Family Farm Defenders (Kansas Chapter)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Are we Healing Ourselves through Urban Gardening? Halla if dee answer is a Resounding YAAAAAS!!!! Peoplez!!!!!!

Are we Healing Ourselves through Urban Gardening? Halla if dee answer is a Resounding YAAAAAS!!!! Peoplez!!!!!!

Coming.......with all de joy an; love I can muster

The 7th International Meeting of Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture and Cooperativism: 17 to 23 November 2019, Havana, CUBA

The 7th International Meeting of Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture and Cooperativism: 
17 to 23 November 2019, Havana, CUBA
(English/Spanish) 

The 7th International Meeting Of Agroecology, Sustainable Agriculture and Cooperativism, is set for 17 to 23 November 2019 in Havana with the participation of about 250 delegates says Radio Havana Cuba. The large majority will be 100 institutions of La Via Campesina, an international movement of small and medium farmers' organizations, rural women, indigenous communities, immigrant farm workers, young farmers and those farming without land are some of those topis which will be addressed and their role in the development of food sovereignty as well as the incorporation of young people, women and agroecology. ANAP in Cuba of La Via Campesina uses the methodologoy of farmer to farmer to pass on information and integrate farmers.

For further details and to register for this event, please contact:
Vermont Carribean Institute, home of the Cuban-US Agroecology Network, http://www.vtcarribean.org/collaborative-projects.
html; http://www.agroecologynetwork.org/ at this email: 
info@vtcarribean.org

The Cuban-US Agroecology Network will for the 3rd time be volunteering  to help facilitate the registration of those US citizens who would like to attend this event as part of the Network's mission to help build bridges between the agroecology movements in both countries. This year (2019) it looks like all foreign (non Cuban) participants will need to apply for permission to attend EARLY, so contact us soon!

This conference used to be like this, says Dr. Fernandez,  and then for the past 2 events ANAP was able to have foreign participants participate on tourist visas. VCI has registered US citizens for this event  many times in the past, it is more cumbersome, and all participants will need to register much earlier than in other years. "But,' as the indomitable Dr. Margarita Fernandez, says," it is doable" 

Thanks to Otto Manuel Anderez of Inifat Inifatfor sharing this information!!!

(Spanish/Espanol)
El VII Encuentro Internacional de Agroecología, Agricultura Sostenible y Cooperativismo, fue convocado para los días 17 al 23 de noviembre, en La Habana, con la participación de alrededor de 250 delegados, publica Radio Habana Cuba.
Gran parte de los que asistirán proceden de un centenar de instituciones integrantes de La Vía Campesina, movimiento internacional a la que Cuba pertenece y que agrupa a organizaciones de campesinos, pequeños y medianos productores, mujeres rurales, comunidades indígenas, trabajadores agrícolas emigrantes, jóvenes y jornaleros sin tierra.
Entre los temas objeto de análisis figuran la Agricultura Familiar e Indígena, su rol en el desarrollo rural y la soberanía alimentaria, y la incorporación de los jóvenes y las mujeres a los sistemas agroecológicos.
El Movimiento Agroecológico de la ANAP es un referente para diversas organizaciones de la Vía Campesina, lo cual, según la convocatoria “constituye un honor y un compromiso para el campesinado cubano”, y lo exhorta a “continuar cosechando resultados en la implementación de la Metodología de Campesino a Campesino”.
Fecha:
Miércoles, 9 de enero del 2019
Tomado de:
Radio Rebelde
Otras Noticias
http://www.redciencia.cu/…/convocan-en-guantanamo-a-e…/6140…

Dee' Detroit People's CO-OP is Divine! Black and Peopleeez Co-ops, Gardens and Community Farms do Mo' dan Close de Racial Wealth Gap!! They HEAL US!!! And HEALED People and COMMUNITIES create da' New and Betta' World We Allz Needs!


We are not gathered here today in order to change the world. We are here with a more modest proposal — to create a new world. We. Today. Here.” 
 —Zapatista communique, April 4, 1996

I recently skimmed an uninspiring article purporting a staid and worn out, conventional and well-accepted point of view that I myself might have written just a few years ago (Smile!) So, kudos to the author for getting a good conversation started about something worth talking about!!!!!!. It was entitled “Why Coops and Community Farms Can’t Close the Racial Wealth Gap.”

As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself, “Lawd, who iz lookin’ da close de racial wealth gap. Wee peoplez, paticularly weez AMERICUNS is consumin’ 2 much of everyding already!!! We need to be reducing allz our consumption, not consuming mo’ and trying ta catch up with de consumption levels of dee so called RICH!!!!!!”
The article featured a FINE! (Did I say FINE?) picture of Malik Yakini, ED of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network . 

Today howeva" thanks to my hard work, my ancestors and continued and relentless search for dee truf, I hav’ a different perspective!!!! Hallellujah! (Smile!) I now know, gratefully, there is something mo’ impo’tan dan closing da racial wealth gap involved in peoplez coops, gardenz and farms; who want da close dat anyway; lik I said, we iz all consuming way 2 much already. Mama Earth is gonna’ collapse!!!!

“Yaaas,” as  the beautiful, young  and brilliant Shakara Tyler saaays, we allz need fud stuffs and healthy fuds and we need da grow it in harmony with Muder Earth, but maybe de is sumptin' else goin’ on here as well besides feedin’ our bodies which admittedly iz impo’tant!!!!

Maybe weez bee feddin’ sumptin else besides our bodies as well!!! Maybe we bee feeding our SOULS 2!!!! And all yall’s know in dis der America in 2019 we allz badly needz to feed our soulz!!!! Jes’ look around at da sufferin’, violence. We allz knows our society and humanity itself need' a GRAND CHANGE! And maybe deez people co-ops, gardens and farms are part of dis' GRAND CHANGE! Jes' maybe!

And as well, maybe jes’ maybe, deez community gardens, farms and coops, maybe  dey is changin’ us, wee human beings, as much as wee is changing how we grow our food and what we eat!!!

I’m gonna’ suggest ta you dat today in modern society, our souls are at stake, human peace and sanity iz at stake, and maybe jes’ maybe people's coops, community gardens and farms got sumptin' ta do wid savin' dem!!

Jes' maybe!!!!!

Money is meaningless without PEACE and CONSCIOUSNESS!!! Don't buy into this world's focus on the material when it is and always will be the spiritual which trumps all!! The world is off course with its intense focus on the material!!!!!! Look at our ancestors; they triumphed with humility, spiritual practice, love, community and devotion. 

Furthermore, global leaders all point out the coming collapse of this world by the end of this century due to our relentless material consumption! It is destroying our world and our Mother Earth upon which we depend to live

It is consequently our spiritual growth which is the most important thing and why we are here. And when we do grow spiritually and manifest higher consciousness we also will have enough for all our material needs!

Get off this sinking material boat of endless and ever increasing material consumption and focus on what is real and really important: our own individual, family and communal healing, peace and consciousness; things MONEY can never buy!!!! 

Don't judge our success as a people by the values of the world and all those who subscribe to these fallacious values for material consumption at all cost. The world is  on a sinking ship! Our ship cannot sink!!!!! 

SMILE!!!!!" 

As the amazing Zapatista community of Mexico says:
 “We are not gathered here today in order to change the world. We are here with a more modest proposal — to create a new world. We. Today. Here.”
 —Zapatista communique, April 4, 1996

And so are we the peoplez here in the USA! With our coops, community gardens, community food projects we are not working to change this world; we are working for a more modest proposal as say the Zapatistas of Mexico!!! Like them we are working to create a new world because,  well,  this one is failing!!!

This is a true human path: to create a new world, with new values, not simply greed at all cost!!!! And that is the path wee dee peoplez are on!

Deep down inside of you, ya'll know its true and so do these folks destroying the all fo' mo' money! They are in such intense suffering actually, that they cannot stop destroying everything in their way!!! 
They, the vast majority of those consuming at all cost are running from their own suffering, by consuming!
Let me say that again, the wealthy of the world are running from their own suffering by consuming!!!!
But consumption does not heal the suffering that humanity is experiencing so it is an endless treadmill of suffering and consumption and suffering and consumption and more and more consumption and running, until the world will be destroyed; our planet will be ruined for human and many other types of life forms habitation!

Smile, breathe and bee true to You and we will conquer all!!!!!" It ain't about da' money; its about peace, and love and community and family an' what is true AN" DA MONEY WILL FOLLOW!!!!!! But it ain't fer da MONEY! Its fer da love!!!!

Yes sum folks got most of de money and de material consumption. but we got mo soul an' consciousness and dat is de most important ding! And we all know it!!!!! Luv, "tru luv," not money conquers all! Money without consciousness (GREED!) is what is leading dis world right now and leading dis world to its end--so say dee scientists! Do not buy into the majority led insane greed for material consumption over all. It is a lie and must fail. We are on a different path; that is our conscious choice!! We ain't about chasing money. Those who got it can have it for all the happiness it will bring dem' when dis planet collapses because of our greed!!! We iz about growing our own and our peoplez' Consciousness, wisdom, peace and righteousness and letting it manifest itself!!! The world is on de wrong path, but we don' have ta' be! An' we can have a different consciousness and fate dan dis world!! 

Dis coop iz DIVINE!. 

A model of de possible!!!  Up up and carry on! Let righteousness and love, bee your path! An nothin' in dis world will stand in yer way!"

Yes, we Are building the New worldwe all need, one peoplez garden, coop and community farm at a time!


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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Only love and understanding is sanity.

Only love and understanding is sanity. And only love and understanding can resolve the human condition. What we are living now is punishment and humiliation for all those who punish and humiliate us, who were in turn punished and humiliated themselves, largely by their own parents and families. .Only if and when humanity can stop merely "responding and retaliating" to hurt and punishment, heal ourselves and offer true leadership and healing fo those who hurt and punished them and for all, will humanity have a chance to create the better world we need. In the meantime, by simply retaliating in kind to the hurt that was done to us without understanding deeply the other people's suffering and consciousness that made them act in a way that hurt us, we will simply just do the same as them and out of our own hurt and suffering, punish and destroy them; its a downward cycle. Without the understanding, maturity, wisdom, strength and compassion of our ancestors, there is no hope. We need mature, deeply understanding healed land conscious eadership to begin the cycle upward.

When we have destroyed ourselves and our home, planet Earth and beyond, maybe we will finally understand the truth and transform ourselves wholeheartedly. Until then, the ego and unconsciousness  recycled remain strong and we destroy everything. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Current US Legal Requirements for Travel to Cuba (DELTA )5/1/2018


Current US Legal Requirements for Travel to Cuba (DELTA )5/1/2018

OFAC Certification: U.S. law restricts travel to Cuba to certain authorized travel categories. Each passenger will be required to submit a signed form certifying the passenger is traveling under one of the 12 travel categories authorized by Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The traveler is responsible for qualifying under one of these travel categories.

The 12 travel categories are general categories, but each requires travelers to meet certain requirements. Anyone planning travel to Cuba should review the legal restrictions contained in the Cuban Asset Control Regulations at 31 CFR § 515. Links to the specific requirements for each travel category are provided below. More information can be found in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs .


OFAC Travel Categories
Links.

Family Visits
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1561&rgn=div8

Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=002773db728358cdf8cb594a773db757&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1562&rgn=div8

Journalistic activity

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=db7ed0405936c89cac6cb39bc9a9950b&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1563&rgn=div8

Professional research or professional meetings

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e1022ae33d46f60c530d554d2a254040&node=se31.3.515_1564&rgn=div8

Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=e1022ae33d46f60c530d554d2a254040&node=se31.3.515_1565&rgn=div8

Religious activities

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1566&rgn=div8

Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1567&rgn=div8

Support for the Cuban people

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1574&rgn=div8

Humanitarian projects

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1575&rgn=div8

Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=068324bdbf52078106ba1cae84f1a635&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1576&rgn=div8

Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=07ab16622c8bc5ff840ebd57d1d38e92&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1545&rgn=div8

Travel related to certain authorized export transactions

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=07b6c942b714deb2dee98f945bb674ee&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1533&rgn=div8

and

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=160a64fc75f33324dcb35feb870055ff&mc=true&node=se31.3.515_1559&rgn=div8

Please refer to the U.S. Department of State for more information and recommendations.

9. Do all passengers need to sign the OFAC certification?

Yes, all passengers (U.S. and non-U.S.) traveling on a U.S. carrier must sign the OFAC certification.

10. Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted?

No, travel for traditional tourist activities is prohibited. Travel to Cuba is only permitted for the 12 categories authorized by OFAC, and travelers are expected to maintain a full-schedule of activities related to their category of travel.

11. Are all passengers required to have a visa for travel to Cuba?

Yes. Cuba requires all U.S. and non-U.S. citizens (excluding Cuban-born) to have a visa (e.g. tourist card, business visa, etc.) to enter the country.

12. How much does a tourist card cost?

The cost for a tourist card is $50.

13. How long is the tourist card for Cuba valid?

A tourist card can be used once within 180 days after the date of issue. The tourist card is valid for a single-entry for a period of up to 30 days.

Upon arrival in Cuba, a portion of the tourist card is retained by immigration authorities, and the remaining portion is collected at the airport prior to departure from Cuba.

14. Are there any additional requirements if a passenger is traveling to Cuba for business?

In lieu of the tourist card, business passengers traveling to Cuba may require a business visa that can be obtained through the Cuban Embassy. Any passenger without a valid visa will be required to purchase a tourist card.

Questions about this business visa requirement should be directed to the Cuban Embassy .

15. Do passengers need medical insurance while traveling in Cuba?

Yes, Cuba requires visitors to obtain Cuba-specific medical insurance, and a temporary policy will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge). Passengers must retain their boarding pass during their stay in Cuba. The boarding pass will serve as evidence of the insurance policy should any emergency medical services be required during the trip.

16. How much does a temporary policy for Cuba-specific medical insurance cost?

The cost for a temporary medical insurance policy is $25, which will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare.

17. How long is the temporary medical insurance policy for Cuba valid?

These temporary medical insurance plans are valid for a period of up to 30 days. If a medical insurance policy is required for more than 30 days, subsequent policies may be purchased while in Cuba.

18. How does a passenger obtain a tourist card and medical insurance to travel to Cuba?

Travelers may obtain a visa (e.g. tourist card, business visa, etc.) through the Cuban Embassy or via third-party vendors prior to travel. If not purchased in advance, travelers will be required to purchase a tourist card (Cuba’s entry visa) for $50 at the gateway departure gate, prior to boarding.

Delta is also working toward an electronic solution to simplify the process for Cuba-bound travelers to purchase their Cuba tourist card prior to travel. Additional details regarding the process for purchasing and presenting tourist cards will be provided as the process develops.

A temporary Cuba-specific medical insurance plan will be automatically included in the cost of the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge). The passenger’s boarding pass serves as evidence of insurance and should be retained during the passenger’s stay in Cuba.

19. When purchasing the tourist card, what form of payment is accepted?

Delta accepts credit and debit cards. Debit cards must bear a major credit card logo to be valid for acceptance.

20. Do minors need a tourist card and Cuba-specific medical insurance for travel to Cuba?

Yes. All individuals (excluding Cuban-born) traveling to Cuba must have a visa (e.g. tourist card, etc.), regardless of age and all travelers, regardless of age, are required to purchase Cuba-specific medical insurance. The cost of the medical insurance will be collected with the passenger’s fare (a $25 surcharge).

21. What are the OFAC regulations with regard to Cuba? How does a passenger qualify for an OFAC license?

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has authorized a general license for travel fitting within 12 categories of authorized travel that previously required a specific license (i.e., an application and a case-by-case determination).

Travel-related transactions are permitted by general license for certain travel related to the following activities, subject to specific criteria and conditions in each travel category:

Family visits
Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
Journalistic activity
Professional research and professional meetings
Educational activities
Religious activities
Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
Support for the Cuban people
Humanitarian projects
Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials
Certain authorized export transactions.

For more information regarding OFAC’s regulations regarding Cuba and guidelines for the OFAC license, please refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury . More information can be found in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs .

22. Who is required to submit an OFAC certification?

Any traveler (including both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders) flying on a U.S.-based airline to Cuba will be required to sign and submit an OFAC certification prior to travel.

23. How does a passenger complete and submit the OFAC certification?

Delta is working toward an electronic solution to simplify the process for Cuba-bound travelers to submit their signed OFAC certification to Delta. Electronic submission will be available through delta.com, online check-in and My Trips in February 2017. In 2Q 2017, customers will also be able to submit electronically via airport kiosks. These enhancements will allow customers to pre-submit OFAC certification to Delta electronically prior to travel.

Until the automated process has been fully instituted, Delta will provide a paper form at the gateway departure gate, for the traveler to complete, sign, and submit. All travelers must submit an OFAC certification or they will not be permitted to travel.

24. Do passengers need to prove the reason for travel that is selected on the OFAC certification to Delta Air Lines?

No, Delta Air Lines only requires passengers to fill out and sign the form, which Delta will maintain for five years, as required by U.S. law. The passenger traveling is responsible for ensuring that the passenger qualifies under the applicable OFAC license selected on the form.

25. Where can I go to learn more?

There are a number of considerations for travel to Cuba. Please keep in mind any requirements or additional documentation that the traveler may be required to have. Stay up-to-date on any additional or evolving travel requirements. Additional travel information can be found on the websites of the U.S. and Cuban governments:

U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Cuba FAQs
Embassy of Cuba in the USA

26. Are there any restrictions for foreign nationals traveling to Cuba from the U.S.?
Foreign nationals traveling to Cuba from the United States are required by U.S. law to comply with the same requirements as U.S. citizens. All passengers traveling on U.S. carriers may only travel to Cuba for one of the 12 OFAC authorized travel categories. All passengers, including foreign nationals, will be required to certify their reason of travel is within one of the 12 travel categories authorized by OFAC. Leisure travel is currently prohibited from the U.S, and thus, is not one of the OFAC categories. Foreign nationals traveling to Cuba for tourist purposes should not attempt to book travel on a U.S. carrier.

Initially, Delta will restrict international connecting traffic from flights to/from Cuba to avoid any potential lapses in communication regarding the U.S. law restrictions. After Delta’s Cuba operations are satisfactorily established and communications processes for foreign travelers are developed and verified, Delta will remove the international connection restrictions.

In addition, all passengers traveling on U.S. carriers will be required to purchase medical insurance from ESICUBA (the Cuba government insurance provider), which will be sold as part of the cost of the ticket. If the foreign national has medical insurance that is accepted in Cuba, they may request a refund directly from ESICUBA. Delta will not issue refunds for Cuban medical insurance.

Travelers without a valid travel document for entering Cuba (e.g., tourist card, business visa, Cuban passport, etc.) will also be required to obtain a visa or tourist card, with the exception of Cuban citizens or dual citizens born in Cuba. Delta will make tourist cards available for purchase at the U.S. gateway departure gates prior to boarding on the day of departure.

27. What do I need to know about departing from Cuba?
Upon departing from Cuba, you’ll need to present your passport, the boarding pass for your departing flight and the other half of your tourist card to Cuban immigrations authorities. You will not be allowed to leave Cuba without presenting the remaining portion of the card.