Solidarity on Tap is a simple gathering for socializing and social justice.
All are welcome (21 and over).
Around 7:30 p.m. we will hear a talk titled “Fair Trade: How to Shop Smart, Ethically, and Slavery-Free!” by Anne Pacheco and Christina Santos.
There will be an opportunity to purchase Fair Trade gift items from Fair World Fashion at this event.
Anne Pacheco grew up in San Diego, attended the Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School & Grossmont College. She started her career at Security Pacific Bank as an Assistant Manager and Lending Officer before leaving the banking world to join St. Martin Academy in La Mesa as an Administrative Assistant. Anne’s 24+ year career at St. Martins and has included active participation in social justice ministry. In 2011 she received the Matthew 25 award sponsored by Catholic Charities and in 2012 became a Catholic Relief Services Ambassador for Fair Trade. Anne & Nancy Ryan co-chaired La Mesa Fair Trade and working with a committee meeting the criteria for La Mesa to be declared a Fair Trade Town. Following this effort, Anne continued with St. Martin’s administration and parish to successfully meet the criteria as a declared Fair Trade School & Congregation. In 2016, she received recognition of Individual Outstanding Achievement for Collaboration Across Campaigns in Southern California from Fair Trade Campaigns. Each year she coordinates the La Mesa Fair Trade Gift Faire, which is now the largest Fair Trade event in San Diego County. Fair Trade Campaigns have reached local colleges including UCSD, USD & PLNU who are declared Fair Trade Colleges. Students who have graduated from St. Martin Academy have started their own clubs at local high schools. Anne continues today to promote fair trade throughout San Diego County.
Christina Santos is a transplant to San Diego from Rhode Island. Her exposure to fair trade and its significance began during her teen years with her family. One of her older sisters worked for a specialty shop selling handmade goods from around the globe. Her sister explained the process and importance of Fair Trade for those hands making the products. Christina’s knowledge and passion for Fair Trade flourished once landing in San Diego. After meeting Anne Pacheco at St. Martin of Tours, Christina became an active member in both San Diego and La Mesa Fair Trade. What started out as strictly social media work, has now become events and presentations across the county. Christina is currently a member of the host committee for the 2020 Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference to be held in Pasadena in November 2020.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Jesuitical, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners, along with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and other local partners welcome all to Solidarity on Tap | San Diego.