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Fair Trade comes to Daley Plaza

Local businesses selling fair trade goods will display their wares, representatives of fair trade cooperatives in Mexico and Africa will tell their stories, and a local coalition will launch a campaign to make Chicago a Fair Trade City at a Daley Plaza event on Wednesday, May 14.

Chicago Environment Commissioner Susan Malec-McKenna will speak at a noon program along with former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, president of Ambassador Organics, and leaders of coffee cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico and Uganda.

Chicago Fair Trade, a coalition of over 50 congregations, businesses, schools and nonprofits, is circulating an ordinance to establish Chicago as a Fair Trade City. Under the proposal, the Department of Environment would work with congregations and community groups to establish fair trade outlets throughout the city.

Cities and towns across the country are developing fair trade practices, said Nancy Jones of CFT. On Saturday San Francisco declared itself a Fair Trade City.

Fair trade producers are certified by TransFair USA for environmentally sustainable agriculture, fair prices and labor conditions, and democratic organizations of farmers and farm workers.

Commissioner Malec-McKenna is expected to announce city plans to support fair trade.

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