Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Dec 1, 2003 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |

Bill just returned from a quick, snow-delayed trip to Washington DC, where he participated in a strategic planning session with fellow members of the Fair Trade Federation. He also met with our friends at the National Cooperative Bank Development Corporation, which provides critical funding for the efforts of our coffee importing organization, Cooperative Coffees. Two weeks ago, he spoke to an enthusiastic congregation at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Savannah about the concept of fair trade.

Once again Geoffrey and a fantastic brew crew had a busy weekend in Columbus, Georgia, serving coffee to the 10,000 or so activists gathered there to ask for the closure of the School of the Americas (now called Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). More information is available at We encourage your support. With much thanks to Roy Lanham and his crew from Eastern Illinois’s Newman Catholic Center (, the folks at Koinonia (, including the chairman of their board Phil Gillis and his wife, and of course Kristin, Dave and Kelly from Sentient Bean in Savannah (, we managed to serve thousands of cups of coffee, raise awareness about Fair Trade, and raise over $1400 for SOA Watch.

This week Geoffrey is serving coffee to the employees at Habitat for Humanity International as a fundraiser for the local Habitat affiliate. He is also serving coffee at the DVD premier of “Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farms”

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