October 16, 2000 Geneva, NY- Through the sponsorship of Refuse and Resist! Deborah James will present “Fair Trade vs. Free Trade: A Look at the Coffee Trade” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the HWS campus. James will address the issue of free trade with respect to the coffee trade and a new label, “Fair Trade Certified.” The new label assures that coffee importers pay a fair price to farmers and work with democratically organized cooperatives.
James is the director of the fair trade program of global exchange, and the board chairperson for the Fair Trade Federation. James advocates a positive model of trade that fosters economically and environmentally sustainable development.
James focuses on linking public debate regarding economic globalization and anti-sweatshop campaigns to the positive model of fair trade. She orchestrated the passing of the first national Fair Trade Resolution by a San Francisco city council.
She is currently coordinating a campaign to promote Fair Trade-certified coffee among campuses, community groups, and city councils around the nation. In addition, James has been active for many years in the movement to end the blockade against Cuba. She also coordinates the Cuba Action Committee for the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
This event is free and open to the public.