The public is invited to a presentation entitled “What Is Human Trafficking? Do I Support It without Knowing It?” on Saturday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m., in the McLane Meeting Room of the Fond du Lac Public Library. The presenter will be by Nancy Irizarry, Co-Chair Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium.
The presentation is sponsored by the Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town Steering Committee and is planned in support of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide. Although it is a U.S. initiative, the United Nations has begun to highlight this topic and work towards global awareness.
Locally, on December 10, 2014, the Fond du Lac City Council issued a proclamation against Human Trafficking acknowledging awareness of this scourge on humanity and that it is not to be tolerated in our community.
Area residents have this opportunity to become informed about the problem and what they can do to help prevent it in our community and worldwide.
Samples of Fair Trade coffee and hot chocolate will be available for tasting.
During Fair Trade month, people all across the world come together to learn about and celebrate Fair Trade. In our local area, Just Fare Market, Fond du Lac Fair Trade Town, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac, and Marian University are connecting to educate and celebrate with a number of special events throughout the month. We encourage everyone to attend these important events to learn more about how our support of artisans and farmers in developing countries can truly make a difference. All events are free and open to the public.
MPTC Lunch n Learn
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 1 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. What is Fair Trade and how does it impact the lives of artisans and farmers in developing countries?
Fair Trade Film Showing “Connected by Coffee” An inspiring and thought-provoking look into the lives and history of the people who grow the coffee we drink.
• UW-Fond du Lac Prairie Theater October 7 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 22 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•Marian University Stayer Center Amphitheater October 22 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet: Anak of Village Works
• Old Mill Plaza (Former Gift n Gab Coffee Shop) N7645 N. Peebles Lane, FDL October 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join Just Fare Market in welcoming Anak, an artisan from Village Works in Cambodia, visiting the U.S. on a special tour sponsored by SERRV.
Human Trafficking Presentation
• Moraine Park Technical College – FDL Campus (Room A112) October 29 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Human Trafficking Presentation featuring guest speaker Nancy Irizarry, Winnebago County Social Services Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center and Co-chair of the WI Anti-Human Trafficking Consortium
Jason Leffel, recently accepted the Fair Trade Town – Fond du Lac window sticker for the new Commonwealth Coffee Company & Deli signifying that this gem of a new downtown cafe not only has great food, but is offering customers Fair Trade certified coffee. Their coffee supplier, Stonecreek Coffee of Milwaukee carries a Fair Trade Dark Sumatra and Dark Rwanda which is now available at Commonwealth Coffee Company & Deli at 57 North Macy Street. Phil Shepherd, on the left, from the Fair Trade Town committee and the Downtown Partnership is pictured here with Jason showing packaged coffee for home brewing.
Jason, SVP of operations for Commonwealth indicated that as a company dedicated to making Fond du Lac a better place to live, Commonwealth was happy to be a part of the Fair Trade Town movement. Fair Trade as a grass-roots movement includes the farmer in the benefits of commerce through fair prices, fair and safe labor conditions, democratic and transparent organizations and environmental sustainability. Fair Trade rejects paying as little as possible
The Commonwealth Company & Deli believes in giving back to the community. Fair Trade widens the definition of community to the global producers of coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, bananas and avocados. Stop in and check it out yourself.
Kelly Braun has joined an army of modern day freedom fighters bringing awareness to the world wide problem of sex trafficking. She is selling an array of bags, purses, shirts, jewelry, scarves, blankets, and paper journals made by people rescued from the sex trade. Sales are offered in people’s homes and community awareness events.
Products come through Better Way Imports a certified B Corp, seeking to be the best FOR the world rather than the best in the world. Better Way Imports is also a member of the Fair Trade Federation, meaning that products are purchased for a good price, and that the partnering organizations get a good price for their products.
Contact Kelly to learn about hosting a home party or to participate in some other way.
One year ago, Fond du Lac earned the designation “Fair Trade Town” – the 32nd in the nation and the third in Wisconsin, following Madison and Milwaukee. As a Fair Trade Town, Fond du Lac encourages its citizens to be conscientious consumes who advocate for the principles of Fair Trade. Fair Trade helps farmers and craftspeople in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities, providing fair wages, environmentally sound methods, and community improvement projects.
The Fair Trade Town designation is awarded by Fair Trade Towns USA, an organization that encourages communities to promote Fair Trade with businesses and organizations. To fulfill the requirements for the designation, Fond du Lac needed at least eight of these to sell or serve Fair Trade products. Today, Blue Goose Coffee House, Common Grounds Coffee Shop at Marian University, Festival Foods, Gallery and Frame Shop, Gift N’ Gab, Just Fare Market, Living Light Studio, Park Terrace at Moraine Park Technical College Culinary Arts Center, Solids Grounds Coffee Shops, and Village Market sell at least two Fair Trade items. Organizations serving Fair Trade products include Ascension Lutheran Church, Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Hope Lutheran Church, Holy Family Catholic Community, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Memorial Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes motherhouse.
A Steering Committee fulfills another requirement for the Fair Trade Towns designation. Currently, Carol Smith, Deb Drewsen, Kathy Leifer, Kathy Strong-Langolf, Margie Winter, Phil Shepherd, Sadie Parafiniuk, Joe Moore, Melissa Orth, and Ellen Swan serve on the Steering Committee. New members are always welcome.
Goals for 2014 include further community education, supporting existing businesses in growing their Fair Trade inventory, inviting more business participation, and celebrating Fair Trade events. World Fair Trade Day is held in early May and Fair Trade month is in October.
Fair Trade positively impacts developing countries throughout the world. In addition to providing fair wages, Fair Trade products are produced using environmentally sustainable materials and processes. A portion of the profit goes to the producer’s community where it is used for education, health care, and development projects.
For information on Fair Trade Town Fond du Lac, contact Ellen Swan at 920.904.4436.