The committee committed to getting a Ten Thousand Villages store in the South Bay was met with great enthusiasm during a two-day stay at the Riviera Village Festival on June 29-30. The Riviera Village in Redondo Beach is one of the targeted areas the group hopes to have a store up and running in by next summer, as long as they continue their steady success in raising about $200,000. To date, they’ve received about $80,000 in pledges and donations, mostly from individual sources, but they are using festival events like this one, as well as another in Rancho Palos Verdes on July 4, to raise more awareness and create customer buzz about the proposed store.
The best indicator of success is the dozens of new people signing up for the monthly email blasts that outline upcoming fund-raising opportunities and educational presentations to various churches and women’s group around the South Bay. One of the most recent inroads the group made was when Ten Thousand Villages South Bay steering committee member Tony Fadale appeared on KPCC-AM’s Larry Mantle show to join a discussion about the value of fair trade — several customers to the booth in Redondo Beach mentioned they heard that show and were impressed. While the purpose of the booth exhibits was to cultivate customers and potential volunteers, the group also surpassed $1,100 in sales of Ten Thousand Villages product — covering the cost of the booth and resulting in a nice tidy profit for all the volunteer efforts. Many thanks, too, to the Pasadena Ten Thousand Villages for their volunteer support as well in this process.
Buy local, green and fair
Hershey has pledged that 10% of it’s cocoa purchases will be Fair Trade certified by the end of 2013. That’s a whole lot of Fair Trade chocolate! This is a real success story. Green America, the national group that advocates for a green economy, has been working for years to move Hershey away from cocoa produced with child slave labor. Last year after hearing from more than 100,000 consumers, including hundreds from Claremont, Hershey promised to convert to Fair Trade by 2020. That date seemed so far away for children and families caught in the web of coercive and unsafe labor on cocoa plantations. In March, Green America attended a conference with Hershey and other chocolate producers hosted by the Department of Labor in Washington,DC and convinced Hershey to announce this significant milestone for 2013. For more information click on http://www.greenamerica.org/.
A dragon sighting in Claremont? Buddhamouse Emporium, 234 Yale Ave in Claremont Village, is featuring a Fair Trade dragon. A Vietnamese artist salvages metals from which he crafts whimsical animals. He gets a fair wage for his work and we all know that reuse is even better than recycling. Good for people and good for the planet! Buddhamouse also carries other Fair Trade items: gourd ornaments, prayer flags and hanging bells.
The Bath Workshop, 175 N. Indian Hilll Blvd., has launched a new Fair Trade lotion bar that is 100% natural, blended with Fair Trade cocoa butter and organic coconut oil. The lotion bar joins Bath Workshop’s full line of custom Fair Trade products: creams and lotions made from Fair Trade shea and cocoa butters, salt scrub, footscrubbers, cosmetic bags, beaded bags and beaded hairpeices.
Welcome to Barbara Cheatley Antiques, 215 Yale Ave., the 30th merchant to be added to Fair Trade Claremont’s ever expanding list of Where to Find Fair Trade in Claremont. At Barbara Cheatley’s you’ll find a diverse selection of Fair Trade items: colorful shoulder bags from India, Zen Zen tea cozies, Tea Forte in attractive tin containers, and leather ipod cases.
Reminder: ½ Off Sale on all Fair Trade açaí served on April 6, National Açaí Day at The Spot Café, 435 W. Foothill Blvd.
April Events sponsored by Fair Trade Claremont:
Not My Life, a documentary film about modern day slavery, narrated by Glenn Close, will be shown Tuesday April 9 at 7pm at the Laemmle Theater in Claremont Village. Admission is free. To see the trailer: http://vimeo.com/50650206. Join us to learn more about human trafficking globally and locally. And find out how groups in our community are working to end it. Fair Trade is recognized as one of the best ways to combat human trafficking by paying fair wages and providing safe working conditions, keeping families intact and children in school.
Fair Trade Artisan Sale, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Sunday April 14 from 8am-3pm. A wide selection of hand made fairly traded gifts, scarves, jewelry, home accents, olive oil and specialty foods. “Income from our scarves means my three teenage sons can have enough to eat as they grow. My dream is for them to go to university.” – Nyugen Thi Nga,Vietnam. (Click on the attached the sale flyer to see some of the items available.)
Claremont Earth Day Celebration, April 20, 10 am-3pm. Over 2000 people are expected with 60 exhibitor/vendor booths located along Second Street in Claremont Village. Live entertainment, art displays, a bicycle “rodeo” and a booth by Fair Trade Claremont. Stop by to say “hello” and play an interactive game that teaches how chocolate is made: starting with cocoa beans growing in a pod on trees in Africa all the way to the candy bar that you eat. And the prize for playing the game? Fair Trade chocolate, of course.
Fair Trade Bazaar at Pomona First Baptist Church, Sunday April 28 from 8:30am to 1pm. Fair Trade vendors with unique gifts from around the world.
Fair Trade. Improving Lives. Protecting the Environment.
Fair Trade LA Coordinator
(818) 406-9296 (cell)
Royce Hall at UCLA, Thursday, February 28, 2013
Directed by Parker Townley, the National Organizer for Fair Trade Colleges and Universities at Fair Trade USA
Attending: 25 students committed to Fair Trade from UCLA, Fuller Theological Seminary, Loyola Marymount University, California Lutheran University and 4 representatives of Fair Trade LA.
Diana Percival and Joan Harper of Fair Trade LA assisted in the training.
February 26, 2013, Public meeting pursuing the initiative to found a Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Store in the South Bay (Los Angeles). Over 50 local residents and interested parties attended. The meeting was chaired by Tom Hoffarth, member of the South Bay 10KV Steering Committee. Doug Dirks, CEO Ten Thousand Villages, gave the principal address. Also in attendance was Joan Harper, Exec. Director of Fair Trade LA; and Tony Hall, Regional Representative of the World Fair Trade Organization for the Asia Pacific (US, Canada, Japan) region; as well as additional members of the Steering Committee and Fair Trade Los Angeles.
Tom Hoffarth opening the meeting; Doug Dirks and Tony Hall attending.
Joan Harper offering comments on Fair Trade.
Doug Dirks and Tom Hoffarth fielding questions from the assembled participants.
Doug Dirks addressing the general meeting.
Monday March 18, 2013
Please join us for our monthly planning meeting. In March we will be back to the 3rd Monday of the month.
7-9pm at Hebrew Union College,
3077 University Ave.
Enter from eastside of Hoover St.
(between 30th and 32nd Avenues.)
Enter security gate to be buzzed in.
For more info, call Joan Harper (818) 406-9296
Breaking news from our Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign:
Hershey announced today that it will move its chocolate to 100% certification by 2020, though the company remains vague on which certifications, and on incremental benchmarks.
Nonetheless, we welcome this announcement and urge Hershey to reveal its plan for moving all its product lines to certified cocoa by its 2020 deadline. We also want to emphasize that not all certifications are equal, especially when it comes to addressing the Worst Forms of Child Labor in the West African cocoa sector.
Thank you again for your support in this campaign. Please consider making a donation here to ILRF’s ongoing work to end child labor and other abusive labor practices.
Sean & the Raise the Bar, Hershey! Coalition
Coalition members include Global Exchange, Green America, and International Labor Rights Forum.