How is the anti-bullying going this month? October is also Fair Trade month! Learning more and participating in Fair Trade is a great way to forward the Catholic Social Teaching tenet of:
Call to Family, Community and Participation.
This ideal states that the person is not only sacred, but social. How we organize as people in community is important as an act of faith. How we act in public in terms of economics, politics, law and policy directly affects human dignity and the human capacity to grow in community. All people have a right to participate in society, working together toward the common good of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.
If you buy something that is labeled Fair Trade, you are guaranteeing that the workers are getting a fair wage in a setting that is healthy and safe. Fair Trade is the method of doing business with justice and morality. It supports farmers and artisans participate in the global marketplace without being exploited. It also gives consumers product choices that are in line with our faith values. Compassionate capitalism is possible. Business done with integrity is possible. Find out more
Young people have a lot of purchasing power. Where and how we spend our money does make a difference. Consider promoting Fair Trade in your family and with your friends this month. Consider buying gifts that are Fair Trade. There are more and more stores and websites that support food and goods that are traded fairly. Fair Trade changes the economic structure in a way that gives both producers and consumers the dignity they deserve while upholding the Call to Family, Community and Participation.
What do you tend to spend money on?
What job markets do you know of that do not offer fair wages or safe working conditions?
What are ways you can promote and support Fair Trade this month?
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