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The antiquarian book world’s first major gathering of 2020 entails three book fairs, one auction, and several related exhibitions.
The biggest of the three book fairs, the CA International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in its social media campaign, its special exhibition, Votes for Women, and in the range of related materials that booksellers will be offering, such as the ca. 1922 edition of poems pictured above. Written by noted British suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst during one of her terms in prison, it is a scarce volume, with no other copies shown in auction records in the past forty years according to Shapero Rare Books of London, which will be showcasing it in booth 503, priced at £3,750.
A member of an unspecified Brazilian indigenous tribe pictured April 25, 2018 in Brasilia. (Photo by EPA/MAXPPP)
Wholesum Farms came up in my news feed again today. I was thrilled to read they are expanding their fair trade offerings. A portion of the proceeds from these products, as well as others in their Fair Trade line will be funneled into Wholesum’s community development fund. This is a great example of how an agricultural firm can take the needs of their workers into account when setting corporate policy.
In a recent news release, Ricardo Crisantes, chief commercial officer, touted the company’s Fair Trade program.
“What makes this (Fair Trade) certification so remarkable is the fact that 100% of community development funds generated from the sale of Fair Trade produce go back to our workers and helps them tackle needs such as healthcare, housing and education,” Ricardo Crisantes, Wholesum’s chief commercial officer, said in the release. “The workers vote on how these funds are allocated, and that in itself is very empowering.”
Wholesum produce can be found at Whole Foods Market and Jewel Grocers in the Midwest. They may not be carried under the Wholesum label, but be sure to look for the Fair Trade Guarantee!
Did you know there is a socially relevant film festival in New York? The festival was started by Nora Armani in 2015 to focus…
“on socially relevant film content, and human interest stories that raise awareness to social problems and offer positive solutions through the powerful medium of cinema. SR believes that through raised awareness, expanded knowledge about diverse cultures, and the human condition as a whole, it is possible to create a better world free of violence, hate, and crime.”
Helen Mead summarizes what Fair Trade means to farmers and their families in the developing world where…
many workers face harsh living conditions, low pay and exploitation. They do not have access to even basic medical care or an education for themselves or their children.
The global Fair Trade movement helps to remedy this by providing a living income for some of the world’s poorest farmers and workers.
Fairtrade Fortnight, in the Bradford district puts this vital work in the spotlight from now until Sunday March 10. This year also marks 25 years of Fairtrade in the UK.
Bradford district has been a Fairtrade Zone since 2006, fulfilling a range of criteria to gain this status. This includes having a variety of Fairtrade products in the area’s shops and cafes, demonstrating the use of Fairtrade products in local workplaces and establishing a local Fairtrade steering group.
Stop in if you are in the area. Events this year include:
A Fairtrade stall in Baildon Co-op promoting Fairtrade in four local schools, a Fairtrade breakfast at Bradford Cathedral, a Fairtrade afternoon tea and chocolate tasting at St. John’s Church.