Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Nov 1, 2006 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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Meeting of local and state business leaders at CC during the process of Americus becoming designated an Entrepreneur Friendly Community

On October 25th Americus joined the fast-growing ranks of the state’s “Entrepreneur Friendly” communities, an official designation that means a community is strategically developing an environment that welcomes small business and entrepreneurs. Café Campesino was one of five local companies visited by the state’s review team during the full-day assessment…way to go Americus!

This Thursday, November 9th, from 11 am-12 pm, Bill and Tripp will speak with the members of Georgia Southwestern University’s (GSW) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the school’s Student Success Center. The program, titled “The Internationalization of South Georgia,” is being produced by the GSW SIFE, an ongoing free enterprise educational and service program housed within GSW’s Center for Business & Economic Development in the School of Business Administration.

On Friday, November 10th, Bill will be in Atlanta at the Landmark Theaters Midtown Art Center to participate in the Atlanta premiere of the movie Black Gold and will field questions after the show.

Reminder: Café Campesino is a proud supporter of the Several Dancers Core/CORE Performance Company’s U.S. premiere of Corazón Abriendo (Heart Opening), which also premieres November 10-12 at the 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta. To learn more about Corazon Abriendo, please call 404-373-4154 or visit www.severaldancerscore.org.

On Saturday morning, November 11th, our very own Athens-based Stacey Johnson will be at one of Café Campesino’s newest customers — the Red Sky Café — in Buford, Georgia, to serve up samples of Café Campesino and talk Fair Trade.

And while Stacey is in Buford, Tripp will be hosting our good friends from the Southeast Regional Office of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) — Dorothy Grillo, director of the SE Regional Office, Simone Blanchard, CRS program officer, and their husbands Roy and Brett (respectively!) — for a tour of Café Campesino and strategy session. Café Campesino is proud to be part of the CRS Fair Trade Coffee program and looks forward to working with Dorothy and Simone to raise awareness about the program throughout the Southeast United States!

To round out the weekend flurry of activity, Bill & Tripp travel to Savannah on Sunday, November 12th to join our friends from the Sentient Bean at the Savannah premiere of Black Gold. Delicious Ethiopia coffee, roasted by Café Campesino, of course, will be available before and after the show and Tripp and Bill will lead a panel discussion after the film.

During the weekend of November 17-19, Bill and Geoffrey will travel to Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA, to join thousands of students, people of faith and human rights activists in attending the annual vigil at the US Army School of the Americas (SOA). The School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) is a grassroots movement that works to stand in solidarity with the people of Latin America, to close the SOA/WHINSEC and to change what many believe is the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the SOA represents. This will be the eighth year that Café Campesino serves coffee from Fair Trade farmers in countries that are directly affected by those trained at the school in order to raise funds for SOA Watch.

Café Campesino will be joined by our friends from the Newman Catholic Center in Illinois, Koinonia Partners here in Americus and Mexico Solidarity Network, which is based in Chicago. To learn more about SOA Watch visit www.soaw.org.

Finally…SAVE THE DATE…on Friday, December 8th, Café Campesino will hold its annual open house at our roastery on Spring Street. We invite everyone who can to join us for this fun get together which will include unlimited fresh-brewed Café Campesino coffee (what a surprise, eh!), hors d’ouevres and refreshments, a bounty of great gift ideas and Americus’ own premiere of Black Gold!

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