Halloween 2010 is just around the corner, are that means you can participate in the Fourth Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating! This year, make an even bigger difference for cocoa growing communities. Forced labor in the cocoa industry will not end unless EACH ONE OF US takes action!
Reverse Trick-or-Treating is an initiative launched by Global Exchange. It is a joint effort between countless children, youth, and adults supported by nonprofit and faith-based organizations, Fair Trade companies, and schools.
If you’re in the U.S., Reverse Trick-or-Treating gives thousands of school children (& high school/college students, and adults) the opportunity to treat neighbors with Fair Trade chocolate while educating their communities about how they can end human trafficking.
The kits available include Fair Trade chocolate samples attached to a card with information about the cocoa industry, and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution.
Requesting a kit is FREE (plus shipping) for individuals, but don’t forget to request them between September 1-October 8th (unless supplies run out sooner). See more here: www.reversetrickortreating.org.
Whether or not you request a kit, you can still distribute Reverse Trick-or-Treating flyers on Halloween, or use your own Fair Trade certified chocolates to trick-or-treaters, from companies like www.globalexchangestore.org, www.equalexchange.coop, www.sweetearthchocolates.com, www.coco-zen.com.
And there’s more you could do!
Why not organize a showing of “The Dark Side of Chocolate” at home, school, in congregation over Halloween! This important new documentary reveals the nightmare of child labor, trafficking, and slavery happening in cocoa fields right now. Viewers can even sign a petition asking Hershey to “raise the bar”. Visit www.oasisusa.org.
Haloween is scary enough without BLOOD-CHOCOLATE- make it TRAFFIK-FREE!
Next month, STOP THE TRAFFIK will be launching a new phase of our chocolate campaign so keep an eye out and an ear to the ground www.stopthetraffik.org/chocolate.