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November 2 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Equal Exchange fair trade cooperative and St. Philip Presbyterian Church wish to invite you to a gathering called “Solidarity Saturday”.
It will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 11:00 to 3:00 in the Fellowship Hall at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 807 San Felipe in Houston, 77056.
The theme of the gathering is Solidarity: How we are all in solidarity, in one way or another, with people and communities around the world, particularly in Central America and Mexico.
- When people from other countries are forced by poverty or violence to leave their homes and migrate to the United States, they need us to be here to welcome, serve and advocate for them;
- When farmers, workers and small business owners strive to make prosperous lives and build democracy in their homelands, they need our collaboration through fair trade, sister community relationships, advocacy and support.
In either case, we are called on to be in Solidarity.
The gathering will start with a panel of speakers including: Peter Buck, Interfaith Program Representative, Equal Exchange fair trade cooperative; and Kate Burkart, Peacemaking and Justice Committee, St. Philip Presbyterian.
This will be followed by visiting exhibit tables and networking with churches and fair trade and solidarity organizations, including:
- Equal Exchange, sampling their fairly traded coffee, chocolate and other products, principally from communities in Central America and Mexico;
- Hands of Faith Ministry from Lord of Life Lutheran Church, offering fair trade products for sale, again emphasizing foods and handicrafts from Central America and Mexico;
- Jimmy Pryor, former president of Pueblo to People, a pioneering fair trade organization, and current president of SunBody Hats, which imports palm leaf hats in collaboration with a community of producers in Guatemala.
Equal Exchange is a national fair trade organization. A worker-owned cooperative founded in 1986, Equal Exchange imports coffee, chocolate and other products from about 40 small farmer cooperatives in 20 countries, mostly in Mexico and Latin America. It is co-sponsoring the event with St. Philip Presbyterian church and other of its customers and supporters in the Houston area, to expand it’s base of support and be a resource for solidarity efforts here.
St. Philip Presbyterian Church has long committed itself to issues of peacemaking and social justice. It has renewed this commitment in recent years with an emphasis on welcoming and caring for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, both in our community and across the globe. This is accomplished through worship and study, supporting fair trade consumption and resettlement efforts, and advocating for compassionate treatment of all of our neighbors.