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


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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JULY 30 – Witness for Peace Report Back: Challenging the Status Quo in Colombia – Women’s Empowerment, Workers’ Rights and Trade Justice

There are multiple facets to fair trade work that are key to achieving economic justice in trade. Three pillars that we support are education, encouraging fair trade business and advocacy in reforming trade policy. We see the interconnectedness and importance of all three.

During our Spring film series this year, we hosted Oregon Fair Trade Campaign in a movie and discussion about farm workers and child labor in our food system to highlight how U.S. trade policy creates an unfair playing field for farmers around the world – forcing people off their land to come work our land or in factories for low wages and long hours. The impacts are local and global – traditional livelihoods and local jobs that feed our economy are lost, farming is outsourced and people and their land are exploited. Corporations and big business are the only winners.

We reached out to local international trade justice organizations, ORFTC, PCASC, Witness for Peace, to partner on an event that helps to highlight the impact of U.S. trade policy, the impact on communities and present local fair trade as an alternative economic model with more oversight and ethics that promotes trade justice.

NWFTC Member, Amy Price, just returned from a WfP Delegation to Colombia to share more about the impact of the latest FTA. She will be joined by other panelists who will share their experiences in Colombia, highlighting current issues impacting land rights, human rights, the drug trade and workers’ rights as a result of this new trade agreement.

NWFTC Chair, Sarah Mitts, owner of Awaz, will present to the community Portland’s Fair Trade Directory and how it can be used as a tool for change.
Their eco-clothing line (men’s and women’s apparel), kids toys and accessories will be available for purchase with 15% of sales donated to Red and Black. 

This is a phenomenal panel and educational opportunity – link up and help us create fair trade in Portland and take action to oppose the next big trade deal!


Witness for Peace Report Back: Challenging the Status Quo in Colombia – Women’s Empowerment, Workers’ Rights and Trade Justice


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Red and Black Cafe

400 SE 12th Ave.

U.S. trade policy and FTAs are created specifically to serve the commercial interest of corporations and provide incentives to maximize profits at the expense of the people and environment around the world.

The impacts are as much local as they are global.

      Just last October, the US signed a trade agreement with Colombia, the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. Hear testimonials from Colombian fair trade advocates and learn more about the next massive trade battle with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Panelists include:

Amy Price, Witness for Peace Delegate to Colombia 2012

Paige Shell-Spurling, Witness for Peace Delegate to Colombia 2012

Elizabeth Swager, Assistant Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

Sarah Mitts, Chair of Northwest Fair Trade Coalition

The fight for indigenous and Afro-Colombian ancestral territory has been fueled by the recently passed FTA. Much of this land is coveted by multinational companies who are pressuring the Colombian government to grant permits to extract resources and develop plantations for palm oil, fruit, timber, and sugar. Colombia is already home to one of the highest number of internally displaced people in the world because of a 50 year long armed conflict and the war on drugs. Learn about how these communities are affected by recent trade policy and what they are doing to resist.

For the last year, ASOTRECOL, a group of workers injured from their jobs on the General Motors Colombia production line, have maintained a peaceful occupation on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. This David vs. Goliath battle of injured workers standing up to a powerful multinational corporation has seen huge successes, weeding out corrupt labor inspectors and moving GM Colombia to take measures to prevent any more serious injuries. Learn about their courageous resistance, incredible victories and the work yet to be done.

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Do you know a store in your neighborhood that carries fair trade products? Help us build the directory and add their name below!

We’re busy sending out surveys and letters to businesses we’re aware of that currently carry fair trade products in Portland.

Right now, we’ve got only about 10 authentic businesses on board.

The goal is to get as many local businesses as possible selling fair trade for it to become popular and recognized as part of the Portland culture. In the end, we can get a resolution passed by our city in favor of fair trade sourcing and get our government to adopt a fair trade purchasing policy!

Help us identify more businesses in your neighborhood who may carry fair trade products by adding their name below!

CLICK to manually enter your info.

Thank you for your participation!
We are also looking for volunteer graphic designers to help us create the directory! nwfairtrade@gmail.com if you’re interested.

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Survey for Businesses and Organizations to apply to be listed in NWFTC Portland Fair Trade Directory 2012


We are writing to inform you of our local efforts to promote fair trade in Portland and invite you to be a part of Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. We invite businesses, faith and social justice organizations who sell or serve authentic fair trade products to be part of the Directory.

We are the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, a volunteer organization of local socially responsible businesses, community organizations and activists united in raising the profile of economic justice in trade and promoting fair trade within Portland. We formed in 2010 in an effort to work together to create unity and awareness for Portland’s fair trade community.

With this directory, we aim to enhance the visibility of fair trade in our community and enable consumers to connect with local businesses and organizations that sell fair trade products. By making more fair trade products available to our community, we can increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

Some of the benefits of being listed in our directory include:

  • Exposure to new consumers who are actively seeking fair trade products
  • Free advertising for your business on our website and at all participating local businesses and organizations throughout Portland
  • Promotion of your business at all of our events and co-sponsored events
  • Inclusion in our education materials and outreach about fair trade

The directory will be made available in print and online. We invite you to fill out the Supplier Survey to enter your business/organization information if you would like to be listed in the directory. We will review your survey and contact you for an in person interview. We look forward to seeing this project grow with your partnership!

CLICK HERE to fill out the survey via Google Docs, paper free!

Download the PDF to the right if you’d like to mail it in.

contact nwfairtrade@gmail.com or 503-970-5847 for more questions.

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The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition launches outreach to local businesses and community organizations to create Portland’s first Fair Trade Directory for World Fair Trade Day

Portland, OR (May 12, 2012) – Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, Portland’s local economic justice and fair trade coalition, plans to create Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. Local businesses and community organizations who sell fair trade products will be listed in the directory so that people will have a local resource to know where to find and purchase authentic fair trade products. Fair trade products are made under safe and healthy working conditions, free from exploitive child labor and in accordance with international fair trade principles. The directory will include local grocers and identify what fair trade products they carry, as well as faith organizations who serve and sell fair trade goods.

The group will announce the directory on Saturday, May 12th in honor of World Fair Trade Day, the nation’s largest fair trade event of the year, at the new downtown Portland World Market. The community can enjoy live international music and dance performances all day, free wine tasting, fair trade espresso and purchase handcrafted goods from a few businesses who offer fairly traded products represented at the market. Members of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition will stand in solidarity with thousands of people in 80 countries worldwide on World Fair Trade Day to highlight the importance of a business and trading model that supports fair wages and healthy working conditions for producers around the globe. By making more fair trade products visible and available to our community, we will increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

With this directory, we aim to enhance the visibility of fair trade in our community and enable consumers to connect with local businesses and organizations that sell fair trade products. “We believe that more people will support and purchase these products if they know where to buy them,” says Sarah Mitts, owner of Awaz Voice for Empowerment, a local business offering fairly traded handmade products from India and chair of the Coalition.
Local businesses and organizations who carry fair trade products can send an email to nwfairtrade@gmail.com to be sent information about how to be involved and a survey.
WHO: Northwest Fair Trade Coalition member businesses, community organizations and individuals.
WHERE: the new Portland World Market, located next to Ankeny Plaza in the old Fire Engine Museum building, neighboring the Portland Saturday Market
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition is a volunteer organization of local socially responsible businesses, community organizations and activists united in raising the profile of economic justice in trade and promoting fair trade products within Portland. Fair Trade is a trading relationship, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumers in more developed areas around the world. The Fair Trade system ensures that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, that workers and communities are treated with dignity and producers take steps to preserve the environment. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.

The launch includes a series of events organized by coalition members:

May 17 : Northwest Fair Trade Coalition’s Fair Trade Third Thursday program at Equal Exchange featuring a presentation by a local representative from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, makers of the best selling Certified Organic and Fair Trade Personal Care products. Learn more about their business model, fair trade certification with IMO’s “Fair for Life” program and new products. People can discuss and learn more about fair trade with local businesses, organizations and individuals involved in the movement, get resources, enjoy free samples of Dr. Bronner’s products and taste fair trade coffee, snacks and sweets. Raffle of fair trade products worth $50. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), 1033 SE Main. http://www.drbronner.com/
May 20 – 23 : The 2012 Fair Trade Federation annual conference will be held May 21 – 23 (Monday – Wednesday) in beautiful Bellevue, WA, just outside of Seattle. The conference will provide practical training in all aspects of fair trade, and provide a forum for sharing ideas and reaffirming fair trade principles. www.fairtradefederation.org/conference2012
May 24 : Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Choosing Fair Trade. Havurah’s Tikkun Olam Committee and Portland Tuv Ha’Aretz invite you to come to learn about what Fair trade really means and how its goals relate to Jewish values. Founder of Fair Trade Judaica will be present to share more about their work. You will get a chance to taste some delicious fair trade chocolate, watch the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate, and do some on-the-spot activism. 7:00 –9:00 p.m., Havurah Shalom, 825 Northwest 18th Avenue. csa@portlandtuv.org
The Dark Side of Chocolate is a 45 minute documentary by award winning journalists, Miki Mistrati and U Roberto (Robin) Romano, which investigates the continued allegations of trafficking and child labor in the international chocolate industry and goes undercover to visit cocoa plantations in West Africa. This event is free!


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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!


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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April 19th Fair Trade Third Thursday – Jubilee Oregon: Economic Justice and Fair Trade

The mission of the Jubilee movement is to reduce global poverty. We do this by fighting for the 99% to assure that people’s needs are addressed fairly and equitably. Jubilee Oregon advocates for debt cancellation and responsible lending and borrowing practices in the countries of the Global South. Since the debt crisis has made its way north, we have brought our work home by including foreclosure and student debt to the issues that we work on. We see the similarities of the plight of poor countries in developing countries with Greece, Spain, Ireland and other countries in the developed world.

At the next Third Thursday event, Jubilee Oregon will discuss the work they do and why fair trade is part of the economic justice equation. We will show a 20 minute excerpt from theEnd of Poverty? followed by a discussion and how you can get involved. “Global poverty did not just happen. It began with military conquest, slavery and colonization that resulted in the seizure of land, minerals and forced labor. Today, the problem persists because of unfair debt, trade and tax policies — in other words, wealthy countries taking advantage of poor, developing countries.” Please join us for an engaging and informative conversation.

Thursday, April 19

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Equal Exchange

1033 SE Main

enjoy fair trade snacks ~ engaging discussion and resources ~ fair trade raffle ~ products available for purchase

RSVP NOW! Find the event here, and invite your friends!

Help us build Portland’s Fair Trade Directory!

What stores in your neighborhood should be on our list?

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