Fair Trade


The Washington Fair Trade Coalition (WFTC) is a coalition of over 60 Washington labor, faith, environmental, farmer, and social justice groups that are committed to creating a fair, balanced, and sustainable global trading system.

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Enforcing trade rules is not a ‘trade war’

Industrial policies that advance national interests are nothing new. Other nations do it, and so should we. By STAN SORSCHER (March 9, 2018) — The recent tariffs on steel and aluminum have been characterized as trade war. This is weird, because countries often enforce...

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Lori Wallach gave a short update this morning addressing the NAFTA renegotiations and the proposed tariffs.

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An Update

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Join Community Alliance for Global Justice in learning more about big philanthropy and its alternatives at their educational event,“Who Profits from Philanthropy?” on Tuesday, March 13th! The panel of speakers includes representatives from CAGJ, Social Justice Fund NW, Resource Generation and Thousand Currents, who will explore alternative funding frameworks. ...

Who Profits from Philanthropy?

March 13, 2018, 6:30pm - March 13, 2018, 10:30pm

Join us for an interactive and educational event on alternatives to big philanthropy! Speakers will include representatives of CAGJ, Social Justice Fund NW, Resource Generation and Thousand Currents. Please register here: bit.ly/2BnPiO2 SPEAKERS: Burke Stansbury - Social Justice Fund socialjusticefund.org/ Simone Adler - Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch cagj.org/ agrawatch.wordpress.com/ Ruth Sawyer - Resource Generation resourcegeneration.org/tag/seattle/ Solomé Lemma - Thousand Currents thousandcurrents.org/ Emma Shorr, Moderator - Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch Increasingly, charity and philanthropy have become part of the engine of profit and control. Huge foundations, such as the Gates Foundation, who are built on the wealth of billionaires, use grantmaking to impact policy – nationally and internationally – and produce new business and profit-making opportunities that benefit their interests. Social Justice philanthropy contrasts with this trend and is steeped in principles that focus on root causes of injustices. It centers people who are impacted by those injustices as decision-makers, bringing increased accountability, transparency and democracy to philanthropy, and making the field more accessible and diverse. Join us on March 13 to learn more and get involved in changing the game of philanthropy. What is philanthrocapitalism? It is the trend of using philanthropy to achieve for-profit, business goals in addition to the presumed social good. Corporate interests become more important than the interests of communities receiving funding. This event is FREE; Food provided. ACCESSIBILITY INFO: the side of the building has a wheelchair accessible ramp with an accessible bathroom located on the same floor. We request that people come fragrance free. Bathrooms are all-gender. Register at bit.ly/2BnPiO2. (Registration not required but helpful so we have enough food and can cater to your food needs.) Questions or want to volunteer? Contact Simone: simone@cagj.org Thank you to the following Community Partners for helping publicize this event! : ASUW Student Food Cooperative, Domestic Fair Trade Association, Seattle Good Business Network, UW Geography Department, UW Seattle Community Environment & Planning Program, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Yes! Magazine, and 350 Seattle

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Current Campaign

Free Trade Facts

The Impact Of Free Trade Policy In Washington State

Manufacturing Jobs Lost in Washington State

Jobs Lost due to the Rising Trade Deficit With Mexico

Current Free Trade policy has proven to be a losing battle for workers, farmers, and communities in WA State and around the world.

Why Should I Care?

  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras
    (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers
  • 65,193 workers were certified under Trade Adjustment Assistance
    1994-2011 as directly losing their job because of US trade policy (US DoL statistics).
    positions associated with these jobs such as drivers, suppliers and
    small businesses do not qualify and are not counted.
  • Mexican farmers unable to compete with cheaper American
    corn lose their land and migrate to cities to find work in maquilladoras (sweatshops) or to the US and WA State as farm workers

Fair Trade

Not Free Trade

What Would It Look Like?

For too long, U.S. trade policy has benefited transnational corporations at the expense of workers’ rights, consumer safety and the environment at home and abroad. The Washington Fair Trade Coalition, working with local, national, and international partners, aims to build a new model of trade, a model that supports our communities and our world. What could that look like?

Hey high school teachers and college professors! Would your class benefit from learning about free trade agreements? Contact us to schedule a date for a class visit.

Help us fight for fair trade!