Tim Newman, Campaigns Director, International Labor Rights Forum
It may still be summer, but it's not too early to start getting ready for Reverse Trick-or-Treating! For the third year, people across the country will be delivering Fair Trade chocolate and information about the chocolate industry to their neighbors as they go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. This fun action is coordinated by a great group of organizations and Fair Trade chocolate companies and we have reached thousands of people through this annual action. The best part is that you can order your action kit (complete with Fair Trade chocolate) for free online! You can order your kit online here. The deadline for group orders is October 1st and the deadline for individual orders is October 13th. (REMEMBER: if you found out about Reverse Trick-or-Treating on this blog, please indicate on your order form that you found out from the International Labor Rights Forum)
Reverse Trick-or-Treating is a fun way to inform others about child labor and unfair conditions in the global production of cocoa while promoting positive alternatives and inspiring action. While you are waiting for your Reverse Trick-or-Treating kit to arrive and planning out your Halloween costume, you can also take action by participating in our Fair Trade S'mores action this summer -- all the details are online here! There are a number of aspects of this campaign you can get involved in:
- Make Fair Trade s'mores and register them online;
- Download petitions asking Hershey to support Fair Trade, collect signatures and send them to ILRF;
- Take pictures of you and your friends with our Hershey campaign signs and send them to us!
The news from INTERPOL about their recent operation in Cote d'Ivoire that identified a number of children who were trafficked to work on cocoa farms under harsh conditions is a reminder that we need to take action to demand that chocolate companies stop the labor rights abuses in their cocoa supply chains. We hope you will join us in supporting cocoa farmers and calling for change!
Finally, check out this video from Reverse Trick-or-Treating last year to learn more about this campaign.