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Dear friends,

Seed the Commons is one of more than 300 organizations in 17 countries to have signed a joint statement, World Says No to War on Yemen. This Monday, we will join the Bay Area Car Caravan for Yemen. We urge all Bay Area residents to join us.

If you care about human rights, and especially the right to food, don’t ignore this crisis. Yemen is now the stage of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. In 2018, Save the Children estimated that 85 000 children had died of hunger since 2015. In 2020, UNICEF estimated that 2 million children under the age of 5 were suffering from acute malnutrition. 

From the organizers of the car caravan: The war is only possible because Western countries -- and the United States and Britain in particular -- continue to arm Saudi Arabia and provide military, political and logistical support for the war. The disaster in Yemen is man-made. It is caused by the war and blockade. It can be ended.

 We demand that right now our governments:

*Stop foreign aggression on Yemen

*Stop weapons and war support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

*Lift the blockade on Yemen and open all land and seaports

*Restore and expand humanitarian aid for the people of Yemen. 

Bay Area residents, RSVP here to meet at 12pm this Monday at 444 Spear St., San Francisco, for a socially distanced protest. For those who reside elsewhere, please join the World Says No to War on Yemen - Global Online Rally.  

Join the Bay Area Car Caravan

Despite the horrors going on in Yemen and elsewhere, we are thrilled that we can also begin the year by sharing with you a concrete step you can take towards building a beautiful, sustainable and compassionate alternative to our war-based economy. 

Helen Atthowe, a vegan organic farmer with decades of farming and research under her belt, has partnered with Organic Agriculture Centre Canada to present a free 6-week Zoom workshop series this January - March. She will present how she and her late husband developed reduced & no-till, closed-system, plant-based, organic farming methods over the past 35 years on their farms in Montana, California, and Oregon. Below is a link and description of the first session, for which I have already signed up!

January 27 - Soil Building to Eliminate Brought-In Fertility 

FREE registration required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/soil-building-to-eliminate-brought-in-fertility-with-helen-atthowe-registration-136737207669

In this first session, we learn from Helen how a “soil organic matter system” based on the ten ecological principles for managing relationships rather than just crops can be created. We will learn how to evolve away from tillage and off-farm materials as fertilizers. The goal is a high carbon, low-nitrogen, grow-our-own-fertilizer system using living mulches and hay mulch.

This year, let's grow some veggies and end the wars. 

Nassim

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