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Fair Trade Towns USA Now Recognizes Fairtrade International USA Certification

November 21, 2012

  PRESS RELEASE                                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Billy Linstead Goldsmith                                                   Date: 11/21/2012 Tel. (267)886-9990 E-mail: blinsteadgoldsmith@fairtradetownsusa.org Fair Trade Towns USA Now Recognizes Fairtrade International USA Certification Oakland, California, 11/21/12 – Fair Trade Towns USA (FT Towns USA) has officially announced the acceptance of Fairtrade International USA under the FT Towns USA criteria. Fair Trade Towns […]

Intern with Fair Trade Campaigns – Join the team in January!

November 19, 2012

Become part of a team helping provide support for hundreds of Fair Trade advocates across the country! We are looking for two bright, enthusiastic and dedicated college students (or recent graduates) to help create a more dynamic campaign as we move forward. If you have a passion for social justice and sustainability, live in the […]

Post Conference Challenge – Win Free Stuff!!

November 5, 2012

Thank you everyone who came to the conference, you brought incredible energy and enthusiasm. For those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to attend, take heart; we will be posting reflections, resources and various documents from the conference in the coming weeks. Meanwhile please participate in our Post Conference Challenge! We want to head out […]

Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass It On! Our lead sponsor for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference is Green Mountain Coffee!

October 23, 2012

This Fair Trade Month, Green Mountain Coffee continues its creative and groundbreaking support of the Fair Trade movement. From Live Facebook Concerts to Consumer Sweepstakes to providing the key funding necessary to hold our 2nd National Conference, they are ensuring that advocates and consumers have more and more opportunity to drive the success of Fair […]

Hannah Dodoo from Global Mama’s is On Tour!

October 20, 2012

Today we kicked off our Fall 2012 Artisan Tour with a visit to Bloomington, Indiana. Over the next week or so we will travel to four states and the District of Columbia as part of our tour with seamstress and businesswoman Hannah Dodoo. Hannah is a founding member of Global Mamas, a Fair Trade cooperative […]

Conference Keynote: Kelsey Timmerman

October 3, 2012

Fueled by passion and curiosity, Kelsey Timmerman tells the story of the items we often take for granted. A freelance writer who covers global social issues, Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. This October, he will be the featured […]

Organizer Spotlight: Joe Michon – Claremont, CA

October 1, 2012

This blog post comes from Fair Trade Claremont’s own Joe Michon. Read on to follow Claremont’s journey to its declaration as a Fair Trade Town! It’s All About People Fair Trade house parties in the fall of 2010 laid the groundwork for a Towns Campaign. Friends gathered with refreshments, a video (“Fair Trade: The Story”) […]

Conference News: Program Details & Theme

September 26, 2012

Fair Trade Campaigns Conference October 26 – 28 | Chicago, Illinois Register Here!   Building off of the success of last year, the second national conference will be centered around the theme of “Building Partnerships for a Stronger Movement.” The goal of this conference is to deepen the local grassroots commitment to Fair Trade around the […]

Hoist the main sail, tharrr be coffee on the high seas!

September 23, 2012

Carrotmob is a new way for people to influence businesses to make them more sustainable. Instead of organizing boycotts, we offer to spend money as a group to support a business if the business agrees to make an improvement that we care about. Everyone wins – businesses get money and we achieve unprecedented social impact. […]

Conference Keynote: Kirsten Moller, Global Exchange

September 19, 2012

Fair Trade Campaigns Conference October 26 – 28 | Chicago, Illinois Register Here! Kirsten Moller, a founding member of Global Exchange in 1988, has long been a leader in the effort to create a more just global society. She will be a featured Keynote Speaker at the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference, taking place in Chicago […]

Conference News: Travel Stipend & Hotel Room Block Information

September 14, 2012

REGISTER, APPLY & BOOK HERE The wait is finally over! We are eager to announce hotel accommodations and travel stipend information for the upcoming Fair Trade Campaigns Conference taking place in Chicago on October 26 – 28. Space and funds are limited, so if you haven’t registered yet, now is the time!  Follow this link […]

Fair Trade Towns USA was inspired to build demand for Fair Trade bananas after visiting a Fair Trade cooperative in the Dominican Republic in March of 2012.

Proudly Presenting: Go Bananas for Fair Trade!

September 13, 2012

  Let the National Celebration for Fair Trade Bananas Begin Did you now that bananas are the world’s most popular fruit? The Go Bananas for Fair Trade web page and toolkit will help you identify where Fair Trade bananas are available in your community and, if not, how to build the strategic relationships and consumer […]

Short Film Contest for Students

September 10, 2012

Your chance to win a $1000 cash prize and to spend a week with a Fair Trade documentary team in Latin America! Produce a creative, inspiring and memorable short film that explains Fair Trade and encourages students to take action on campus. THE PRIZES Grand Prize Trip to Latin America with a Fair Trade documentary […]

Go Bananas Case Study: Mankato, MN Gets Fair Trade Bananas in Local Supermarket

September 10, 2012

Are you trying to rally the local supermarket you patron to carry Fair Trade bananas, but need some help with tactics?  Mankato Fair Trade Town Initiative in Minnesota is one campaign that has successfully gotten Fair Trade bananas in to a local supermarket.  As part of the Go Bananas for Fair Trade Initiative we interviewed […]

Banana Spotlight: interrupcion* Fair Trade

September 5, 2012

  By Guest Blogger: Nikki Holzberg interrupcion* Fair Trade was established in 2000 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a global stakeholder community committed to building a sustainable future through responsible consumption, sustainable development, organic farming and Fair Trade. We work directly with approximately 2,000 producer groups in Latin America, financing Fair Trade and organic certifications, […]

Organizer Spotlight: Nicole Main – Bloomington, IN

August 30, 2012

Here is a blog written by Fair Trade Bloomington’s Nicole Main.  Read on to discover where Bloomington is at in the process to becoming a Fair Trade Town and what kind of relationships have fueled their success!   My name is Nicole Main, and I work with the Fair Trade Bloomington campaign. Our committee’s main […]

RECORDING: Fair Trade Month Event Planning Webinar

August 27, 2012

On August 15, Fair Trade Towns USA hosted a webinar called Fair Trade Month Planning.  With the help of two of our local lead organizers, Lisa Dunaway (Fair Trade Winter Park) and Ryan Midden (Fair Trade Boston), this webinar gave an overview of the Go Bananas for Fair Trade initiative, and provided tips on how […]

Jenn visiting the artisans of Hajiganj Kaisa Basket in Bangladesh, making the Fair Trade baskets we sell at Ten Thousand Villages.

Campaign Spotlight: Winter Park, Florida

August 24, 2012

Guest Blogger:  Jennifer Shroeder, Co-Manager at Ten Thousand Villages-Winter Park and Steering Committee Member with Fair Trade Winter Park   Here is a blog post from the small, but mighty team in Winter Park/Orlando, Florida.  Winter Park recently became the 27th Fair Trade Town in the USA and here you’ll discover their path to becoming […]

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