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Fair Trade and Real Food Conference @ ASU

The food sustainability movement is growing. United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) and the Real Food Challenge (RFC) Southwest Regional Chapters are partnering to bring you a weekend full of fair and sustainable food activism! Feb. 11-13 @ Arizona State University

All over the Southwest, the food sustainability movement is growing. Students are asking their campus food service providers to purchase ethical and environmentally-sound products. Activists are working to ensure farm worker rights and fair wages. In South Phoenix and other areas, community members are planting gardens to help reverse food deserts. Although seemingly disparate, each of these actions fit into the creation of a sustainable food system as a whole. In the context of the unique Southwest cultures, economies, and environments, this conference will create a space for students and allies from across the food sustainability and justice movement to share knowledge and skills, cultivate relationships, and deepen our commitment to the movement.

Registration: Click: register The $35 fee will include 5 meals, a homestay for Friday and Saturday night, a fair trade conference tote bag from Las Otras Hermanas, and more.

See complete summit schedule: schedule

For more information contact Kim: southwestcoordinator (at) usft (dot) org

Powerpoints given at conference:  Midwest

Media USFT SW 2011

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Announcing ATCF’s October 8-10 Delegation to Piedras Negras, Mexico and Beyond

Meet maquiladora workers in their homes and communities, find out about current conditions of life and work and learn what strategies they are using to advocate for themselves.  Discover the power and dynamic of collective action.  Our Mexican partners, the Comité Fronterizo de Oberas/os (the CFO), continue to find innovative, often bold ways of organizing despite the financial crisis and the intense anti-labor climate of Mexico—and the world—that they and we are facing.

Tentatively this delegation will pursue a fair trade theme. Piedras Negras is not only the home city of CFO, but also the site of the Dignity and Justice Maquiladora, a unique business model at the border – a worker-owned sewing collective, technically structured as a maquiladora in order to be able to export and sell in the US.

As we head south through Texas, the delegation will visit another worker-owned, woman-led sewing collective:  Ilo de Justícia (Thread of Justice) a project of Fuerza Unida in San Antonio.  Fuerza was formed in 1990 in protest, when Levi Strauss closed their San Antonio plant without notice or severance pay.

For more info or to request a registration form, write to: Judith Rosenberg, chelarose@gradecom.net or call 512. 494.8377.

CFO organizer\’s website

Founder of Transfair USA lauds Students for Fair Trade

Our sister group got this email from Paul Rice, CEO and founder of Transfair USA yesterday.

paul@transfairusa.org

Dear Friends and Companeros,

I just today became aware of the incredible progress you guys have made at UH to get Fair Trade coffee on campus. Congratulations!!! What a fantastic accomplishment! I’m really impressed – and proud – of the great work you’re doing there. It truly makes a difference for so many people.

I was in Rwanda and Tanzania this summer, visiting Fair Trade coffee communities and farmers. Everywhere I went, every family I visited, I heard the same story: Fair Trade has changed our lives; Fair Trade gives us hope. In Tanzania, I saw new processing facilities and cupping laboratories, built with FT premiums, which allow farmers to improve their coffee quality and fetch a higher price for their harvest. I visited farmers who were converting to organics, allowing them to produce more safely, sustainably and profitably. In Rwanda, I met young women who had finished high school and are now in technical college – what they called their “dream come true” – thanks to scholarship programs set up with FT premiums. I saw Hutus and Tutsis, working together in the same co-ops, building true reconciliation from the grassroots up. Needless to say, I came home deeply inspired.

Know this: our efforts are working! YOUR efforts are working. Together, we are building a global movement that brings hope, pride and dignity back to millions of hard-working farmers and their family members. Your struggle there at UH is vital to the movement, showing other campus organizers across the country that it CAN be done. So keep the faith. Set new FT goals and continue your fantastic journey. I am proud to stand beside you, fighting the Good Fight – and if there’s ever anything that my team or I can personally do to help, please let me know.

With solidarity and admiration,

Paul

Paul D. Rice
President & CEO
TransFair USA
1500 Broadway, Suite 400
Oakland, CA   94612
Tel: 510-663-5260  ext. 312
Fax: 510-663-5264
www.transfairusa.org