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The Response & Amensty International

Free Screening of “The Response”


Amnesty International Group 22’s monthly meeting June 24, 2010, 7:30 PM will be held in the lounge of the Cal Tech Y, at 1350 San Pasqual, between Hill and Holliston, south side. (Just behind the two curving walls forming a gate to a path. Signs will be posted. Also see the map.


To coincide with the June 26th International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and Amnesty International’s Counter Terror with Justice campaign, we will have a showing of “The Response”. A discussion will follow.  Please join us! Refreshments, Fair Trade included, will be provided.

About the film: “THE RESPONSE” is a courtroom drama based upon the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo military tribunals (known as CSRTs). In the film, three military judges must decide the fate of a suspected enemy combatant. Is he guilty of providing material support to Al-Qaeda, leading to the deaths  of several American soldiers? Or is he an innocent victim of circumstances as he claims?

The film has screened at the Pentagon, Congress, West Point, the Department of Justice, foreign embassies, universities and law schools including Harvard, Columbia and UCLA, and film festivals across the country including seven Academy Award qualifying festivals.”


Nueva Vida

Join us along with Fair Trade Pasadena and Fair Trade South Pas throughout the weekend as we introduce Nueva Vida, a Nicaraguan Fair Trade Sewing Co-op (all free)!

Art by Dewey Tafoya (get your T Shirt Sat & Sunday night!)

Ten Thousand Villages on Saturday the 22nd from 1 – 4 pm at 567 S. Lake Ave.

Enjoy fair trade treats, hear the women share their story, mingle with others, surrounded by beautiful, fairly traded handicrafts, body-care, edibles and a whole lot more.

Mennonite Church Sunday (23rd) morning at 11 am at 1041 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107

Nueva Vida will have an opportunity to share their story at the 11 o’clock service. Come get inspired and hear howa  fair trade cooperative sustained these women.

Holy Family Catholic Church, South Pasadena for the Fair Trade South Pasadena Kick-off  Sunday the 23rd at 6:30 – 8pm.  1524 Fremont Ave in South Pasadena

TASTE free Fair Trade wine, coffee, and chocolate! MEET Nueva Vida, a Nicaraguan Fair Trade Sewing Co-op, and other Fair Traders in our community.  ENJOY music, live tee-shirt silk-screening with artist Dewey Tafoya (available for purchase), free Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Ice Cream and more. LEARN all about Fair Trade and the Fair Trade Towns movement in a relaxed friendly atmosphere! FIND out what Fair Trade is all about and which South Pasadena businesses feature Fair Trade products in their stores



Vroman’s for Mother’s Day

Vroman’s Invites You To the Mother’s Day Gift Bazaar!


Saturday, May 8th, 11am – 2pm

Mother’s Day is May 9th! Come to the Vroman’s Gift Bazaar on Saturday, May 8th, to find beautiful gifts for all the moms in your life and receive 20% off the gift items we are featuring! Some of our most popular brands will be on sale, including items like FAIR TRADE jewelry, greeting cards that benefit women’s shelters, and fine candles and soaps. With so much variety, you are sure to find a gift for any mom that will be remembered for years to come.

But that’s not all! There will be several different raffles throughout the day for anyone to participate in, and we will be giving you a free gift with each $30 you spend on one of our featured gift lines!

Between 11am and noon, kids can stop by the craft table in the Gift Bazaar area to make something lovely for Mom, just in time for Mother’s Day!



Conscientious Projector: A Powerful Noise

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day in Pasadena by attending a free screening at The Armory Center for the Arts with Conscientious Projector!

Voices for Women’s Rights Sounding A Powerful Noise

The burgeoning international women’s empowerment movement is personified in the stories of three extraordinary women from different parts of the world in A Powerful Noise, this month’s Conscientious Projector selection, screening on Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts. From executive producer Sheila C. Johnson, Black Entertainment Television co-founder and Global Ambassador for the humanitarian organization CARE, this beautifully-made, moving film shows how these inspiring women–a young HIV-positive widow from Vietnam, a former refugee and survivor of the war in Bosnia, and an advocate for girls’ education in Mali–rise above their own desperate circumstances to become leaders in the fight against poverty and discrimination in their communities and advance the causes of justice and opportunity for women and girls.

A community discussion with Fair Trade Pasadena follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons. For more information, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit and watch a trailer at www.apowerfulnoise.org.



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April 13, 2010, 7:19 am
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Fair Trade Pasadena: A Better Pasadena, A Better World

A new group has moved into town, this time to make Pasadena an Offical Fair Trade Town U.S.A.!  The goal of the Fair Trade Towns USA initiative is to get schools, faith based groups, city governments, local businesses and media engaged in fair trade.

Fair trade is not about charity. It is a holistic approach to trade and development that aims to alter the ways in which commerce is conducted, so that trade can empower the poorest of the poor.

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Dive!

Come to the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena this Thursday, March 11th at 7 pm to watch a Conscientious Projector screening of Jeremy Seifert’s documentary, “Dive!

Grocery stores around the country are filling their dumpsters with food. Not rotten, spoiled food, but billions of pounds of good, edible food.

Why? Because the expiration date is nearing? Because it costs less to simply throw away excess food rather than do something helpful with it? Whatever the answer, the contradiction is profound: good, edible food is being thrown away in the very same communities where people are going hungry.

Follow filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they “dumpster dive” in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

In the meantime, Seifert and friends no longer spend money on groceries. With nothing more than a big appetite and a strong stomach, they “dive” for Pacific Salmon, American Ground Beef, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Free-Range Whole Chickens, Pork Loins, and loads of fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread. Totally edible, totally free, and totally illegal.

Why aren’t grocery stores giving the food to people who need it? Seifert takes this question to corporate front offices in an attempt to find out. The result is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism, and call to action.

The power of the film lies in its ability to motivate: it will move you to question the manager at your supermarket; it will move you to learn about food waste and the role it plays in your community. In the end, you might even find yourself in a dumpster.

Watch the trailer and join us Thursday for Dive! in its entirety for free!

The Armory is located in Old Pasadena at
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103