Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Dec 1, 2004 in Customer Spotlight, NEWSLETTER |

The last four weeks have been busy!

On Thursday, November 11th, Café Campesino hosted our annual open house…and what an event it was! This year, more than 200 folks stopped by the roastery, where Lee demonstrated his coffee-craft and the rest of us mingled with local customers, future local customers and those who were just plain interested! Thank you to all of you who took the time to see what we do despite the miserable weather. We look forward to continuing the tradition next year and maybe adding a BBQ or two next Spring!

On Thursday, November 17, our roving coffee bar traveled to Koinonia Farm to serve coffee at an evening seminar titled Human Rights, Globalization and Militarization: An Educational Experience on Injustice in Latin America. Clare Hanrahan from Asheville, NC, discussed her personal experiences and her latest book: Conscience and Consequences: A Prison Memoir. Tom Hanson, National Coordinator for the Mexico Solidarity Network, shared thoughts concerning the School of the Americas, the impact of NAFTA on the indigenous people of Mexico and the importance of fair trade.

On November 18-19, over 16,000 people attend the annual School of the Americas Watch Vigil in Columbus, GA. Each year, with the help of volunteers from Koinonia Partners and Eastern Illinois Newman Catholic Center, we serve coffee to thousands who attend this peaceful gathering. Funds raised by the coffee service are donated to SOAW. Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who attended the vigil, stopped by the booth for coffee and help raise over $1,000 for SOAW.

On December 1, we joined many other local volunteers at Habitat for Humanity’s Clarence Jordan Center to observe World AIDS Day. Proceeds from coffee sales were donated to The Bridge, a regional non-profit organization working on AIDS education and prevention programs.

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