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FTGOC newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1

FTGOC newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1

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Newsletter of Fair Trade for a Greater Orlando Coalition (FTGOC). Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter 2007.
Newsletter of Fair Trade for a Greater Orlando Coalition (FTGOC). Volume 1, Issue 1, Winter 2007.

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Welcome to the first issue of 
 I Fair Trade
, the newsletter of Fair Trade for a Greater Orlando Coalition. As thetitle suggests, this newsletter is aboutFTGOC, its goals and activities, aswell as the ultimate aim of the Fair Trade movement: achieving a decentstandard of living for working peoplethroughout the world. In these few pages you will find information aboutupcoming and past events, social and political developments relevant to Fair Trade, and features on businesses,organizations and individuals who arefurthering the goals of the movement.We hope you find this informationhelpful and that you are inspired tomake a difference, Fair Trade-style.
FTGOC Progress Report
American cultural anthropologistMargaret Meade famously directedus to “never doubt that a smallgroup of thoughtful, committedcitizens can change the world;indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” With this understanding werealize that while individualactions are important, when likeminded people combine their abilities and capacities in amovement they are able to amplifywhat they can accomplish asseparate individuals. While therehave been many
buying Fair Trade productsin the Greater Orlando area, untilMay 2006 there had not been aFair Trade
in theregion. Support for Fair Trade inour community is growing at arapid pace, and it is time to reacheven further in creating awarenessand demand for this ethical andattainable way of doing businesswith producers in other countries.Furthermore, our publicinstitutions, such as citygovernments and collegecampuses, have yet to internalizeFair Trade as a value in their  purchasing policies. Whengovernments fail to implement policies that reflect the values of the public, these governmentscease functioning democraticallyand lose their 
raison d’etre
.Making Fair Trade universallyunderstood and widely available aswell as establishing Fair Trade purchasing policies for municipalities and campuses in theGreater Orlando area is why Fair Trade for a Greater OrlandoCoalition (FTGOC) was created ayear and a half ago. We seek tostrengthen the individual efforts of Fair Trade supporters by building a broad based movement that willempower the participants andengage the public to understandand support Fair Trade asindividuals and as collectiveowners of the cities and campusesin the Greater Orlando area. Tothis effect FTGOC has participatedin and sponsored many communityevents such as the first and secondannual World Fair Trade DayCelebration in Orlando observedon the second Saturday of May.FTGOC has also built a coalitionof over a dozen local organizationssupporting our cause whileworking to create dialogue withelected officials. In only a year anda half FTGOC has come a longway in educating and engaging the public, but we have a lot morework to do! To reach our goals, weneed more wonderful peopledevoting their time, vision, andcreativity to the Fair Trademovement. Ask how you can getinvolved with FTGOC today. – 
Scott Tess.
Fair Trade and the U.S.-Peru FTA
In early November, Congressvoted in favor of the U.S.-PeruFreeTrade Agreement, preparingthe way for a vote in the Senate byyear’s end. Similar to the NorthAmerican Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) and its CentralAmerican counterpart (CAFTA),the Peru FTA seeks to eliminate
Introduction …………………...1FTGOC Progress Report ……...1Fair Trade and the U.S.-Peru“Free Trade Agreement”………1That's Fair!.................................2About FTGOC………………....2Get Involved...............................2Contact FTGOC……………….2
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 Newsletter of Fair Trade for a Greater Orlando Coalition (FTGOC)Vol. 1, Issue 1 Winter 2007

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