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GDAF Newsletter vol1.2

GDAF Newsletter vol1.2

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Published by Carlos Huerta
Greece Road to the Future,
Claiming Space Involving the Alternative,
Territory as Emancipatory Space,
The Global Food Crisis Brought To You By Our Friends On Wall Street,
Questionnaire,
Resources

Greece Road to the Future,
Claiming Space Involving the Alternative,
Territory as Emancipatory Space,
The Global Food Crisis Brought To You By Our Friends On Wall Street,
Questionnaire,
Resources

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www.facebook.com/FoodAssemblySDfoodassemblySD@gmail.com page 1
Is There A Food Crisis?
M
odern civilization is the re-sult of years of conquests andexpansion: an elite dominant groupimposing their dominance by pil-laging and displacing other groupsin order to expand their territory,obtains resources and slaves to ex-tract wealth and goods. In ancienttimes, the Persians, Romans and theOttoman Empire, followed by Eu-ropean colonialism during the “Ageof Exploration,” Manifest Destinythrough Western colonial expansionand the genocide of Native Ameri-cans, and currently the military im- perial policies over the Middle East,are a few examples that outline the
Greece’s Road To The Future 
by Carlos Huerta
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Claiming Space: Involve the Alternative 
Interview with Four of the Organizers of Sobreruedas en el Barrio: A Neighbor- hood Market 
 A
vital Aboody, Genoveva Agui-lar, Marilyn Armenta, and Sara Garcia are four of the or- ganizers of the Sobreruedas en el  Barrio: A Neighborhood Market.The interview was conducted (and later edited and translated) byCarlos Huerta and Nic Paget-Clarke on February 2, 2013 in Barrio Logan in San Diego, Cali- fornia. This is Part 1 of the inter-view. Part 2 will be in the next is- sue.
March 2013 The Growing Discussion About Food Newsletter Volume 1, Number 2
I
s there a food crisis? Is therean economic crisis? Is there aclimate change crisis? Or arewe just Chicken Little afraid thatthe sky is falling?
We will be focusing on this in upcoming issues.You decide.
“advance of civilization” through conquests. The subordinategroup is either exterminated or submits. When it is not elimi-nated it leaves room for resistance and liberation struggles totake place.Smaller conquests of this sort also take place in our ownneighborhoods with the subordination of local economies totransnational policies; it has been institutionalized and nor-malized. Corporate colonialism is a reality. It’s seen when cor- porations like Walmart and Monsanto use their influence on positions of power (i.e. the White House) to pass Free TradeAgreements, to take over Indigenous land and natural re-sources in Third World countries -- countries considered poor yet rich in resources. It’s seen when they go to low-incomeneighborhoods displacing and eradicating local culture andeconomies and outsourcing jobs overseas to facilitate childlabor practices and pay slave wages (i.e. Apple) while mo-nopolizing the means of production. The problem of corpo-
Part 1 – To Share Culture
GDAF:
 
What is the Sobreruedas idea?
Genoveva Aguilar:
The main idea is to have space for our community to share culture, to share ideas, to have business,to have the opportunity for them to create their own business.And, at the same time, claiming space where community runs.Because we don’t have a lot of those spaces anymore in thiscommunity. It goes back to the history of this communitywhich has been hit by gentrification for the past ten years. Thefirst thing that we saw was a lot of displacement of the com-munity. The rents went really up with redevelopment and thedevelopment of downtown. They took care of downtown butthey didn’t take care of the surrounding areas.The market went down so that gentrification slowed down,in terms of housing, but now we are seeing it in terms of busi-
 
The Growing Discussion About Food 
 page 2www.facebook.com/FoodAssemblySDfoodassemblySD@gmail.com
rate colonialism, a natural growth of capitalism, is its need to profit from the exploitation of land and workers. Those thatcontrol the natural resources and means of production controlthe people.But, recently, Greece has seen community efforts cometogether to set up alternative economies, including co-oper-atives, and reclaim land. Since the 2008 economic crisis, theGreek economy has been the epicenter of the Eurozone fi-nancial crisis. In its 6th year of recession, austerity measureshave been imposed on the people, drastically cutting manysocial services, wages, and pensions. Unemployment and the prices of goods have increased, and many workers have goneunpaid. There has been a 90% reduction of pharmaceuticalmedicines because companies don’t see a profit, and accessto food has been on a decline. Athens aims to cut 25,000 jobs before the end of this year.
Naturals Resources:Land and Water to Greece Roots
“The land is my strength. I think that when you have the landyou can feed yourself, you can produce anything, you can behappy,” says Alexandra Tricha a former scientist in Greece inresponse to the increased number of people returning to thefarms. In a time of economic turmoil, as tens of thousands arewithout jobs and thousands lose their jobs every day, an exo-dus of Greeks has taken the road back to their farming past.According to an article published by Al Jazeera, the farmingsector added 32,000 jobs between 2008 and 2010. There hasalso been an increase in enrollment in agricultural school asapplications for classes such as cheese-making have tripled.In turn, the university distributes food free or at low prices tothe people. Access and distribution of food straight throughnetworks of farmers has resulted in food cheaper than if it was bought from the stores.This increase in mobilization to the land is more notice-able among the middle-aged. The younger generations are,however, going to sea to fish and work on ships. Having a col-lege degree in Greece means that you are overqualified to geta job and many are looking to Greece’s rich past in farming,wine-making, and the sea as a step to the future.
Co-ops: Taking Over the Means of Production
While some are going back to Greece’s roots, many seeworkers-run-factories as the way to liberate themselves and provide jobs for the unemployed. On February 13, 2013 strik-ing workers at the Vio.Me factory in Thessaloniki, Greecedecided to restart production under workers’ control. Due tounemployment being 30%, 57.8% among the youth, and hav-
Greece’s Road To The Future 
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ing gone unpaid since May 2011, the workers of Vio.Me --through a decision of the general assembly -- “declared their determination to not fall prey to a condition of perpetual un-employment,” and that they would take control of the meansof production, the factory, and operate it themselves. This pro- posal was brought to the general assembly with the goal of reclaiming the empty factory as a cooperative being run by theworkers, demanding legal recognition as a co-op, and provid-ing a roadmap for others factories to open up.Vio.Me has called for factory workers worldwide to re-open bankrupted factories, to take control of them without any bosses, and manage them themselves. Vio.Me state on their official website that “the struggle should not be limited toVio.Me. In order for it to be victorious, it should be general-ized and spread to all the factories and businesses … becauseonly through a network of self-managed factories will Vio.Me be able to thrive and light the way towards a different organi-zation of production and the economy, with no exploitation,inequality or hierarchy.”The alternatives born out of the Greek struggle suggest thewave of a new future, showing that it is through the liberationand networking of the means of production and the reclaim-ing of natural resources as the universal hereditary gift for all. When this liberation, networking, and reclaiming is rundemocratically, bottom-up, and horizontally, through the will-ing cooperation of the people, social and economic justice can be achieved.
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The editors of 
The
 
Growing Discussion About Food 
news-letter encourage submissions.Please include your name and contact info so that we caninform you should we decide to publish your submission.Send submissions to:
 foodassemblySD@gmail.com
Written contributions by James Bartoli, Mariah Gayler, PatHerron, Carlos Huerta, Nic Paget-Clarke, Raúl ZibechiEditor/translator of Spanish edition: Carlos HuertaMasthead Art by Nicole GonzalezArt on page 6
wildfower 
by James BartoliLayout by Nic Paget-ClarkeJoin
The
 
Growing Discussion About Food 
on our Face- book community and discussion pages:
https://www.facebook.com/FoodAssemblySDhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/foodassembly
 
The Growing Discussion About Food 
 page 3www.facebook.com/FoodAssemblySDfoodassemblySD@gmail.com
nesses. Corporations are coming into our community. The So- breruedas is a space where we allow the community to meetto share culture, to have the opportunity of owning its own business and have that environment before more corporationsstart coming into our community, start invading. That’s how Isee the Sobreruedas.
Goods On Wheels
GDAF:
 
What’s the origin of the name Sobreruedas?
Genoveva Aguilar:
I heard the word in Tijuana with my aunt.People put out their stuff and sell them, a lot. But somebodytold me it goes all the way back to the (Mexican) revolution.That they used to bring their goods on wheels and that’s whyit got the name “Sobreruedas,” – wheels are running. They brought their goods on wheels to sell them where the base of the people – who were, involved in the revolution – where themovement was going to be. They would go with their stuff,with the food, or whatever.If you can describe it in modern words, it’s like a swap-meet. It is not a farmers’ market. A farmers’ market in our community didn’t play so really well because with farmers’markets we still need a lot of education on organics, stuff likethat. The Sobreruedas is: whatever you need to sell, you cansell at Sobreruedas.It is mostly like a claiming of space.We used to have a similar thing in the historic Farmers’Market building. The Farmers’ Market was like a Sobreruedas but inside doors, where they are building the Walmart.
(Edi-tors: In 2012, with strong community opposition, Walmart took over and demolished much of the front of the building that once housed the Farmers Market.)
Improve the quality of life
GDAF:
 
Who is organizing the Sobreruedas?
Avital Aboody:
The Sobreruedas is a project that is comingout of a partnership of organizations called the Greater LoganHeights Community Partnership (GLHCP), of which Casa deVecinos Organizados is a member. Casa de Vecinos Organiza-dos is very connected to a group of resident leaders that theyhave worked with over the past year through a leadership in-stitute, training residents to understand their rights and to getmore involved in organizing the neighborhood around com-munity projects that will improve the quality of life.Through Casa de Vecinos Organizados, the partnership(the GLHCP) has taken on this project as a way to have resi-dents decide for themselves what kind of project they want toconduct in the neighborhood. We had meetings earlier in the
Claiming Space: Involve the Alternative 
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Organizers of Casa de Vecinos Organizados (from left): José Sanchez, Avital Aboody, Sara Garcia, Genoveva Aguilar (with Philip Aguilar) and Marilyn Armenta.

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