Community to Community Development is a place based, women-led grassroots organization working for a just society and healthy communities.
We are committed to systemic change and to creating strategic alliances that strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice.
News and Events
- 8th Annual Community Supported Justice Potluck-March 28th, 2014
Friday, March 28th, 5:30-8:30 pm
St. Luke’s Community Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Pkwy., Bellingham, WA
Keynote Speaker: Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant
COST: A healthy potluck dish AND $5-$10 solidarity donation. DESSERT & BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED
Join us in our 8th Annual Community Supported Justice Potluck as we honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez and the work of Community to Community Development (C2C). 2013 was a historic and dynamic year for farmworker rights, racial equity and environmental justice! Come celebrate the Movement with C2C and Seattle Councilwoman, Kshama Sawant!
More than ever before, C2C needs the support of the community as we build on the momentum of last year! 2014 will be another critical year for immigration, farmworker, economic, gender and racial justice. This is our biggest fundraising event of the year! This year, we have a goal of raising $10,000 and we know this type of community supported justice is possible! Please consider joining us and taking an active role by funding the Movement!
C2C is thrilled and honored to be joined by Seattle City Councilwoman, Kshama Sawant as our Keynote Speaker. In the 2013 general election, Sawant defeated 16-year incumbent Democrat Richard Conlin for a seat on the Seattle City Council. She is the first socialist to be elected in Seattle for more than a century. This trailblazing campaign is based on funding human needs, not corporate greed. Sawant is an economics teacher at Seattle Central Community College and a member of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1789. She was an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, and is a fighter for workers, women, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. Councilwoman Sawant actively supported the Skagit farmworker’s right to strike this past summer! C2C stands in solidarity with the $15 minimum wage campaign for ALL workers!
- 20 Years of NAFTA! An ACTION against UNFAIR trade agreements! Friday, 1/31, 2:00 pm
Friday, January 31st 2:00 pm
At WWU for a Solidarity Action to continue the resistance against unfair trade agreements.
PANEL 2:00pm - The Legacy of NAFTA – Fairhaven Auditorium
Prof Maury Foizy (RETIRED) - Whatcom Rainbow Leader and activist against NAFTA in the 90′s
Maru Mora Villalpando, Latino Advocacy LLC - WA State Immigrant Rights Leader
Rosalinda Guillen, C2C Executive Director - NAFTA and farm workers
Edgar Franks, Coordinator C2C Formación Cívica - the State of the Movement building resistance against unfair trade agreements
RALLY 3:30pm - Performing Arts Center Plaza
- PNW Peoples Movement Assembly!
- What does a Fair Trade Tamale cost in Whatcom County?
- BUILD AN ECONOMY FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE PLANET!
C2C’s Formacion Civica Coordinator, Edgar Franks, writes for Grassroots Global Justice Alliance!
“People in grassroots movements across the world are leading the way envisioning and practicing our many alternatives to global capitalism. We are making our futures together, one day at a time.”
- WHEN LOW WAGE WORKERS REBEL! MONDAY, NOV. 18
JOIN Farm Worker leader Ramon Torres,Worker Organizer Carlos Hernandez and UFCW 21 Organizer Rhonda Ivie as they give a workers report on current labor struggles!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013
BELLINGHAM UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP
1207 ELLSWORTH STREET
BELLINGHAM, WA 98225
For more information: 360.738.0964
NOT TO BE MISSED!
- GET OUT THE VOTE PARTY! THURSDAY, OCT 24!
Let’s get out the vote in Whatcom County! Join us for a night of food, music and civic engagement education! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
LYNDEN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 500 14th Street, Lynden, WA
- Statements of Solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia!
Statement of support from the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center!
“The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center wishes to convey our support to the striking workers from Sakuma Brothers farms. We shared details of the strike and the workers demands and grievances at the Friday Night Vigil and there was great interest. We will be sharing details and media coverage with our membership over the weekend until the strike has ended and the demands are met. We believe all workers should have access to a fair and living wage for their labor, that adequate sick and recovery time and breaks are essential for a decent workplace, and that workers should be free from intimidation by their supervisors. Solidarity!”
Statement of support from Whatcom Democrats!“The Whatcom County Democratic Party stands strong with the workers at Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm. We are very concerned that the farmworkers are reporting untenable living conditions and wages far below Washington State minimum wage. We strongly believe that all workers are entitled to a safe work environment, the right to organize, and a fair livable wage. We affirm workers’ right to fair treatment, living wages and collective bargaining. We urge both parties to continue negotiations and hope that the farm and the workers are able to reach a decision that is fair to all.”
Statement of Support from WhyHunger!
“WhyHunger supports the Sakuma Brothers Farms strikers and their courageous fight for dignity.”
Statement of Support from Community Alliance for Global Justice!
“CAGJ’s Food Justice Project will continue to follow the negotiations as they develop, and to work in solidarity with the Sakuma farmworkers and Community to Community to support the Sakuma Farmworkers struggle for justice. We encourage everyone to learn about and support the valuable work committed to equal rights for those who labor to produce our food. Then, take action to support the invaluable work of local food justice projects, union grocers, locally sourced restaurants, local food processors, urban farms, family farmers, farm workers, food chain workers, and other important parts of the Pacific Northwest and global food system!”
Solidarity Statement from Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales (FIOB)
“El Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales, FIOB, que esta
compuesto de individuos y organizaciones indígenas migrantes y no
migrantes de base social en Oaxaca, Baja California y California
enérgicamente saluda y respalda la lucha de los 200 trabajadores del
campo, hermanos y hermanasTriquis y Mixtecos quienes fueron a
huelga la semana pasada en los campos de Burlington en el estado de
Washington para protestar las condiciones de trabajo en Sakuma
Brothers Farm. Y felicitamos sus primeros logros como el que C.
Federico López fue contratado nuevamente después de haber sido
despedido el 10 de Julio, 2013.”
Solidarity from Central Co-op!“You may have heard about the labor dispute taking place in Skagit Valley, between berry pickers and Sakuma Brothers Farms, that’s been ongoing since this summer. Our Produce manager checked into it, and none of the berries we carry come from this farm, and we’re pretty sure they never have.
Still, injustice anywhere in our food system reinforces the potential for injustice everywhere. If you’d like to learn more about this particular issue or support the striking farmworkers,Community Alliance for Global Justice has some great background info on the subject and lots of ways to help. http://
- YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW UP AND SUPPORT FARM WORKER JUSTICE!
FARM WORKER DAY OF ACTION-SATURDAY, OCT. 5
RALLY BEGINS AT 10:00 am
BOYCOTT PICKET 11:00 am-3:00 pm
MEET IN BURLINGTON, WA-HWY 20, EXIT 230HEAD EAST AND LOOK FOR BANNERS
The Skagit Valley Farm Worker Day of Action Rally and Picket line has been moved from the Cook Rd. Exit 232, to Exit 230 in Burlington WA. Due to some last minute developments the rally in support of Skagit Farm Workers has been moved to a more visible location. Hope everyone can be there and please pass this message along. Familias Unidas por la Justicia will be releasing a statement later today on why tomorrows action is necessary. Thank you for your continued support! See you tomorrow!
- CALL IN DAY TO SAKUMA BERRY FARMS-TODAY-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance Announces!!
Friday, October 4, 2013 IS…..
CALL IN Day to Sakuma Berry Farms: 360 757 6611
Why? 400 families of Indigenous Farm Workers organized as Familias Unidas por la Justicia and accompanied by C2C (a founding member of USFSA) are standing tall in response to Disrespect and Exploitation! They are on strike! Their chosen leader and negotiator has been fired and is being defamed in a smear campaign.
Sakuma Berry Farm Management needs to hear from YOU! Ask to speak to Mr. Sakuma or to leave him a message.
Talking Points: (choose two or more!) Sakuma Berry Farms: 360 757 6611
1) I am _____________ (and I represent___________ (organization, church, alliance)), calling from ______________. would like to leave a message for the owner of Sakuma Berry Farms.
2) Negotiate in good faith! Sakuma Berry Farm management needs to return to negotiations to resolve this labor dispute.
3) Rehire Ramon Torres, the chosen leader of the farmworkers.
4) Farmworkers deserve respect and a living wage, and they need their jobs to be assured for next year.
5) We plan on boycotting Haagen-Dazs ice cream and Driscoll brand berry products and letting them know.
If you have time, you could make a second call to Haagen-Dazs (800)767-0120 or call Diane McIntyre, media contact for Nestle Foods 510-601-4338 firstname.lastname@example.org and a third call to Driscoll: 800 871 3333 or leave a written message at http://www.haagendazs.com/
Home/ContactUs/ Demand that Haagen-Dazs enforce Sakuma Berry Farms to abide by the Nestle/Haagen-Dazs Code for Suppliers and respect the rights of the farmworkers to associate and bargain collectively. Sakuma Berry Farm managements must negotiate in good faith with the farm workers.
Community to Community and Familias Unidas por la Justicia would like to thank all of our supporters who continue to fight for justice in our food system! Si Se Puede!