Initiated in 2005, The Teach-In & Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.
Teach-In & Expo 2017 hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 21, 2017 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights. We have a range of workshops from basics of fair trade principles to fair trade certification. This year, we have a special presentation during the lunch break.
Main sponsors are Ohio Fair Trade Network, John Carroll Univeristy, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Fair Trade America and Fair Trade Federation, Revy Fair Trade and the Presbytery of the Western Reserve.
We are thrilled to be hosting:
Coalition of Immokalee Workers — Immokalee, FL
Farmworker leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker human rights organization based in Immokalee, Florida, will be joining us. The CIW’s Fair Food Program (FFP) guarantees rights never before seen for farmworkers, such as rights to shade and rest breaks from their grueling work, and zero tolerance for sexual harassment and modern slavery.
Jonathan Rosenthal, New Economy Coalition — Cambridge, MA
Network Weaving: Building Grassroots Power through Collaboration
Jonathan Rosenthal is the Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition. He has spent over 30 years working to transform the power of business from a destructive force of accumulation into a healing force honoring the interconnectedness of all people and our earth. He co-founded Equal Exchange, Oké USA and Belmont-Watertown Local First.
Alex Escobar Prado, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID) — Jalapa, Guatemala
In Defense of Land and Life
Alex Escobar Prado is an activist, educator, and member of the Guatemalan environmental justice organization Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID). Born out of the struggle for community self-determination and resistance to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala, JODVID uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional movements to protect the environment and defend territory. The group was founded in 2015 following the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso, a local artist and vocal opponent to mining activities in the area. Members honor her memory by using her art and music to strengthen the resistance to Tahoe Resources and other environmental threats in the region.
More information to come on ohiofairtrade.com