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In this issue:

Santa Monica moves forward with sustainability campaign
On Tuesday, January 24th the Sustainability Bill of Rights was introduced to local officials and community residents at a city council meeting. A resolution was passed containing certain elements of the rights-based ordinance that laid the ground for the real work to begin: engaging the community’s support for actually passing the full ordinance into law.

We look forward to supporting our community partners in Santa Monica as they begin to campaign and organize to put sustainability into law.

Who should decide what farming looks like in a community?
Who decides what farming and food distribution look like in a community? Is it the CDFA? Is it big pharma or industrial agriculture corporations? Or is it the citizens who live there? Under current state laws, small farmers in California are not allowed to share raw milk with their neighbors, produce or sell locally-grown homeopathic herbs.

Global Exchange is working with a group of citizens in Grass Valley, CA and the broader Nevada County to change this by launching a rights-based campaign in the city of Grass Valley that will assert the community’s right to food sovereignty and elevate the voices of small farmers above big agriculture corporations and the state.

Upcoming Democracy Schools in CA
Join us to learn about the history and structure of corporate power, how the current regulatory system prohibits us from saying ‘No’ to unwanted corporate activity and how we can change that by asserting community’s rights at Democracy School.

  • Los Angeles/Santa Monica April 20th-21st. Up to 40 people may attend. Taught by Shannon Biggs and Ben Price. For more information, contact Cris Gutierrez: crispeace@earthlink.net
  • Mendocino County Democracy School(s) are being planned in May 2012. If you are interested, please contact Jamie Lee: jwlpeace@gmail.com

Internships at Global Exchange – one month left until the application deadline!
Spend your summer working for social, economic, and environmental justice by joining Global Exchange as an intern! The Community Rights program is accepting applications for summer internships now through March 15th. For a list of all open positions at Global Exchange this summer and information on how to apply, please visit our website.

Kylie Nealis
Program Associate, Community Rights

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