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Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, & Fair Trade Convergence
Date Friday February 15
Time 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
UC Santa Cruz
Event Type Conference
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Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, & Fair Trade Convergence will be held in Santa Cruz, California from February 15 to 18. The Convergence will be the largest regional meeting exclusively dedicated to fair trade and sustainable food and will be a rallying point that will inspire continued engagement throughout the 2007-2008 school year and beyond. At the event, organized by United Students for Fair Trade and the California Student Sustainability Coalition’s (sustainabilitycoalition.org) Foods Initiative, students will gain skills to act for greater social, environmental, and economic justice in their local communities and institutions, learn from successful models and case studies, build lasting relationships toward future collaborations, and acquire an enriched skill set to foster problem-solving and change-based solutions.

To register log on to: http://www.usft.org/node/178

To offer and/or search for a ride or housing log on to:
http://www.spaceshare.com/fairtrade
Added to the calendar on Saturday Feb 2nd, 2008 10:16 PM
§Strengthening the Roots: Food, Justice, and Fair Trade
by more Saturday Feb 2nd, 2008 10:18 PM
A West Coast Superconvergence

This Presidents Day weekend, United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) is joining forces with the California Student Sustainability Coalition (CSSC) to create a super-convergence uniting the food systems and social justice worlds. The event will be hosted by the Community Agroecology Network (CAN) at UC Santa Cruz. This is YOUR opportunity to get involved in engaging dialogue, eye-opening workshops and practical activism trainings working towards a more sustainable and just world...not to mention hang out with like-minded awesome activists from all over the West Coast! (Specifically, CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, and AK) This conference will provide a means to:

•Develop and strengthen inter-school connections and collaboration in order to deepen and expand the Sustainable Food & Fair Trade movement
•Increase the number of skilled, knowledgeable and confident youth leaders throughout the Western United States.
•Broaden the scope of the convergence to integrate Fair Trade & Sustainable Food-based Initiatives in an effort to foster new alliances and partnerships toward creating more just and sustainable communities and institutions.
•Form relationships, light fires, and have fun.

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Saturday Feb 2nd, 2008 10:21 PM
There is a registration fee of $25 to help cover the cost of the convergence, which includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner. We will be collecting the registration fee when you sign in at the convergence, so be sure to bring cash or a check (made out to Tides/United Students for Fair Trade) with you! Financial aid is available - contact westcoastconvergence [at] gmail.com.

REGISTRATION AFTER FEBRUARY 8 WILL BE $35, so register as soon as possible.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, February 15
5:00-7:00PM: Arrival and registration
7:30: Welcome and keynote speakers Steve Gleissman, Magatte Wade-Marchand, and Anim Steel (view their bios here)

Saturday, February 16
8:00-8:45AM: Breakfast and open mike
9:00-10:00: Forum of youth leaders in the Fair Trade and sustainable food movement
10:15-11:45: Workshop session I
12:00-1:30: Lunch/vendor fair
1:45-3:15: Workshop session II
3:30-5:00: Workshop session III
5:15-5:45: Community gathering
6:00PM on: Explore Santa Cruz!

Sunday, February 17
8:00-8:45AM: Breakfast and open mike
9:00-10:00: Forum of major players in the Fair Trade and sustainable food movement
10:15-11:45: Workshop session IV
12:00-1:30: Lunch/vendor fair
1:45-5:30: Open space
5:45-7:00: Closing
7:00 on: Party and goodbyes

Monday, February 18
9:00AM-1:00PM: Various local activities for those who don't need the day to travel

Contact us at westcoastconvergence [at] gmail.com with any questions.

For more information about the California Student Sustainability Coalition: http://www.sustainabilitycoalition.org/

For more information about the Community Agroecology Network: http://www.communityagroecology.net/
 
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