Here is part of an email I received this morning. In the wake of an insane week of the hurricane disaster and of the insanity of $3.62 per gallon gasoline and $2.55 a gallon heating oil and following a week of "vacation" tidying up a potentially self-sufficient house that my nephew is selling, I think maybe it's time for me to admit that there just might be truth to this notion that we need to break free of this idea that corporate globalization is our salvation.
But then again, I did shop in a "co-op" store in Belfast last week and noticed the "fair trade" bananas for $.99 a pound. I didn't buy any.
The email read:
Please join PICA for the 2005 Fair Trade Festival
, a free day long festival at Bangor Waterfront Park, Saturday, September 10 from 11am – 6pm. Vendors, craftspeople, musicians, and activists will be coming together to show that another world IS possible when we make the choice to honor workers and the Earth, celebrate diversity, and strengthen local economies by buying fairly traded products. The festival will include:
A keynote address by Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch program (http://www.citizen.org/trade/
,) a national and international leader in the movement for a fair economy and against corporate globalization, who will help us envision next steps and new directions for the fair trade movement.
A performance by Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir. (http://www.revbilly.com
) The Reverend has traveled the world “Transgressing in chain stores, unlocking the hypnotic power of Transnational capital, breaking through the commodity wall,” and is coming to Bangor to help us break free of the curses of corporate dominance and mindless consumption.
Music by Ethan Miller, the Peace Choir, a brass quintet, and more.
A Clean Clothes fashion show featuring the best in sweat-shop free clothing.
Vendors offering art, local and organic food, sweatshop-free clothing, fairly traded coffee, and more.
Children’s activities including face painting.
For more information go to http://www.pica.ws/ftfest2005.htm
. Join us to celebrate Bangor's leadership in the movement to build a fair economy!