Cafe Justicia. Campaign fair trade is not for sale

Fair trade is not for sale

One of the austerity measures in the context of the Troika memorandum for Greece in this year 2017, has been to add a tax for the imported coffee of 2euro per kg of grain (unroasted) coffee and 3 euro per kg of roasted coffee.This represents an added cost of around 40% of the green coffee which arrives from the fair trade networks, like the Zapatista Coffee, and a significant increase in the cost of imported packaged and roasted fair trade coffee. This campaign wants to highlight the unfairness of making the fair trade movement pay for the errors of banks and governments, and therefore to develop ways of solidarity and disobedience to confront this new situation, until it is finished.
Due to illegitimate experiences caused by the austerity measures, it is quite pointless to continue on the politics of extending more and more taxes to the already weak economy of the greek people; it is really contradictory to focus on the coffee which is a product of basic consumerism all over Greece. Moreover, what is truly inadmissible, is to include in these taxes, without any distinction, the Fair trade Coffee. This coffee is both a main product of solidarity between peoples of Latin America and Europe, and at same time, a main economic tool for the, still small, solidarity economy networks in Greece, where many cooperative initiatives have the coffee as one of the main tools for self-sustainability.

For these reasons, we declare a sustained campaign of full solidarity to the fair trade coffee in Greece and full disobedience to the current Greek Memorandum that rules against the needs of the people.

The campaign

A Cooperative Fair trade project is created for managing this campaign.

Crowdorder campaign where people pay 25 euro. They will get one kg of fairtrade coffee, and the other kg will be used to support Greek solidarity coffee distribution. This proposal is open to anyone; individuals, collectives, etc…

The Coffee that the people will get is from a cooperative in Guatemala, Cafe Justicia, who is collaborating with this campaign.

This crowdorder campaign will be open from 9 of May to 20 of July.

Half of the money got by each order will be sent to Greek grassroots cooperatives that import fair trade coffee. This will happen between May and July 2017.

A second action of the campaign will be contributing to the transport of 1kg of coffee Cafe Justicia in a travel to Greece. For making this second option possible, a network of warehouses will be created, where people planning to travel will be able to get two kg and deliver one to Greece.

This part of the campaign will come later, when the Coffee is ready in Europe. So, approx since September 2017 and will work in a long term as far as the tax is implemented.

The participants in the crowdorder action are also invited to support the coffee disobedient distribution campaign. Additionally, the people who receive one kg of coffee at home, could contribute bringing this same kg to Greece.

We invite any collective to join the manifesto, contribute to the action suggested and develop other proposals too.

Cafe Justicia. Campaign fair trade is not for sale

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