November: Help Us Bring "Food Chains" to the Bay Area, Prop 1: Water, Cal Ag Roots Project

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 Help Us Bring "Food Chains" to the Bay Area November 24th!

 Weekly Blog Round Up

 New 'Cal Ag Roots Project'

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Help Us Bring "FOOD CHAINS" to the

Bay Area for Its DEBUT, November 24th!


Monday, November 24th, 7:30pm

at the AMC Bay Street 16

5614 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA

California Institute for Rural Studies has been selected as a host for this film and a % of the door will be donated to us.  But more importantly, this film will inform people about the experiences faced by some farmworkers in the US.

We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity, but we need to pre-sell 92 seats in order for the screening to proceed. Consider buying a group of tickets with your friends or colleagues!

"Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply   and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this."

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. This is a great way to learn more during International Food Workers Week!

Food Chains premiered a the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival. The film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser.

How this works: "Food Chains" has partnered with the event service Tugg, who help give hundreds of independent films wider distribution by bringing them together with organizations and individuals who are passionate about the subject matter, to host screenings. A minimum number of tickets must be PRE-SOLD for these events to happen, and the only way our screening will happen is if we sell 92 tickets, in ADVANCE, by November 17th! So we still need to sell 63 more - help us make our goal! IF we do not sell 92 tickets by November 17th, your card will not be charged, if we do, it will.

More Information:

Co-sponsored by Food Chain Workers Alliance


California Institute for Rural Studies

Weekly Blog Round Up

"No Free Pass to Discriminate Against Immigrant Workers: Salas vs. Sierra Chemical Comapany," by Megan Beaman

"Drought Dominates in California," by Philip Martin

"California Legislative Roundup for 2014," by Adam Kotin

"Prop 1: Water, " by Annie Beaman, which is below.

All articles are featured on our website in the Rural California Report Blog, and are available there as free downloadable files.
California water system 

Prop 1: Water

By Annie Beaman

In less than two weeks (today!), Californians will vote on a water bond (Proposition 1), which would allow the state to assume $7.5 billion of debt in order to fund major water projects throughout California. The 2014 water bond represents significant compromise by the state legislature. Assembly Bill 1471—The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014—was overwhelmingly approved in August, passing by a vote of 77 to 2 in the State Assembly and unanimously in the Senate. The legislatively-referred Proposition 1 is almost a third less expensive than the two previous water bond acts which were removed from the ballot in 2010 and 2012.

The 2014 water bond will not fund short-term projects related to the current drought; rather, it creates a funding mechanism for long-term, generally large-scale water projects that are deemed to be publicly beneficial in one or more ways. Continue Reading


CIRS Takes on New Project, 'Cal Ag Roots'

We have just hired Ildi Carlisle-Cummins to work with us as a Project Director, for her Cal Ag Roots Project. Executive Director Gail Wadsworth says, “CIRS has actively influenced the history of California farming and our legacy continues to push us forward. As we envision the future of California agriculture, CIRS is working to foster an understanding of the past, gather existing resources into a central repository and create new resources that draw on our historical knowledge. Ildi’s Cal Ag Roots Project is an opportunity for us to continue this process, which began in 2012 with the recreation of our website and the rebirth of an important CIRS publication, the Rural California Report, in the form of a weekly blog.” Welcome Ildi!



Don't Forget to Vote - Polls Are Open!


Thank you for your continued support!

Gail Wadsworth

 Executive Director,

California Institute for Rural Studies

 California Institute for Rural Studies
P.O. Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617


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