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Los Angeles Becomes Largest Fair Trade City in North America

September 1, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA – September 2nd, 2020 – Fair Trade Los Angeles is proud to announce Los Angeles’ official designation as the largest Fair Trade City in North America, and the fourth largest in the world, behind Seoul, Rio, and London. We join over 45 other municipalities across the U.S. already recognized as Fair Trade […]

Campaign Goals Revisions in Response to COVID-19

July 1, 2020

Dear advocates, Over the past few months since the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe and disrupted all of our lives in one way or another, we here at Fair Trade Campaigns have been strategizing around how to ensure that our campaigns can keep the momentum going. We’re excited to be able to share […]

We’re Hiring: 2020-21 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

April 16, 2020

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/FTC2020-21Fellow Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots organizers, developing leaders, building regional networks, and executing communications strategies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, […]

Advocacy in the Time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

By Billy Linstead Goldsmith, Director of Fair Trade Campaigns. As we all grapple with the upheaval to our everyday lives, our attention is naturally becoming hyper-focused on the things and people immediately surrounding us. For students, campuses closing with little warning has interrupted close friendships and campus initiatives. New learning styles are now required and […]

Highlights from the 2020 Virtual National Conference

April 1, 2020

From March 18th-21st, we brought over 400 Fair Trade partners, advocates and supporters together online for four days of learning, inspiration and exploring the intersectionality of the Fair Trade movement. Building on the energy of the 2018 conference in Washington, DC and the  2019 National Conference in Chicago, IL, it was an inspiring reminder of […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2020

January 14, 2020

On February 14, many of us take time to show extra love to the special people in our lives. This Valentine’s Day, we’re partnering with Alter Eco and inviting you to share the love with the farmers behind your Fair Trade chocolate. Why Chocolate? The global cocoa market’s value is estimated at almost $10 billion […]

Year in Review: Top 10 Achievements of 2019

December 20, 2019

2019 was an exciting year for Fair Trade Campaigns! Let’s take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the year. 1) We welcomed nearly 400 advocates, supporters and partners to the 2019 National Conference in Chicago, IL. In March 2019, we spent three inspiring days learning from leaders from across the Fair Trade […]

Fair Trade Your Holidays – 2019

November 14, 2019

To help take some of the stress out of your holiday preparations, we’ve rounded up a collection of Fair Trade gift guides and recipes right here. Did we miss your holiday favorites? Share in the comments below! The holiday season is a time to gather and give thanks with family and friends. However you celebrate, […]

Meet the Speakers: Fair Trade Campaigns 2020 National Conference

October 31, 2019

Innovating for a Just and Sustainable Future Conversations at Fair Trade Campaigns 2020 National Conference will highlight intersections between sustainability, social justice and Fair Trade, and explore solutions for a just and sustainable future with advocates, brands, nonprofit organizations, and producers themselves. The program will feature inspiring keynotes, engaging breakout sessions and interactive networking with […]

Farewells and Welcomes: Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows

October 31, 2019

As the Fair Trade movement continues to grow across the U.S., we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our regional networks. In the Mid Atlantic, Northeast, Southwest and Great Lakes, these networks bring together town, college and university, school and congregation campaigns to learn from and collaborate with one another. None of this […]

Campaign Spotlight: Quincy, MA

September 16, 2019

Fair Trade advocates and campaigners tend to share one desire, and that is to spread Fair Trade awareness to their neighbors and friends. As most of you already know, this is not always as easy as it sounds. Between coordinating with campaign members, finding time and space for community outreach and attracting participants, hosting events […]

Petition | End the Humanitarian Crisis in the Coffee Industry

September 6, 2019

Sign the petition to demand better for coffee farmers and call on coffee companies to pay fair prices. “When the price is good, we have work, but when it isn’t, we have no money to pay the rent, no money for food, no money for the doctor,” said Angela Poló Gámez, a coffee picker from […]

Campaign Spotlight: James River High School

August 13, 2019

As a recent graduate, I can still remember that bitter-sweet feeling of wanting to see my friends, but not wanting to take exams. Since I won’t be heading back to school this fall, the feelings I have are all sweet as I think about what our student advocates are planning for the upcoming year. To […]

Partner Spotlight: Ten Thousand Villages

July 22, 2019

Ten Thousand Villages is a strong ally in the Fair Trade movement and, with thoughtful organizing, can be a game-changer in the progress of a Fair Trade Town campaign. When people think of Fair Trade items, they often think of coffee, tea and chocolate; the three classics. However, there are also plenty of opportunities to […]

Bringing Fair Trade to Campus

July 12, 2019

University of California Santa Cruz student reflects on her Fair Trade journey and starting her school’s Fair Trade University campaign. My name is Saajia Bidar and I am a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). This is my second year working on our Fair Trade campaign. I was introduced to Fair Trade […]

Campaign Spotlight: Burlington, VT

May 31, 2019

I originally got involved with Burlington’s Fair Trade Town campaign as a student at Champlain College, where I worked on the Fair Trade College campaign through the college’s Center for Service & Sustainability. As a member of the Eco-Reps program at Champlain, I learned about the dynamic approach of Fair Trade and grew inspired to […]

Campaign Spotlight: Arizona State University

May 23, 2019

The Fair Trade Campaigns Regional Fellowship program is special for many reasons. Having the opportunity to work with such a vast network of advocates introduced me to some of the most dedicated and compassionate people, and I am inspired by their work every day. My role as a Southwest Regional Fellow has allowed me to […]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2019

April 29, 2019

Each year, on the second Saturday of May, Fair Trade supporters and advocates around the world come together in celebration of World Fair Trade Day. This year, the World Fair Trade Organization has chosen the theme Fair Trade Innovates. Join us in celebrating how Fair Trade delivers solutions for people and planet. Looking for ways to get involved? We’ve […]