Thursday, October 27, 2011

Nov. & Dec. 2011 Holiday Events in Portland

Find unique, ethical gifts at these great holiday events this year! You can touch, feel, see and hear more about the great quality products we offer and the impact of your purchases on the communities we support. JOIN US!

Nov. 4 & 5 – Harvest Bazaar

9am – 4pm both days

Clackamas Park Friends Church

8120 SE Thiessen Rd

Milwaukie, OR 97267

Nov. 5th & 6th

Resurrection Catholic Church

11/5/2011 From 10-6 p.m.

11/6/2011 From 9:30-1 p.m.
Tualatin, OR 97062

Nov. 12

West Linn Holiday Bazaar @ the Adult Community Center

9am – 4pm

1180 Rosemont Road

West Linn, Oregon

Nov. 13

Fair Trade Marketplace at 1st Unitarian Church Portland

10am – 4pm

1034 SW 13th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97202

Dec. 3-4th

Aurora Arts Association 12th Annual Holiday Show & Sale

9am - 5 pm

Pythian Hall, 2nd & Liberty, Aurora, OR 97002

Enjoy handcrafted art from local artists in one of the most antique towns in the nation! We'll be there too :)

Dec. 4th

Holiday Bazaar @ Aurora Presbyterian Church

9am - 4pm

21553 Liberty Street, NE, Aurora, Oregon 97002

Holiday Bazaar @ Multnomah Presbyterian Church

9am - 1pm

7555 Southwest 45th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Dec. 6

Fair Trade Marketplace at ReDirect Guide Green Drinks

6:30pm - 8:45pm

Ecotrust Building - 2nd Floor Conference Room

721 NE 9th Ave
, OR 97209

Dec. 10

Holiday Bazaar @ Trinity United Methodist Church

9am – 3pm

3915 SE Steele St

Portland, OR 97202

2nd Annual Portland Fair Trade Marketlplace Sun Nov. 13th!

Come join AWAZ, the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, and others for the Second Annual Fair Trade Marketplace on Sunday, November 13th, from 10am - 4pm. This is gearing up to be the best one yet! AWAZ and friends have worked hard to bring you the best (and only!) Fair Trade Marketplace in Portland! We have a great line-up of Fair Trade vendors, featuring items from around the world! Come prepared to get all of your holiday shopping done and out of the way!

The First Unitarian Church of Portland is kind enough to host us for this event.

WHAT: 2nd Annual Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace

WHERE: First Unitarian Church, Buchan Building

1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205

WHEN: Sunday, November 13, 2011

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Confirmed Vendors include: AWAZ Voice for Empowerment, Equal Exchange, Topanien Global Gifts, Ojoba Collective, Jubilee Oregon, Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans

The Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace is sponsored by:

Northwest Fair Trade Coalition

Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church

ReDirect Guide Portland

KBOO Radio

For more information, see the Coalition post

Monday, October 24, 2011

Join the Fair Trade Movement - Host an AWAZ Home Party

In August of this year I left a comfortable job so that I could pursue my passion for social and economic justice. I met Sarah Mitts, the founder of AWAZ Voice for Empowerment, and was inspired to take action and join the fair trade movement.

I realized that one of the most powerful ways that we, as individuals, can address the social and economic disparities is by purchasing goods that are traded in a system that is fair and just for all - from the producers, to the artisans, to the consumers, and for the environment.

So, in addition to attending events and learning more about fair trade, next month I will host a home party featuring products from the AWAZ collection. My friends will get a closer look at this beautiful collection which includes a wide variety of handmade eco-friendly products and have an opportunity to hear an in depth talk about the artisan groups who make the products and how they benefit from the fair trade.

Because we can't always enjoy a personal conversation directly with the artisans or producers of the products we buy, we don't know the conditions in which they were made and aren't able to make a personal connection.

But by hosting an AWAZ home party, you can listen to first-hand stories, told by Sarah, learn about the long term relationships AWAZ is building with the artisans and producers, and hear about how your purchases are empowering groups in India.

When you host an AWAZ home party, you can earn a hostess credit (15-20% depending on sales), spend it on discounted products, and receive a free gift or donate the hostess portion of the sales proceeds to your favorite charities or one of the AWAZ partner projects in India.

Will you join me in this movement for fair and just trade?

If you are interested and want to host a party yourself, check out the information on the website here: Fair Trade Home Parties.