As most people who know me know, my life has included many immersion experiences. I've had the opportunity to live in Mexico, Guatemala, and most recently, Italy. During these experiences I have come close to people around the world, and each time I came home I brought back things that remind me of these places. I really miss being overseas--especially how connected I felt to an amazing global community. Now, when I go into a grocery store and see coffee from Guatemala, my heart warms thinking of the encounter I had with people whose community depends on growing coffee for their livelihood.
Fair Trade honors the reality that the things we eat and use connect us to people around the world. It tells the whole story, which humanizes the process. It humanizes my process - every day I wake up and drink coffee and put on a pair of earrings. When I think about the people who grew the coffee or made the earrings, my morning isn't lonely, it's alive, and it connects me to some of my most treasured memories.
As a new board member of Chicago Fair Trade, I am part of an organization that is expanding the network of human beings who make Fair Trade possible: artisans, business owners, and regular people who buy Fair Trade. I care deeply about Chicago Fair Trade because I often feel lonely and I feel less lonely when I think about how the things I use connect me to people around the world. I believe that Fair Trade is an effective way to use globalization to connect diverse communities around the world for the good of all people involved. I have committed $200 to Chicago Fair Trade this year. I ask you to donate now and help me reach my goal of $1000 for Chicago Fair Trade!