Sunday, October 10, 2010

October is Fair Trade Month - "Dark Side of Chocolate" Film Screening in Portland!

I'm doing what I like to do and that is initiate things. So a few weeks ago, I contacted all the Fair Trade businesses in Portland to form a collective and now we're meeting regularly to promote Fair Trade and help consumers and businesses practice conscious consumerism.

It's Fair Trade month and we've got Fair Trade Chocolate on the agenda, in light of upcoming Halloween. So before you go out and buy the cheapest chocolates and treats for trick or treating, educate yourself first and come and watch "The Dark Side of Chocolate", a riveting film exposing child slavery in the cocoa farms in Western Africa. Large multinational chocolate companies, like Hershey's, know this is happening and continue to produce chocolate with the use of child labor and trafficked children. Does your favorite chocolate have a bitter taste? Follow us to Africa to expose… The Dark Side of Chocolate.

Tuesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m. - The Banyan Tree, Skidmore Fountain, 18 SW 1st Ave
Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. - Global Exchange, 3508 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. - Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main

We are partnering with Global Exchange's “Raise the Bar Campaign" to urge Hershey's and other chocolate manufacturers to take a stand on child slavery in the chocolate industry.

Read a recent article posted by the Sunnyside Neighborhood blog about our work and this campaign.

Read a thorough write up on the background of the chocolate industry and the Protocol that businesses signed to supposedly stop child labor on the Equal Exchange website.
Reverse Trick or Treating

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