Ferguson To Geneva.


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Police Violence In America Is A Human Rights Issue. Ferguson Is An Example. Ferguson To Geneva Is Part Of The Solution.

 

THE GOAL

We are ready to take our case before the global community.

In the absence of justice from the local, state, and federal government, the family of Michael Brown and Ferguson protesters are ready to take our case before the global community. We have submitted a brief to the United Nations (UN), and we will formally present it on November 12th and 13th in Geneva, Switzerland. The goal is not only to achieve justice in Ferguson, but to unite governments around the world against the human rights violations that result from racial profiling and police violence.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The #FergusonToGeneva contingent is comprised of:

 

The remaining cost of this trip for the contingent is $11,000, which includes airfare, room and board, and per diem from November 9-14th.

 

Please donate directly via PayPal here:

 

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Read The Full Report Here: Written Statement On The Execution Of Michael Brown By Ferguson PD

 

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COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS


Notice of Public Meeting of the Missouri Advisory Committee for a 
Meeting on a Project Proposal on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement in 
Missouri

AGENCY: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

 

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the 
rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights 
(Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Missouri 
Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold a meeting on Monday, November 
17, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing and voting on a 
project proposal on civil rights and law enforcement in Missouri. The 
proposal arose in the aftermath of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Members of the public can listen to the discussion. This meeting is 
available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 
888-539-3696, conference ID: 6728111. Any interested member of the 
public may call this number and listen to the meeting. Callers can 
expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, 
and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will 
incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the 
toll free telephone number. Persons with hearing impairments may also follow
 the proceedingsby first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-977-8339
 and providing the Service with the conference call number and conference ID number.


Members of the public are also entitled to submit written comments; 
the comments must be received in the regional office by December 17, 
2014. Written comments may be mailed to the Midwestern Regional Office, 
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 55 W. Monroe St., Suite 410, Chicago, 
IL 60615. They may also be faxed to the Commission at (312) 353-8324, 
or emailed to Administrative Assistant, Carolyn Allen at 
callen@usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact 
the Midwestern Regional Office at (312) 353-8311.

 

Records generated from this meeting may be inspected and reproduced 
at the Midwestern Regional Office, as they become available, both 
before and after the meeting. Records of the meeting will be available 
via www.facadatabase.gov under the Commission on Civil Rights, Missouri 
Advisory Committee link. Persons interested in the work of this 
Committee are directed to the Commission's Web site, 
http://www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Midwestern Regional Office at the 
above email or street address.

 

Agenda

Welcome

12:00 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.
    S. David Mitchell, Chairman, Missouri Advisory Committee

Presentation of Project Proposal on Civil Rights and Law Enforcement in 
Missouri

12:05 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.
    Melissa Wojnaroski, Civil Rights Analyst, USCCR

Deliberation and Vote on Proposal

12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
    Missouri Advisory Committee

Planning Next Steps

12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Adjournment

1:00 p.m.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 12:00 
p.m. CST.
 Public Call Information: Dial: 888-539-3696, Conference ID: 
6728111.

    Dated: October 30, 2014.
David Mussatt,
 Chief, Regional Programs Unit.
[FR Doc. 2014-26147 Filed 11-3-14; 8:45 am]
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Vice News: Michael Brown’s Mom, Lesley McSpadden, Is Taking Her Son’s Case To The UN In Geneva.


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America was supposed to be the place where justice is blind…..Just not color blind.

 

From Vice News:

 

Mike Brown’s Mom Is Taking Her Son’s Case to the UN in Geneva

 

By Alice Speri

Lesley McSpadden, the mother of the 18-year-old boy whose death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer in August sparked weeks of protests, is going to Geneva, Switzerland next month to speak about her son and other victims of police brutality in front of the United Nations.

 

Mike Brown’s killing is still under investigation by federal officials, while a local grand jury tasked with deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson for his death is supposed to make an announcement any day — with few in Ferguson believing that an indictment is forthcoming.

 

But with little faith in the justice her son will receive, McSpadden, accompanied by one of the family’s lawyers and a handful of local activists and human rights advocates, is taking her son’s case — and that of other victims of racial profiling and police violence — straight to the UN Committee Against Torture, the body tasked with preventing torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment and punishment around the world.

 

The trip — which was recently made public by organizers and promoted under the tagline “Ferguson to Geneva” — is meant to make a case, to as wide an audience as possible, that both Brown’s killing and the militarized police response to protesters demanding justice for him, are a matter of human rights.

 

“It’s actually covered by article one of the convention against torture,” Justin Hansford, a law professor at Saint Louis University and co-author of a brief to the UN body filed by Brown’s family and local activists, told VICE News. “When the government has all the guns, all the force, and when they can kill people with impunity and without fear of being found guilty of a crime, that’s a classic example of state violence.”

 

“You see this in dictatorships and regimes where they do this to their own citizens and they get away with it,” he added.

 

Hansford compared Brown’s killing to that of Emmet Till in the 1950s — a pivotal moment behind the civil rights movement of the following years.

 

“The murder of Michael Brown was a fresh cut in an old wound in the sense that it played on the legacy of lynching, when black people’s bodies were on display for people as a form of intimidation,” Hansford said, referring to Brown’s body, which laid on the streets for more than four hours.

 

Brown’s death, he added, “wasn’t just a violation of people’s civil rights, it was a violation of their human rights.”

 

Amnesty International denounces human rights abuses in Ferguson as police gather riot gear ahead of grand jury decision. Read more here.

 

Following widespread protests, the US Department of Justice launched two separate investigations — one into Brown’s death, and one into the Ferguson police department, to determine whether discrimination has played a role in officers’ behavior there. But protesters and rights advocates have increasingly made the case that the response to protesters and Brown’s death was not just a matter of discrimination but amounted to human rights abuse.

 

Framing both as human rights issues is an attempt to speak to people’s empathy — Charles Wade, a protester and one of the organizers of the Ferguson to Geneva initiative, told VICE News.

 

“People are starting to understand that people of color often feel that they don’t have the same rights as humans, that their humanity isn’t being respected,” he said. “A person may not have ever seen it that way so they may now think, ‘Yeah, all lives do matter, I do care. How can I help?”

 

The Ferguson to Geneva organizers are not the first to appeal to human rights principles. In a report released last week, Amnesty International made that case in the strongest language yet, when it said that law enforcement’s use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and military equipment violated international standards.

 

The UN delegation is yet another attempt to shift the terms of the conversation on Ferguson, and to appeal for the support of a broader community.

 

“As we started to think about what the situation was in the larger context, we started to link what’s happening in the US in terms of police violence with human rights violations,” Wade said. “Our mid- and long term work will be linking what happened in Ferguson and what’s happening in other places where there’s excessive police violence to the international struggle for human rights.”

Wade said he first thought to take Ferguson’s fight for justice to the UN after learning of a similar initiative by a group of youth of color in Chicago, who planned to also go to Geneva this fall to denounce their experience as targets of police violence — an initiative they dubbed, “We charge genocide.”

 

Yes, tear gas being used in Ferguson is banned in warfare — but not in war zones. Read more here.

 

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We Charge Genocide

 

Published on Sep 14, 2014

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Donations: https://www.youcaring.com/WeChargeGen…

 

Words by Mariame Kaba: http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/2…

 

Transcript:
“We are always unsafe living in our skin in this country. It’s a permanent condition. Our people are stopped, we are frisked, we are criminalized, we are targeted, we are invaded, we are jailed and we are killed. The machine grinds on and we struggle to identify one culprit but there isn’t just one. So many of us are afraid to speak the word. We are afraid to lay claim to it. It’s too awful to believe. No. It sounds too conspiratorial, too pessimistic, too alienating, too (something)… Yet there it is, at the forefront of our minds and on the tip of our tongues. When we are feeling brave and safe among those we love & trust we sometimes whisper the words: genocide…genocide… GENOCIDE.

 

We charge genocide and we need your help. This November, we will present a report to the United Nations on Chicago police violence against youth of Color. We need to raise $15,000 so that we can send 6 young people to Geneva Switzerland. Help us get there.”

 

Performed by Ric Wilson, Malcolm London, Page May
Voiceover by Monica Trinidad
Filmed and Edited by Page May and Debbie Southorn
Appreciation to Todd St. Hill
Music by Ant the Symbol – “The Quiet Ones”

 

 

“A lot of us here have been looking for ways to extend the conversation and extend our work outside of just Ferguson, tear gas, and rubber bullets,” Wade said. “We asked, what does that really mean, and where does that fit within a larger conversation people can have? Race is a big part of it, it’s probably 90 percent of it, but so often people are not seeing what’s happening to people of color in this country as human rights violations.”

 

The Ferguson group has been raising funds to sponsor the trip, on November 12 and 13 — but is still short $11,000. In addition to McSpadden and attorney Daryl Parks, Hansford, Wade, and four local activists including Tef Poe will also be going. McSpadden was not immediately available for comment.

 

Taking the issue to the UN is largely “symbolic,” organizers admit.

 

“It’s about taking the conversation to the global community in general,” Wade said. “It’s for us to show that now even the UN is interested in what’s happening in a real small city called Ferguson, and you should be interested as well. You should see this as an issue that isn’t just one instance, one police officer, and one man. This is what’s happening all over the country.”

 

The point of taking Ferguson’s plight to an international forum is not so much to embarrass US officials, Wade said, though Hansford said the group hopes to connect with a delegation of administration officials who will be in Geneva at the same time. “While we’re out there it would be great to talk to the US government,” he said. “They’ll be there, it would be wonderful it they talked to us.”

 

But there’s a more practical purpose to the delegation as well — to get the world’s eyes back on Ferguson and St. Louis as residents prepare for an imminent grand jury announcement many fear will spark new clashes. Police have also been preparing for likely protests — stocking up on tear gas and riot gear and sending out emergency preparation plans for local schools.

 

Still scarred from the outsized police response to the summer protests, demonstrators have said they fear more force used against them, and they want to make sure that whatever happens next doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

“They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on these tools of war, and stockpiling guns,” Hansford said. “I think the international community and human rights community should turn their eyes towards Ferguson and see this in a human rights context.”

 

The world’s attention, he added, “could very well save some lives.” “If it convinces them that the world is going to be watching and they will be held accountable, it could change their behavior and their reaction to protesters,” he said.

 

Law enforcement officials have defended themselves against the accusations of human rights abuse.

 

“The St. Louis County Police Department and the Unified Command had one mission, and that was the preservation of life,” St. Louis Police Sgt. Brian Schellman told VICE News following the Amnesty report, adding that police have been gearing up for more protests. “We are going to be prepared regardless of what the grand jury returns.”

 

‘I’ve never seen anything like what I saw in Ferguson': VICE News speaks with a member of the Amnesty delegation to Missouri. Read more here.

 

For their part, protesters plan to return to the streets should the grand jury decide not to indict Wilson. But there’s a lot more than rallies to the movement for justice they have built in Ferguson, and the UN delegation is just one example of its broadening scope and growing ambitions.

 

“A lot of people have had this impression that just marching is happening, just demonstrations,” Wade said. “That’s not the only thing that’s been going on.”

 

Follow Alice Speri on Twitter: @alicesperi

 

Thank you Vice News & Alice Speri

 

Hands Up Don’t Shoot – Stand Up For Your Rights

 

 

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Black Genocide: Honoring Those We Lost To Senseless Violence.


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We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People” is a document accusing the United States government of genocide according to the UN Genocide Convention. This document was created by the Civil Rights Congress (CRC) and presented to the United Nations in December 1951.

 

The document pointed out that the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide defined genocide as any acts committed with “intent to destroy” a group, “in whole or in part.” To build its case for black genocide the document cited many instances of lynching in the United States, as well as legal discrimination, a series of incidents of police brutality dating to the present, and systematic inequalities in health and quality of life. The central argument: the US government is both complicit with and responsible for a genocidal situation based on the UN’s own definition of genocide.

 

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From The:

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement

 

The Black Nation Charges Genocide! Our survival is dependent on Self-Defense!

 

The Black Nation Charges Genocide! Our survival is dependant on Self-Defense!

 

Mike Brown, Ezell Ford and Eric Garner are among the latest victims of the ongoing genocide of Black People in the United States of America. Every 28 hours in the United States law enforcement, vigilantes, or security guards extra-judiciously murder a Black person. It is imperative that we as a people act upon every tragedy and hardship inflicted upon us by the government and the corporations to address the systematic genocide of our people in a protracted, programmatic, and strategic way.

 

The United States of America, as both a state and a criminal enterprise, has proven time and time again throughout its entire 238-year history that where Black people are concerned, genocide is the order of the day. The mass extrajudicial killings of Blacks aren’t just the result of rogue police officers and crazed racist vigilantes; it is a state sponsored program of containment designed to keep the Black nation in a position of subservience and subjugation to the White settler colonial nation.

 

The United States Government and the vast reactionary sector of the settler colonial nation who’s interests it was designed to represent, has been engaged in a war on Afrikan people from the time of its inception to the present day. The United States Government continues to lose legitimacy through its actions against our people. Through its refusal to address the ongoing human rights violations against the Black Nation the United States has shown itself to be the perpetual facilitator of the suffering of the Black Nation.

 

We cannot and should not count on our enemies – like the courts, and other forces of the US government or transnational corporations – to protect us. We have to protect ourselves. Justice for Mike Brown, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner or any of the hundreds of other Black women, men and children extra-judiciously executed by vigilantes, security guards and police every year will never be found in the courtrooms of the United States. Marissa Alexander is potentially facing decades in prison for firing a warning shot to defend herself and her children against an abusive partner while George Zimmerman is walking free after murdering Trayvon Martin in cold blood. Even in cases where the verdict apparently is in favor of our people, like in the conviction of Theodore Wafer for the murder of Renisha McBride, these sorts of trials uphold the status quo by not addressing the root issues behind the oppression of our people in a systematic way. The United States Government does not even have the right to try these cases because it is the primary architect of the state of emergency and continuous crisis the Black Nation is forced to endure. We cannot afford to be distracted from the work that must be done to insure the survival of our people.

 

The rebellion our people are waging in Ferguson must be supported. But, spontaneous rebellions are not enough. The only way we are going to successfully defend ourselves from genocide is to build a massive social movement with self-determination and self defense as its central unifying principles. We need a coordinated movement that strategically takes on the systemic oppression and exploitation that prevent Black people from exercising self-determination and human rights.  We have to defend ourselves if we want to survive.

 

We call on people around the country to support The Organization For Black Struggle based out of St. Louis, Missouri in their efforts to secure the resources to hire a full time organizer. They have been working since 1980 to fill the vacuum left by assaults on the Black Power Movement and have been providing critical leadership in support of the people’s struggle. To connect with The Organization For Black Struggle visit http://obs-onthemove.org/.

 

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) believes that an essential part of our Movement for survival must be Self-Defense Networks.

 

We think there are two types of Networks that we have to build:

 

 

New Afrikan or Black Self-Defense Networks are alliances, coalitions, or united fronts of Black organizations whose purpose is to defend the New Afrikan or Black community from external (the police, FBI, white terrorist organizations, etc.) and internal (agent infiltration, intra-communal violence, etc.) threats to its safety and security.

 

People’s Self-Defense Networks are multi-national (or multi-ethnic and/or racial) alliances, coalitions, or united fronts whose purpose is to defend their communities against mutual enemies and threats and advance a common agenda based on shared interests, hopes, and aspirations.

 

Oppressed peoples and communities can and will only be secure in this country when they are organized to defend themselves against the aggressions of the government and the forces of white supremacy and capitalist exploitation.

 

The Every 28 Hours Campaign proposes a model for organizing:

 

  1. The formation of Black Self-Defense Networks to defend our people and combat police terrorism. These Networks should seek to build Copwatch programs, engage in mass rights based education trainings for the community, serve as first responders to acts of Police Terrorism, and help coordinate mass resistance to these acts via mass mobilizations and direct action. These Networks should also be encouraged to engage in offensive campaigns, such as referendums to institute Police Control Boards.

 

  1. The formation of People’s Self-Defense Networks to defend the lives and interests of all oppressed peoples’ and exploited classes against various forms of state terrorism. These People’s Self-Defense Networks would work as multi-national alliances to engage in a broad manner all of the tasks mentioned above to defend oppressed peoples and targeted communities, such as LGBTQ2GNC communities, against institutionalized racism, white supremacy, institutionalized sexism, patriarchy and state repression be it racial profiling, gender profiling, stop and frisk, mass incarceration, or mass deportations.

 

  1. Waging campaigns for local referendums to institute Police Control mechanisms – i.e. community based structures that have the power to hire, fire, subpoena, and discipline the police on the local level. And waging massive, non-compliant campaigns of resistance employing BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) strategies and tactics on statewide, regional, and national levels.

 

  1. Forming People’s Assemblies, on local, citywide, and regional levels to engage in program and demand development initiatives that will enable the people to engage in the broad implementation of people’s programs for self-defense and mutual aid.

 

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the Every 28 Hours Campaign seeks to strengthen organizing initiatives within Black or New Afrikan communities for self-defense, by presenting these initiatives with a comprehensive analytical framework and practical organizing tools to ground and unite them.

 

MXGM offers to Black and other oppressed communities three resources

1) Operation Ghetto Storm, a full report on the 2012 extra judicial killings;

2) Let Your Motto Be Resistance, an organizing handbook for self-defense; and 3) We Charge Genocide Again!, a curriculum for the Every 28 Hours Campaign, to further this objective

 

Links:

 

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of Black People

http://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Operation-Ghetto-Storm.pdf

 

 

Let Your Motto Be Resistance

http://mxgm.org/let-your-motto-be-resistance-a-handbook-on-organizing-new-afrikan-and-oppressed-communities-for-self-defense/

 

 

We Charge Genocide Again!

http://mxgm.org/we-charge-genocide-again-new-curriculum-on-every-28-hours-report/

 

 

For more information on these resources or trainings please contact Taliba Obuya at taliba@mxgm.org

 

For coalition building and Self-Defense Networks please contact Watani Tyehimba at watani@mxgm.org.

 

Malcolm X – The House Negro and the Field Negro

 

Published on Feb 29, 2012

The House Negro and the Field Negro, speech by the great Malcolm X, after the March on Washington (1963). Malcolm X was still in the Nation of Islam.

 

 

 

Malcolm X: “Negro and the American Promise.”

 

Published on Apr 21, 2013

June 24th 1963. Dr. Kenneth Clark conducts probing interviews of N.O.I. leader Malcolm X, SCLC leader Martin Luther & Playwright James Baldwin in the hour long special examining the racial crisis in America. Dr. Clark and his wife fellow psychologist Mamie Phipps Clark, used dolls in their 1939 psychological experiment to gauge ego and self esteem in young Black American children. Black children identified with the Black dolls, but children of either race tended to view the White dolls favorably and the Black dolls unfavorably. The study concluded the Black American children internalize society’s negative stereotypes of Black Americans, Dr.Clark: “Two out of three African American children rejected the brown dolls.” Clark’s results were published in a 1950 paper, “Effects of Prejudice and Discrimination on Personality Development.” The Clarks paper on the “doll tests” was cited by the US Supreme Court in its landmark 1954 ruling, Brown v. Board of Education

 

 

 

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The Black Genocide Continues:

 

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Jordan Davis’ parents asked prosecutors not to seek the death penalty in Dunn trial

 

Michael Dunn won’t face death in his Friday sentencing and that will not bother Jordan Davis’ parents. They never wanted the state to execute Dunn.

 

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Justice 4 #JordanDavis: #MichaelDunn Sentenced to Life In Prison NO Parole. plus 105 years for lesser charges. Justice has been served. One down, So many more to go.

 

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World Food Day, October 16th, 2014.


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World Food Day

 

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

 

The World Food Day theme for 2014 is Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”

 

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World Food Day 2009
Observed by All UN Member States
Date 16 October
Next time 16 October 2014
Frequency annual

 

Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014

The 2014 World Food Day theme – Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” – has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.

The UN General Assembly has designated 2014 “International Year of Family Farming.” This is a strong signal that the international community recognizes the important contribution of family farmers to world food security.

 

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Did you know?

World Food Day was first held on 16 Oct 1981.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

2014 International Year of Family Farming

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

The United Nations named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. The goal throughout the year is to raise awareness of the challenges facing family farming — which is the largest employer in the world. The FAO says it is crucial to promote the sector as a way of production in order to combat hunger and poverty and contribute to healthy food systems.

 

 

Launch of the International Year of Family Farming 2014

 

Published on Nov 22, 2013

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Families share everything. They share their living space and their mealtimes. They share their aspirations, dreams, successes and failures. Throughout the developed and developing world, farming families reap the benefits of sharing the workload too.

 

In fact, with over 500 million family farms in the world, this is the predominant form of agriculture, and it is inextricably linked to world food security.

 

Ideally, men and women should have the access and support they need to manage and carry out the rural activities of food production, with their children taking on age-appropriate tasks after school and playtime.

 

As a farming family, they play a central role in ensuring environmental sustainability and the preservation of biodiversity. They are embedded in territorial networks and local cultures, and boost the local economy by spending their income mostly within local and regional markets.

 

Yet more than 70% of the food insecure population is made up of family farmers in rural areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Near East. They cannot reach their full production potential because they lack the access to natural resources, credit, policies and technologies they need.

 

And that’s why 2014 has been declared the International Year of Family Farming. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was invited to facilitate its implementation, in collaboration with Governments, International Development Agencies, farmers’ organizations and other relevant organizations of the United Nations system as well as non-governmental organizations.Because with the right agricultural, environmental and social policies, family farming can make an important contribution to the eradication of hunger and poverty, while protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development.

 

 

2014 International Year of Family Farming

 

Published on Mar 28, 2014

Have you ever wondered who produces the food that reaches your table?

 

8 out of 10 people who produce food in Latin America and the Caribbean are family farmers.

 

Family Farming is a way of classifying agricultural, forestry, fishing, pastoral and aquaculture production, and it depends on family labor, from women and men.

 

Around the world, families who harvest, raise fish, poultry and livestock, help fight hunger, reduce poverty and protect the environment.

 

But to enhance their contribution, small-scale producers need to be recognized by society, and to participate in dialogues on public policy and appropriate legislation.

 

2014 International Year of Family Farming

 

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Events

United States of America

World Food Day has been a tradition in the USA since the first World Food Day in 1982. In the United States the endeavor is sponsored by 450 national, private voluntary organizations. One example for World Food Day events is the World Food Day Sunday Dinners that Oxfam America sponsors in collaboration with several other non profits. Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and author Francis Moore Lappe have teamed up with Oxfam America to promote World Food Day Sunday Dinners. The Iowa Hunger Summit has been held on or near World Food Day since 2007, and is organized by the World Food Prize in conjunction with their annual symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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What is World Food Day?

On October 16, World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger.
Be a part of the solution in your community and around the world.

 

Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number is zero

 

Many think that hunger is about too many people and too little food. But that’s not true. Our planet produces enough food to feed every woman, man, and child. Instead, hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequalities in access to resources. Right now, many farmers in poor countries—the people who grow the food the world relies on—don’t have the power to access the resources they need to thrive.

 

The UN declared 2014 the “International Year of Family Farming”, citing the important role that these farmers play in ending hunger and poverty.  But despite recent gains, the overall trend in the past 30 years has been to reduce the investment in agriculture in the developing world.  And family farmers in the US face challenges too. Imagine what headway we could have made in reducing hunger if there had been a steady investment in family farmers. Imagine what these farmers could accomplish if they had access to the resources they need.

 

The first step to ending hunger is awareness. Start a conversation with these five conversation starters to bring to the table on World Food Day.

 

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The Last 24™


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President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the White House on Tuesday morning, hours after airstrikes against ISIL militants in Syria started. Later, with first lady Michelle, the president departs for New York city for the United Nations General Assembly and fundraising to benefit the Senate Democrats.

 

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

Speaking from the South Lawn at the White House, President Obama delivered an update on the U.S. military airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria. September 23, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama Speaks at the 2014 Climate Summit

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

On September 23, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks at the 2014 Climate Summit at the United Nations in New York, New York.

 

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio (UN Messenger of Peace) at the opening of Climate Summit 2014

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

United Nations – Statement by Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio, UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, at the opening of the Climate Summit 2014.

 

 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio’s opening remarks at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York City.

 

 

The President Meets with His Climate Task Force

 

Published on Jul 16, 2014

President Obama meets with his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, July 16, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama Delivers Remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

President Obama addressed the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, New York on September 23, 2014.

 

 

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President Obama Delivers a Statement at the Arab Coalition Leaders Meeting

 

Published on Sep 23, 2014

September 23, 2014: President Obama addresses the Arab Coalition Leaders Meeting in New York, New York.

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks

 

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Statement by the President on Airstrikes in Syria

 

Remarks by the President at U.N. Climate Change Summit

 

Remarks by the President at Clinton Global Initiative

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Conviction and Sentencing of Ilham Tohti

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Civil Society

 

Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution Regarding Iraq

 

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions To Strengthen Global Resilience To Climate Change And Launches Partnerships To Cut Carbon Pollution

 

Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution Regarding Syria

 

FACT SHEET: Changes to U.S. Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy

 

Statement by the President

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

President Obama’s Greeting for Rosh Hashanah

 

September 23, 2014 | 1:38 | Public Domain

President Obama wishes all those celebrating the Jewish High Holidays a happy and healthy new year.

 

 

 

President Obama Signs the America’s Promise Summit Declaration

 

September 22, 2014 | 2:33 | Public Domain

On September 22, 2014 in the Oval Office, President Obama delivered remarks at the signing of America’s Promise Summit Declaration.

 

 

 

“The Most Important Title is ‘Citizen'”: President Obama on the Significance of a Civil Society

 

President Obama: “No Nation Is Immune” to Climate Change

 

Chart of the Week: Why We Can’t Wait to Act on Climate Change

 

An Important Step in Our Fight Against Climate Change

 

President Obama Delivers a Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

 

Wishing You a Sweet, Happy, and Healthy New Year

 

Happy Birthday, We the People! Marking Three Years of Online Petitions

 

The First Lady Passes 1 Million Followers on Twitter and Instagram

 

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Most Energetic Ferguson Protester

 

 

Michael Brown Memorial Burns In Ferguson Missouri, As Ferguson Police Stand By And Watch.

 

 

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