January 18th 2018, Video Letter to the Fair Trade Federation * Outstanding Issues : Artcamp – Global Crafts.

Outstanding Issues : Artcamp – Global Crafts.

1. Refusal to present an ordinary balance accounting.

2. Refusal to recognize the right of artisans to ownership of own designs.

A friendly Artcamp Message To the Fair Trade Federation:

For us this is a matter of keeping our hopes alive in this cooperative and
our faith that justice will eventually come to us for the sake of the future
of our children – will our kids be able to live and work as artisans, or not?

ATTEMPTING TO DEFEND OURSELVES.
WE CALL UPON THE PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE:

The same crucial issue as addressed in this video is just as true today.

This video was sent to the FTF January 18th, 2018; it was removed
immediately when Kevin Ward of Global Crafts promised renewed orders.

Then, Kevin Ward and Renice Jones retired from Global Crafts.
However, this commercial dispute still remains pending.

There has been NO account-balancing and no acknowledgment of the liquidation
of Global Crafts relations with the Artcamp Cooperative. In January 2018, Global Crafts, rather than meet our request for increased per-piece prices, went outside the cooperative to the older sister of a cooperative-member, …and began placing orders for Artcamp’s jewelry with her.

THIS IS A VIOLATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OF THE ARTISANS; THE
ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE IS ACCEPTED REPOSITORY OF THE AUTHORS’ RIGHTS.

«I have never seen anything like a balance-accounting from Global Crafts.
When I tried to raise this question with them (on December 17, 2017), the other affected to become very angry, abruptly cutting all communications with the cooperative’s office.»

 

Just as it says in this video we request only a balance-of-accounting and open-discussion of what has happened.Our message is the same message today, in January 2020, almost 2 year later.

Please grant Artcamp a normal and correct commercial account-balancing.

In 2017, Four artisan families abruptly lost their employment without any warning.

Let’s restore the household income of these families and restore the cooperative.

Jewelry-making is our rightful heritage; our parents and grandparents taught us.

We intend to continue in this struggle: that our children become dignified artisans.

We appeal to those  persons who have hearts, like when Fair Trade first started:

Help us to return Fair Trade to the practices of high-idealism it was founded upon.

Artcamp was a member of the Fair Trade Federation years before Global Crafts became a member. We have always been a loyal Fair Trade supplier
and we believed that we were doing our part. But the new Fair Traders are aggressive and money hungry and inconsiderate; they do not hesitate to heap
the blame for their own actions on the faithful and hardworking village artisans.

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