Saturday, 7 December 2013

St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL GLOBAL GIFT FAIR

From my Parish Newsletter (St Boniface, Siesta Key, Sarasota FL)

The Global Gift Fair is a vibrant, weekend-long event held in the late fall each year.  The Fair brings together more than fifty volunteers and draws in hundreds of shoppers from the parish and the community.  Launched in 2002, the Fair's mission is threefold:  1) to support the Fair Trade movement through the sale of Fair Trade gift items from artisans and farmers around the world, 2) to educate people about the tenets of the Fair Trade movement, which include, but are not limited to, strict wage criteria, safe working conditions, eco-friendly farming practices, and the use of recycled raw materials, and 3) to raise funds for Saint Boniface outreach ministries.
I was at the Global Gift Fair this morning.
I bought ..
1. An environmentally safe and sound Household cleaner @ $7. for 32 fl. ounces (one American Quart): it's a great product.
2. 3.5 oz Chocolate bar from Germany made from Fair Trade  cocoa from Ghana @ $4.

3. 300g of Fabulous Mango Chutney from Swaziland @ $7.

4.  Wonderful coffee beans from Rwanda  @12.50 for 12 oz. (discounted by a subsidy of a lovely St. B's parishioner to $10)


WOW  you think, those are high prices.

YES INDEED!  If we believe that the hard workers in Ghana, Swaziland and Rwanda deserve a just and fair reward for their enterprises (that's good capitalism) we'll pay premium prices for the sake of justice.

It grieves me that my Christian brothers and sisters who are good-faith Republicans just do not "get this".

If they did they would surely advocate for fair wages in these United States at the cost of higher retail prices.


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