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).


February

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SPREAD THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE'S DAY & BUY FAIR TRADE GIFTS!

Buying Fair Trade gifts is a great way to show your special someone how much you care. Check our Shopping List to find where to buy Fair Trade chocolate.Two great local places for Fair Trade gifts are
The Fair Emporium in St. Peter and New Ulm's Own in New Ulm.


DECEMBER

Ten Thousand Villages returns to River Hills Mall, Mankato

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OCTOBER -  FAIR TRADE MONTH

October marked the annual Fair Trade Month celebration when conscious consumers and ethical businesses in the USA celebrate the fight against poverty in developing countries and elevate crop standards and sustainability.

A great night at the Mankato Brewery with MAFTTI on the 19th!

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Below - examples of Fair Trade displays mounted at the Blue Earth County Library in Mankato and at the North Mankato Taylor Library, thanks to Deb Fitzloff..

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NAFTA

NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) is in the process of being renegotiated right now. This is a very important time to send a letter or email to your national legislators stating your concern that this trade agreement not be a corporate power grab. There is a section called Investor-State Dispute Settlement that gives corporations the power to sue the U.S. government in front of a tribunal of three corporate lawyers. These lawyers can order the U.S. taxpayers to pay corporations unlimited sums of money, including for the loss of expected future profits.

Corporations only need to convince the lawyers that a law protecting public health or the environment violates their special NAFTA rights. The corporate lawyers’ decisions are not subject to appeal.

Here is a sample letter and contact information for our Minnesota legislators  


Fair Trade: The First Step (2016) is a short film by Patagonia which investigates why choosing Fair Trade Certified clothing is an important first step toward changing the garment industry. The run time is 12 minutes and it is available free on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1gIKo0kti4

 


 

 MAY

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WFTDJulie Gruber Cathy Neitge Hilltop Hy-Vee.       WFTD Etta Poole Jane Kohler Cub East.

Julie Gruber (R) and Cathy Neitge (L) at Hilltop Hy-Vee.
Etta Poole (L) and Jane Kohler (R-in MAFTTI T-shirt) at Cub East.

Celebrate Fair Trade on Fair Trade Day May 13th. Treat your colleagues, friends or customers to Fair Trade products. Stop by Hy-Vee Hilltop or Cub East to sample Fair Trade coffee and chocolate and pick up a shopping guide to find out how many Fair Trade products we have in our community and where to buy them. Stop by Barnes and Noble to check out the Fair Trade books you can buy at their Fair Trade display. The coffee sampling is 10:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 6:00 at Hilltop Hy-Vee and 10:00 to 12:00 and 4:00 to 6:00 at Cub East. Display boards featuring Fair Trade products will be present at Tandem Bagels, The Coffee Hag, The Fillin' Station and Mary Lue's Yarn and Ewe shop.

There are over 1,800 Fair Trade Towns, Cities, Villages and other communities across 28 countries, and tens of thousands of activists, campaigners and consumers in the global Fair Trade movement.  Consumers spent $8.1 billion on Fair Trade products globally in 2015.

Celebrate what farmers, workers and you can achieve through Fair Trade!


 APRIL

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Next Monday, April 24th, is Fashion Revolution Day, an annual commemoration of the 1129 garment workers who died during the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. Their deaths are an important reminder of how we, as consumers, need to make better decisions about the clothes we buy, demand that brands improve standards for workers and take a stand against fast fashion that ends up in a landfill. From April 24-30, people are urged to ask their favorite fashion brands, “Who made my clothes?
 
Below are some displays from the 2016 Fair Trade Tea, Fashion Focus:
 
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To read more about Fashion Revolution Week go to http://fashionrevolution.org/
 
If you’re curious about which brands have revealed their suppliers and how they rank, you can search them in the Baptist World Aid’s latest ethical fashion guide. https://baptistworldaid.org.au/resources/2017-ethical-fashion-guide/
 

Sunday, April 9: Mankato Area International Festival

This colorful, annual event took place 11:00am-4:00pm in the Centennial Student Uinon at MSU. The theme this year was "Rhythm of our Nations". 

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 For more pictures go to MAFTTI Facebook. 


 

SCHOOL SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME AT GOOD COUNSEL
HAVE ISSUED
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
AND DEMONSTRATES
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

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