“I thought, I can’t just ignore this, I have to do something,” says Kent, a junior at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School.
When fair trade stores such as American Apparel and Revive opened in her Cleveland Heights neighborhood, she made the conscious decision to buy as much ethically made attire as possible. She now estimates that half of her clothes are made by workers who are treated fairly.
Kent and dozens of other students from Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Social Justice Club and Catholic Schools for Peace and Justice are organizing their second annual celebration of World Fair Trade Day. Students from area schools have arranged student bands, speakers, multimedia presentations and a variety of regional and national vendors, including Revive, Ten Thousand Villages, Equal Exchange, Phoenix Coffee and Heartbeats.