The 2015 Lasallian Week of Peace concluded with Fair Trade Friday on Oct. 2. Students could enjoy a cup of freshly-brewed, fair trade coffee or tea on their way to morning classes in Saint Mary’s Hall. The event was sponsored by the Peace & Justice Club.
“The Fair Trade movement promotes ethical production and trade practices. Essentially, farmers and other producers get paid fair wages for their products, which are produced in sustainable ways. Farmers are paid fairly for their labor; the environment is protected and maintained; and consumers, like you and me, enjoy wonderful and quality products,” said Peace & Justice Club President, Ena Moats.
Receiving fair wages for their labor allows farmers to invest in sustainability, education, health, and other important matters.
Sophomore Miranda Kuchta pours a cup of fair trade coffee.
Photo by Allison Christensen
This year’s Week of Peace focused on immigration and its relevance to the Saint Mary’s and Catholic communities. Students had the opportunity to hear from several speakers, including representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Immigration Law Project Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, and an undocumented student from Augsburg College.
“I thought it was a wonderful topic we did coinciding with Pope Francis’ message and what’s going on in Europe right now with the Syrian crisis,” said Dean of Campus Ministry, Steven McGlaun. “I thought it was a very relevant week.”
Saint Mary’s was one of many organizations around the world participating in the International Lasallian Days for Peace, which is in effect from Sept. 21 to Oct. 21.