Lead for Change Blog June 2012

Raymond Gitau and Courtney Lang, from Fair Trade USA, visits part of the Winter Park, FL steering committee during a producer tour.  (FTWP Steering Committeer members:  Laura Mullin, Scott Tess, Lisa Dunaway, and Mariale Workman.

Organizer Spotlight: Laura Mullin – Winter Park, FL

June 28, 2012

It is so empowering to be a part of a worldwide campaign. I hope that one day Fair Trade is not just a limited option, but instead the opposite; the only option. I am excited to continue to develop relationships with those dedicated to the fair trade movement. I am proud to know that I have had something to do with the awareness of fair trade in my own community, and I am ready to see this movement grow into something beautiful!

Enriching the lives of producers, farmers, and workers

Giveaway: HAE Now OrganicTees

June 26, 2012

Looking for a sustainable t-shirt to print for your next fundraiser or event? Or, are you trying to get restaurants and community organizations to embrace Fair Trade with cool options? Then check out HAE Now’s high quality fair trade organic cotton blanks where you’ll find t-shirts, aprons and baby items. Soon you’ll find bistro aprons, polo style t-shirts and wash cloths.

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The National Team Grows!

June 8, 2012

In February 2012, Fair Trade Towns USA invited four new members to join its National Steering Committee: Joan Harper, Scott Tess, Ashley Fessler, and Elizabeth O’Connell. Each member brings creative ideas and new perspectives to the table, continuing to spread the Fair Trade movement throughout the country with their unique and invaluable experiences. Prior to these fresh faces, the committee consisted of a team of seven people from various backgrounds, such as Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Resource Network, declared or in-progress Fair Trade Towns, faith-based organizations, and more, all cooperating and working towards the similar vision of a Fair Trade nation. You can find stories and biographies of all current members of the National Steering Committee here.

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Fair Trade Photo Contest Accepts Entries June 1-26

June 7, 2012

The 4th annual Fair Trade Photo Contest has begun! Educate about Fair Trade, or help spread the word about your business or organization and the beauty of Fair Trade.

La Mesa Steering Committee Members, Midge Hyde (left) and Nancy Ryan (right),  tabling at Foothills United Methodist Church

Campaign Spotlight: La Mesa, California

June 5, 2012

The Fair Trade movement is gaining momentum in La Mesa and throughout San Diego County, thanks to the La Mesa Fair Trade Town steering committee. The word is spreading that, simply by our consumer choices, we can make a difference for the environment, the marginalized and local businesses.