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Ten Thousand Villages is a Fair Trade retailer that sells handmade jewelry, home decor, musical instruments, and gifts.
Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social and economic justice through building people to people ties.
Rainbow Grocery is a worker owned coop offering a range of Fair Trade products including coffee, tea, spices, fresh fruit and bulk and packaged goods.
By Guest Blogger Dennis Klein A visit to a local florist 18 months ago aroused my interest in Fair Trade, but it was the conversation with the proprietor that impressed me most. We both recognized our common commitment to thinking globally and acting locally – in retrospect, the seed of a nascent collaboration. We started […]
Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in the grassroots environmental movement. He recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots organizers and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local levels. He has mobilized fence-line communities and organized public hearings and other local actions to hold polluters accountable. Upon traveling […]
We are thrilled to announce the first ever Fair Trade Towns Small Grants program! Our goal is to provide organizers with much needed resources for building capacity, diversifying their outreach, and ensuring the long term health and viability of the campaign. There will be three levels of grants available and we ask that anyone planning […]
From Guest Bloggers Lauren Van Ham & Savanah Eichfeld The momentum continues to grow across the country for Fair Trade Towns USA. Berkeley and Boston continue generating exciting movement forward by becoming the 19th and 20th Fair Trade Towns in the USA. The following come from lead organizers from the two campaigns. Please join us […]
By Guest Blogger Tom Spiro Residents of the Town of Conway became aware early in 2010 of the effort by Fair Trade towns USA to help cities and towns across the country become Fair Trade Towns. Conway Town officials decided to join the movement and ask the citizens and businesses of their local municipality to […]
This year’s World Fair Trade Day took on new meaning for the organizers of the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative and for farmers in Haiti recovering from the devastating earthquake in January. For their World Fair Trade Day event, MAFTTI organized five local coffee shops to serve Fair Trade Certified coffee and donated a […]
By Guest Blogger Gene Perry Norman’s achievement of Fair Trade Town status is the result of a two year campaign by Norman Fair Trade. NFT is a volunteer group including Norman citizens of all ages and backgrounds, from retirees to high school and middle school students. They teamed up with local businesses and community groups, […]
By Guest Blogger Erica Symonds One of the most progressive cities in the country, Madison, WI is now the 16th Fair Trade City in the U.S. and the first state capital to achieve this status. Madison’s Fair Trade Town campaign is also the first to be spearheaded by a student organization, which is the Fair […]
Our friends at the Fair Trade Resource Network have invited all of us to participate in their second annual Fair Trade Calendar Photo contest! For the second year in a row, working with the Fair Trade Federation, FTRN is working hard to spread the word about Fair Trade and to help grow awareness of Fair […]
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One of the main goals of the Fair Trade Futures conference is to empower attendees to engage in community efforts to grow awareness of the Fair Trade movement in their hometowns. To this end, we are excited to rally City Delegations to attend. City Delegations are a way to build community before, after, and during […]
By Guest Blogger Dalaiah Kusner When the Red Bank Ten Thousand Villages manager first came across the idea of a Fair Trade Town, she realized that Red Bank would be an ideal place to have a campaign. To start, the town already had a school, a church, and at least one business fully supporting Fair […]