Starting Date: 02-18-2005
Ending Date: 02-21-2005
United StatesStudents, Youth, Organizers, and PEOPLE!!!
Please join us in Chicago this February 18 - 21 for United Students for Fair Trade's 2005 National Convergence.
The Convergence will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and strategize with producers from six different 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. This is a valuable opportunity for social movers and shakers who are empowering alternatives to advance a movement that works to humanize our global and local economies.
In the last year student organizers have taken the energy from the 2004 USFT Convergence in Santa Cruz and changed the face of the Fair Trade Movement. They have converted a swath of campuses to Fair Trade including MIT, UMASS Boston, Arizona State, and are developing coordinated national campaigns. Students are also diving deeper into critical questions behind Fair Trade as USFT continues to offer opportunities to travel and work in collaboration with cooperative communities around the world. This year, in addition to a focus on Fair Trade Certified products such as coffee and crafts, the convergence will explore other topics such as the relationship between the Fair Trade model and domestic farmworker rights; organizing around other Fair Trade products such as cocoa and bananas; how Fair Trade coffee cooperatives relate to oppressed workers impacted by the coffee crisis; how students can create a more close-knit relationship with producers; how students can work together around the country to continue to expand and coordinate the Fair Trade movement; and much more.
We need you and your friends to join us and carry on the amazing energy this year!
Geographical Scope: National