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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Fall Fair Trade Festival highlights global solidarity, economic justice

the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 2, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Fair Trade programs assure just compensation for farmers and artisans world-wide. (IR photo from Catholic Relief Services)

The Fair Trade Festival, featuring goods from disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and farmworkers from around the globe, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, in the parish hall at St. Augustine Parish, 428 W. 19th in Spokane.

The event is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Catholic Charities. Hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.

The fair trade concept assures just compensation for those who produce goods, often in Third World countries. Purchasing the goods through Fair Trade opportunities assures economic justice for some of the world’s most impoverished, and often exploited, artisans and farmers.

Included will goods from CRS’s Work of Human Hands project, vendors from Northwest Fair Trade Network with goods from Guatemala, Mexico, and the Far East, and local CRS partner Nectar of Life Coffee Company.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops have endorsed fair trade and encourage Catholics to get involved. They themselves support “fair trade programs through which disadvantaged artisans, farmers and farmworkers receive fair compensation for the goods they produce. We encourage Catholic organizations and individuals to purchase fair trade products (e.g., through Catholic Relief Services programs) whenever possible.”

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