October 2016: Top 10 Reasons to Join Us and Why You Want to be There



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GlobalFest 2016 Sunday Oct 30th, 1-4pm! Click here for info.
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GlobalFest Treats!

Dia de los Muertos

Sunday Oct 30th

Though ghosts and goblins abound, fear not, as you’re invited to a rare treat as Fair Trade LA celebrates its 11th anniversary by hosting GlobalFest 2016 at the USC Caruso Catholic Center on Sunday, October 30th 1-4pm. Treats include:

-A spooktacular entertaining and lively afternoon is assured.

-With monsters and mummies ensconced in their bog we will safely regal our honorees. They include Laurel Averill, a dynamic member of FTLA and owner of a fair trade business, Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena and Redondo Beach, and The Little Market.

-With no zombies in sight, grog will be safely administered. Fair Spirits and REBBL will provide cocktails and ONEHOPE, which supports a cure for breast cancer and an end to global hunger, will provide the wine.

-There will be no apple bobbing or toad tossing but Leslie’s Party Rental will have mouths watering as they grill their indigenous specialties. Vampires may swear off plasma after they taste the goodies provided by Cup My Cakez.

-Spanish guitar music provided by Marcus Nand and the Silent Auction with fangtastic Fair Trade treasures will be highlights of a magical day you will long remember.

Photos from Cup My Cakez, Marcus Nand and Fair Spirits.


Fair Trade

Looking forward to seeing you there!


October 8
San Gabriel Regional Congress
Bishop Amat High School
La Puente

October 9
A Taste of Encino
Ventura Blvd, Encino
(between Balboa Blvd and Amestoy Ave)

October 16
Church of the Epiphany
2808 Altura St
Los Angeles
*short presentation about LA Campaign at their services (10am Spanish, noon English)

October 22
Homeboy 5K (Fair Trade LA table)
130 Bruno St
Los Angeles

October 22
Our Lady of the Angels Regional Congress
St. Mary’s Academy

October 30
GlobalFest 2016
USC Caruso Catholic Center
844 W 32nd St., LA

Fair Trade Campaigns

Help make LA a
Fair Trade Town

Volunteer Outreach Days

Join the campaign to make LA a Fair Trade Town! Check out the campaign website here. We are planning outreach days, events and more. Outreach days are when volunteers get together and hit the streets! We meet at a central location and go out in teams of two or more to have conversations with businesses in the area about the campaign. Our last Outreach Day in Westwood was both successful and fun. This is a great way for new volunteers to learn about Fair Trade LA. We also have volunteer opportunities for events, blogging, and other outreach opportunities. We want your voice to be heard. Our Campaign is growing every day and you can be part of it. If you are interested in volunteering, just email the Los Angeles Fair Trade LA Town Campaign Coordinator Michele Rolph here. We look forward to hearing from you!


One of our wonderful Interns!

Nikkie Belindar Singh

Nikkie is one of our fabulous interns, a third year student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a San Francisco native. Enjoy getting to know her in her own words:

Sustainability has been an interest of mine since I can remember, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade Los Angeles (FTLA). Soon after UCLA became a Fair Trade University (!!!), I joined FTLA’s campaign that aims to make Los Angeles the largest Fair Trade city in the United States.

A highlight of this outreach has been getting to know brands that support Fair Trade like Alter Eco, a brand of Fair Trade Certified chocolate, sugar and grains. You can learn about their sustainable focus and the farmers who made the products here. Learn more about my experience with FTLA here.


Member Highlight: Sam Bills & Ten Thousand Villages

SamTell us a little bit about yourself:
I am single-handedly trying to expand the market for fair trade coffee by enjoying copious amounts of it. Usually while holding a mug I am discussing big ideas and talking about the latest news with the many wonderful people I get to work with and customers I get to be around at Ten Thousand Villages (stores in Pasadena and Redondo Beach).

Sam and FamilyMy favorite person to drink coffee with is my wife, Rosie, and we need all the caffeine we can get to keep up with our four young kids who love a good adventure into the mountains or to the ocean which is still pretty spectacular to my native Midwesterner sensibilities.

How did you hear about fair trade?
In 2006 a friend told me about a plan that was being concocted to open a fair trade store in Pasadena. The concept of business that was developed for the purpose and measured by its effectiveness at creating a more just and equitable world seems so apparent and obvious to me now, but at the time it was a light bulb moment and I knew that I wanted to find a way to be as deeply involved as I could be.

Image by Ten Thousand Villages

When did you first get involved with fair trade?
Ten years ago I started working at first in a part-time role for that new start-up fair trade store and within a year I was working full time with Ten Thousand Villages. Also I began getting involved with the still relatively new Fair Trade LA group as we planned the first fair trade festival in Los Angeles. I met other friends that year who were starting a fair trade soap company called Anti-Body. I met a group of women coffee growers from Nicaragua whose coffee we were just starting to sell in our store. Objectively it seemed like an unexpected turn for me as I finished grad school that year at Fuller Seminary. To me it felt like the culmination of so many of the things I am deeply passionate about and like the most natural and exciting way to fall into something that I wanted to invest significant energy into.

WhatTen Thousand Villages Group is TTV?
Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest retailer of fair trade crafts in the world. We build relationships with social enterprises, co-ops, and entrepreneurs of all types in more than 30 countries and we create a sustainable and long term channel for them to bring their products and stories into our markets. We are organized as local nonprofits that foster ownership and involvement at all levels in our stores with a vision for a fair trade business that is transformational for everyone involved at all points along the way from maker to customer.

What do you enjoy the most about working in fair trade?
The people I work with and the sense that in my day to day bustle I am connecting to a broader movement and a deeper purpose than the limited scope of my own work. I love being with people who care deeply and to sense that we are getting somewhere together.

Image by Ten Thousand Villages.

What is unique about fair trade products?

The products themselves are unique in their handmade idiosyncrasies, and in their quality. For me the product itself is most unique in light of its context. In a mainstream context the market dictates what we buy and when and for how much through the commodification of all products whether they are household goods or agricultural goods. The market plays an important role in fair trade but it seems to me be a different role in that it more facilitates rather than dictates and it is some deeper more human force that brings the product to our market and it is embodied in the sense of connection someone experiences when they purchase an item that has a story and suddenly the product is no longer a commodity but something imbued with meaning and significance.

Fair Trade Fashion ShowDo you have any upcoming events or ways for people to get involved or learn more?
We are celebrating our tenth anniversary in Pasadena in July. We will be holding a massive tent sale in the parking lot behind our store July 21-24 (and in Redondo Beach July 28-31) as part of our month of celebration. We are also looking forward to being a part of the Fair Trade Fashion show with The Peace Exchange and Bead & Reel on July 16. And of course our two local Ten Thousand Villages stores are open seven days a week and it is always a fair trade party in our stores.

July 2016: Happy 10th Anniversary Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena!

Ten Thousand Villages 2

Some of those featured in photo: Senator Jack Scott, Eric Clarke, Sara Clarke, Christine Yap, and Mae Gautier

Written by: Kishani De Silva and Tony Fadale

Ten Thousand Villages (TTV) is one of the ‘oldest and largest fair trade organizations’ in the world. TTV arrived in Pasadena in 2006, and celebrates it’s 10 year Anniversary this July—Congratulations TTV Pasadena!

The story started when Eric and Sara Clarke, along with another couple, decided to start a TTV store locally—the first here in California. “Ten to twelve others came to support them,” recalls Christine Yap, founding member and President of the Board. Yap also recalls how amazed she was at how willing they were “to volunteer their time and give their money away, all in the cause and support of fair trade.” She remembers they were strangers, ranging from ages 8-78, from different backgrounds, yet interestingly with a shared faith. The store continues to thrive and has become a much loved entity along the urban fabric of the Lake Avenue shopping district.

Artisan 1It features artisan-crafted products for the home, personal accessories and gift items from more than 130 fair trade groups based in 38 countries around the world.Product 2

In these ten years, Ten Thousand Villages’ influence on the fair trade world has been felt in the larger Los Angeles area. In fact, four years ago, using his experience and retail savvy, Sam Bills, Executive Director, made sure a fledgling group of fair trade advocates in Redondo Beach received encouragement to pursue their dream of opening the second TTV store in California. The effort to raise money, and work through many other start up challenges, was closely supported by Sam and the Pasadena store’s Board of Directors. Thanks to them the Redondo Beach store is about to celebrate its second year in existence. So much of their success is owed to the Pasadena store’s growing influence and Sam Bills’ leadership. Fair Trade LA wishes TTV all the best!

September 2015: Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All


Fair Trade LA is 10 and we’re celebrating Oct 4th!
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World Peace Day!
Declared by the United Nations, 1981

International Day of Peace, Sep 21st

How will you show your support?

Peace themed gifts from Fair Trade retailers Vida Verde and Ten Thousand Villages (see images to the left):

Explore 8 ways to participate (thanks Hosteling International):

  1. Create origami doves
  2. Take a picture with a peace sign and share on social media
  3. Ask strangers to sign a mag to show where they are from
  4. Learn how to say peace in other languages
  5. Watch top films about peace
  6. Listen to a peace playlist online
  7. Cook a traditional meal from another country
  8. Visit an HI Hostel and “sleep for peace”

Photos by Ten Thousand Villages, the UN and Matr Boomie


Fair Trade Fetes

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Events

September 13
St. Andrew’s Boutique
311 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

September 25-27
LA Green Festival
Fr 12-6pm, Sa 10am-6pm, Su 10am-5pm
LA Convention Center
South Hall K

October 4
Fair Trade LA 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
USC Catholic Center
844 W Thirty Second St
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Fair Trade Campaign

Fair Trade Towns
Los Angeles
Help us make Los Angeles a Fair Trade Town (which would be the largest in the US!). Invest in this movement and share in our celebration at our 10 Year Celebration, October 4th, 1-4pm, at USC Catholic Center. The event will include Fair Trade artisans, Fair Trade bites and spirits, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Plus, free parking!

Member Highlight

Founder, Vida Verde
Boutique Coord, FTLA

Laurel Averill

Laurel Averill has been a member of Fair Trade LA for 5 years. Having 20 years of retail experience she came into the position of Boutique Coordinator for FTLA very easily. Laurel has her own business called Vida Verde and her focus is Fair Trade jewelry, accessories, and home decor. During the holiday months she will be at several churches and businesses across LA with her caravan of Fair Trade vendors.



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