Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media: July/August 2013
Your monthly digest of Fair Trade Campaigns in the local and national spotlight
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Snap a picture of a #FTSnack & enter to win year supply of Ben & Jerry’s
Don’t forget about the Late Night Snack Photo Contest! Kick the year off with a bang and join us September 16th — 27th to promote Ben & Jerry’s partnership with Fair Trade Colleges and Universities!
Win a $500 gift certificate to Whole Foods
Last year, Fair Trade Campaigners in Mankato, MN handed out hundreds of Fair Trade bananas to runners
Check out details of the BananaGram Challenge and take a look at the organizing toolkit, plus product request cards, stickers, event posters, presonstation, photo props and more!
We’ve got what you want for your campaign this school year
There are a lot of exciting opportunities coming up. Help your campaign and make organizing easier with these resources.
First university in US to voluntarily increase tuition rates for Fair Trade purposes
80% of the student body at Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA) voted to voluntarily increase their tuition by $3 per semester in the name of Fair Trade. This vote officially made Point Loma Nazarene (PLNU) the first university in the United States to voluntarily increase tuition rates for Fair Trade purposes.
Dayton Daily News August 3, 2013
The city of Dayton is the latest municipality to declare itself a Fair Trade Community.
The initiative was organized by businesswoman London Coe, owner of Peace on Fifth, 508 E. Fifth St., a retail store in Dayton’s Oregon District that carries jewelry, accessories, and artwork made under certified “fair trade” conditions. City Commissioner Nan Whaley said the designation should help support domestic and foreign production that pays fair wages under decent working conditions. “We are a global marketplace, and should respect where we buy things from,”
Hope for Women Blog, August 17th, 2013
Fair Trade is a part of Vermont. We show a willingness to be a part of Fair Trade through efforts like becoming a Fair Trade Town (Burlington and Brattleboro) or Fair Trade University (St. Michael’s College). Many outstanding companies that embrace Fair Trade make their home here as well, ranging from Dolma Fair Trade and Creative Women to Ben & Jerry’s and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
Amy Menzel in Chiappas, Mexico visiting Fair Trade coffee farmers
Press of Atlantic City, August 14th, 2013
Amy Menzel, member of the fair trade alliance,
has received acknowledgment for her Fair Trade support. She’s a member of the South Jersey Fair Trade Alliance and recently went on a week long trip to Mexico, organized by Fair Trade Towns USA and Global Exchange. “It really makes a huge difference,” Manzel said. “I knew that, but to go to Mexico and see it in action was really powerful.“
Keene State College News and Event, August 5, 2013
Keene State College Students have proven their schools commitment to support Fair Trade, by reporting their schools increased consumption of Fair Trade products. Students taking the Introduction to Quantitative Literacy course have determined in 2012, “Keene State consumed fair trade products on campus valued at $493,000, which is an 18 percent increase over those sold in the year 2011.”
The Connection Newspaper, July 24th, 2013
When we go shopping most of us never pause to consider the conditions under which those products were made. Fair Trade Alexandria is a grassroots movement gaining the momentum necessary to designate the City of Alexandria as one of nearly 1,500 Fair Trade Towns around the world. More than 25 retailers in the city have already supported Fair Trade Alexandria’s efforts by making at least two fair trade-certified products available for sale in their shops.
Creighton University Blog, July 17, 2013
Fair Trade Colleges and Universities seeks proposals from faculty/staff for papers and/or projects focused on Fair Trade at Jesuit universities and colleges. Application deadline ends October 4!
Parker Townley, National Organizer | Fair Trade Colleges & Universities
Parker Townley works for Fair Trade Colleges and Universities to help connect students and faculty with the resources they need to effectively campaign for Fair Trade on campus. In his free time Parker explores the Sierra Nevadas with his trusty backpack, roams the Bay Area in search of the perfect cup of coffee, and cultivates a small veggie garden.