On Friday Nov 14th, SEAL delegates will be meeting with Chancellor Dirks to present our proposal for a Food Initiative at the Gill Tract Farm.
** Update! We are proud to announce that Eric Holt-Gimenez from Food First will be the keynote address at next week’s SEAL IT UP rally for the Gill Tract! You may have seen him in the new Occupy the Farm Film, playing in the UA7 theater in downtown Berkeley now. This is your opportunity to hear from him in person and turn out in support of Occupy the Farm. Check out this incisive article he wrote in 2012:
“As an example of the egregious corporate takeover of public education, the report specifically singles out the University of California’s 1988 partnership with Novartis (then the world’s largest agribusiness company). With $25 million, the company was able to direct not only to the University’s agricultural research, but also control the flow of publications. Novartis’ donation also bought them a third of the licensing options for innovations produced in the department of plant and microbial biology — even for research Novartis did not fund! (The recent half billion dollar grant from BP to the UC Berkeley can reasonably be expected to have a similar, though proportionately much larger, effect on the academy.)”
– Eric Holt-Gimenez of Food First
Speaking next week at the SEAL IT UP Rally for the Gill Tract, Nov 14th at California Hall
We have years of visions and designs, years of petitions and public comments, years of community processes pointing towards a student and community desire for an alternative use of the land that does not exploit people and does not pollute the planet. We need the world-renown University of California to have a powerful Food Initiative amplifying the voices from the grassroots and producing community-driven research to find solutions to the pressing environmental problems we face today.
Join us Nov 14th, from 12:30-2:30.
Let’s show our Chancellor the student and community power behind halting the development and engaging in a community-design process for all 20 acres of the Gill Tract Farm.
We’ve been to class.
We’ve read the textbook.
We’re ready to engage and get active.
Join us in calling on our school:
Halt the development.
Build a Food Initiative at the Gill Tract Farm.
Come to the SEAL IT UP Rally for the Gill Tract
How can you help?? So glad you asked!
> Get inspired at the Occupy the Farm Film! It is having its theatrical premiere right here in Berkeley! Nov 7th-Nov 13th.
> Do you teach a class or work with an organization on campus? Please invite them to come to the film and to the rally.
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