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Summer is in full swing and here at Global Exchange we are in the middle of our Beat the Heat effort to curb climate change. Find out how you can take part in the Beat the Heat challenge and win a free Reality Tour.

To get motivated for the challenge, read about the campaigns that Global Exchange has been working on in 2013 so far.


And the 2013 What About Peace winners are...

After months of sifting through hundreds of entries, esteemed judges picked winners for the 2013 What About Peace? contest. A special congratulations to our 2013 Grand Prize Winner, 17 year old, Kaitlyn Reber of Reading, Pennsylvania. Visit our website for the full list of winners.


A Mexican Father’s Plea to Two Presidents

Addressing President Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto when the two met in Mexico City in May, Mexican poet Javier Sicilia called on both presidents to focus on curbing drug war violence. After seven years and more than 70,000 people killed and thousands more disappeared it is up to our leaders to have deep and frank discussions about how to transform the failed policies exacerbating the violence.


California Communities Rising Against Fracking

The fracking boom has begun in California, promising to transform the state into the top oil producer in the U.S. For a week in April, Global Exchange visited communities across California to expose the reality of fracking in the state and engage community members in the movement to oppose and stop this harmful and dangerous practice.


Beyoncé and the U.S. travel ban to Cuba

International music icons Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z caused a media frenzy when they participated in a People-to-People cultural exchange in Cuba earlier this year. Read our analysis of Jay-Z and other musical artist’ responses to the trip, and our in-depth interview with Cuban rap artist Kokino about his perspective.


Another Rana Plaza in the Making

The building collapse disaster in Bangladesh is an example of corporate globalization at work. As negotiations continue to solidify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we draw the links between Free Trade and future disasters like we saw at Rana Plaza.


An Attempt at Hand-Blockprinting

Global Exchange's Fair Trade stores carry many beautiful handmade items from India, including one-of-a-kind hand-blockprinted tablecloths. San Francisco Store Manager, Kara was so fascinated by the them that she wanted to give hand-blockprinting a try. Follow along as Kara discovers the intricate (and difficult) art of blockprinting.


Honoring, Celebrating, and Supporting Human Rights

Wow. What a night. We celebrated our 11th Annual Human Rights Awards and 25th Anniversary on May 9th in San Francisco and it was a great success. A spotlight was put on the work of our amazing honorees; People’s Choice Awardee Julian Assange and Wikileaks, Grassroots Awardee Crystal Lameman, and Human Rights Awardee Noam Chomsky.


Grand Prize Reality Tours photo

Congratulations to Susan Hall, Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Reality Tours Photo Contest! Her image of an Afghan man drinking tea was chosen as our Grand Prize Winner for the quality and composition of the image and the strikingness of its subject matter. Read what Susan had to say about her experience visiting Afghanistan.


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Carleen Pickard
Executive Director
Global Exchange

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