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Shop ethically this Holiday. Join us for our 2013 4th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace Series.

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Hi friends,

The Holidays are here! And the Portland Fair Trade Community is thriving – our members have beautiful projects that support communities around the world eagerly needing your support. Join us for our annual Holiday Sale at First Unitarian Church on November 17th to benefit women and their families worldwide. Can’t make this one – December 8th we’ll be at the First Presbyterian Church too!

The Economic Justice Action Group of First Unitarian Church will be hosting us again – they helped the congregation start serving Fair Trade coffee and they support a wide variety of  actions and campaigns for fair labor, locally and globally.

4th Annual Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace

Sunday, November 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 First Unitarian Church

Fuller Hall, 1011 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

(access Fuller Hall through outdoor corridor on 12th street)

The perfect place for shoppers to find a fair gift this holiday. Join some of Portland’s most unique social enterprises and organizations who will share about their work and offer fairly traded food, products and gifts from around the globe for purchase. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The event is open to the general public.

a few projects your purchases will support:

  • Thembanathi is fundraising for their new early childhood education program in South Africa.
  • Awaz Handcrafts is donating 1% of their sales this holiday for nutrition programs for women in the Himalayas in India.
  • and much more!

Live Music and Kids Center. We will have ongoing live percussion music from Will, local Kora African Instrumentalist who will conduct regular music teachings with youth with fair trade instruments from Evergreen Fair Trade in NW Portland. The Kid’s interactive Table will host a computer showing stories of producers and give out FREE Fair World Project publications that includes Fair Trade Certification Guides for a complete educational space. Also, Awaz Handcrafts will be selling ‘friendship bracelets’ made in Bolivia and accepting donations to support a youth orphanage project.

It’s an open church that hosts hundreds of community films and events throughout the year – – the event is open to the community so stop by –

FREE PARKING til 2 pm at lots around the church.

Can’t make it to our first sale? Join us for the second one! We’ll be having a Fair Trade Bake Off at First Presbyterian this year – come taste delicious baked goods from fair trade ingredients and enter a raffle to win a fair trade gift basket!

Enter our Bake Off at First Presbyterian Church!

Enter our Bake Off at First Presbyterian Church!

Participant Form and FAIR TRADE BAKE OFF Rules below:

FAIR TRADE BAKE RULES 2013

Sunday, December 8 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church

1200 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Hosted by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition (NWFTC), Economic Justice Action Group of Unitarian Church, The Fair Trade Leadership Team of First Presbyterian Church     https://northwestfairtrade.wordpress.com/

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November 11, 2013 · 9:30 pm

Fair Trade for the Holidays in Portland from NWFTC

Engaging more people in the fair trade movement is a continuous, challenging two-fold effort that involves the balance of education and consumption.

We have to make it easier for people to find and purchase fair trade products and also continuously educate more people about how supporting fair trade in the marketplace impacts communities around the globe and changes lives.

This past year we embarked on a larger effort to increase conscious consumption and visibility for our members during the busy holiday season by turning our Annual Holiday Marketplace into a series that included sales at three local congregations, as well as launching Oregon’s first Fair Trade Directory.

Enjoy the pictures from some of our events!

ZAP Holiday Gala with World Affairs Council Young Professionals

ZAP Holiday Gala with World Affairs Council Young Professionals

Notomba promoting beaded jewelry made from women near her home in South Africa affected by HIV AIDs. Thembanathi was able to bring her to the US this year to study English in Eugene.

Notomba promoting beaded jewelry made from women near her home in South Africa affected by HIV AIDs. Thembanathi was able to bring her to the US this year to study English in Eugene.

 

Theresa Executive Director from Zimbabwe Artists Project with all smiles as we finish the rush of people who came to the First Presbyterian Church sale in December. Their artisans handpainted some new Christmas Ornaments on gourds that were amazing!

Theresa Executive Director from Zimbabwe Artists Project with all smiles as we finish the rush of people who came to the First Presbyterian Church sale in December. Their artisans handpainted some new Christmas Ornaments on gourds that were amazing!

Margaret Zeps and her team of volunteers sell woven textiles at churches and events every holiday season made by women of Mayan Hands in Guatemala. This year they raised over $2,000 to send back.

Margaret Zeps and her team of volunteers sell woven textiles at churches and events every holiday season made by women of Mayan Hands in Guatemala. This year they raised over $2,000 to send back.

 

Rafael Aviles talks about the collection of handcrafted natural kids toys, gifts and fashion products from Awaz to customers.

Rafael Aviles talks about the collection of handcrafted natural kids toys, gifts and fashion products from Awaz to customers.

Roberta Cain represents the Fair Trade Leadership Team at First Presbyterian Church by selling fair trade coffee and olive every once a month at her church.

Roberta Cain represents the Fair Trade Leadership Team at First Presbyterian Church by selling fair trade coffee and olive every once a month at her church.

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NWFTC announces Annual Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace Series at local congregations

This year, NWFTC we are launching a series of local fair trade holiday bazaars for your shopping pleasure in partnership with local congregations. The series will include three different bazaars hosted by various congregations throughout the month of November and December, thanks to the growing success of the first annual bazaar at the First Unitarian Church in 2010. The markets serve to create a collective forum for the holidays to promote local organizations and businesses selling artisan crafted, fairly traded products from producers around the world and encourage conscious consumption for the holidays.

Enjoy and come shop with your favorite local businesses and organizations!

RSVP on Facebook and share the event with your friends!

We are pleased to announce KBOO, our favorite community radio as our sponsor this year! Some of the best local and global music, independent media and truth around.

First Unitarian Church
Buchan Building
1011 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Co-sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group
 
Portland Mennonite Church
1312 Southeast 35th Avenue  
Portland, OR 97214
 
First Presbyterian Church
Geneva Hall (basement)
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
Co-sponsored by the Fair Trade Leadership Team of the Advocacy & Social Justice Committee
* free parking in garage on Sunday, enter from parking garage entrance

GET INVOLVED

If you are a congregation that would like to host a fair trade bazaar in the future or invite our members to an existing event at your congregation, kindly contact us. We’re here to collaborate and raise greater awareness about Portland’s growing fair trade community!

If you are a vendor and are interested in selling your products at our Fair Trade Holiday Market Series, please send an email to nwfairtrade@gmail.com for an application or contact Sarah Mitts at 503-970-5847.
$25 application fee per event.
Our committee will review your application and notify you of your acceptance.
Space is limited and precedence is given to NWFTC members.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this series, please email us your today!
We look forward to another great year!

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Join us for the ZAP Spring International Celebration!

The Zimbabwe Artist’s Project is hosting a special celebration! Join us and other Fair Trade advocates in welcoming Mr. Kelvin Hazangwi, a special guest from Zimbabwe. There will be a Fair Trade Marketplace, an exhibit of Weya art, live African music, snacks, and a craft table for the kiddos! NWFTC and ZAP will be joined by these wonderful organizations, all with items for sale or information on getting involved with their projects!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

107 Washington St. 1st floor

Portland, OR 97214

The Zimbabwe Artists Project is a non-profit organization that helps women artists from Weya in Easter Zimbabwe become more economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. ZAP helps these women through education opportunities and through the sale of their artwork.
Join the celebration, and support ZAP and these other great organizations!

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NWFTC announces 2nd Annual Portland Fair Trade Marketplace, Nov. 13th

It’s that time of the year again and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be putting on another great Fair Trade Marketplace at the First Unitarian Church this year. Thanks to our co-sponsors, the Economic Justice Action Group there at the church, we’ll be set up in the beautiful Buchan Building again located there on 12th and Salmon downtown Portland.

This year, the marketplace will feature over 10 local businesses, social justice organizations and representatives from mission driven organizations helping to fight global poverty and support sustainable trade. The goal of the marketplace is to create a market outlet for Portland fair trade organizations to promote their work and provide consumers with ethically sourced, unique gift items for the holidays that promote sustainable development for producers.  Donate, buy gifts and discover a world of good in your back yard that you never knew existed! You can BUY LOCAL and SUPPORT FAIR TRADE at the same time!


Expect to see some of your favorite local businesses & organizations such as:

  • AWAZ Voice for Empowerment
  • Equal Exchange
  • Topanien Global Gifts
  • Mayan Hands
  • Canaan Olive Oil
  • Ojoba Collective
  • Women’s Bean Project
  • Jubilee Oregon
  • Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans

Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace Sponsors

Northwest Fair Trade Coalition * First Unitarian Church Economic Justice Action Group * Portland ReDirect Guide 

 

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