|Picture from 2013 World Fair Trade Celebration|
|Invitation to 2010 fundraiser|
The loss of Peacecraft leaves a huge void in our community, not only because some of the crafts makers, textile producers and coffee growers in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are losing an outlet to sell their goods, but also because folks in Albuquerque no longer have a place to acquire their products directly. There are options online, of course, including Ten Thousand Villages, Partners for Just Trade and the Global Exchange stores. And there is more than one outlet selling fair-trade coffee, including La Montanita Coop, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. And some churches like Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Albuquerque are promoting fair trade through special events like Just Market.
Before we say goodbye to Peacecraft for good, you are invited to a farewell party for our fair-trade store on Saturday, June 22, at Peacecraft, 3215 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, 7:00-10:00 p.m. The party also celebrates the expansion of Maple Street Dance (which had been subleasing the back of the store) and also serves as a farewell gathering for Jim Neustel, Peacecraft's outgoing director. You can join the party on Facebook. "All are welcome whether you are part of the Peacecraft community, Maple Street, Nob Hill or friend," said Neustel. "Bring what you want to drink. There will be some snacks, but feel free to bring something to share. Please pass this along to others so no one gets left out."
Thanks for the memories, Peacecraft. You will be missed here in Albuquerque and around the world.