Dear friends and supporters of ARC
June 2012. An important month for the political debate on the reform of the CAP, and a very exciting month for the ARC2020 network as our 2012 campaign gets bigger and bigger! Following the release of our Call for Action for the Good Food March back in May, we have had a huge response, with over 50 organisations across Europe now involved! A full list can be seen on the new official GOOD FOOD MARCH website which was launched on June 19th. The site provides a map with initial routes and events, a live twitter feed, a March Newsticker, logos, banners, and much much more. If you have an event you’d like to organise as part of the March, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the map. The site also features our new photo campaign known as THE CAP WE WANT! The initiative gives ANYONE the opportunity to express their demands for farming and food policy in the EU. We will take all of the messages with us to Brussels and present them to the EU institutions when we arrive on September 19th. It’s simple. Just write your message, name and country on an A4 piece of paper, find a great background, get a friend to take a (landscape) photo of you and then send it to us at email@example.com. We will also be at the civil society conference being organised by the EU Commission on July 13th ready to take more photos. If you are going to be there, keep an eye out for us!
With mobilisation for the March now well underway, we have started to visit organisations across Europe to discuss how they can get involved. We visited Romania and Hungary, and were overwhelmed by the response. I have heard similar stories from our Campaigns Coordinator, Stephanie Roth, who has also travelled to Spain, Bulgaria and Greece.
This month also saw our first Speakers Tour with a farmer from Kenya, a farmer from the US and a farmer from the Netherlands travelling through Europe to talk about and discuss the international impact of CAP. A highlight of the tour was a public discussion round held in Brussels on June 20th: 3 farmers. 3 continents. 3 perspectives.
And finally, ARC2020 has issued two key statements this month. The first was a letter published on June 26th regarding landgrabbing: for which ARC2020 was a co-signatory. The second was a Press Release published on June 19th calling on civil society to act as EU decision makers continue to show lack of ambition…
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