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Posted by Matt Earley at about 7pm on Wednesday July 18, 2007
Last night our good friend Dan Jaffee gave a talk about his new book "Brewing Justice" (out now on University of California Press) at Escape Java Joint in Madison. The book is the best and most comprehensive look at FT's successes, challenges, and short comings out there to date. Dan discussed the real impact of fair trade in coffee communities in Oaxaca, MX and talked about the challenges that the fair trade movement faces today.
Brewing Justice is the best break down of fair trade and it works on the ground that we have seen here at the JC. Fair traders have been way too reluctant to take a critical look at what we are trying to build and this book accomplishes that objective and does it well. Dan makes the point that FT needs to re-connect with other organizations and movements for social and economic justice instead of selling out to the corporations that they oppose. We could not agree more.
Check out this interview with Dan from Madison's "The Isthmus".
Please get a copy of this book-- you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Matt Earley at about 10am on Thursday July 5, 2007
Our good friends have returned from the US Social Forum (USSF) in Catlanta with a lot of enthusiasm.
In our conversations about the proceedings there we have all firmed up our individual feelings that we have spent way too much time trying to stop "mainstream" Fair Trade (TM) from becoming simply another great idea co-opted by the corporations that it was constructed to give an alternative to. To that end we are going to spend our future planning and concocting time trying to forge connections with other anti-capitalist groups who also understand that real FT, when done right, is one tool for social and economic change and not simply a brand.
Check out the USSF link and see what was happening. Then connect up with groups in your area and let us move forward!
Posted by Matt Earley at about 9am on Friday June 15, 2007
One of my fellow JCers just said to me out of the blue:
"CRS has the best blog out there on fair trade".
Please check it out and I think that you'll agree. It is especially crucial because CRS is not trying to sell you anything, in the traditional sense. Their critique comes out of years in the field working for economic and social justice all over the world. As an independent organization trying to simply do the right thing, and spread the word about doing the right thing, they stand out above the fray.
In February our own Jim Earley had the pleasure of attending a CRS conference in Nicaragua with members of CRS, SERRV International, and many of the coffee growers that we all partner with. The result was strengthened relationships and a better understanding of how we all connect and the work that we can do together in the future.
With CRS we work with dioceses all over the country, supplying them with fair trade coffee for their parishes and spreading the word about fair trade and its possibilities. Please contact us if you, or your parish, are interested in trying our fair trade beans.
Posted by kev at about 4pm on Wednesday June 6, 2007
Since workplace democracy at every stage of the production chain is central to our 100% fair trade model, we have decided to change our domain name to justcoffee.coop, which better reflects our status as a cooperative. Please change your bookmarks!