We are trying to get 1000 signatures on the petition before Mankato's September city council meeting where we will ask for a fair trade town declaration. The link below will enable you to sign the petition. Please add your signature before September 24th.
First Congregational is a fair trade church and meets the following criteria:
1. Use only Fair Trade Certified coffee after services and in all meetings for which the church has responsibility.
2. Move forward on using other Fair Trade products (e.g. chocolate, tea, cocoa, sugar)
3. Promote Fair Trade during Fair Trade Fortnight (end of April into early May), Fair Trade Month (October) and at other times through events, worship and the selling of Fair Trade Certified products.
We have two campaigns in progress through October 31 that are part of a Mankato and North Mankato eight church effort. They are reverse trick or treating and the super market campaigns. People who want to know more about these Fair Trade campaigns or participate can contact Jane Dow at 625-5092, Margo Druschel at 978-771-1787, Joyce Zimmerman at 625-3910 or Amy Mukamuri at 385-1850.
To find out more about fair trade, visit the following web sites:
Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade Towns USA
YouTube Links to Fair Trade Videos
Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative
(1min. 52 secs.):
Fair Trade - YouTube
Fair Trade – the Movie (8.40)
Fair Trade in Media, PA, the first Fair Trade Town in the USA (6.12)
Fair Trade Coffee – how to buy (1.44)
Coffee in Uganda (Gumutindo) (3.23)
Fair Trade Cotton in Cameroon (8.58)
The Fruits of Fair Trade in South Africa (7.53)
Flower Power in Ecuador (10.52)
Blood Chocolate (1.07)
Swap your choc – Kuapa Kokoo coop, Ghana (2.26)
Fair Trade bananas in the Dominican Republic - to UK since 2001 (3.00)
Trade Justice – why world trade rules need to change (2.27)
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