Fair Trade, the Story

Who are we? Read…                         What is this all about?   Read…
“To the Fair Trade Federation:  Click here to read
This is a matter of keeping our hopes alive in our cooperative.
and hope that justice will be done for the sake of our children.”
1973-1995 * A Community Dream.
Our village artisans’ cooperative… Read ...
1995-1999 * Fair Trade is born
its twin: the terrible tianguis market… Read …
2000-2010 * Fair Trade booms;
Artcamp’s handcrafted jewelry… Read …

Global Crafts becomes Artcamp’s Fair Trade distributor…
We all believed this was for the good for us, but… Read …
Artcamp, the Cooperative, June 2016 Read…
The Story of Emi * Read…
December 2017 * 
Global Crafts cuts Artcamp orders without warning!!!
(…after selling more than 1 million usd$ of our jewelry products in 2010-2017)  Read …

Kevin’s letter *  Read…

2018 * A year of crisis.
January 2017. without any previous advice nor justification; no explanation.
Four families deprived of their employment, and of their household income. Read …


 Read... Letters from Artcamp Cooperative appealing to the Fair Trade Federation:
 
 In Mexico we say: 'Talking, people understand each other.'
 That is our way: sincerity, communication, mutual-respect.

* * * * * *                   “THE TEN FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES”

“Fair Trade Federation members fully commit to the following principles…” Read…

Caitie’s Visit Global Craft’s employee, Caitlyn Quinn,
on two occasions, visited us to take images and to report on Artcamp cooperative;
Catie filled-out copious notebooks, everyone had a lot of fun interacting with her.  Read …

 Read the complete GMail conversations

of Global Crafts and Artcamp from 2010-2017 … Read these mails …

Fair Trade Recommendation Letter

Images of Artisan and their Families * Read ... Even though these artisans
lost their jobs in 2017 and Veronica’s husband is picking tobacco in Carolina USA,
the images of these good people do Fair Trade service for commercial purposes.

Artisan Identity Theft *  Read …
a growing problem for the indigenous craftspeople.”

Political Rights of Artisans *
Read… 

Authorship Rights of Indigenous Artisans * Read … 
Intellectual property rights of artisans and silverswmiths.

Artisan Intellectual Property * Read …
“Jewelry-design art is a record of the designer’s explicit intention for an original-model.
Fair Trade Artisan Compensation * Read …

“Global Crafts sold more than a million dollars worth of Artcamp jewelry over seven years
If only Global Crafts had told us of their plans to cut-back when we asked December 2016!
But no, they never mentioned their intentions.  Super-discounted prices on Global Craft’s
purchase orders had already been long-outdated. Thus, Global Crafts drove the profitability
of the Cooperative of Artcamp, their very faithful supplier over many years, to below-zero.”

Fair Trade Authenticity Read …
“It would be good if Fair Trade took a deeper look at the artisans who
make the products they present to the public. Artcamp has always been
a champion of Fair Trade and we want to be part of Fair Trade’s success,
but if Fair Traders abuse and exploit our cooperative then, not so much…”
Fair Trade and Artisans * Read…
Artisan Stories * Read…
Fair Trade is always talking about “the Story; that it’s all about “telling the artisans story”.
Read Authentic artisan narratives written by Artcamp women in the years 2001-2002.”
Helping Lift Artisans Out of Poverty Read …
Fair Trade “Samples” * Read …
Fair Trade Loyalty * Read …

Fair Trade Competition Read…

Fair Trade Transparency * Read …

Fair Trade Calumny * Read …
Fair Trade Hypocricy * Read … Global Crafts is a member of the Fair Trade Federation
and the World Fair Trade Organization. Fair trade is an approach to business
and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect
that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair Trade
Organizations put artisans and farmers at the heart of every decision they make.”

Fair Trade Conspiracy Read… The evidence comes together.

Fair Trade 501c View video…
Some Fair Traders set up 501 Corporations to avoid paying taxes.
Fair Trade Academic Studies * Read …
Martin’s Rant * Read

Fair Trade 2.0 Reform * Let’s Fix it! *
Read …
“We great hope that Fair Trade will support the artisans, and the artisan families.
We plead for the understanding of good people everywhere to come together
in solidarity, around the original high ideals of the Fair Trade Movement.”
Fair Trade Legal Remedies * Read …
“If the Fair Trade Federation were reformed, Fair Trade would come out
looking good. We will help you; with public statements, and with our applause!”
Artcamp-Global Crafts * Outstanding Issues * Read…
Final Thoughts
* Read More… “Is there a fair person
who will help us? We want a peaceful resolution, respectful of the rights
of all parties involved in dispute.Thank you very much for reading all this!”

The Federation of Northamerican Indigenous Artisan Communities
is constituted to defend the LEGAL authorship rights of native creators,
and the unique-cultural-identity of traditional home-workshop craftspeople.”