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Take Action on Trade in October!

26. September 2008

    The churches' Trade Week of Action is taking place 12-19 October 2008. Join with others all over the world to call for justice in global trade!   Trade justice is about recognizing the right that farmers have to feed their families and send their children to school. It is about ensuring that producers and consumers are not victims of market speculation, dumping, foreign subsidies and large corporate profits. It is about allowing domestic industries to develop. It is about access to essential services like water and healthcare. And it is about the right to fair wages and dignified work. Trade justice is about people and their basic human rights.   This is the third Trade Week of Action, and it is a time when people can join together to raise awareness and work with others to promote change.   The week of 12-19 October is a key time for action:
    • 13 October is the joint annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund
    • 16 October is World Food Day
    • 17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
    • 12-19 October is the Week of Global Action Against Debt and IFIs
    • 19-26 October is One World Week (www.oneworldweek.org)
    The Trade Week of Action is a chance to tell the world that enforced free trade is inflicting misery on millions of poor people, and that there are alternatives!  
    What can you do?
    Take action individually and with others to promote trade justice.
    • Join in a fast initiated by US churches to confront the global food crisis and to pray, repent and discern what God would have us do to address the underlying causes. The EAA has set up a blog at http://tradeweek.org/foodblog/ with resources and reflections on fasting, add your comments or send in your own reflections to tradeweek@e-alliance.ch.
    • Use the updated resources at www.tradeweek.org to share information with others, plan actions, and bring the church community together in worship for trade justice. Order free copies of the full resource guide published in 2007 (EN, FR, ES, PT) for the Trade Week of Action at http://www.tradeweek.org/typo3/en/order-free-guide.html
    • Tell us your plans for the week by filling in the form at http://www.tradeweek.org/typo3/en/what-s-happening.html
      or by emailing tradeweek@e-alliance.ch
    • Send a press release about your event to local and national media and to us at tradeweek@e-alliance.ch. Remember, a press release should be:
      • Short and concise, one page if possible
      • Answer who, what, where, when and why in the first two paragraphs
      • Include strong quotes from people in the community
    • Send photos and news about your events to tradeweek@e-alliance.ch to help build up a web portal of stories from all over the world on the Trade Week of Action Link to the Trade Week website to show that your actions are part of a global movement for trade justice. Use the web banners on http://www.tradeweek.org/typo3/en/resources/campaign-tools.html.
    • Use photos and people stories from www.tradeweek.org in exhibits, newsletters and bulletins to help illustrate the issues at stake and the need for trade justice.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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