Fair Trade America interviewed key people at three companies that have committed to Fair Trade. Their responses should be enough to convince you how important it is to buy / coffee, chocolate, & tea that has the FairTrade seal (and the Organic seal, of course). Vague terms such as ‘fairly traded’ or ’sustainably grown’ are often used to cover up products that aren’t … [Read more...] about If It’s Not Fair Trade, It’s Not Fair to Small Producers
Economy, Business, Finance
Two of the six Alliance goals focus on the importance of the local economy. In order to create equitable and livable communities, we need strong local economies and businesses need to adopt sustainable practices. This includes operations, sourcing & supply chains, and minimizing waste.
Long a strong advocate for healthier food and small growers, Health Care Without Harm points out in a recent fact sheet what should be obvious: ag policy is also health policy (& climate policy). By supporting agribusiness and unsustainable crops, the US government makes a choice to undermine small growers that follow true organic principles, thus rebuilding the … [Read more...] about Ag policy is health policy
Those who buy chocolate (or coffee or tea or bananas or …) that does not follow international FairTrade standards are saving money by buying the products of exploitation. Demand that shops carry FairTrade and eliminate products based on exploiting others! Here's an update on the cacao/chocolate business. Hershey, Nestle, & M&M Mars are all part of the problem, … [Read more...] about Do you buy chocolate produced by slaves?
Thanks to the 13th Amendment, a person convicted of a crime can be forced to work as punishment. And thanks to widespread racism in society, law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system, Black people are vastly more likely to wind up in prison. (See the two highly-recommended films listed at the bottom of this post.) In addition to working in the laundry or serving … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: ‘Slavery & Prisons today’
As my semester at Moravian College and my internship with Alliance come to an end, I’ve been ask to write a piece that weaves my semester’s work together. In the past few months, I’ve been able to write pieces that focus on colonialism in America, sexual assault, gun control, racism today, and what we teach about Columbus. What do all of these pieces have to do with … [Read more...] about How Are Our Problems Connected?
Please send the following letter to protest the bailout requested by FirstEnergy: DATE President Donald J. Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 37188 Honorable Rick Perry, Secretary Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20585 Dear President Trump/Secretary Perry I purchase electricity through the PJM Interconnection. I am writing to ask … [Read more...] about Call to Action: Stop the FirstEnergy Bailout
I've noticed before that certain films do not show up in some searches, especially those about Palestine or critical of the neo-fascists in the government of Ukraine. Even films such as Where Shall the Birds Fly?, which had an astonishing 9.3 rating on the Internet Movie Database were not to be found on Amazon. Google searches divert people from controversial, … [Read more...] about Censorship – by Amazon & Google
From Organic Bytes, published by the Organic Consumers Association, 9/8/16: The Lynchpin of It All After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), the U.S. food movement stands … [Read more...] about fyi: Time to Take on Factory Farming
Chris Hedges wrote the following after attending the funeral of Daniel Berrigan: Bearing the Cross by Chris Hedges NEW YORK—I arrived early Friday morning, after walking through the rain, at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Greenwich Village for the funeral of the Rev. Daniel Berrigan. I stood, the church nearly empty, at the front of the sanctuary with my hand on the top … [Read more...] about Peter: ‘Bearing the Cross’, by Chris Hedges
Thoughts and observations by Peter Crownfield, one of the founding members of the Alliance. … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog