Fairly Traded Chocolate: The Kallari Story

On Thursday October 14th at 7:00pm in the Schwartz Auditorium, come listen to an incredible presentation by members of the Kallari Association, a self-governed coalition of Amazon artists and organic cocoa producers. This cooperative has created sustainable income so the Kichwa people can fulfill their basic family needs without logging the rainforests or selling their land. This presentation includes a brief geographic and economic overview of the cocoa industry, but mostly depicts the economic hardships of cocoa growers, and portrays how Kallari has overcome this by processing their own chocolate. A Q & A session will follow. And of course, free chocolate will be provided!

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about environmental and economic sustainablitiy from some of the farmers themselves–and it’s the closest you can get to the Amazon from Brandeis campus! This event is sponsored by the Brandeis Labor Coalition.

for more information contact nalbaum@brandeis.edu

Brandeis Labor Coalition: Can Economics Work for Workers?

A really important event is happening tonight at 7pm and is hosted by Brandeis Labor Coalition:

Can Economics Work for Workers?

Are sweatshops needed to strengthen developing economies? Or is there a “race to the bottom” in workers’ wages? What are the right corporate and government policies?

On March 19th at 7:00pm in Rapaporte Treasure Hall the Brandeis Labor Coalition and the Business Club will be hosting a forum of different perspectives on international labor practices, including professors from the Brandeis Economics department and International Business School. Come hear scholarly opinions on the ethical and economic ramifications of globalization on workers and get your questions answered! Refreshments will be served following the forum.

Speakers will include
Featured UMass-Boston Professor Gerald Friedman.
Brandeis’ economics department chair Rachel McCulloch,
International Business School’s Michael Appell,

The event will be moderated by Professor John Ballantine of IBS.

(Made possible by the SJSP Brenda Meehan Social Justice-in-Action Grant)

Brandeis Labor Coalition: Made in L.A.

Tonight, Brandeis Labor Coalition is hosting Radical Film Night with the movie “Made in L.A.” in Pearlman Lounge at 8pm.

It’s a great movie and very relevant today because unions are even more vital during hard economic times like these. Also, the Senate is very close to voting on the Employee Free Choice Act (read about it here) a very important piece of legislation that would make unionizing easier so that workers like the women in this movie don’t have to struggle for three years just to gain their most basic rights.

“Made in L.A.” is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary (70 min) that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from trendy clothing retailer Forever 21. In intimate observational style, “Made in L.A.” reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, “Made in L.A.” is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

For more information about the event or the movie, contact Tom Charging Hawk at 781-296-6053.