Friday night was our big Fair Trade event held at High Mountain Church in North Haledon, NJ. We had a few hundred visitors who all entered perhaps a little confused as to what the night was going to be about, but they left with gigantic smiles on their faces. We truly believe the night was a huge success. In case you were not able to make it to the event, or in case you are curious about who each vendor there was, we want to share more information about each one with you. We also are excited to share photos of the event (at the bottom).
Justice Network thanks the Solid Rock Band for playing a great set in support of Justice Network. Thank you for sharing your talent and for sharing your hearts and music for justice’s sake. Thank you to High Mountain Church for hosting and for your support in serving Fair Trade coffee not only on the night of “Justice Rocks” but to your congregation each Sunday. We also thank The NJ Coalition for your partnership and help in this event. To all the vendors and those who volunteered valuable time to help with the event (the planning, the promoting, and working throughout the night), your hard work was noticed and highly admired. Thank you everyone!
Here’s how your continual Fair Trade shopping works!
Ben & Jerry’s: Ben & Jerry’s makes delicious ice cream committed to sourcing Fair Trade ingredients as a way to improve the livelihoods of small family farmers around the world. As of January 2015, all of their pint, mini cup and scoop shop flavors are made with Fairtrade certified ingredients like sugar, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and bananas.
Bridge of Faith: Bridge of Faith mobilizes people and religious organizations in NJ to support a variety of health, education, and human service programs in Awka, Nigeria. They work with three orphanages with infants and children who are orphans while teaching them about God. They supply goods and provide basic needs for those across a mil-long bridge over the Niger River at Onitsha. They provide healthcare and education. They sell African crafts in the US to help support those in need.
Durga Tree International: In seeking personal freedom for all, Durga Tree International (non-profit) collaborates with multiple non-profits around the world to find an end to modern-day slavery. They work towards unity with others in order to end human slavery in our lifetime.
Equal Exchange: Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through their success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. It is not designed to maximize profits, nor returns to investors, but rather to bring to the workplace many of the rights and responsibilities that they hold as citizens in their communities. Their products are Fair Trade bananas and other fruits, chocolate, tea, and coffee.
Gospel for Asia: In reaching out to the Dalits (“untouchables”) throughout Asian nations, GFA helps the physical and spiritual needs of those who suffer as part of the lowest Hindu caste system. They help those in crisis, disasters, lepers, widows, orphans, and those suffering in poverty. They teach them trades to help them have businesses and show them the love of Christ. At Justice Rocks, cookies were given to those who donated money to help an 8 year old boy build a church in Asia. If you would like to help and receive cookies, go here for more information (all cookies are made with Fair Trade ingredients).
Here There and Everywhere: Here There and Everywhere is a nonprofit, re-purposed goods platform that provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenue for creative expression. While incorporating art therapy and ethical design concepts, survivors are taught vocational & entrepreneurial skills in sewing, jewelry making, and crafts to bring new life to discarded items. The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication.
Job in the Bag: Job in the Bag are passionate about creating jobs for women at risk. Coordinators, hosts, and buyers enable to provide sex workers a way out, and, offer families a pathway to escape cyclical poverty. For example, every 20 Coordinators who sell 24 bags each year fully-funds a bag-maker for an entire year! The job is sewing bags for everyday life – shoulder strap bags in several varieties. For Job in the Bag, the shoulder strap symbolizes that we can all bear a share of the load, and together make a real difference. Hope for change in the lives of those most vulnerable – your involvement makes it possible.
Land of a Thousand Hills: Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. partners with Rwandan farmers and local community leaders to develop the coffee into a sustainable income, pay a just Living Wage, and strive to further meet the needs of the people. When you buy Land of a Thousand Hills, you are receiving coffee that is 100% Arabica, fairly traded, and roasted fresh. Your excellent morning cup is offering hope to these developing coffee communities with each purchase. “Drink Coffee. Do Good.”
Mitla Moda: Mitla Moda is committed to the slow fashion movement, offering high-quality items meant to last for years, that are made sustainably, using natural materials and on traditional, foot-powered looms. They are committed to purchasing directly from the artisans they collaborate with, through fair trade principles, which provide sustainable, living wages that directly benefit each artisan family and the surrounding community. They are proud to contribute to economic development in Oaxaca, one of the poorest states in Mexico, by sharing the beautiful artisan traditions from this region.
NightLight: NightLight is an international organization compelled by love to reach out to, rescue, and restore all those who are negatively impacted by sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. They build relationships with victims of commercial sexual exploitation and those who are at-risk. They provide hope, intervention, rescue, and assistance by offering alternative vocational opportunities, life-skills training, and physical, emotional, and spiritual development to those seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men, and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry. Each product you buy has been made by the women at NightLight and helps to secure their freedom and restoration.
Noonday Collection: Noonday partners with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through Fair Trade, they empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. Together they’re building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs and we are connected. They partner with 30 artisan businesses in 12 countries.
Simply Fair: Offering beautifully hand crafted jewelry from Botswana, India, Mexico, and Dominican Republic, Simply Fair works to empower women through living wage employment to end the cycle of poverty in their families and communities. Many of the items are made from recycled goods to better help the environment.
Ten Thousand Villages: Ten Thousand Villages’ items are all hand made. They are a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations in 70 countries. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, they have spent more than 60 years cultivating long-term buying relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to unique gifts, accessories and home decor from around the world.
Unshattered: Their mission is to rebuild hope for lives shattered by addiction and enable women in recovery to see and know the value they can bring to the world by creating beauty and purpose out of shattered lives and discarded things. Unshattered is the social enterprise arm of the Walter Hoving Home. They make bags out of re-purposed materials, just like the lives they encounter – creating wholeness from pieces. Each bag is handmade by a woman in residence at the Walter Hoving Home who is winning her fight against addiction through God’s grace and redemption.
Wings of Refuge: In Haiti, Wings of Refuge, Inc., partners with Pastor Roger Wilson Charles and his wife, Gladys Charles, in seeing Wings of Refuge Children’s Home give life to 34 children. Since their vision is to come alongside, they respond to the needs that they see through supporting the local work of the home; where they also strengthen, supply, and support those leading the way in Haiti. They sold items in partnership with Papillon Enterprise, Apparent Project, as well as Haiti’s Jewels.