Sunday, October 30, 2005

Alert! November 19th is the Supermarket Day of Action

What You Can Do

Fair Trade is a people-powered solution to global economic injustice. Here are some ideas for how you and others in your community can work together to promote Fair Trade.

Alert! November 19th is the Supermarket Day of Action

Co-op America and Oxfam America are hosting a Fair Trade Supermarket Day of Action on November 19th, the Saturday before Thanksgiving and one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the year.

On November 19th, we're encouraging people around the country to:
1. Put Fair Trade on their shopping list for Thanksgiving
2. Fill out comment cards at their local supermarket asking for more Fair Trade products
3. Get others in your community involved.

Check out what other resources national organizations and local Fair Trade coalitions have available for the Day of Action.

What You Can Do Year Round

1. Buy Fair Trade products when you shop
Look for the Fair Trade Certified™ label when purchasing coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, mangoes, and other fresh fruit. When shopping for gifts, housewares, clothing, and other fairly trade crafts, support members of the Fair Trade Federation listed in Co-op America's National Green Pages™

2. Adopt-a-Supermarket
Our Adopt-a-Supermarket campaigns aims to mobilize Fair Trade consumers to build the market for Fair Trade products by getting supermarkets to stock and promote them. Forming an Adoption Team with your friends, school, faith congregation, or community center is a great way to bring people together and promote Fair Trade in your town. Learn more about our Adopt-a-Supermarket Campaign »

3. Educate others
Host a Fair Trade coffee hour to educate your friends, coworkers, or community members. Bring Fair Trade coffee, tea, or chocolate to your next meeting. Bring information about Fair Trade to distribute at your the next community event. Call 1-800-58-GREEN to order free copies of our guide, Guide to Fair Trade. You can also download the guide here.

You can also give gift memberships in Co-op America to friends and family so they'll get information about Fair Trade year round.

4. Become Part of Co-op America's Fair Trade Alliance
Have your school, workplace, place or worship, or community group work to promote Fair Trade. Co-op America members and friends across the country are getting their communities involved in promoting Fair Trade. You can too. Sign up now.



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