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News :: Environment : Globalization : Human Rights : International : Labor
Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
19 Oct 2005
Fair Trade activists came together Monday night to raise funds for trade justice around the world in style. The model in the photo is wearing a scarf, hat and bag that were produced by workers paid fair wages in safe conditions and produced in a way that is more respectful of the environment. Photo by Christopher Brown.

Over 150 local activists celebrated trade justice in style and raised over $1,000 at the Fair Trade Fiesta at All Asia Café last Monday night. The fundraiser was hosted by the Boston Fair Trade Coalition in cooperation with Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC), Oxfam America, It’s Only Fair, Dean’s Beans, and other local organizations.
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“The event was a great success,” said Elisa Arond of Oxfam America. “The Fair Trade Fiesta was a wonderful way to celebrate Fair Trade, highlighting how each and every one of us can make a real difference in the lives of farmers and artisans around the globe.”

The fiesta was held to coincide with the national celebration of Fair Trade Month, and is one in a series of events in the Boston area. The event on October 17 also fell on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, as declared by the United Nations. Advocates see more equitable trade policies as vital for lasting solutions to poverty.

During the fiesta a silent auction, a raffle and a fashion show highlighted clothing, jewelry, food, and other items made by workers paid fair wages in safe conditions and produced in a way that is more respectful of the environment. Those who attended enjoyed Fair Trade Certified™ basmati rice, and chocolate fondue, among other delicious dishes. Music was provided by DJ DC and Heist, a local band and member of Musicians Against Sweatshops. Items were donated by many organizations such as Aid to Artisans, Dean’s Beans, Its Only Fair, Equal Exchange, and many others.

Fair Trade Certified™ goods like chocolate, coffee, tea, rice, sugar and fruit, promise a livable wage for workers, and a “social premium” that funds clean water project, education, decent health care and protection for rainforests in farming communities. Very few consumers know that when they buy Fair Trade, they can do more to help the artisans and farmers who worked hard to produce the products.

A portion of the money raised from the evening will go towards purchasing a sewing machine for fair trade artisans in El Salvador. The rest of the funds will go to the Boston Fair Trade Coalition in order to further its work in promoting Fair Trade in the Boston area. Upcoming events include a Halloween action around Fair Trade chocolate followed by a November 19th Supermarket Day of Action focused on encouraging stores to stock and promote more Fair Trade products.

“Fair Trade is about building community – both locally and trans-nationally," said Arond. "Here in Boston Fair Trade is bringing together people from diverse backgrounds, from faith groups to students, environmentalists and labor rights advocates. And at the same time we are also cultivating international partnerships based on dignity and respect. That is the essence of Fair Trade. The Fair Trade movement is growing because it is based on a common value of fairness. Who can say no to that?”

For more information about the Boston Fair Trade Coalition, and to get involved, visit their website at: http://www.bostonft.revolt.org/ or contact Elisa Arond at 617-728-2552.
See also:
http://www.bostonft.revolt.org/

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Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
19 Oct 2005
What a babe!! Now if all hippie chicks looked like that, I might be tempted not to bathe for a week, wear patchouli, and quit my job! Well done Boston INDY!!!
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
What exactly makes you think she is a hippie?
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
150 people --> $1000 dollars

Around $7 per person. Unless the event was only an hour long, it seems like it woulda made more sense just to get a real job and donate a portion of your pay check.

Less glorious but far more effective. Makes you wonder what people are really after.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Hey Craig, how do you think the organizers are eating and paying their rent? They probably have "real" jobs. They donate their labor and time to raise money above and beyond what they can afford to contribute to the cause. Organizing and work of this kind also has broader social implications and benefits than just the money. It is part of raising consciousness about an issue and building networks among conscientious people, who may go on to work together on any number of issues.
Why don't you donate a "portion your pay check," or your labor, or just shut up?
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
boy, I was going to write exactly the same response to craig. thanks! couldn't have said it better! i guess craig's been institutionalized to the point of political numbness.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Because, Severine, all people involved in social justice/with a conscience are hippies! EVERYONE KNOWS THAT! Just kidding. You rock for doing so much work and making sure it all got pulled together that night.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Actually I do... asshole. I try and put in 2 or three hours a week over on average. Even though I make minimum wage, thats $17 (aftertax) for three hours of work, plus I get to keep more of it in my social.

My point isn't that I'm better than anyone or anything, but that this event looks like it was put on to make the organizers feel better about themselves. If they really wanted to raise money, they could do it more efficiently by getting almost any paying job, in lieu of the time spent organzing this. I have nothing against fundraising but the goal is to make badly needed money, not have fun.

"institutionalized to the point of numbness"???

Ya... ok. Which would be more useful to Oxfam?
1) $3-4000 in cash
2) $1000 and pictures of people partying in scarves
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Craig,

With all due respect you sound incredibly ignorant. Since you seem to know better than everyone else about fundraising maybe you should organize your own fundraiser. Unlike you I actually did attend this event and I had a great time. And there is nothing wrong with having fun in the name of a good cause. You have no right to be criticizing the organizers of this event.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Once someone on these forums starts name-calling, you can pretty much write them off as a troll and ignore them. This looks like it was a great event and I applaud the folk, hippies and non-hippies alike, who turned out for fair traide. Cheers!
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Dear Craig,

When I file my taxes in 2006, I’m going to account for several W-2’s. Last year I sponsored a child after a lay-off, and when that ominous tsunami came to be I picked up the phone and donated more money. I’m by far from rich but realize that you need to chill, really chill.

What’s more fun? Fund raising? Having fun through fashion, food, music and drink? Paying $1,000 a plate for a keynote speaker?

Thanks to the good folks of Fair Trade!

Regards,
I’m sorry I missed the chocolate

P.S. and in case you did not know Craig, chocolate is a key ingredient of mole form Oaxaca.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
What Craig fails to understand is that raising money is just one goal of events like the Fair Trade Fiesta. We're also trying to raise awareness. 150 people attended, but far fewer were involved in planning. How many people who showed up had never heard of Fair Trade before? How many will start to buy Fair Trade products or get their friends or schools or supermarkets to buy them? $1000 is nice, but it's really just a side effect of the work being done, not the end result. If anyone wants to pick up an extra shift working for the man just to send the money to Oxfam, great, but I'd much rather have them spend that time doing outreach.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
I can understand your point to some extent about donating money outright versus as part of some other event. I think maybe you're missing another important points associated with events: public awareness. The Fair Trade Fiesta showed people that there is more to Fair Trade than the one coffee blend at Starbucks: chocolate, rice, sugar, clothing, etc. Too bad you missed it. It was a great time and educational, too!
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
20 Oct 2005
Yeah Craig! Craig knows what's up.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
21 Oct 2005
Some clarifications: First of all, following on what I-Hsien and Scott wrote, the goals of the event were to RAISE AWARENESS about Fair Trade AND to CELEBRATE Fair Trade, as well as to fundraise. We billed it as a fundraiser with the aim of using funds to 1) purchase a concrete tool that could help producers, i.e. the sewing machine; 2) cover our costs for the event, i.e. flyers, food, etc.; 3) anything above and beyond the previous two could go toward future awareness-raising events held by the Boston Fair Trade Coalition. Additional clarification: the funds are not for Oxfam.

So yes, we were having fun, and that is wonderful! Fair Trade is fun, and we had fun organizing it, and we had fun carrying it out, and we are happy with how it went. I hope you are able to come and join us next time. Maybe you could provide us with some good ideas for future events.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
22 Oct 2005
Fuck fair trade

All money is blood money
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
22 Oct 2005
Shado, Unless you've got a plan to overthrow global capitalism and build the kinds of interdependent, autonomous, sustainable, communities needed to create a lasting freedom, peace, and justice in the immediate future Fair Trade is a damn good way to vastly improve the lives of a shit load of very poor and exploited people as well as supporting sustainable agriculture for the third world.
Re: Local Activists Raise Funds for Fair Trade
27 Oct 2005
That model is wonderfully babelicious
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23 May 2006
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