Mark your calendars! The next Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo will be October 21, 2017.
Initiated in 2005, The Teach-In & Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.
Teach-In & Expo 2017 hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 21, 2017 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights. We have a range of workshops from basics of fair trade principles to fair trade certification. This year, we have a special presentation during the lunch break.
Main sponsors are Ohio Fair Trade Network, John Carroll Univeristy, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Fair Trade America and Fair Trade Federation, Revy Fair Trade and the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
We are thrilled to be hosting:
Coalition of Immokalee Workers — Immokalee, FL
Farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker human rights organization based in Immokalee, Florida, will be joining us. The CIW’s Fair Food Program (FFP) guarantees rights never before seen for farmworkers, such as rights to shade and rest breaks from their grueling work, and zero tolerance for sexual harassment and modern slavery. Since 2011, participating buyers have paid more than $25 million through the FFP, constituting the first real pay increase for farmworkers in over 30 years. The FFP was called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in The Washington Post, “the best workplace monitoring program in the US” on the front page of The New York Times.
Jonathan Rosenthal, New Economy Coalition — Cambridge, MA
Network Weaving: Building Grassroots Power through Collaboration
Jonathan Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition. He has spent over 30 years working to transform the power of business from a destructive force of accumulation into a healing force honoring the interconnectedness of all people and our earth. He co-founded Equal Exchange, Oké USA and Belmont-Watertown Local First. He has consulted with people and organizations all across the trade justice movement. He is the author of numerous articles, is a frequent speaker at colleges and events, is a board member of the Coffee Trust and an emeritus board member of Root Capital.
Jonathan is a lifelong vegetarian foodie and a huge fan of his local Watertown, MA library. He lives with his amazing partner, Ora Grodsky, organizational development consultant, and has two inspiring daughters.
Alex Escobar Prado, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID) — Jalapa, Guatemala
In Defense of Land and Life
Alex Escobar Prado is an activist, educator, and member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID). Born out of the struggle for community self-determination and resistance to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala, JODVID uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional movements to protect the environment and defend territory. The group was founded in 2015 following the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso, a local artist and vocal opponent to mining activities in the area. Members honor her memory by using her art and music to strengthen the resistance to Tahoe Resources and other environmental threats in the region.
Alex is a primary school teacher for children in a rural village near Mataquescuintla, Jalapa. He is also a member of JODVID’s community education team, which conducts trainings to build youth leadership to protect the environment, raise awareness about the dangers of deforestation and mining in the area, and educate their community on the importance of protecting waterways in Santa Rosa and Jalapa, where small scale agriculture is the main source of income and a way of life.
When asked how his participation in JODVID has impacted his life, Alex said, “Nature, our environment, everything around us has been changing over the last few years in a very drastic way, which, whether directly or indirectly, is affecting us. It is by our own hands that our planet is being destroyed. Being part of this group has created an awareness in me, because I’ve realized that young people—we are part of this society, that we are the future, and we can make change in our society.”