Christian and I recently started watching a PBS series called, Independent Lens. I am totally addicted to it and highly recommend it. My recommendation comes with a caveat, however, if you are a champion of those who are taken advantage of, those fighting against injustice, and those whose voices desperately need to be heard, it might give you a case of good old fashioned 'heart hurting'. The episode we watched tonight, Black Gold, tells the story of Ethiopian coffee farmers and their fight for a fair trade. It is heartbreaking and, because I am a coffee whore, gut-wrenching.
I haven't figured out how it is going to work yet, but sometime soon the family below will be a 100% fair trade coffee family.
We switched long-distance service to Working Assets for socio-political reasons (okay, and for the ten free pints of Ben & Jerry's) and I enjoyed explaining to the Bell South representative during her monthly phone call - pitching the newest and cheapest deal - that I didn't actually mind that I paid more for my long distance service, that it was a choice I made and it had nothing to do with economics - obviously. At some point I understand that being a 100% fair trade coffee family might be completely cost-prohibitive, but I have to try. I just wish that more people in the world were willing to act out of altruism and not greed. The world would be a vastly different and much more beautiful place.