Reblogged from Somos Estrellas - 31 ways you can support co-ops throughout the month of October.
Ashley CheukOctober 4, 2013
Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for chocolate sales in the U.S.
Did you know that most mainstream chocolate comes from cacao plantations in West Africa, where forced child labor has been documented? This October, choose Fair Trade! Equal Exchange sources cacao fairly from small farmer co-operatives.
Here are ways you can get involved:
Small Farmers Big ChangeOctober 1, 2013
Fair Trade, like coffee, is complex, rich and fascinating. This month, we are making available a new educational resource, The History of Authentic Fair Trade. In comic book format, we present a version of Fair Trade that is shared by many Equal Exchange colleagues, allies, and partners.
Beth Ann CaspersenAugust 9, 2013
I first learned about the Enough Project in 2011 while attending Informed Activism: Armed Conflict, Scarce Resources, and Congo at Clark University, during which more than 400 people gathered to talk about our individual efforts working in the Congo. At the time, I didn’t know much about the conflict in the D.R. Congo (DRC) and over the course of two days I was horrified to learn about how mining, sexual violence and child solders contribute to a very complex war. Did the tantalum in my cell phone come from the Congo? How would I know?
Equal ExchangeAugust 5, 2013
I am an Intentional Interim Minister, which means I serve churches during the period between settled pastors, while the church is going through a search process. My unusual vocation has also given me a unique opportunity to introduce Equal Exchange’s Fair Trade coffee program to a wide variety of churches.
Small Farmers Big ChangeApril 30, 2013
Not-for-profit organization Fair World Project has criticized changes to Fair Trade USA’s labeling policy, which allows chocolate to carry the seal when it contains a high percentage of other ingredients like sugar that are not fairly traded.
Small Farmers Big ChangeApril 24, 2013
Fair World Project (FWP), a project of the Organic Consumers Association, the nation’s largest network of green and ethical consumers, opposes Fair Trade USA’s recent changes to its labeling policy, which undermine fair trade farmers, consumers and committed fair trade brands.
Charlie BrandesDecember 11, 2012
Meet Ed Bachleda, organizer of Equal Exchange sales at St. Catherine of Sienna church in Portage, Mich. I recently got to meet Ed and see firsthand how he organizes his inventory, and schedules volunteers to sell Equal Exchange fairly traded products after four masses twice each month.
AnonymousAugust 1, 2012
Kathy Zielinski of St. Monica-St. George Parish Newman Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, shares how she and her congregation have supported small farmers for over 20 years with Equal Exchange. Many thanks to this amazing church for their years of partnership. See their Fair Trade website for more info.
20 Years of Justice
Ashley CheukJune 8, 2010
The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE) is a community development financial institution (CDFI) that is a bridge between socially responsible investors and co-operatives, community oriented non-profits, and worker-owned businesses in New England. Equal Exchange Food Service Sales Representative, LJ Taylor, is the former board president of CFNE.