“Go Bananas for Fair Trade” Initiative Welcomes Participants for October

This October, Fair Trade Campaigns is planning the Go Bananas for Fair Trade Initiative where Town, College, and University Campaigns all over the country will be hosting banana themed events. At these events, campaign organizers and Fair Trade supporters will take photos with a Fair Trade Banana photo prop and upload them to social media using the hashtag #FairBananas.   The 10 most creative photos will win Fair Trade gift baskets full of products like LARABAR, Numi Tea and Mayan Hand Fair Trade baskets.

Any Fair Trade supporters can participate.  Here’s how:

  1. Take a photo with the Go Bananas Prop (EX: with your staff or at an event you’re attending in October)
  2. Upload photos on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest or Instagram using the #FairBananas hashtag

Resources:

  1. Go Bananas Photo Prop: http://fairtradetownsusa.org/organize/resources/?did=196
  2. Go Bananas Facebook Timeline Photo: http://fairtradetownsusa.org/organize/resources/?did=118
  3. Fair Trade vs Conventional Trade Handout  http://fairtradetownsusa.org/organize/resources/?did=203
  4. Go Bananas for Fair Trade logo: http://fairtradetownsusa.org/organize/resources/?did=122

Read more about the contest and other educational resource here.

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Oxfam reaction to UN high-level meeting announcement on Syria peace talks

Statement from Oxfam America President Raymond C. Offenheiser:

The Syrian people have cried out for peace for more than two years, and the world has finally answered their pleas. Announcing a date range for the Geneva II peace talks brings us closer to a much-needed resolution to the conflict in Syria.

Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov now have a real opportunity to help bring an end to the death, displacement, and suffering taking place.

For these talks to be a success, all parts of Syrian society must be adequately represented, including non-military actors who will be crucial in the rebuilding and reconstruction of their country. All countries must cease providing weapons to the Syrian government and opposition groups, as these arms fuel the conflict and are a serious impediment to peace.

Parties to the conflict should use the momentum of this week’s diplomatic marathon to agree to a ceasefire. A ceasefire would help to create the much-needed space for meaningful negotiations and help alleviate the increasingly desperate humanitarian situation. With 100,000 people killed and millions displaced and living as refugees in neighboring countries, the Syrian people cannot wait any longer for an end to this conflict.

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Cigarettes coming in from countries using children to grow tobacco – Sydney Morning Herald

Cigarettes coming in from countries using children to grow tobacco
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Greece Arrests Senior Members of Far-Right Party – New York Times


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DOL issues report on labor concerns in Dominican sugar sector, announces $10 million project in agriculture

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today released a report regarding labor concerns in the Dominican sugar sector in response to a public submission filed under the Labor Chapter of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). The department also announced a $ 10 million project to reduce child labor and to improve labor rights and working conditions in the Dominican agriculture sector.|||||||http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ilab/ILAB20131979.htm

Bald men: Fire lasers at your head to make your hair grow back – Daily Caller


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Bald men: Fire lasers at your head to make your hair grow back
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Men in the U.K. with hair loss problems can rest easy, knowing that wearing a helmet that shoots lasers might remedy the situation. The helmet, the iGrow Hair Growth System, re-energizes hair follicle cells by exposing them to a low-level red laser and

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Myanmar’s Old Guard Is Clinging To An $8 Billion Jade Empire – Business Insider


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Myanmar's Old Guard Is Clinging To An $ 8 Billion Jade Empire
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Such squandered wealth symbolizes a wider challenge in Myanmar, an impoverished country whose natural resources – including oil, timber and precious metals – have long fueled armed conflicts while enriching only powerful individuals or groups. In a

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Saving the Earth from Ourselves – BillMoyers.com

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Park Foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. The Herb Alpert Several days ago, environmental activists from Greenpeace International tried to climb a Russian oil platform in the Arctic. ….. So, for example, with

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House Votes to Delay Obamacare for One Year – RealClearPolitics


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The revolution will be printed – Boston Globe

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