Global Village “Gifts for a better world” June 2007 Mexican Weavers try to sustain family with craft by Mary Anne Michelet project for children who live too far in the have immigrated to the U.S. and send Tlaccachistlahuaca is a village in the mountains and must stay overnight in money from those jobs back home. As mountains of Southern Mexico. Just in town to go to school. There are many this small area, there are three tribes of very remote areas in Mexico and fortu- Mexican people whom we met, Misteco, nately they do try to keep the culture Amuzgo and Nuagua. They have distinct alive. Part of this culture is the beautiful languages and similar cultures, but they hand weaving done by some of the are not Spanish, although the national women. It is done to supplement the language is, of course, Spanish. Some of family income if there is a bad crop or the folks we met did not speak Spanish illness in the family. because they had not gone to school. As in many impoverished rural areas, Our church, Holy Family in Peoria, the main source of income is farming. sponsors a sister parish and a dormitory However, now, some have relatives who President’s Letter... Dear Friends, a presentation about Fair Trade to a A new customer asked if we carried Bradley University graduate class in buttons. I started to show her our basket Finance called “Corporations and Social of “opinion” buttons; we were both Responsibility.” disappointed when she explained that she The students, mostly professionals wanted to change the buttons on a dress. from other countries, asked tough ques- Our recent product analysis by tions and engaged in a lively discussion. I Bradley MBA students (and Global for one would be delighted if similar you can imagine, this also tends to erode Village volunteers) Ivona Taborska and discussions take place at the Moss the local culture as well as family ties. Marketa Veberova revealed that we do a Avenue Sale! Weaving in this area is known for its brisk business in buttons and bumper On the lighter side, Global Village and floral patterns and bright colors. We stickers. Ivona once remarked that other businesses in Peoria Heights are witnessed some of this weaving while we people in the U.S. are usually reluctant to seeking musicians and other entertainers were there. They don’t use the “back discuss political issues in everyday (musicians, mimes, chalk artists, etc.) to strap” type of loom as in Guatemala. conversation. She said that in Europe it’s enliven the streets this summer as people They attach their threads on a wooden quite normal for people to discuss—and walk to and from area restaurants. The stick hooked up to a tree many feet away disagree about—public events with Free Fridays initiative will encourage from where they begin the weaving. friends and acquaintances. performances on the sidewalks from 5 to They sit on a short stool and each project It made me wonder why we are so 8 p.m. on Fridays. takes many hours to complete. reluctant to use our freedom of speech, I have enjoyed such street night life in We met Adelfi who told us she why we can easily disagree about sports other cities, as well as at our recent learned to weave from her mother, teams but save our political opinions for Sidewalk Art drumming event with Cecil Marian, when she was 14. Now she is 21 people who agree with us? Maybe our Grubbs and Garry Moore, and hope you and does very beautiful work. bumper sticker and button sales are an will also. Unfortunately, since clothing is attempt to begin those dialogues about We hope to keep the shop open on cheaply available (probably from sweat- our deeper concerns. Friday evenings for the summer also, so shops right in Mexico) it is very hard to I am always delighted when Global stop by and say hello, and help us build sell what they make because most people Village is asked to provide a speaker for community right here in the Heights! in the area are very poor. And, with the a class or church gathering. In April Tonya Sneed and I were invited to make Peace and justice, Nancy Weavers Continued on page 3 Page 1 Update on Jordan: progress, but serious violations continue Progress, but Serious Violations forcibly deported from the Group Talent inform Congressional Debate on U.S. Continue Despite significant progress, factory for asking for their legal residency trade policy. See recent Salt Lake serious violations continue in some of permits, while two other workers have Tribune article on Peru and Panama Jordan’s garment factories which are been imprisoned. Trade Deals: http://www.nlcnet.org/ exporting duty-free under the U.S.- At the Cotton Craft Garments factory, article.php?id=324 - The Decent Working Jordan Free Trade Agreement. workers have not been paid for the last Conditions & Fair Competition Act would At the Concord factory, young three months, and their appeals to the provide legal protections, backed up by women are routinely beaten and kicked, Jordanian Ministry of Labor have appar- sanctions for the rights of workers in the forced to work 13 to 14 hours a day, and ently gone unnoticed. global economy—just as companies have cheated of their overtime pay. Workers The Jordanian and U.S. Governments fought for and won protections for their asking for their rights are threatened must move quickly to end the violations labels, trademarks in the global economy. with deportation. and restore the rule of law in these To date, nine Senators and 43 Mem- At the Fashion Curve factory, many factories. - Learn more about each case: bers of Congress have signed on as co- guest workers’ passports remain confis- http://www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=322 sponsors. Have yours? Find out here: cated. For the “crime” of helping lead a - The issue of worker rights violations and http://www.nlcnet.org/article.php?id=242 struggle to bring the factory into compli- human trafficking in Jordan continues to ance with Jordanian law, ten workers have been imprisoned on false charges. Fair Trade Quinoa available at Kroger On May 27, factory management Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa is now on sale former Peorians Midge and Bob brought in gang members to beat and at the Kroger at Evergreen Square in Leventry for subsistence farmers in threaten the workers. Peoria—and possibly in the health food Ecuador. It has been approved as a Fair At Central Clothing, 50 percent of sections of other Kroger stores in the Trade product in Europe. the guest workers’ passports remain area. Quinoa is a high-protein grain that confiscated. Four workers have been As local newspaper reporter Clare resembles barley and makes a salad, imprisoned on false charges for protest- Howard told us in our May 2006 news- soup or main dish a complete-protein ing the agonizing death of a young co- letter, this quinoa is being marketed by meal. worker who was denied proper medical care. Three guest workers have been Fair Trade Day at Global Village Global Village Board Of Directors Working Members Nancy Long, President Doug Thompson, Vice-President Ruth Sharp, Treasurer Joanne Fought, Secretary Tonya Sneed, Purchasing Luan Railsback, Website Dorothy Murray, Volunteers Norma Bader, Volunteers Clare Tschirn, Inventory Sharon Williams, Newsletter Kate Koehler, Community Outreach Melanie Butts, Education Advisory Members Louis Hofer James K. Polk Page 2 Volunteer Corner Again we say thank you to all those that they did in conjunction with their 16th. Contact Nancy (688-3419) if you wonderful volunteers who have so university studies. One of our biggest can help. And contact us if you can help faithfully kept the shop staffed these strengths is our volunteers! at the selling table during the day - it’s a past months. And a special thanks goes But we welcome back another good chance to get to know other to those who willingly took on extra student - Sara - who gave us so many volunteers. We also would welcome shifts to fill any gaps. (You know who hours last summer. We also are happy to help at the Earth Matters Music Festival you are!) have 3 new shop volunteers - Marcie, at the Riverfront on June 22. Free We reluctantly say goodbye to Amy, and Anna as well as Kay, who admission to our workers and a chance Marketa and Ivona, our two wonderful came to us through RSVP, to help Tonya to hear some great music! Two great Bradley volunteers. We hope you have a with Data Processing. chances for those who can’t volunteer chance to look at their well researched, Another special plea to anyone who at the shop but would like to help at informative, and helpful project on the has a van or truck to help us transport special events! strengths & weaknesses of our shop tables to the Moss Ave. Sale on June Norma 691-0481 Calendar of Events... Friday, June 8 Free Fridays in the Heights, 5-8 p.m. Continues through August. Street musicians and other performers make strolling in the Heights more fun. Saturday, June 16 Moss Ave. Sale, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fri, June 22 and Sat. June 23 Weavers dresses in our shop at Global Village. Universal Rhythm Assemby The project provides support and com- concert, 3-11 p.m. Continued from page 1 munity to women who have a difficult life Westernization of their native cultures and would like to practice their talent of Thursday, July 12 (some of the girls and women wear tight weaving. With the help of companions 7 p.m. Kitchen shower, St. John’s shirts and short skirts and pants); the who could speak Spanish, I negotiated Lutheran Church, Bartonville. Fair weaving is no longer valued as it was in with the Sisters who represented the Trade coffee talk & kickoff. the past. There is a larger city about an weavers to buy the dresses and some Friday, July 13 hour away and sometimes they can sell purses. I told them we may not be able to tourists, but even tourists do not want to sell the dresses even in the U.S. for Global Village shop’s 5th anniver- to pay what they are worth. As in many that much money, but we would give it a sary impoverished areas, they are in need of a try. I was so happy to be able to give Saturday, August 4 market for their wares. them a connection to a market, even a Sidewalk Sales in Peoria Heights While visiting our sister parish in small one. Tlaccachistlahuaca, our group was This was my first trip to Mexico. hosted by some very lively and generous I found it such a wondrous country and Franciscan Sisters. Two of them were the people so generous; it was very natives of the area. The Sisters host a humbling to be there, knowing I had so Bible study at which 18-20 local women much back home and they have so little. come and practice the art of weaving I hope you appreciate the beautiful Check out our web-site at: while sharing Scripture together. This is clothing from Mexico and now feel a bit www.globalvillagepeoria.org the group that made the lovely sleeveless of connection to the people who made it. Page 3 Would you like to receive Mepe Tree Nursery the newsletter via e-mail? contact Sharon at email@example.com This is a new e-mail address. What is Global Village? Global Village is a local, all volunteer, not-for-profit organization providing fair trade products for a better world. Global Village operates a fair trade shop in Peoria Heights, Illinois where we: ·Offer a variety of gifts and everyday items from around the world. ·Give consumers an alternative to use of sweatshop labor ·Ensure products are truly fair trade Goes a step beyond just selling goods by: COME CHECK US OUT! ·Conducting periodic seminars 1308 E Seiberling ·Sponsoring educational forums Peoria Hts, IL 61616 ·Scheduling in store presentations (309) 681-8180 ·Promoting global economic and social justice Check out our web-site at: www.globalvillagepeoria.org (309) 681-8180 Peoria, IL 61616 Permit No. 1141 Peoria, IL 1308 E Seiberling PAID Division of Friends of the Third World U.S. Postage Global Village Nonprofit org.