In the first quarter of 2013, we've seen a lot of victories and exciting mobilizations taking place in the social justice movement. Let's look back at what this year has had to offer.
Global Exchange turns 25
We're 25! This year, Global Exchange reflects on the stories that have shaped our organization by collecting stories from you and inviting you to create more memories on our 25th anniversary Reality Tour to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Represent the people, not corporate interests
While the media was buzzing about a lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at the Presidential Inauguration, we were in Washington, DC to #InaugurateDemocracy and remind elected officials to represent the people and not corporate interests. We continue to target corporate lobbyists with our Do Not Disturb Democracy action to keep them out of the offices of our elected officials.
Put an end to gun violence
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre and a summer on the Caravan for Peace with Mexican mothers of those killed due to the drug war, the Bay Area community started an effort to get war weapons off the streets. See photos from our End Gun Violence Vigil and find ways to get involved.
Move Forward on Climate
During President's Day weekend, over 40,000 climate activists showed up in Washington, DC at the largest climate rally in the history of the United States to send a clear message: It’s Time to Move Forward on Climate. It is time to change the course of climate change and demand President Obama keep his promise to protect future generations and cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.
Hershey's chooses Fair Trade
After years of pressure from Fair Trade activists like you, Hershey’s recently announced its next step toward 100% certified sustainable cocoa by committing to source cocoa through three of the world’s most recognized cocoa certifying organizations, including Fair Trade USA. Thanks for all your years of activism to bring Hershey’s to this decision!
Hand-stitching hope in Calcutta
Our Fair Trade Stores are thrilled to partner with Asha Imports to offer beautiful textiles. Each piece holds the hope (or “asha”) that we can make change in faraway economies and lives. Learn about Asha Imports and the young women in Calcutta turning vintage saris into one-of-a-kind scarves and blankets.
Digging in the dirt at Alemany Farm
To make a global/local connection in our community, our whole staff volunteered at a local Bay Area non-profit – Alemany Farm, an urban farm that aims to “increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds for economic and environmental justice.” Thank you to the volunteers at Alemany Farm for all the work they do for the community!
A Reality Tour photo is worth...$500?
Have you traveled with Global Exchange Reality Tours? Reality Tours is hosting a photo contest open to all past Reality Tours participants. The contest will have two awards, one chosen by Global Exchange staff (Grand Prize) and one chosen by public vote on our Facebook Page (Popular Choice). Enter today for a chance to win $500 off a Reality Tour.
And finally, if you are in the Bay Area and want to celebrate human rights, join us as we honor Noam Chomsky for our 11th Annual Human Rights Awards and 25th Anniversary party May 9th in San Francisco. Buy your tickets today.