WELCOME to the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative
WELCOME to Mankato - the first Fair Trade Town in Minnesota (declared October 24, 2011)! - and to the work of the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative.
MAFTTI has, since June 2009, promoted Fair Trade in our part of the Minnesota River Valley, about 83 miles south-west of the Twin Cities. Our main focus has been on the major retail center of Mankato (40,000). MAFTTI also tries to engage those interested in Fair Trade in North Mankato (13,000) and St.Peter (11,000).
WELCOME TO ANOTHER YEAR WITH MAFTTI
Mid-winter in Minnesota is not a time for meetings, more for staying in,
reading, planning and catching up on good new films. One of these is
THE TRUE COST is very eye-opening indeed. It tells powerful stories about the world of what is called FAST FASHION. Anyone seeing it will hear of the need for fair trade principles to take root throughout the international garment industry.
THE TRUE COST is on Netflix – here.
“Fashion Revolution Day” is on April 24. It will be the third anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh which has stimulated a lot of soul-searching within some parts of the international fashion business. If you see the film you will be taken back to that grim day in Dhaka when over 1,000 garment workers lost their lives.
THE TRUE COST is 92 minutes long. It is tautly made and the time will fly. Whatever your generation, see this film if you can in the next few weeks.
With our awareness of the existence of this film it is not the time to say “Keep Calm and Carry On” but rather "CURL UP AND PASS THE WORD"!
Times and sources of gifts for sale
November 22, 11:00a.m.-12.15p.m.
First Presbyterian - Ten Thousand Villages
(at junction of Hickory & Broad, Mankato)
December 6, 10-30a.m.-12 noon
First Congregational/UCC- Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV, Bead for Life
(at junction of Stolzmann and Stadium, Mankato
December 6, 9.00-10.15; 11.30-12.15p.m.
St. John's Episcopal - Ten Thousand Villages, Bead for Life
(at junction of Warren and Broad, Mankato)
December 13, 10.30-12 noon
First Congregational/UCC – Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV, Bead for Life
The Ten Thousand Villages kiosk will feature again at the River Hills Mall, offering Christmas shoppers the opportunity of buying Fair Trade gifts from the Global South. Joyce Bucklin, from the Mountain Lake store, is in charge, with Jane Dow of MAFTTI providing vital backup in terms of volunteer recruitment.
The kiosk will be open all the Mall's hours from Monday, November 23 until Christmas Eve.
If any readers are interested in helping, Jane will be glad to hear from you on 507-625-5092 or at email@example.com
Fair Trade Month - here's the program.
October 1-31: Exhibition material about Fair Trade on display at Blue Earth County Library, Mankato, and Taylor Library, North Mankato.
October 8: "Guatemala Special" - 7:00p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Mankato. Program includes
- "The Juan Ana Coffee Program" - video of coffee project at San Lucas Mission.
- Participation of representatives of three local churches (St.John the Baptist/Holy Rosary Catholic churches and First Congregational/UCC) all of which have close contacts with Guatemala.
- Variations on the usual provision, in this instance Guatemalan sweets and savories - and Fair Trade coffee and other beverages.
- Guatemalan handcrafts for sale - provided by The Fair Emporium, St.Pet
"Connected by Coffee" - public showing (space limited to 20) in the Conference Room at Blue Earth County Library, Mankato. 70 minutes. 1:30p.m. Admission free.
"Connected by Coffee" - public showing at Centenary United Methodist Church, Mankato. 7:00p.m. 70 minutes. Admission free
17 Sustainable Development Goals were launched at the United Nations, September 25-27. They replace the Millennium Development Goals 2000-2015. More on this important step here.
There will be yet more on this in MAFTTI's October Newsletter, coming out around October 5.
In the meantime here's what Stephen Hawking has to say on the subject. As he says, it's time for action.
For many August is a time of traveling on vacation or seeing relations elsewhere, or both. It's not a great time for Fair Trade campaigning.
It is a time, though, to begin to capitalize on the International Fair Trade Towns Conference that took place in England, July 4-5. MAFTTI Chair Paul Renshaw and everyone else agreed that it had been the best ever. This means that resources for use in the Fair Trade network around the world were generated by the conference and its organizers.
Some of these will be introduced to the MAFTTI network when the August Newsletter is published. There will be plenty of food for thought - for Fair Traders, green enthusiasts and others concerned with developing a holistic approach to Sustainability.
How Green is Fair Trade? You might be interested in this, even if it is a bit British.
The North Mankato Fun Days Parade came and went - on July 11- its 50th Anniversary.
MAFTTI was there again, as you see. More pictures on Facebook.
JUNE 4 - 7:00p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 320 E Main Street, Mankato.
60-65 people came to Grace Lutheran Church, Mankato for an evening focused on coffee production in Chiapas. Tamika Bertram and Helena Shanks, guests from River Rock Coffee, St.Peter, spoke of their personal experiences visiting Maya Vinic Cooperative in Acteal, Chiapas, which featured in the film segment that started off the program. There was much talk about going BEYOND FAIR TRADE in the fight to combat poverty, an example being the Chiapas Water Project supported by River Rock Coffee.
More pictures on Facebook
Watch this space for MAFTTI's special focus on GUATEMALA in October, again using the "Connected by Coffee" film and the personal knowledge of Mankato area residents. As with the Chiapas event, the evening will finish with desserts from the region.
WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY
Here are some pictures of what happened in Mankato on May 9 - more on Facebook.
Sunday, April 12 - 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Mankato Area International Festival - MSU Centennial Student Union
Look for MAFTTI's table - all ages welcome!
Pictures from the 2015 International Festival here.
This month MAFTTI is starting to focus attention once again on COFFEE. Even non-coffee drinkers can be concerned about the continuing struggle against poverty of some 25m. coffee farmers. The Fair Trade system can't fix everything, but it does make a contribution.
MAFTTI is encouraging the showing of a new film about Fair Trade coffee during this year and has distributed a number of copies in the community. You can catch a glimpse of its message here.
At 2:00p.m. on Saturday, March 28, the film will be shown in the Conference Room at Blue Earth County Library, Mankato. Admission will be free - but there will only be room for about 20.
VALENTINE'S DAY AGAIN
Looking for chocolate?
What about these? Find them at the
St. Peter Food Co-op
Click on each logo
Here it is - another New Year and more opportunities (and need)
to help the Fair Trade movement grow.
Thanks for your interest and commitment in the past.
On January 12 MAFTTI launched a Newsletter for the first time.
On the right you will see where to click on.
We hope you'll subscribe.
Please look also at our Facebook page too.
Look for the 2014 report from Equal Exchange,
one of the key Fair Trade organizations in the USA.
Why not also refresh your minds about what Fair Trade means
to farmers and artisans in the Global South?
Our Links page awaits you!
FAIR TRADE BAZAARS AT LOCAL CHURCHES
St. John the Baptist
(Parish Chicken Dinner)
|Bethlehem Lutheran||November 5||10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.|
|First Presbyterian||November 23||11:00-----|
|First Congregational/UCC||December 7|
HALLOWEEN HERALDS THE END OF FAIR TRADE MONTH
MAFTTI HAS APPRECIATED THE OPPORTUNITY OF
PLACING FAIR TRADE EXHIBITS IN THE LIBRARIES
IN MANKATO AND NORTH MANKATO
ON OCTOBER 31, COPIES OF KELSEY TIMMERMAN'S
TWO BOOKS WERE PRESENTED TO THE LIBRARIANS -
TIM HAYES (BLUE EARTH COUNTY) AND
LUCY LOWRY (TAYLOR) -
BY PAUL RENSHAW (MAFTTI CHAIR)
OCTOBER 1 - FAIR TRADE MONTH IS HERE AGAIN
WHAT A WAY TO START!
SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME AT GOOD COUNSEL
A DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT TO FAIR TRADE
THIS WILL GOVERN THE COMMUNITY'S POLICY
ABOUT THE USE OF FAIR TRADE ITEMS
IN FOOD SERVICE AND HOSPITALITY
HOW THE SISTERS UNDERSTAND FAIR TRADE
TO BE IN LINE WITH CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
This picture features Good Counsel and MAFTTI leadership
with a special commemorative certificate
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
A STAGGERING 145 PEOPLE ATTENDED AND ENJOYED
THE FAIR TRADE FASHION SHOW
THE ENERGIZING PRESENTATION BY KELSEY TIMMERMAN.
Fair Trade models with organizer Margo Druschel (r)
and Kelsey Timmerman (center, back)
HUGE THANKS TO ALL INVOLVED
More pictures on Facebook
JULY 12, 2014
NORTH MANKATO FUN DAYS PARADE
CARMEN MIRANDA RODE AGAIN
5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FOCUS ON PERU
JUNE 10, 2014, 7:00P.M.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH/UCC
150 STADIUM COURT, MANKATO.
GUEST SPEAKER: JOYCE BUCKLIN
(TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES, MOUNTAIN LAKE)
PLUS PERUVIAN DESSERTS & PERUVIAN FAIR TRADE HANDCRAFTS