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America Goes Bananas for Fair Trade!

December 10, 2012

Did you know that bananas are the number one selling item in almost ALL grocery stores?  It’s true! That’s why it is important that you ask for Fair Trade bananas. It is also why we’ve been rallying Fair Trade Town, University and College campaigns across the country to Go Bananas for Fair Trade since October! […]

Fair Trade Your Holidays!

November 30, 2012

  Looking for a simple way to help your community or campus Fair Trade their holiday?  Well, we decided to help compile some helpful resources – check it out! Fair Trade organizations have been hard at work the last few weeks getting ready for the holiday season! These groups have compiled a list of Fair […]

Banana Spotlight: Equal Exchange Bananas

November 26, 2012

Go Bananas for Fair Trade is a campaign created by Fair Trade Towns USA with the aim of building awareness and demand for Fair Trade bananas all across the country.  We kicked the campaign off in October (Fair Trade Month) with over 30 campaigns hosting banana-themed events. We’re thrilled with this success and will continue […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Webinar: Fair Trade Month Event Planning

August 10, 2012

Date:  Wednesday, August 15 Time: 5:00 pm PST/8:00 pm EST Register Here!  We invite you to register for our next webinar titled, Fair Trade Month Event Planning on Wednesday, August 15.  The webinar is 100% free so be sure to reserve your spot today! Why should you attend? It will be perfect for those who […]

Bruce Crowther, founder of Fair Trade Towns, came all the way from Garstang U.K. mingle with US advocates!

Fair Trade Campaigns Conference: Registration Open!

August 7, 2012

When:  Friday – Sunday, October 26 – 28, 2012 Where:  Chicago, IL Register here for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference! Join us for the second Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference this Fall!  The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities campaigns at all stages, as […]

The First Fair Trade University: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

April 28, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh became first Fair Trade University in the U.S. in 2008 by making a commitment to do its part toward ending trade injustices that result in millions of people living in poverty. UW Oshkosh’s four governing bodies endorsed a resolution outlining its commitment to: sell Fair Trade certified coffee, tea and […]

Fair Trade Towns & Universities Producer Tour with Kenyan Coffee Producer

April 18, 2012

Raymond Gitau of Kenya Joins the Fair Trade Towns & Universities Producer Tour   Follow the travels of Raymond as he hits the road with Courtney Lang, Grassroots Outreach Manager at Fair Trade USA, to see how concious consumers and Fair Trade organizers like you are spreading the word about Fair Trade in the US! […]

Webinar recording for Churches & Communities Engaging Through Fair Trade Now Available!

July 18, 2011

Approximately 138 million Americans regularly attend church. Their combined income is $2.5 trillion. If they all made just one Fair Trade purchase, they would impact millions of families striving to lift themselves out of poverty. For many, their faith motivates them to be concerned about issues of poverty, justice and human dignity, and yet too […]