On Sunday, July 31st several supporters of fair trade gathered at Café Virtuoso to meet with Courtney Lang of Fair Trade USA and Gilbert Ramirez of San Isidro, Costa Rica, which was the first Fair Trade Town in Latin America. The group discussed Fair Trade San Diego’s efforts to make La Mesa a Fair Trade Town and also heard first hand the positive affects fair trade has had on Gilbert’s community. He discussed the strides his coffee and sugar coop are taking to spread the word and benefits of fair trade in his community and in Costa Rica. The afternoon lead to invigorating and educational conversations, which deepened San Diego’s commitment to fair trade and its commitment to making La Mesa a Fair Trade Town.
The Fair Trade Towns movement unites conscious consumers, dedicated activists, members of the business and retail community, local communities of faith and other community organizations, and your city or town government in the effort to ensure that we are all playing a part in supporting those who provide us with so much in the US market.