Action Alert

Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!

The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.

TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.

Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to

Moving Forward on Food Justice: Chicago Regional Gathering on Draft Food Justice Principles

Fri., January 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Growing Power – Iron Street Farm
3333 S. Iron Street
Chicago, Illinois

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Hundreds of food justice advocates from around the nation gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Food + Justice = Democracy conference in September. One of the primary features of the conference was the use of a People’s Movement Assembly (PMA) process to craft principles around food justice, inspired by the 1991 principles of Environmental Justice. In 2013, IATP, the conference steering committee, and members of the PMA facilitation team will bring the draft food justice principles around the nation for collective review and refinement.

To support the engagement of local groups and advance the co-creation of the Food Justice principles, meetings are also being organized in Atlanta, Washington D.C and New York City.

Please join us Friday, January 18 in Chicago at one of the regional gatherings to move forward the discussion on the draft principles of food justice. 

LaDonna Redmond, senior program associate at IATP and Sam Simmons of Simmons Consulting will facilitate a day-long agenda to dig deep into the draft principles, generate strategy for how to bring these principles to kitchen tables across the nation, and co-organize work to be done in concert with the 2013 review and refinement process. Light morning refreshment and lunch from our host Erika Allen of Growing Power Chicago will be included.

Transit and lodging information

Public transit to Iron Street Farm:
Buses: #9 - Ashland and #35 - 35th Street
Train: Orange line - Ashland stop, Red line - 35th Street stop
Iron Street Farm is located one block north of 35th Street. Iron Street is one block west of Racine.
South Loop Hotel
11 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Directions from Iron Street Farm to South Loop Hotel:
South on Iron Street
Left on 35th Street
Left on LaSalle Street
Right on 26th Street
Destination on your right

More information on Food + Justice = Democracy

For more information about the Food + Justice = Democracy conference and its resulting principles of food justice, see the original event page, conference agendaspeaker biossteering committee members and the draft principles for food justice