Archive for November, 2010

Olympia Joins SweatFree Consortium

After an incredible weekend at the National SweatFree Summit, we are thrilled to announce that Olympia has officially joined the Sweatfree Consortium! For over 9 years, the South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, a coalition of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey students, union members, people of faith, and concerned citizens have been working to raise awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenge individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices.

At Olympia’s final City Council meeting in 2009, the council voted unanimously to join the Consortium. Now the official papers have been signed and Olympia will join cities and states throughout the country as members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium which “assists member governments in meeting their goals for responsible sweatshop-free purchasing.  It meets a critical need for information about supplier factories by providing expertise and pooling resources to monitor working conditions and enforce “sweatfree” procurement standards”.

This weekend Marigold staff joined over 50 sweatfree activists throughout the country gathered in Olympia for a series of workshops and strategy sessions.

Pictured here is Liana from Sweatfree Communitites, Trina from Intl Labor Rights Forum and Reynaldo Corporan Donastorg, FEDOTRAZONAS Union, Dominican Republic.

November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am 2 comments

National Sweatfree Summit this weekend in Olympia, WA!

Join us this weekend for SweatFree Communities’ 7th annual gathering! The National SweatFree Summit will include workshops for new organizers and experienced campaigners alike. The National Summit is where we develop plans to grow membership in the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, lay out the next steps for our emerging campaign for a federal sweatshop-free purchasing policy, and coordinate local work across the country. This year’s Summit will be especially exciting as it is our first national gathering since the founding of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Come join us in celebrating this major accomplishment and in designing our work for 2011.


Register today to let us know that you’ll be there — click here!

Conference Program

Speakers will include:

  • Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program
  • Kristen Beifus, Washington Fair Trade Coalition
  • Daniel Cardozo, Ethix Merch
  • Bjorn Claeson, SweatFree Communities
  • Colette Cosner, Witness for Peace
  • Reynaldo Corporan Donastorg, FEDOTRAZONAS Union, Dominican Republic
  • Carmen Duran, Tijuana Center for Information for Workers (CITTAC), Mexico
  • Alan Flum, Fair Workplace Council
  • Dick Meyer, Traditions Fair Trade
  • Christine Moody, Director of Purchasing, City of Portland, Oregon
  • Augusto Obregon, Federation for the Integral Development between Farmers, Nicaragua
  • Victor Velez, Workers United Puerto Rico

Planning to attend only part of the weekend? Check out our free public events with national and international speakers. Conference registration not required for these events although we do welcome donations.

Schedule overview, location, etc

Our 2010 Summit follows on years of sweatfree organizing in Olympia and this summer’s sweatfree policy victory in Seattle. Now Sweatfree Northwest is taking the campaign to the state! If you arrive in Olympia in time, please join us at our briefingon the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium at the Washington State Capitol, Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room #2, Friday, Nov. 5th, 3:00-4:30pm.

Following the briefing, check-in at the registration table at Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501.Dinner for Summit participants (included in your registration) will be at Traditions at 6pm. Following the meal is our opening plenary, 7:00-8:30pm also at Traditions.

Saturday and Sunday events will be held at First Christian Church701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501The conference runs through 12pm on Sunday, Nov. 5th.


November 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

The winners of our Free Fair Trade Friday contests during Fair Trade Month

Thank you to everyone for participating in our Free Fair Trade Friday contests in October in celebration for Fair Trade Month! Your responses were wonderful and we had a difficult time choosing our favorites but here are the results:

Week 1: Brenna: Reversible bag and headband

Week 2: Malarie Hoover: Napkin set

Week 3: Amber Gillespie: Denim skirt

Week 4: Ann Richmond: Apron and tablecloth

Congratulations! I have replied to the winning comments on each blog post but will need your full names, size if applicable, and mailing addresses in order to deliver your prizes. Please contact me no later than Friday November 5th, 2010:

November 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm 2 comments

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