Saturday, May 11, 2013

AWAZ 2013 Event Schedule for Portland local and national - COME HAVE FUN WITH US!

Our summer season is upon us. For another year, we bring the Awaz shop to your community for some summer celebration. Join us for great music events, festivals and street fairs - decked out in the finest quality ethical clothing. We have expanded our Clothing Line to offer a wide array of western and mandarin collar Men's Shirts as well as women's new Indian-inspired Tunics and Kurtas and Organic Jersey Cotton dresses and yoga wear. We always have something new that you'll love!

* Check Back - We're always adding new events!
Anahata Music Festival – Saturday, June 15th (
Hump Day – July 10 ( ) - 50% OFF Jewelry Sale!
Mississippi Street Fair – July 13th (

Bend Summer Festival – July 12-14th

Enjoying 23 years of success, the Bank of Cascades Bend Summer Festival draws 75,000 visitors for a weekend like no other. Festival features fine artists and craftspeople, artisans and performers, and five stages of some of the best regional and national blues, rock and jazz. 

Last Thursday on Alberta - July 25th  ( )
Hump Day – August  7th ( )
Multnomah Village Days – August 17th ( )
Hawthorne/Division Street Fair – August 18th ( )

Portland India Festival @Pioneer Square – August 18th 

Join us for a showcase of our ethical fashion line at Portland's premiere Indian event while we practice the art of block printing and share a booth with DJ Prashant!

India Festival is Oregon's premiere Indian cultural event of the year filled with tastes, sounds and sights of diverse India. ICA will host India Festival on August 18th, 2013 from 11am to 9pm.
Please be there with your family and friends to get a taste of Indian culture for FREE and get a glimpse of this growing, warm and welcoming community. This is a celebration of India’s independence and cultural heritage. The festival has grown every year with record crowds and new vendors.
Don’t miss out on a memorable event that draws crowds from all over the West Coast!

Hempstalk Portland - September 7-9th

N Kelly Point Park Rd
Portland, OR 97203

We'll have our full line of Hemp and Cotton Clothing, hemp bags, wallets, belts and sun hats for your fashionable hemp lifestyle, the natural way.
Portland's annual Hempstalk Festival in Portland, Oregon advocates decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal, industrial, and recreational use. Founded in 2005 by the Hemp and Cannabis Foundation, the festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day in September, and features food vendors, live music, guest speakers and information booths. This public event has always been free to attend.

Belmont Street Fair – September 14th ( )
Veg Fest @ the Convention Center – September 21-22nd   ( )

Friday, May 10, 2013

World Fair Trade Day May 11, 2013 in Portland - Rocks the TPP with Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

SATURDAY May 11, 2013 is the day this year!

WFTD is the largest Fair Trade event of the year in N. America, and events take place May 4-19 in 2013. Around 100,000 people attend hundreds of celebrations to promote Fair Trade and campaign for trade justice together with farmers & artisans. LEARN MORE >


anyone who buys online this Saturday gets a

 FREE box of Equal Exchange Organic Fair Trade Tea
 and a gift from India!


This year, AWAZ joins with our local advocacy partners here in Portland to oppose the next biggest Free Trade Agreement on the International Day of Action. It's because of FTAs that create the foundation and rules for Corporations to exploit workers and the environment around the world, that the Fair Trade Movement, what I call, the People's Movement, is so important. We need to change our foreign policy today.

THIS Saturday, May 11th, join the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign and many other organizations for World Fair Trade Day and the People's Assembly on the Trans-Pacific PartnershipThe event is from 1-4pm, (doors open at 12:30pm) at First Unitarian Church (SW 12th Ave and Main St., Portland), and will include speakers from a variety of groups, as well as break-out sessions to do some action planning. This is an international day of action, held in solidarity with groups all over the world as the current round of TPP negotiations take place in Lima, Peru. 

AWAZ will have a table selling goodies and passing out FREE Fair World Project Publications for a chance for YOU to win a FREE trip to Peru!

On May 11, just prior to a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.

There are many reasons for people to come together on this date:

- The TPP undermines access to fundamental medicines by extending monopoly protections for Big Pharma.

- The TPP empowers corporations to sue governments for environmental and health measures they do not like

- The TPP creates a race to the bottom on working conditions, environmental standards and all kinds of public regulations

- The TPP prioritizes large-scale corporate agriculture (GMOs, antibiotics, etc) over sustainable local farming

We will hear from guest speakers including Barbara Byrd - OR AFL-CIO and Ann Pickar - Portland Area Global AIDs Coalition, Benjamin Gerritz - Positive Force NW, and Peruvian environmental justice leader C├ęsar Ipenza, from Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental speaking via Skype. The speakers panel will be followed by break out groups to further discuss issues and plan for next steps.

We will join trade justice advocates in Lima, Sydney, Ontario and many more cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with the TPP and the free trade model.

Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO. It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It can stop the TPP!

RSVP on Facebook! 

For more information on the PDX People's Assembly, please call Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (503) 736-9777 or email,

Sponsored by: Alliance for Democracy, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Oregon AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, Working Families Party, Economic Justice Action Group of the First Unitarian Church.

To learn more about events in other communities visit:

Monday, May 6, 2013

seed funding for Social Entreprenuers | Start Something that Matters : GOOD Maker Challenge

handcrafted solar energy by HESCO for rural mountain communities in the Himalayas, one of AWAZ community partners

Thousands of social entrepreneurs around the world are making it happen, just like the Awaz founder, Sarah, did.
Enter for the chance to propel your idea of changing the world into a REALITY. The Start Something that Matters GOOD Maker Challenge will grant one social entrepreneur $50,000 to launch their plan for driving social impact. Could it be you?
* Apply here:
* Submissions are open April 22 - May 17 (12:00p PST)