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Ethix Ventures Interviews Kelsey Timmerman: His Passion for “Wearing” and “Eating”

Ethix Ventures Interviews Kelsey Timmerman: His Passion for “Wearing” and “Eating”

We first heard about Kelsey Timmerman at the Sweatfree Communities Sweatfree Summit as a speaker and participant. Kelsey was one of sixty activists from across the country gathered in Philadelphia during a weekend in July of 2008 full of training, strategy, and action at the National SweatFree Summit. Fueled by passion and curiosity, Kelsey’s writings…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Liana Foxvog: Director of SweatFree Communities, a Program of ILRF

Ethix Ventures Interviews Liana Foxvog: Director of SweatFree Communities, a Program of ILRF

We were fortunate to catch up with Liana Foxvog, Director of SweatFree Communities (SFC), a program of the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) during this tumultuous time in the labor rights movement for garment factory workers in Asia. It has been two years since we last spoke with Liana about the grassroots campaign to get…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Kerstin Lindgren: Campaign Coordinator Fair World Project

Ethix Ventures Interviews Kerstin Lindgren: Campaign Coordinator Fair World Project

Kerstin Lindgren is the newest Campaign Coordinator for the Fair World Project (FWP), a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA). Kerstin came from the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA) where she was the Executive Director of the DFTA for the last four years. The DFTA is a collaboration of organizations representing farmers, farmworkers, food…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Ryan Zinn on Fair Trade and Refocusing on the Farmer

Ethix Ventures Interviews Ryan Zinn on Fair Trade and Refocusing on the Farmer

Ryan Zinn is Coordinator for the Fair World Project, a campaign of the Organic Consumers Association. He is a widely-recognized expert and thought leader on issues ranging from the organic movement to fair trade and child abuse/neglect. Ethix: Fair Trade is a large and growing movement. Here at Ethix Ventures, we have our roots in…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Mitch Cahn: on Legitimate Union Labels and Good Business Practices

Ethix Ventures Interviews Mitch Cahn: on Legitimate Union Labels and Good Business Practices

We work with Mitch Cahn, president of Unionwear, for the majority of our hats, bags, and union made accessories. A businessman who sees labor unions as a necessary piece of a successful company, Mitch is an anomaly among entrepreneurs. He is successfully navigating the world of local American business in the face of huge competitors…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Maria Louzon Creating Fair Trade Solidarity with Students

Ethix Ventures Interviews Maria Louzon Creating Fair Trade Solidarity with Students

Maria Louzon served as the National Coordinator for United Students for Fair Trade (USFT). Recently graduated from the University of Maryland, Maria’s leadership with planning convergences and establishing networks ensured the student voice was heard in the fair trade movement. She also worked with raising awareness about fair trade in high school, continuing on her…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Timothy Beaty: Thoughts On Labor Organizing and Fair Trade Movements

Ethix Ventures Interviews Timothy Beaty: Thoughts On Labor Organizing and Fair Trade Movements

As the Director of Global Strategies at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Timothy Beaty builds union alliances between workers with a common employer or in global supply chains. Before this, Timothy worked with the AFL-CIO, American Center for International Labor Solidarity, and Public Services International. Even earlier in his career, he was an organizer, negotiator…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Bjorn Claeson: Growing A Sweatfree Movement through Purchasing Consortium

Ethix Ventures Interviews Bjorn Claeson: Growing A Sweatfree Movement through Purchasing Consortium

A long-time advocate for worker rights, Björn Claeson was one of the first interviewees for our Sweatfree Tribe series (see the post from 2009). At the time he was the Executive Director of Sweatfree Communities. When the International Labor Rights Forum took SweatFree Communities on as project, Björn continued there. Now, a new entity is…

Ethix Ventures Interviews Morgan Currier: Using Student Power to Fight Sweatshops

Ethix Ventures Interviews Morgan Currier: Using Student Power to Fight Sweatshops

Morgan Currier is a undergraduate at the University of Washington, majoring in History. She is currently the International Solidarity Campaigns Representative to the National Coordinating Committee of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). She spends much of her time as an organizer in her local chapter where she runs campaigns around issues related to labor rights…