Occupy This Week
This week Farm Aid Joins OWS in the campaign to create awareness around food issues and solutions. #F27 marks a Day of Global Action: “Occupy the Food Supply." The Occupy Wall Street community invites everyone to participate in creative actions here in NYC and across the Globe.
On February 27th (#F27) there will be a global mass action called Occupy the Food Supply. There are many issues that surround the highly concentrated and corporatized food industry from farmers rights, to the harmful effects of GMO’s, peoples health, poor access to healthy food and the movement to re-localize food production. “Providing access to locally produced healthy produce is especially important in urban areas,” says an OWS Sustainability member involved in the Farm in the Sky Project. “Most low-income urban areas, are food deserts and don’t have access to healthy, fresh food.”
Here is an open invitation, from OWS, for folks to join in on the actions throughout the day in NYC or organize your own!
If you want to create an event or learn about other actions taking place in your area, go to www.occupyourfoodsupply.org for an interactive map with locations for events across the country.
NYC Schedule of events is as follows:
12pm: Seed Exchange at Zuccotti Park
2pm: Seed Ball Bike Ride…seed balls are designed to remediate soil and green NYC
3pm: Lower East Side Community Garden Tour kicks off at 3pm at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden (9thst and Avenue C).
The tour will finish up at La Guardia Community Garden, where there will be a closing ceremony and raised awareness around their struggle to keep this and the Children’s Magical Garden open due to outside pressure to reclaim the land for NYC and NYU building development plans.
At 5pm on Thursday, February 23rd, there will be a rally and press conference at St Anthony’s Church, on Sullivan St, to protest the Community Board’s final decision to allow for NYU’s expansion to evict and build over La Guardia. “OWS stands behind the community gardens struggle in full support for eviction defense through the newly forming Garden Eviction Coalition,” says anonymous OWS member.
Farm In The Sky is the newest venture of the OWS Sustainability Working Group. Seeking to reach underserved and food desert communities, they are establishing roof top farms using Permaculture Principles, as a platform to expand accessible rooftop farming in NYC. They are accepting donations at their We Pay account. To learn more how to contribute, visit: https://www.wepay.com/donations/175079
In a coordinated effort with OWS, Farm Aid has created a facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/OccupyTheFoodSystem?sk=wall, to support the #F27 action, unite their mission to create greater awareness around the issues that Farm Aid has worked for 26 years to expose and remedy. If you wish to make a donation to Farm Aid for continued support of farmers and farmer’s rights, visit:
Farm Aid founders, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp, have come together with Dave Matthews to demand fair markets for farmers and ranchers. You can join them and add your name to a petition to demand action in support of family farmers here.