Cadbury UK Switches to Fair Trade Chocolate!

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Cadbury Dairy Milk – the leading chocolate bar in the UK – has announced plans to begin using Fair Trade cocoa this summer.  This is great news for cocoa farmers, which will boost Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate up to a full 15 percent of the chocolate market in England.

Please join us in celebrating this victory for Fair Trade, and at the same time, help us use this moment as an opportunity to persuade Cadbury to do better in the US.

Tell Cadbury thanks for taking this step in the UK – and ask them to expand Fair Trade in the USA!

Especially now, in the spring, when Cadbury's popular chocolate eggs are on sale across the country, Cadbury needs to hear from thousands green Americans who want to know that none of their chocolate purchases are supporting exploitative child labor in the cocoa industry.

When you sign on to GreenAmerica.org's letter to Cadbury, you'll not only be thanking them for their new green step overseas, but also pushing for more Fair Trade options here in the States. 

It's great that a conventional chocolate company has learned what we as Green Business Network™ members already know – it's possible to pay a fair wage and support workers across the supply chain without passing prohibitive costs along to the consumer.  Now it's time for Cadbury to apply what it has learned in Europe to its operations here in the US.  Please take action with us today, and share this story with your friends.

And...... share this video with friends so that they understand why fair trade is soooooo important and how much better people's lives can be if we all support fair trade products.

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Salvadorans Elect New President

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Attending a birthday party a few days after returning from El Salvador ten years ago, one of the party-goers asked me, "So, did you meet any communists when you were over there?"

Well, I responded, I met people who were arrested, tortured, raped and had members of their families murdered because they were labeled as Communists, does that count?

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Rep. Jackie Speier Supports Immigration Rights for Gay Couples

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About three weeks ago, Reach And Teach co-founder Craig Wiesner wrote to Representative Jackie Speier, urging her to support House Resolution 1024, the Uniting American Families Act of 2009. If passed by Congress, this law would allow Americans in a same sex relationship to sponsor their partners for legal residency in the United States, a right afforded only to opposite-sex couples under current immigration law. This morning Representative Speier wrote to let us know that she is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

If you haven't already done so, please contact your member of Congress (click here) to urge them to co-sponsor and work for the quick passage of H.R. 1024.

Here is Representative Speier's message:

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San Francisquito Watershed Great Service Learning Classroom

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One of the greatest joys we've had over the years has been working with children and youth on a variety of service-learning projects. The San Francisquito Watershed has been home to many great projects over the years and one of the best things we ever heard a child say, while we were close to knee deep in the water was, "This looks SO much better than the last time we were here. We really are making a difference!"
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Childrens Book Authors and Illustrators at Reading the World in March

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On March 28th and 29th an amazing gathering of childrens book illustrators and authors will gather at the University of San Francisco for the 11th annual "Reading the World" conference, celebrating multicultural literature for children and young adults. Reach And Teach will be there and we will be presenting with Amy Wachspress, author of the Call to Shakabaz.

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At 89 Pete Seeger's Still A Rebel!

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Appleseed Recordings approached us recently and said that we "had to carry their CDs." A few days later we got a box of samples and spent a lot of time in our car listening as we went here and there. After popping the very first CD into the player, we were hooked. That CD was "Sowing the Seeds" which represents music from Appleseed's 20 year history.

Included on that CD were numbers by Pete Seeger that we absolutely loved. Today we're offering his newest release, Pete Seeger at 89. Here's how this CD is described:

Pete Seeger at 89

A National Treasure and Citizen of the World takes a look at where we are, how far we've come, and how far we need to go on 32 new tracks, most previously unrecorded.

It is not an overstatement to call Pete Seeger one of our greatest living Americans, let alone one of the most important musicians of our time. His life’s work – carrying music, social comment, and heartlifting entertainment around the globe – has made a difference, whether his songs are sung in kindergartens or on the political barricades.

Pete Seeger at the Presidential Inauguration

In an amazing five minutes at the inauguration concert for Barack Obama, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang "This Land Is Your Land" and included the social justice verses usually not sung in Washington D.C. - Check out the video from YouTube.


The World According to Sesame Street

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We couldn't help it..... As soon as we saw that our partners in peace at Putumayo Records had put together a world music version of Sesame Street songs, we had to get it. Now it is one of our best sellers and we're having a great time listening and watching (it comes with five video clips).

We think it is important for children to know that across this entire planet there are children, just like them, who are growing up humming, whistling, and singing songs that express the same hopes, dreams, fears, joys, curiosity, and feelings as they have. World music from Putumayo helps to teach that and this incredible collaboration between Putumayo and the folks at Sesame Street is a clear winner. We love listening to it and watching the videos and we know that you and the children in your life will love it too.

And, you can order it right now from our store!



Economic Advice from Craig Wiesner

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Craig Wiesner, co-founder of Reach And Teach, recently recorded this perspective for KQED Radio (local National Public Radio station).

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Reach And Teach is partnered with United for A Fair Economy, helping to put a comprehensive set of lesson plans for high school teachers onto the web. The curriculum, created by Tamara Sober, has been used by hundreds of teachers across the United States plus individual lessons have been used in a wide variety of events.

Check some of the lessons out in their animated form at http://www.teachingeconomics.org


Talk Show Host Randi Rhodes Wins Free Speech Case

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Citing NY Times v United States (among many other cases), the 4th Circuit U.S. appeals court upheld a lower court's decision to summarily dismiss defense contractor CACI International's defamation suit against radio talk show host Randi Rhodes.
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A To Z With Cynthia Chin-Lee

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With the recent release of Akira to Zoltan, Craig Wiesner interviews Cynthia Chin-Lee about everything from almond cookies to zipping around from her day job to puppet shows and reading time in the evenings and quiet moments working on the next book.
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