Tag Archives: Chicago Fair Trade

Fair Trade Lives on the Day of the Dead!

Come celebrate the continued growth of the fair trade movement at this year’s annual Globalfest, Friday, October 28th, 6:00pm-9:30pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 18th St, Chicago.  You will have the opportunity to view the National Museum of Mexican Art museum’s Dia de Muertos(Day of the Dead) exhibit and support Chicago Fair Trade.

Come sip on fair trade wine, cocktails, and the delicious Vida y Muerte ale.  I was lucky enough to try this brew, made special for Day of the Dead, at an underground supper club in Pilsen, and it is my absolute fall favorite.  It’s also made here in Chicago by 5 Rabbits brewery.

In addition to imbibing fair trade and local beverages, you will be able to hear Edison Mamallacta’s story.  Mr. Mamallacta, the Marketing Director for the Kallari Association of Kichwa cacao growers, will be there to tell it himself, all the way from Ecuador.  The Kallari Association of Kichwa cacao growers are a cooperative that not only grows cacao beans but also produces chocolate bars from those very same beans.  Then open your ears to stories from ten more  Chicago fair trade businesses who source products in Latin America.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Winter Warmer Dance Party

January 13, 7:00pm – 2:00am                       1637 W. North Ave

Time to polish those dancing shoes! Warm up with Cuentos  this Thursday at the Wicker Well.

Come for the live music with DJ Jimmy James, the bake sale,  fair trade art from Santa Clara del Cobre and Oaxaca Mexico, $5 drink tickets (proceeds go to Cuentos), and an all night dance party!

We need you there!

Your support helps Cuentos to provide cultural programming promoting diversity, promote the fair trade copper initiative in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacan, Mexico, and fiscally sponsor numerous cultural organizations (Chiapas Media Project, Puech Ikots, Radios Populares)

South African Consulate General’s Support for Chicago as a Fair Trade City

Chicago is on its way to become a fair trade city, which would mean increased prevalence of fair trade goods for sale in stores and cafes as well as in use at community organizations, churches, schools, and workplaces in Chicago.  On February 10, 2010, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed Chicago Fair Trade’s fair trade resolution.  Charles Manuel, the Trade Commissioner at the South African Consulate General in Chicago, testified in favor of the resolution along with Joyce Coffee, speaker for the City’s Department of Environment, Cindy Pardo, co-owner of The Fair Trader store, and Amy Ellison, Co-chair of Chicago Fair trade.

Testimony of Charles Manuel, Trade Commissioner at the South African Consulate General in Chicago