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100,000 to Participate in World Fair Trade Day Events

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  • Dan Clore
    News & Views for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2011
      News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:

      100,000 Expected to Participate in World Fair Trade Day Events Across
      North America
      Hundreds of sessions to educate the public on the benefits of fair trade
      and provide samples of products from around the globe
      Submitted by: Green America
      Categories: Fair Trade & Supply Chain, Events
      Posted: May 04, 2011 – 01:30 PM EST

      WASHINGTON, D.C., May. 04 /CSRwire/ - A record 100,000 people across the
      US and Canada are expected to participate in hundreds of events over the
      next two weeks to mark World Fair Trade Day, which is May 14, 2011.
      Cities, towns, churches, groups and individuals are planning events to
      highlight social, economic, and environmental benefits to buying Fair
      Trade. The events include Fair Trade festivals, Fair Trade coffee
      breaks, webinars and Fair Trade artisan tours among others.

      For information about World Fair Trade Day events in your area or to
      find out more information about the benefits of buying Fair Trade, go to
      http://www.fairtraderesource.org/wftd/ .

      Many Americans are unaware how many day-to-day items are produced in
      abusive labor conditions which include sweatshops and child labor. These
      items include clothing, furniture, and foods such as coffee, chocolate,
      and sugar. The Fair Trade system helps producers and suppliers earn a
      living wage and take steps to protect the environment. It also serves to
      empower individuals and communities, support women's and children's
      rights, promote dignity and respect, and connect developing nations with
      developed nations and markets.

      World Fair Trade Day national campaign coordinator, and Executive
      Director, Fair Trade Resource Network Jeff Goldman, said: "the
      meaningful activities comprising this largest Fair Trade event in North
      America allow adults and kids to learn about empowering marginalized
      people while celebrating justice and sustainability with hundreds of
      thousands worldwide."

      Examples of World Fair Trade Day events around the U.S. include:

      * Texas. Austin Fair Trade Film Festival, May 12-14 at various
      locations. Events include a short film competition, a Fair Trade wine
      and chocolate pairing event, and the Fair Trade film festival and global
      * Illinois. Chicago World Fair Trade Day celebration, May 6, 2011
      at Daly Plaza. Companies will be selling Fair Trade gifts, coffee,
      chocolate, and more and there will be programs and world music played
      throughout the day. Additionally there will be a Fair Trade pavilion at
      the Chicago Green Festival on May 14-15 at McCormick Place in Lakeside,
      IL where non-profits and Fair Trade vendors will be on hand.
      * New York State. Several upstate events are planned, including a
      World Fair Trade Day celebration in Albany on May 13th at the Ten
      Thousand Villages store, and a Fair Trade/Coffee Break Celebration in
      Rochester on May 14th at One World Goods.
      * Oregon. A variety of events in Portland to include an
      informational Fair Trade 101 Panel Discussion at Kells Irish Pub on May
      9th, and the St. Andrew/Catholic Relief Services World Fair Trade Day
      celebration on May 15th featuring music, food, crafts, and informational
      * Florida. A Fair Trade wine tasting in Orlando on May 15, at the
      Lake Eola Farmers Market. This event will also feature food, live music,
      and local craft vendors.

      Major sponsors of World Fair Trade Day include nonprofit and faith-based
      organizations, such as Green America, Catholic Relief Services, Fair
      Trade Towns and Fair Trade USA, as well as retail companies, such as Ben
      and Jerry's, Fair Trade Apparel, Green Mountain Coffee, Lucuma Designs,
      Wholesome Sweeteners, and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. Regular sponsors
      include Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade Certified, Fair World Project,
      Global Exchange, Indigenous Designs, Maggie's Organics, Theo Chocolate
      and WorldofGood.com by eBay.


      Founded in 1999, the Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) seeks to build a
      more just and sustainable world by gathering, developing, and
      disseminating educational resources about Fair Trade. FTRN is the only
      non-profit organization in the world focused exclusively on Fair Trade
      education, helping people to better understand the impact of their
      buying decisions.

      Dan Clore

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