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IDEAS FOR ACTION

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Campaign Coffee (Scotland) 29 Nicolson Square
Edinburgh
Scotland

AIMS
To increase awareness of development issues in Scotland by selling Campaign Coffee, with educational material.

To research the coffee trade and effects of inequitable trading relations between the rich and poor.

To demonstrate the viability of alternative trading by marketing coffee grown on family farms and processed in Tanzania, whilst creating work in Scotland.

To financially support initiatives such as aid agencies aiming to improve working and living conditions of migrant labourers on coffee estates.

METHODS
The loose coffee, imported by Traidcraft Ltd., is packed at the Simon Square Centre for physically handicapped people, and distributed post-free throughout Scotland by a non-profit making group. Packets are accompanied by educational leaflets compiled from available information on the coffee trade.

SUCCESSES
Demand for Campaign Coffee has exceeded all expectations resulting in financial 'self-sufficiency' and many new readers of development education material.

FAILURES
As we are unable to compete with the cheapest supermarket coffee, people with low incomes cannot pay extra for their groceries, this limits us to a particular market.

Membership is growing but the campaign is still too dependent on a few people.

FUTURE PLANS
We intend to widen the interest in Campaign Coffee and to further links with other development orientated groups. We need to be better informed on the living and working conditions of coffee workers and hope to develop more overseas contacts and to financially support Third World projects.

HELP NEEDED
From individuals and church, youth, Third World, trades unions and other groups:- to promote and seek new outlets for Campaign Coffee; to produce educational and publicity material; to introduce the tape slide show at meetings; to help research the considerable literature on the coffee trade; to participate in Friday night work-ins when the coffee is packed and posted, correspondence done and the books made up.

From overseas readers who can keep us in touch with developments in labour relations on coffee estates, living conditions and other matters, by sending press cuttings and published information.

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Center of Concern
370013th Street NE
Washington DC 20017 USA
Telephone 202-635-2757

AIMS
To be part of a growing movement to build a more humane world through the transformation of national and international social structures.

To engage in social analysis, religious reflection, policy advocacy and public education on social justice issues, particularly international development, labour and women.

To provide social justice/human values input at various UN Conferences and to influence pertinent US policy.

To provide a major link in US and international justice networks.

METHODS
Through workshops, consultations and publications, we reach a large audience in church, university, labour, civic, and development groups. Our free bi-monthly newsletter goes to over 13,000 people in North America and overseas. Participation in UN Conferences, personal visits in developing countries, and visitors to our Centre keep us in touch with Third World views.

SUCCESSES
Since our founding in 1971, we have been at the heart of the church-related social justice movement in the US. We have gained respect for our social analysis approach; have convened a major consultation on 'Religion and Labor' to promote national and international cooperation around workers' issues; and serve as the secretariat for a Muslim-Jewish-Christian dialogue on justice and peace.

FAILURES
We have not sufficiently reached grass-roots audiences and adequately expanded our contacts outside church circles. There does not exist an alliance of specially progressive forces with the political impact which right-wing forces have recently demonstrated in the US.

FUTURE PLANS
We plan more focus on education for strategies for change, with particular sensitivity to cultural aspects of change. Linkage between peace and development issues as well as domestic and global concerns will be emphasized in our future work.

HELP NEEDED
We welcome newsletter subscribers (free). We want greater contact with Third World persons, for their experience and perspective.

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Change
Parnell House
25 Wilton Road
London SW1V 1JS.

AIMS
To raise awareness about women who suffer from increasing political, economic and social discrimination almost everywhere. To publicise the effects of imposed inequalities, especially woman-related poverty.

To stimulate comment, contact and action to prevail upon governments, institutions and individuals to change their laws, attitudes and behaviour towards women - anywhere.

METHODS
CHANGE publishes reports on one country at a time: Singapore, Thailand, USSR, Chile, and Peru by June 1981. These are non-sensational but non-academic, well-researched and specially commissioned from (whenever possible) indigenous writers, including the young and unknown who need encouragement and support. CHANGE provides additional information, articles and material to those who seek it; and is forming the only collection of Women in Development material available to the public in UK.

SUCCESS
In commissioning a wholly original report on Thailand, which examines Buddhism's social impact on women, (no hope of getting to heaven if you are female!) - and the economic forces connected with 'sex tourism'.

CHANGE Reports have been sold in just under 30 countries in 6 months' work.

FAILURES
To raise funds, of course, to secure a future; and to convince more than a handful of developmentalists in the UK that economic development can have very different effects on women and men, for good and ill, and that gender is not as irrelevant as it ought to be.

FUTURE PLANS
To give moral support to action groups and individuals basing their work on CHANGE Reports (eg. electronics industry conditions in South East Asia; sex tourism; etc). To develop the archive and information function.

HELP NEEDED
In selling the reports to your friends of book shops; in supplying CHANGE with ideas, papers, ephemera and publicity; in general office work too. In enthusiasm. Please contact Georgina Ashworth.

 

 

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