Ohio Fair Trade Expo: October 9

PRESS RELEASE:

John Carroll Hosts

Ohio Fair Trade Expo & Market

October 9, 2010

Saturday

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dolan Center for Science and Technology/Muldoon Atrium
The Fair Trade Marketplace event is free and open to the public. (*Workshops require paid registration.)

More information available after the jump.

WHAT: The Ohio Fair Trade Expo will feature speakers and workshops for members of faith communities, high school and college students, and fair trade advocates discussing the Fair Trade movement in Ohio.  As part of the Expo, more than twenty vendors from across the state will also participate in a Fair Trade Market, that includes clothing, food, and drink products.

The Expo is intended to be an educational event that will empower consumers to become advocates for fair trade by raising regional awareness of the concept as an important and viable business model.

For more information about the Ohio Fair Trade Expo, including a schedule and online pre-registration, please visit: www.ohiofairtrade.com. Fair Trade is an alternative way of doing business that promotes equal, sustainable international relationships between consumers and producers. This includes paying fair wages in local communities, engaging in environmentally sustainable practices, and promoting health[y] working conditions. These trading partnerships are based on relationships of mutual respect. There are many fair trade products: crafts, clothing, jewelry, coffee, bananas, and chocolate.

WHO:

Invited Presenters:

Cecilia Appianim, Fair Trade Cocoa Farmer, Ghana, Africa

Jackie DeCarlo, Author of “Fair Trade: A Beginner’s Guide”

Jeff Goldman, Executive Director, Fair Trade Resource Network

Carmen Iezzi, Executive Director, Fair Trade Federation

Billy Linstead-Goldsmith, National Coordinator, Fair Trade Towns USA/TransFair USA

Lisa Dunn, Founder/Owner, Revive Fair Trade Clothing, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Jeff Heinen, Co-Owner, Heinen’s Fine Foods

The Expo is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s, John Carroll University, Diocese of Cleveland Social Action Office & Global Solidarity Program, Global Crafts, Canaan Fair Trade, Catholic Diocese of Toledo Social Action  Office, TransFair USA, Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, INTO, and Revive Fair Trade.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 9
9 a.m. – 4:30p.m.
The Fair Trade Marketplace is free and open to the public
*Workshops require registration: visit ohiofairtrade.com for details.

WHERE:

John Carroll University
20700 North Park Boulevard
University Heights, OH
Dolan Center for Science and Technology

CONTACT:

Christopher Kerr
Campus Ministry, John Carroll University
216.397.4777 or ohio.fair.trade.expo@gmail.com

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John Carroll University, founded in 1886 as Saint Ignatius College, is located in University Heights, Ohio, in suburban Cleveland. The University’s Jesuit Catholic mission inspires individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world.  John Carroll University is recognized nationally for an exceptional four-year graduation rate, teaching excellence, and a commitment to living a faith that does justice as central to its mission. John Carroll is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

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