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ICUJP Friday Forum
November 18th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

Carolfrances Likins: Fair Trade Gift-Giving as Acts of Solidarity

When you start gift shopping – whether your traditional gift-giving time will be this December or next April – will your money go to enrich a capitalist corporation? Or will it go straight to a village or town where women and men will put it toward a school, a clinic, a water purification system, or whatever else the workers vote to use it on after paying themselves the agreed-on amount?

Most Fair Trade producers are women and men who have broken out of the capitalist hold by forming worker-owned co-ops. No bosses. And in place of the profiteering middle-man, Fair Trade companies form long-term relationships with the workers, buying at a fair price, and selling to us through a non-profit store chain like Ten Thousand Villages, small shops, pop-up bazaars, websites, or in some cases major stores.

From bars of chocolate to major gifts, what we give makes a difference in the world.

We will see a large array of gifts available through Fair Trade networks. You might want to screenshot some of them, so if you don’t know how to do this, you might want to learn beforehand.

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Carolfrances Likins is a retired teacher with three decades in elementary schools of Watts and Compton. She has traveled as an internationalist to places where people ask for our solidarity, from Latin America to the Middle East.

She is a board member of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

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7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

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Reflection: Rubi Omar
Facilitator: Rose Leibowitz
Zoom host: Rick Banales

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No meeting November 25th, get some fair-trade gifts for your friends and family!

December 2nd:
 Ami Motevalli: The William Grant Still Arts Center



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