Past Events

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, NYC
CUNY Our Economy

Can the economy be democratized? How can we transform it into a more socially inclusive and ecologically sustainable system? How can we combat the growing concentrations of power and wealth? What current practices point toward a participatory democracy and resilient next system?

Our current political economy is unjust, anti-democratic, and ecologically unsustainable. This reality has led to a host of efforts to transform our political economy. This conference will bring together leading academics, researchers, advocates, and practitioners for a day of discussion on how we can achieve systemic transformation and make a political economy that is equitable, democratic, and sustainable.

NAMA's director Niaz Dorry will be amongst the many speakers bringing our perspective to the Our Economy! conference.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute 104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

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Town Hall Seattle and CAGJ present   

Salmon People: Northwest Native Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish

Film Screening and Discussion       


Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S.

Tickets $5: Purchase online and at the door; No one turned away for lack of funds.

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What are the risks from genetically engineered fish to the people and environments of the Pacific Northwest?

CAGJ tackled this question head-on with their short film Salmon People. Now Town Hall Seattle joins forces with CAGJ to screen this powerful new film and call together a panel of indigenous and advocacy perspectives—all key activists working on Northwest Native food security and justice in the Pacific Northwest. Sit in to hear from the voices across the Pacific Northwest who are speaking out about the risks of genetically engineered fish.   



Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project

Alan Stay, Office of the Tribal Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation

George Kimbrell, Legal Director, Center for Food Safety


Sponsored by Town Hall Seattle and Community Alliance for Global Justice

Community Partners: Health Alliance International, UW CHID, UW Nutritional Sciences

For more info, contact CAGJ: 206-405-4600,
Yellow Farmhouse Education Center, Stonington, CT

Women's Work panel discussionWOMEN'S WORK: IN THE FIELD

Panel Discussion at the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center

Join us as we celebrate and learn from remarkable women who are growing and producing food in our region. Enjoy a farm-inspired cocktail and sample tastes from the land and the sea from women growers and chefs. Rachel Black, Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College, will moderate a conversation with chefs, farmers and local food activists as they talk about their inspiration and the future of women in the field.

NAMA's Amy MacKown will be connecting the dots between values-based land food and seafood systems.

Purchase tickets here.

Oyster Club, Mystic, CT

Women's Dinner at Oyster Club

Women's Work Dinner, hosted by Oyster Club, CT

Let’s take a moment, step back and honor the integral and remarkable role women play in what we do and how we do it. Please join us in celebrating the talented women in our restaurant family and the farmers, fisherwomen and artisans in our food community. We’re offering five courses with drink pairings furnished by our dynamic team of women chefs, mixologists, and service team. Among guests of honor will be Amy MacKown, community organizer for Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, to speak about how the values of local food systems can be applied to seafood.

$85 per person, plus tax & gratuity
Tickets include a multi course dinner with drink pairing

Sunday, March 31, 6:30pm
Oyster Club
13 Water Street
Mystic, CT 06355


Portland, ME and Outer Banks, NC

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During their Spring Break, five American University Master's students will be heading to the North Carolina and New England coasts to interview fishermen and collect insights on how corporate consolidation of our fisheries has impacted our access to seafood we can trust, and the lives of the community-based fishermen. Stay tuned for the final product that NAMA will be sharing across our platforms later this Spring.

Online webinar


Supporting Local Catch and Slow Fish seafood supply chain values, in the face of increasing fraud and co-optation, is not a simple task. In previous webinars we’ve discussed a ‘community accountability’ concept as one under-explored solution area to combat fraud and its root causes. Technology and innovation have the potential to combat fraud and support ‘community accountability’. However, some new technologies are controversial, such as onboard monitoring which, untethered to any suite of values, may unintentionally benefit those with the largest ecological footprint and displace those with the smallest. Other supply chain technologies, such as QR codes and real-time vessel tracking, are quickly growing while opportunities and challenges are still coming to light.

This webinar will dive into questions of whether and how existing and emerging technologies can reinforce values such as traceable and simple supply chains, community-based fisheries, fair price and access, honoring the ocean, and eating with the ecosystem.

Click here for speaker bios.

Harvard Chan School of Public Health


This is the 2nd annual student-run Environmental Justice Conference to raise awareness about environmental inequities in our various communities. We will work together to identify ways we can address them and harness our collective power to build more equitable, sustainable, and just communities. This year, we are focusing on environmental justice through the lens of food sovereignty to develop more equitable food system solutions. 

NAMA's director Niaz Dorry will be one of the plenary speakers, which will focus on the following topics: toxic exposures in our food and water and the ways people are taking action to reduce them; the health, wellbeing, and rights of food chain workers, many of whom belong to immigrant and migrant communities; and strengthening our collective power and agency to gain food and land access and sovereignty for our various communities.

Keynote Speakers:

For more information and to register (free) please visit the event page.

Harvard 2019 EJ Conference

Astoria, OR

FisherPoet Gathering

NAMA will be joining a group of over 100 fishermen from around the country in this year's FisherPoet Gathering in Astoria, Oregon. We'll be there to listen, learn, share our work, and build the type of relationships that fuel movements.

If you'd like to learn more about this beautiful and unique event, check out their website here:

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This webinar series was developed as a collaborative response to the reports, by the Associated Press and others, regarding seafood fraud and violations of principles that support the local seafood movement and values-based fishing businesses. During this webinar series, we’ll dive into these complex and alarming issues. Some important questions to consider: How do we, as a community, hold each other accountable for violations of the Core Values that advance the movement? How do we instill, grow, rebuild, and repair trust throughout the seafood supply chain?


Webinar 1: Good, Clean, Fair Seafood Supply Chains 

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The goal of this webinar was to initiate a discussion on the domestic seafood system’s transformation toward a more localized, transparent, trustworthy connection between fish harvesters and consumers via open, honest dialogue about current challenges and collaboration on how to address them. We heard from community organizers, fishermen, and seafood dealers about opportunities and challenges facing values-based seafood systems. Click here for speaker bios.


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Webinar 2: Building Accountability in Seafood

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What is the legal framework in the US that defines seafood fraud and how do we enforce these laws? Turns out it’s a complex system involving multiple agencies with different standards,  resources, and priorities. This webinar will focus on current systems for combating fraud, some of the inherent challenges, and what we can do to address some of those challenges. Join Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and a panel of experts who help make the policy, who understand how we enforce it, and who work to bring about meaningful change discuss what’s at stake and why we need to have these conversations. Click here for speaker bios.


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9 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915


Hayley Jane and the Primates Fundraiser for NAMA 


Hayley Jane and the Primates - Boston's award-winning Americana/Soul/Rock & Roll band - make their Beverly debut to benefit Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).

Local rising star Quentin Callewaert opens.

"Jane's dynamic vocals have a delicacy that touches the heart and also a raw power that can drive one into a frenzy"