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October 8, 2022: 2022 Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo!
9 am - 2 pm ET
John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio

2022 Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo

Environmental Sustainability – Care for Our Earth


On Saturday, October 8, 2022, the Ohio Fair Trade Network together with John Carroll University is hosting the 2022 Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo!

Join us for one of the largest regional fair trade events in the country. The Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo has showcased socially and environmentally conscious consumerism annually since 2009. Bringing people together from across Ohio and neighboring states, the Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is the place to learn about models for socially conscious and environmentally sustainable global trade. 

The theme for the 2022 Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is Environmental Sustainability/Care for Our Earth, one of the nine principles of fair trade! Guest speakers will highlight these and other principles of fair trade, inviting all of us to play our part in promoting social and economic justice. The Fair Trade Marketplace will feature hundreds of unique products from dozens of vendors, generating vital income for artisan and farming families. Find a great selection of fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and more, as well as beautiful handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and home décor items.

Our Vendors and Community Partners for 2022 (list in formation):

Artesanias Santo Domingo

Amani Beads

Canaan Palestine

Equal Exchange

 Friends of the Third World

Global Ties

Collaborative to End Human Trafficking


IRTF - InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Joyce's Boutique and Hair Salon

NoonDay Collection

One World Shop



Silk Road Market

Storehouse Tea

The Market Path

Women of the Cloud Forest

Esperanza Threads


9 AM - 2 PM Fair Trade Market

Teach-In (in the auditorium):

10 AM Interconnected: Fair Trade, Sustainability, and Care for God's Creation (Brenna Davis, Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Ignatian Solidarity Network)

11:15 AM Fair Trade 101 (presenter to be announced)

12:15 PM Students and Sustainability: Envisioning and Enacting a Fair and Sustainable Future (panel of high school students)

Session Details:

10 AM BRENNA DAVIS - Interconnected: Fair Trade, Sustainability, and Care for God's Creation

In this session, learn about the interconnections between fair wages, environmental sustainability, and the call to Care for God's Creation. When we support one of these issues, because they are intertwined, we support them all. We will talk about how these issues are a part of Pope Francis' Laudato Si' Action Plan and will engage in dialogue and action planning on how to show the interconnection between justice issues in our own communities.

Brenna Davis is the Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She is a certified spiritual director, Cuyahoga County Master Recycler, and is a member of National Catholic Reporter's EarthBeat Advisory Panel. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys reading, running, bullet journaling, speaking Spanish, writing letters, and digging through trash cans to properly sort recycling.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network is a lay-led non-profit based in Cleveland, OH. Our mission is to Network, educate, and form advocates for social justice animated by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions.

11:15 AM Fair Trade 101

We hear so much about ethically sourced, fairly sourced, organic, direct trade, earth-friendly. What does all this mean? Learn what is and isn’t fair trade. Fair trade is a specific set of principles to which fair trade producers and distributors commit. These principles build the health of local communities beyond better wages and working conditions. Fair trade empowers artisans and farmers to have ownership of their businesses and use the proceeds to improve their housing, schools, health clinics, gender equity, and more. Learn about the fair trade certification process and Alternative Trade Organizations (ATOs) that practice fair trade.

12:15 PM Students and Sustainability: Envisioning and Enacting a Fair and Sustainable Future

This year’s expo will involve a special emphasis on opportunities for area youth to promote and support fair trade and sustainability. Some area students will be invited to address those gathered about their own communities’ efforts in these areas – sharing the achievements and challenges they have experienced while trying to work for economic and environmental justice. We will also provide a time and space for students to network, dialogue, share best practices, and set goals with other students and the Ohio Fair Trade Network.

There's no need to pre-register for any of these sessions, just come by on October 8 at the given time and join us for these wonderful presentations!


Join us for the 2022 Ohio Fair Trade Expo – Registrations are open!

Registrations for the 2022 Expo are now open. Starting today, May 25, you can register to attend or sponsor the Ohio Fair Trade Expo.

Go to our Eventbrite page and buy a ticket or two, to join us for this fun and educative event!

Free admission and fair trade goodie bags! Complimentary fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate will be offered by Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative.

October 8, 2022 to October 9, 2022: On The Line: Border Convening 2022

On October 10, 2012, sixteen-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodriguez was in his hometown of Nogales, Mexico when Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz fired 10 shots across the border and killed him. Since then, José Antonio’s family has demanded justice, including organizing monthly vigils, protests, and other actions, including legal actions. His family is one of the founding families of the Border Patrol Victims Network. Many of you may remember hearing from Araceli Rodriguez, José Antonio’s mother, and Taide Elena, his grandmother, at previous SOA Watch Vigils and Encuentros. As they prepare to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of José Antonio’s murder by the U.S. Border Patrol, Taide Elena and the Elena Rodriguez family have invited the SOA Watch movement to join their family at the border for the 10 year anniversary Vigil this October.  

On October 8 & 9, 2022, join us in accompanying the Elena Rodriguez family and the Border Patrol Victims Network in Ambos Nogales (Arizona and Sonora) to uplift the memory of José Antonio and countless victims of border militarization.  We are grateful to the family of José Antonio for the invitation to stand in solidarity with them.

In addition to supporting the Vigil to commemorate José Antonio, the convening will include panel discussions, art making and sharing, the breaking of bread, and building of community together in pursuit of justice for all victims of border militarization and Border Patrol brutality. While this event will not be of the size and scope of previous Encuentros, it will be our annual gathering for 2022. 

This is a cross-border mobilization and we acknowledge and understand there may be limitations to participation due to citizenship status and privilege. Please note that although there will not be simultaneous programming, there will be opportunities to participate on one or both sides of the border. We also understand not everyone may be comfortable traveling given COVID-19. (For more on COVID-19 precautions, see the registration page.) We hope to share the events online as they occur for those unable to join us in person. We encourage all to participate in the ways they are able and feel called to do so.

Please mark your calendar for On the Line: Border Convening 2022 in Ambos, Nogales on October 8th and 9th. We look forward to sharing a weekend of creative resistance, communal remembrance, and a shared recommitment to solidarity across borders. We will share more details soon, in the meantime you can pre-register for the event using this link.

Thank you, 

SOA Watch