Fair Trade Holiday Market at ECM Begins Nov. 26
Balancing rampant first-world consumerism with third-world economic needs, the Fair Trade Holiday Market, which earns $20,000 for low-class artisans each year, will take place Nov. 26–Dec. 5. Market hours will be: Friday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and Monday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Goods including coffee, chocolate, handcrafts and clothing are sold from dozens of countries around the world. Volunteers are needed for set up, sale and clean up.

Lawrence Fair Food Holds Candlelight Vigil in Support of Farmworker Rights

Photo by Katherine Andrews

Dec. 11 is Silent Saturday

An ECM Saturday is an occasion for “slowing down.” There will be significant times of silence during the day for study, sleeping, meditation, journaling, fireplace gazing, etc. Entry into this Saturday is only between 12 and 12:30 p.m. or at 2:30 p.m. when introductions will be made. Dinner together will include participating in conversation and worship centered on a selected theme. The “discipline” of the day requires all participants, when entry is made, to stay with those gathered at ECM until the end of the day at 7:15 p.m. There will be a cost of $6 for food and drinks. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. of the prior Thursday.

(From right) CJ Brune, Shona Clarkson, Amy Thompson and Julio Castillo joined members of Lawrence Fair Food for a candlelight vigil at Dillons on 23rd St, Sunday, Nov. 14. The event was part of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Supermarket Week of Action, which urged supermarkets nationwide to endorse the CIW’s campaign for fair food. Visit www.ciw-online.org for more information on the campaign.

‘Ministry of the Hearth’ Capital Campaign Progresses
The ‘Ministry of the Hearth’ Capital Campaign is well on its way to the final goal of $832,000. We have now received in contributions and pledges a total of $706,853. This amount includes the capping grant of $119,000 with which the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation has honored the ECM. But we only get this amount if we can reach our goal by March 2011! Donate today and help us raise the last $125,146. All contributions are appreciated!

Alt. Breaks Explore Social Justice Movements
APPALACHIA • MARCH 19–27 This year’s trip to Appalachia will explore the social justice movements in the region beyond mountaintop removal. Through meetings and workshops participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the struggles and culture of Southern Virginians from the residents themselves. Participants will study issues including anti-racism, education, and prison reform. Contact: Ben Jefferies, bjjefferies@gmail.com ARIZONA • MARCH 19–27 The focus of the trip is indigenous ways of life and the issues that threaten indigenous cultures. The site is a farm owned by an 87 year old Dine (Navajo) Elder Woman on the edge of the Hopi Reservation in Northeastern Arizona. She and her daughter have refused to move from their current location. Contact: Rachel Bohn, rabo22@ku.edu NEW MEXICO • MARCH 19–27 The theme for this alternative break, “What do I want my life to say?,” is addressed as participants are introduced to the unique tri-culture of northwestern New Mexico. This region is known to many for the artist Georgia O’Keefe, who loved and painted the landscape. Participants work with local folk and visit mesas, the high desert, and historic adobe villages. Contact: Beth Ruhl, thebzone@yahoo.com Breaks will cost between $240–$350 per participant, depending on fundraising. Contact trip coordinators or the ECM for more information and applications.

CHICAGO • JANUARY 10–15 Participants will be immersed in the immigrant rights struggle for a week in January in coordination with the Mexico-US Solidarity Network. MSN organizes for fundamental social change grounded in democracy, economic justice, human rights and redistribution of power on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Participants will live with migrant families and learn from their struggles and successes in organizing. Contact: Lindsey Leiker, lleiker1@ku.edu

Photos by Thad Holcombe

CALENDAR OF EVENTS ecmku.org/calendar
November 24 No Forums due to Thanksgiving November 26 Fair Trade Holiday Market Begins, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. December 1 University Community Forum, 11:30 a.m. Talking Trash: Food In/Security from the Margins Faith Forum, 6:30 p.m. Thad Holcombe, Campus Minister December 5 Last Day of Fair Trade Holiday Market, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. December 11 Silent Saturday, 12 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

& SUPPORT ALTERNATIVE BREAKS! every friday @ the ecm 8 a.m.–12 p.m. 4 pancakes for $3 vegan friendly!

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