Here’s your roundup of Fair Trade news and updates:
FAIR TRADE MODELS A BIG HIT AT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARDS GALA
The Ninth Annual Human Rights Awards was a great success! The sold out event included inspirational speeches by three incredible honorees, witty banter by event emcees Ben & Jerry (in tuxedos!), and the participation of the entire Global Exchange staff, board, and community. Guests in attendance included folks from Ben & Jerry’s, Dr. Bronner’s, Fair Trade USA, Thanksgiving Coffee, and World of Good.
Models donned Fair Trade outfits & accessories and “Ask Me About My Outfit” sashes or swatches. They strutted their stuff on the big stage to showcase some of the Fair Trade goodies being auctioned off during the silent auction, while guests enjoyed Fair Trade Certified Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream.
All in all, the 9th annual Human Rights Awards Gala was a great time. If you weren’t able to make it, we hope to see you there next year!
The “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” Campaign is planning a rally in front of the Hershey Store in Times Square happening Wed! Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Lee Cutler, Secretary Treasurer of New York State United Teachers Union, will both be there, along with school children and social justice, Fair Trade, labor rights, and faith based organization representatives. They’ll be calling on Hershey to stop child labor in its cocoa and start supporting Fair Trade.
When: Wed, June 8th 2011, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: In front of the Hershey Store in Times Square (1593 Broadway; Northwest corner of Broadway and 48th Street, Manhattan)
RSVP: On Facebook
More info: www.raisethebarhershey.org/rally
Read the Op-ed Why I am Marching at Hershey’s Store in Times Square by Ariana Taveras, a student in the class of 2012 at the Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey
Check out the post Kerry Kennedy to Join Youth in Rally to Demand That Hershey ‘Raise the Bar’ to find out more details about the rally, including who will be there.
Sign the petition telling Hershey Interim CEO John Bilbrey to Raise the Bar Hershey!
The first ever Fair Trade Towns & Universities National Conference is happening this Fall. The conference will bring together Fair Trade campaign organizers who are promoting and advancing Fair Trade in their communities and on campuses across the country.
When: Friday-Sunday, September 9-11, 2011
Where: The Hub Conference Center, Philadelphia, PA
More Info: www.fairtradetownsusa.org
WEBINAR: CHURCHES & COMMUNITIES ENGAGING THROUGH FAIR TRADE
Hear from pastors, theologians, Fair Trade experts and the Fair Trade Towns leadership on why and how churches are becoming powerful partners in the Fair Trade movement.
When: Tuesday, June 14 • 1:00pm – 2:00pm
FAIR TRADE NEWS LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
- Huffington Post: Why I am Marching at Hershey’s Store in Times Square
- BusinessLIVE: Fairtrade expects boom after Cadbury certification
- Catholic News Service: Coffee, chocolate, Catholicism come together in CRS fair-trade program
- Witney Gazette: Witney becomes world’s 1,000th Fairtrade Town
- Teaneck Patch: Fair Trade Committee Kicks Off Month-Long Exhibit at Library
- Calgary Herald: Weaving a path to fair trade
- DoSomething.org Coldplay’s Back! And Still Fighting for Fair Trade