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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

What Would Jesus Buy?

Saving Christmas from the $hopocalypse

Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts

Attention holiday shoppers! Conscientious Projector invites you to join Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a barnstorming bus tour of the U.S.A. to free humankind from consumerism and break the bonds of eternal debt. What Would Jesus Buy?— an outrageous but serious-minded docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas–will be shown on Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.

Producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) teams with performance artist/activist Bill Talen (Reverend Billy) and director Rob VanAlkemade to chronicle the satirical protest troupe’s cross-country mission to raise awareness of the impact of over-consumption on our lives, our world and our experience of gift-giving at what is supposed to be the most sacred time of the year. Bill McKibben, Rev. Jim Wallis and many other social critics serve as a Greek chorus as Reverend Billy and his cohorts take us through a journey of revival-style meetings, guerilla theater retail store interventions, corporate exorcisms and the most spontaneous Main Street Parade Disneyland has ever seen. Changeluia!

Tom Coston is going to serve as our facilitator for “What Would Jesus Buy?” Tom brought Reverend Billy, of “What Would Jesus Buy?” here a couple years ago as the Grand Marshal of the Doo Dah Parade.

Thanks to Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Theaters program for their support of this event. 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

The Foundation For Living Beauty


Pasadena local, The Foundation For Living Beauty put on their second annual retreat to celebrate beauties fighting caner.

Become a fan on facebook and learn more about the foundation.

Playdate at Elizabeth House
August 13, 2009, 2:08 am
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MOMbo TV posted their first episode  of The Playdate with Elizabeth House (a crisis house for pregnant women in Pasadena)!

Click here to view!

Burning The Future: Coal In America




David Novack’s searing examination of the myth of “clean coal” and the devastation wrought by mountaintop removal extraction takes us deep into the mines of Appalachia and the uprooted lives of residents of Bob White, West Virginia. The story centers on local coal miner’s daughter Maria Gunnoe, who refuses to idly stand by while family and neighbors face deadly diseases, toxic drinking water and the destruction of their natural surroundings and traditional way of life. For her heroic efforts organizing fellow townspeople and advancing their struggle to the national stage, she was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the environment.

A community discussion with environmentalist Ted Baumgart will follow the film.

Conscientious Projector is sponsored by the Sustainable World ministry of All Saints Church in association with the Center for the Theater of the Oppressed and The Armory Center for the Arts.  Thanks to Brave New Theaters for their partnership in arranging this screening. For more info, contact Marty Coleman at 626.792.4941 or visit

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