Portland, OR (Sept 15th) – Starting Thursday, Sept. 15th, the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition will launch a monthly educational film series for the community about Fair Trade and economic justice issues that answer key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced. The ‘documentary style’ film series will give consumers an in depth look at the negative socio-economic impact of conventional commerce on farmers and workers as a result of globalization and introduce an alternative business model based on the principles of economic and social justice known as Fair Trade.
Fair Trade is a trading relationship, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade ensuring 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. Increasingly, consumers in developed nations are applying their buying power to challenge the current system, demand supply-chain accountability and support businesses that enforce labor rights and environmental standards in international trade. The NWFTC film series will give consumers the tools to shop responsibly and bring Fair Trade and economic justice into their everyday lifestyle.
The film series will serve as a launch for NWFTC’s October Fair Trade month program to encourage consumers to ‘Take a Fair Trade Break’. The month’s activities will feature ‘Reverse Trick-or-Treating’ and ‘Fair Trade Your Community’ campaigns.
WHERE: Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main, Portland, Oregon
WHEN: Third Thursdays, beginning September 15, 2011
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 15th, “The Price of Sugar”
In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, “The Price of Sugar” follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.
Thursday, October 20th, Film Screening of “A Thousand Fibers” and Panel Discussion about the Fair Trade Craft Movement
October is Fair Trade Month.
Join us for an educational film about fair trade and an opportunity to learn more about local organizations involved in the movement. Gear up and learn how you can become a Fair Trade Ambassador for Portland.
About the Film:
Buying Fair Trade is a conscious choice. When consumers choose it, they often understand the basics of Fair Trade and are cognizant of the various parts of the supply chain, including the essential—yet often overlooked—role of the person who produces the product. The documentary produced by Partners for Just Trade explores the principles of Fair Trade based on real life experiences, with a special focus on the lives of handcraft artisans in Peru.
The film will be followed by an in depth discussion about fair trade artisan groups as a viable alternative to sweatshop production featuring local representatives from AWAZ Voice for Empowerment and Mayan Hands will share more about the impact of fair trade on the lives of the artisan groups they work with in India and Guatemala and have their products on display for sale. Get an early start on holiday shopping!
After spending two years working with grassroots organizations in Northern India, Native Oregonian, Sarah Mitts, founded AWAZ Voice for Empowerment to serve as a market outlet for the artisan groups she worked with and a channel for ethical trade and consumption. She will profile some of the groups she works with and talk about the ways producers and communities benefit through fair trade. Margaret Zeps, a weaver from the Portland Weaving Guild, is a volunteer with Mayan Hands and will share more about the weaving cooperatives in Guatemala she works with.
Other members of the NWFTC will be present to share more about their work including representatives from Equal Exchange, Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans and Jubilee Oregon.
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