To see Jackie DeCarlo’s (CRS Fair Trade) posting about her time in Los Angeles with Fair Trade LA and others see www.crsfairtrade.org or click on Faith in the Founding of Fair Trade Los Angeles.

“Starting and Growing a Fair Trade Business” Workshop – October 1, 2009

 On Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 7pm to 9pm Fair Trade LA hosted a workshop to help people learn how to “Make Your Holiday Faire More Fair.”   This event was held at St. Cross Episcopal Church, 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach.

Questions addressed included:    What is Fair Trade? What is the full range of FT products available?  How can Fair Trade merchants satisfy themselves that the goods from wholesalers are Fair Trade?  What economic models and start-up advice are available for you to become a retailer?

Presenters wer: Jackie DeCarlo, author of “Fair Trade: A Beginner’s Guide,” and Senior Fair Trade   Program Advisor for Catholic Relief Services; David Funkhouser, TransFair USA, Strategic Relations Manager, and Phil Fehrle, FTLA member and owner of FairTrade Express

This was a tremendous way to find out how to bring the concept and the reality of fair trade to your community.   More info on this event to follow.



Celebration of Fair Trade Month Forum on October 4, 2009

Jacqueline DeCarlo, Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Advisor, was the keynote speaker at a workshop on Fair Trade and how to develop a fair trade program for your community.  Other presenters spoke about hosting a fair trade sale.  Vendors displayed their fair trade products.

 The event was held at Holy Family Church, St. Joseph Center, 1524 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena and sponsored by Holy Family Church Fair Trade Ministry.  For more information, visit www.holyfamily.org.

“Making Your Holiday Faire More Fair” Workshop” on September 17, 2009


On Thursday, September 17, 2009 Fair Trade LA hosted a workshop to help your group learn how to “Make Your Holiday Faire More Fair.”   This event was held at St. Monica Auditorium, 725 California Ave, Santa Monica.

Those who attended learned about Fair Trade and global solidarity; heard from experts how to host a holiday faire with Fair Trade items; met Fair Trade vendors and learned how they can help their faire – and bought fair trade products.  They learned about the importance of supporting Fair Trade while buying wonderful products.



Fair Trade LA’s Fair Trade Festival 2008

Join us for the 2nd Annual Fair Trade Festival!

Sunday, September 28, 2008
1500 Vine St., Hollywood, CA
(Washington Mutual parking lot, adjacent to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market)

Supporting Fair Trade, Sweat Free, and Local Economies

You want your shopping dollars to support workers. Fair Trade ensures producers fair wages, decent working conditions, and the change to provide a better life for their families and communities. Learn more about where and how you can buy Fair Trade, Sweatshop Free, and local. Plus lots of products available for purchase: bath and beauty, apparel, crafts, jewelry, coffee, chocolate and MORE!

download the flyer here: festival-2008-flyer

Vendors include:

Art Aids Art
American Friends Service
Autonomy Project
Ca Fair Trade Coalition
Catholic Relief Services
First Presbyterian Church
No Sweat
Chiapas Project
Escazu Coffee
Hunger Action LA
LA Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace
Hope for Soap
Bread for the World
Ten Thousand Villages
South Coast Interfaith Council

Fair Trade LA is a coalition of concerned citizens and groups in the Los Angeles who have come together with a common goal: social and environmental justice around the world. We work to educate the public and business about Fair Trade and to promote Fair Trade products in Southern California.