the corruptive influences behind the CME, see below.

From 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Fri. April 15th, Family Farm Defenders would also like to invite the public for a local food potluck and open forum on Sowing Seeds of Solidarity. Come learn more about Via Campesina and the struggle for food sovereignty and economic justice at home and abroad. This event will be held at the Unit 2 Art Collective, 2041 W Carroll Ave., in Chicago.

ps. Hear the 7 Principles of Food Sovereignty read by members of the National Family Farm Coalition here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fYGCHoP-HY

pss. RSVP using the Facebook invite for the protest is here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210899932270227
and RSVP for the potluck/discussion here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175409679176135

 

Check out this link for more international events happening on April 17th, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle organized by Via Campesina

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