Starting Date: 11-07-2008
Ending Date: 11-10-2008
University Of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-221-3327The Convergence will be an awesome opportunity to meet and strategize with producers from various countries, learn organizing skills in dozens of workshops facilitated by experienced organizers in the U.S. and abroad, and network with over 200 students and youth movement leaders from around the world. The Convergence is open to anyone and everyone with an interest in fair trade or social justice, and we want to see you there!
Students are continuously creating new goals and new interpretations of what Fair Trade is and should be: taking it beyond the limits of consumerism, to critiquing and imagining alternative food systems, to making fair trade more accessible, to exploring participants' visions of trade justice internationally and in the US. The Convergence is a place to share experiences, ideas, and skills in a collaborative learning environment, rather than sitting and listening to lecture after lecture.
This year, the convergence will explore various topics such as the relationship between the Fair Trade model and domestic farmworker rights; organizing around Fair Trade products; cooperative structures and functioning; how students can create more close-knit relationships with producers; how students can work together to build regional campaigns and leadership in the student Fair Trade movement; integrating anti-oppression into our organizing; connecting students with newer Fair Trade certified products such as nuts and olive oil; and much more.
We want you and your friends to join us! Please visit www.usft.org/convergence to register.
We'll see you in Seattle!!!
Geographical Scope: International