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Fair Trade Towns USA News

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In this section, learn the latest news from Fair Trade Towns and Communities around the USA. This is the official news source for Fair Trade Towns USA — visit to learn more.

Media Hosts Festival As ‘First Fair Trade Town’

- The Bulletin (Philadelphia, PA)

 Media, 12 miles west of Philadelphia in Delaware County, is “an artful blend of new and traditional, eclectic and sophisticated, international and plain old down-home goodness.” Street festivals, live music, performance theater and poetry readings regularly entertain both the young and old in this inviting borough, which train riders can reach easily on SEPTA’s R3 Media/Elwyn regional rail line.

Currently the only U.S. “Fair Trade Town” - along with 300 towns in Europe and 150 in Britain - Media promotes third-party certification and monitoring of food and other items to assure farmers and workers a fair price for their products. (more…)

How To Get Your Fair Trade Town: The Launch of Fair Trade Towns USA


 Fair Trade Towns USA is “a campaign organized by local and national Fair Trade advocates whose aim is to encourage and support the Fair Trade Movement in the U.S. Following the example of the Fair Trade movement in Europe, the campaign strives to support local, grassroots groups by offering tools and resources to become a Fair Trade town or city through successful local campaigns.”


Chicagoans working to put fair trade on the map

- Medill Reports, Northwestern University

Megy Karydes, founder of the e-boutique, doesn’t have a conventional business philosophy.“Actually, I’d like to see my Web site go out of business—but for a good reason,” Karydes said.

“It’d be nice if people didn’t have to seek out a specific Web site to find Fair Trade products.” Her hope is that they would be widely available in neighborhood stores. (more…)

Fair Trade Towns Campaign Launches in October!


In coordination with October’s Fair Trade Month, the first U.S.-specific guidelines for becoming a Fair Trade Town or City are now available as part of the Fair Trade Towns USA campaign. Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. A key objective of the growing Fair Trade movement in the United States is to educate consumers about the importance of purchasing Fair Trade products. (more…)

Amherst Eyes Fair Trade Effort

- The Republican

AMHERST - Some residents are hoping that Amherst will become a Fair Trade Town, and one of the requirements is to endorse a Fair Trade Resolution.Members of the Amherst Fair Trade Partnership will ask fall Town Meeting to endorse the resolution that asks that town officials, when possible, procure fair trade products for the town. It also asks the Select Board to encourage institutions and businesses and institutions to use and sell Fair Trade Certified products whenever possible “for the well-being of producers, consumers and the planet.” (more…)

Media and Music for a Better World: Festival Promotes Third World Arts

- The Boston Globe

LOWELL - During the days when Boston reggae fans knew her by her radio personality alter ego “Iriela,” deejay Valerie Parker said she grew so inspired by the “unifying, uplifting” spirit of the music that she traveled to Jamaica to begin documenting its evolution in her film “Reggae Revolution” in 1998.  Her experiences in rural, urban, and ghetto communities exposed her to economic disparities and inequities that she continues to combat today as executive director (more…)

Local Fair Trade Organizer Moves on to National Job

- Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — The woman behind the fair trade resolution that was recently approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard is using her experience to help other communities around the country develop their own fair trade policies. Sara Stender, a School of International Training student and a Stratford native, accepted a job last week as National Fair Trade Town and Community Coordinator.The job is part time and funding for the position is coming from three non-governmental organizations, said David Funkhouser. Oxfam, Transfair USA and Lutheran World Relief have provided seed money for the position, which they hope will eventually become self-funding. (more…)

Milwaukee Seeks To Be Fair Trade City


Milwaukee may become the first “fair trade city” in the United States.Hundreds of cities and towns in Europe have signed on to the effort to promote fair trade of everything from coffee and chocolate to baby food.

The goal is to encourage people to steer clear of products from sweatshops. (more…)

Fair Trade Towns Emerging in the US

- Green Options

The small town of Brattleboro, Vermont recently announced that it has met the criteria to declare itself a Fair Trade Town. Brattleboro is the second Fair Trade Town in the United States and the third in North America after Woflville, Nova Scotia became the second in April and Media, Pensylvania led the way in January. (more…)

Town Now Fair, Board Approves Fair Trade Motion

- Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — And then there were two. In a 3-2 vote, the Selectboard approved a resolution that makes Brattleboro the second fair trade town in the United States, second only to Media, Pa.

“This is very exciting,” said Kate Amanna. “We hope this can turn into something more.”

Amanna was one of three representatives from the Fair Trade Steering committee that presented their case to the Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. (more…)

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