I (Paul) just returned from a La Via Campesina Youth Convergence with people from all over Turtle Island (North America). We harvested veggies from the snow in Rogersville, New Brunswick, Mi'kmaq territory, with people who had never seen snow before, we dove into peasant feminism and climate chaos, we shared delicious Acadian meals and scrumptious Mi'qmak dishes together. We came together to increase our abilities to farm and advocate for peasant farmers' rights and the rights of Indigenous peoples, farm workers, small scale farmers, people living in rural areas. It was hefty collective work and I loved it!
For anyone that wants to see a sustainable, just, regenerative food system, please start following along with the actions of La Via Campesina. They represent 210 million peasant/small scale farmers and Indigenous folks from around the world, including us from National Farmers Union (Canada).
This upcoming week is focused on amplifying the message of ending violence against women.
"La Via Campesina's Call to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Harare, November 19, 2019) From 25 to 30 November 2019, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, La Via Campesina is calling upon its members and allies to carry out mobilizations and actions to strengthen our collective struggle for a conscious and free society, which does not exploit humans and nature. The global peasant movement denounces the capitalist, patriarchal, racist and colonizing system that exploits, oppresses and attacks the lives of women and humanity in general."