Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Work of Human Hands

The Commission on Peace and Justice is now working with local churches to present the annual Work of Human Hands sale. All of the items being sold are “fairly traded,” which means that we participate in a system that not only aims to pay fair wages, but also creates long-term, direct trading relationships with farmers and artisans around the world based on dialogue, transparency, equity and respect. Fair trade is not about charity; it uses a fair system of exchange to empower producers to develop their own businesses and to foster sustainable development. We follow a set of internationally-accepted fair trade principles and practices that are designed to improve the livelihood of low-income people through alternative trade, including:

Commitment to fair pay for labor

Equal opportunity for women

Concern for the environment

Respect for cultural identity

Reasonable working conditions

No child exploitation

Here is the schedule of sales for the rest of the year:

November 8-9 Our Lady of Grace, Ballston Lake
St. Joseph’s, Scotia
St. Clement’s, Saratoga Springs

November 10 College of Saint Rose – in student union near Camelot Room; 8:30am – 8:30pm

November 13-14 Pastoral Center (9:30 am – 7:30 pm)

November 15-16 St. Peter’s, Stillwater
Christ the King, Guilderland
Sacred Heart, Castleton

November 22-23 St. Margaret of Cortona, Rotterdam Junction
St. John’s/St. Ann’s, Albany

December 6-7 St. Vincent de Paul, Albany
St. John The Baptist, Valatie
St. Helen’s, Schenectady

December 13-14 St. Peter’s, Saratoga Springs
St. Thomas the Apostle, Delmar
St. Catherine of Siena, Albany