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Welcome to the first installment of our quarterly News and Action round-up e-blast. In this, you'll find a digest of Global Exchange highlights from the past three months, plus what's coming up.

Now let's get started. The activist world received a boost at the end of 2011 when TIME Magazine named 'The Protestor' the 'Person of the Year.' Global Exchange harnessed that momentum and hit the ground running at the start of 2012. From being on the streets in Bahrain, to launching our Occupy Our Elections campaign, to marking 10 years of Reality Tours to Afghanistan, the Global Exchange family has been busy building people-to-people ties.

Here are some victories and campaign highlights.

Program highlights:

  • Uprising in Bahrain: In February, Medea Benjamin participated in an observer delegation and witnessed the one-year anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising in Bahrain.
  • Occupy our Elections: This year, we launched our Occupy our Elections campaign, which will make the direct link between the financial industry’s campaign contributions and policymaking in Washington, DC, and most importantly will provide the public with facts, tools, and organizing opportunities to demand change this election season.
  • What About Peace? Contest: Youth from all over the world sent in their submissions for the annual What About Peace? contest. Stay tuned to our blog where we'll reveal the two winning entries on April 20th.
  • GELT: This summer will mark the third year of our Green Economy Leadership Training (GELT) in Detroit. Interested in getting involved with the project this summer? The rolling deadline to submit your application begins this April.
  • Hershey, have a heart: In coalition with the Raise the Bar Hershey campaign, thousands of petition signatures were delivered to Hershey urging the company to go Fair Trade. Earlier this year, Hershey announced it would commit to purchasing Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa and we lent our thoughts on why that isn't enough.

Reality Tours highlight:

Fair Trade Store highlight:

  • Recycled jewelry: For Valentine's Day, our Fair Trade stores highlighted recycled jewelry made by a women's artisan group in Uganda who use recycled paper and plastic materials. Read more and don't forget to visit our stores.

Human Rights Awards

  • 10th Annual Gala: May 10th marks our 10th annual Human Rights Awards gala. For the third year in a row, we asked the community to choose our People's Choice honoree. Last year's People's Choice Award went to Javier Sicilia. Stay tuned next week when we announce this year's winner.

Looking ahead...

  • Peace Caravan: Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity will lead a caravan across the United States this summer, calling for an end to the drug war. In April and May, Mexican poet, Javier Sicilia, will speak in cities across the U.S. about building an international movement to end the drug war.
  • Rights of Mother Nature: Our Community Rights Program will be meeting with communities around the country to host Democracy Schools and also speak about the Rights of Nature at various events before bringing the issue to the international stage for the Rio+20 event in Brazil.

It's been an exciting start to 2012 and we hope that you will continue to stay informed and get involved with us the rest of the year. It is support from people like you who help move our programs forward.

Take a moment to continue your support for Global Exchange. Make a donation to Global Exchange and join the people's globalization movement.


Carleen Pickard
Executive Director

Past Human Rights Awards Honoree Van Jones has written a book to re-energize the movement called Rebuild the Dream. Find out more.
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