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INCREASING POVERTY AMONG THE LOCAL ARTISANS OF VILLAGES NEAR TAXCO. A LEADING FAIR TRADE BUSINESS IS FEATURED IN THIS INFORMATIVE LIVESTREAM CONFRONTATION OF 30 DECEMBER, 2017 A STARKLY WORDED LETTER FROM GLOBAL CRAFTS OWNER, KEVIN WARD, IS READ ALOUD AND DISCUSSED BY THE PANELISTS. THE LETTER OUTLINES REQUIREMENTS OR CONDITIONS FOR THE COOPERATIVE’S RECEIVING FURTHER PRODUCTION ORDERS (HOUSEHOLD INCOME) AND A BITTER DISPUTE BETWEEN THE FACTIONS OF THE COOPERATIVE BREAKS OUT.
https://youtu.be/eiFQOdoI9QQ

THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST MEMBERS OF THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION. BEFORE RENICE JONES EVER HEARD OF FAIR TRADE, OUR COOPERATIVE WAS A FOUNDER AND PART OF THE EFFORT TO GET FAIR TRADE ESTABLISHED IN THE UNITED STATES. WE HOPE TO BE TREATED WITH IN CONSIDERATION OF THE LOYAL CONTRIBUTION ARTCAMP HAS ALWAYS MADE TO FAIR TRADE. WE HOPE THAT FAIR TRADE WILL BACK US NOW IN THIS UNRIGHTEOUS CONFLICT AND MAKE GLOBAL CRAFTS RE-OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH OUR COOPERATIVE TO DISCUSS BUSINESS MATTERS AND TO PRESENT ARTCAMP-GLOBAL CRAFT ACCOUNT BALANCES. THIS MATTER OF BYPASSING THE COOPERATIVE TO EMPLOY ECONOMIC INCENTIVES TO SUBBORN IT’S INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS, IS NOT A PROPER ACTIVITY FOR A USA BUSINESS TO BE ENGAGED IN.

NONE OF THIS WOULD BE HAPPENING AT ALL IF WE INDIGENOUS WOMEN WERE NOT THOUGHT TO BE ENTIRELY POWERLESS. THAT IS WHY WE MADE THIS WEBSITE AND VIDEOS – TO DEFEND OUR INTERESTS AND OUR HONOR. WE DID NOT CAUSE THIS CRISIS. WE ARE THE ONLY VICTIMS OF THIS SITUATION AND THE DISTRESS OF THE ARTISAN FAMILIES IS BEING USED TO FORCE ACCEPTANCE OF AN ARRANGEMENT THAT ANY THIRD-PARTY WOULD RECOGNIZE AS BEING UNJUST AND UNFAIR. PLEASE, ¿WHERE ARE THE IDEALS OF FAIR TRADE? ¿MIGHT IT NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR US ALL TO WORK TOGETHER FOR A NEW FAIR TRADE, A REFORMED FAIR TRADE? A NEW FAIR TRADE WHERE ARTISANS ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND PROVIDED THE MEANS TO LIVE WITH A MINIMUM OF DIGNITY?

A MESSAGE FROM ME: i expected to receive special consideration from fair Trade members such as Global Crafts. i NEVER expected that THEY WOULD EVER do what has been done. To drop their orders from six or seven thousand dollars a month, down to nothing! This is unbelievable. How could I have anticipated such a behaviour. Why is this allowed? according to Fair Trade Principle #1, the interests of the artisan community is SAID TO BE the guiding light of the Fair Trade business member. Isn’t it? Why was the Artcamp cooperative treated in this manner? Are other producer groups treated in this way as well? Or is Artcamp, for some reason, an exception? Which would it be then? Have we, as long-time artisan suppliers to Fair Trade received normal treatment? or exceptional treatment? It is very frustrating when nobody will talk with me. It is just so frustrating and inconsiderate! This is the reason my friends and supporter are at oresent preparing an emergency Crowdsoucing Justice For Artisans broadcast.

Si la Federación de Comercio Justo declina ayudarnos a defendernos contra Global Crafts, entonces nos veremos obligados a publicar en You Tube un canal de investigación de Crowdsource dedicado a recolectar evidencia sobre este caso del público, personas que se presentan porque
han comprado algo de esta empresa, o han trabajado en esta empresa, o quisieran ayudarnos a razonar con estas personas. Tal vez le expliquen a alguien que habla su propio idioma, por qué no ha habido presentación de cuentas. El tema del fraude 501c y las organizaciones benéficas falsas está de moda. Por ejemplo, Charles Ortel sobre Crowdsourcing the Truth de Jason Goodman para el modelo de prototipo del programa propuesto. Si Global Crafts sigue negándose a abrir la comunicación y presentar cuentas, este espectáculo se pondrá en VIVO, se tratará de una producción de transmisión en vivo, complementada por videos grabados relacionados con este tema. Tenemos la intención de tomar un tono académico respetuoso al discutir la triste situación con la cooperativa Artcamp y Global Crafts and Fair Trade.

Esa Federación de Comercio Justo apoya a nuestra cooperativa en esta queja. ¡Vamos a oírlo! ¡Hurra! ¡Hurra! Es imposible que simplemente se vayan así después de siete años de servicio obediente, todo muy rentable para Global Crafts. Sin embargo, en lugar de modernizar, invertir y modernizar Artcamp, Global Crafts parece querer escabullirse donde nadie lo notaría, excepto algunas mujeres rústicas en un lugar lejano.

WE HAVE CONSISTENTLY EXPRESSED OUR EAGERNESS TO CLEAR THIS UP, SO THE ARTISANS CAN HAVE THEIR WORK BACK. PLEASE!!!

 

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ESTA ES UNA CARTA ROGANDO A FAIR TRADE FEDERATION
POR SU ENTENDIMIENTO Y APOYO.

THIS IS A LETTER PLEADING WITH THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION
FOR ITS UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

If there is any factual error or misstatement in this website, PLEASE advise us at maria.at.artcamp.com.mx
We will make correction immediately. We do NOT want to be unfair to anybody, or put anyone in a bad light. It is NOT our intention to cause a bigger problem. Only to defend ourselves and our right to exist as an artisan community. Our voice has been silenced until now, and it is necessary to set the record straight. As always, we invite open dialog. We will gladly amend the text so that these words more closely match up with the truth. Only please provide wording that seems more accurate, or less ambiguous, or alternate wording justified by evidence. Let us know where we may have misspoken or exaggerated, or where what we have said here is incorrect and we will fix this immediately! Great thanks go to everyone who has supported Emi (and the cooperative) in this ordeal. And great thanks in advance to everyone who joins to support our cause which is, in essence 1. open dialog 2. transparent accounting 3. respectful relations and 4. good will.

TESTIMONY OF HILARIA LOPEZ CASTAÑEDA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE (ARTCAMP SC DE RL) REGARDING FORMAL COMPLAINTS MADE TO THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION IN 2001 AND 2002 OF CONCERTED CALUMNY AGAINST ARTCAMP BY FAIR TRADE COMMERCIAL DEALERS, WHO APPEARED TO BE ACTING IN COVERT COLLUSION WITH EACH OTHER, ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT THE ARTISANS FROM DIRECT-ACCESS TO THE USA MARKET. AT THE TIME (2002), THE COOPERATIVE’S COMPLAINT RECEIVED AN OFFICIAL REPLY FROM THE FTF PROMISING THAT: IF FAIR TRADE MEMBERS WERE DOING ENGAGED IN SUCH BEHAVIOUR, THEY WOULD NOT DO IT ANY MORE. TODAY IT IS SIXTEEN YEARS LATER AND THEY ARE AGAIN SPREADING LIES ABOUT THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE TO DISCREDIT US WITH THE FAIR TRADE BUYERS – AND ALL FOR THE MATERIAL BENEFIT OF FAIR TRADE COMMERCIAL DEALERS, WHO THE RECORD SHOWS HAVE HISTORICALLY ACTED AGAINST US. I AM TALKING ABOUT CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE DISTRIBUTORS WHO PRIVATELY SCOFF AT FAIR TRADE IDEALS AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THEM. WHEREAS, THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE HAS ALWAYS BEEN LOYAL TO FAIR TRADE AND WE HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN IT AND DONE OUR PART TO PRESERVE ITS GOOD NAME AND TO GO ALONG, EVEN WHEN OUR ROAD HAS BEEN VERY HARD. THE ARTCAMP FILES HAVE MANY LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS FROM THE TIME WHEN I WAS THE PRESIDENT AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COOPERATIVE AND I INTEND TO MAKE TIME TO REVIEW THESE (BOXES OF PAPERS) TO SELECT THOSE WHICH BEST SUPPORT OUR CASE THAT THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE HAS BEEN MATERIALLY DAMAGED OVER ALMOST 20 YEARS BY THE COLLUSION OF INTERESTED COMMERCIAL PARTIES WHO ACT TOGETHER TO EXPLOIT OUR JEWELRY WORK FOR THEIR PROFIT AND, AT THE SAME TIME, COLLUDE TO BLOCK OUR GETTING IN THE MARKET, DISRESPECTING US, AND TREATING THE ARTISAN AS A BEGGAR. OUR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENT WERE CRAFTSPEOPLE; WE FIND OURSELVES DEFENDING OUR HONOR AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. Other Third World suppliers to Fair Trade perhaps do not know of any way to make known their reservations or concerns. (I can tell you that it is not easy because they ignore you) Perhaps if we call on these 3rd World suppliers to contact us, they will testify as to the Fair Trade practices they are aware of. Because Third World producers are being defrauded in this fake humanitarian scheme to exclude us from the USA market and this is a violation of the statues of NAFTA as well. And the discrimination against us as indigenous artisans is a clear violation of the Charter of Human Rights of the United Nations. Additionaly, the actions of Global Crafts and other Fair Trade dealers are directly contradicted by the Fair Trade Principles, as stated by the Fair Trade Federation itself, in every version of its website for the past twenty years. And some of the systematic activities of Fair Trade commercial dealers may be in violation of Mexican and US law as well.

Our group has always been loyal to Fair Trade,
and now we are acting to save Fair Trade’s good name.

Everyone, study this case of our cooperative’s cause
– and join in the solidarity of our support group!

I ask: Why can’t we create a Fair Trade reform movement?
Fair Trade that includes artisans? We will fully cooperate
with a newly formed Fair Trade reform movement that will
include our cooperative’s access to the USA market. We have
asked nicely. We have asked very politely, We have explained.
We have reasoned, we have cried out for help, yet we are ignored.

“I HAVE BEEN ASKED SOME VILLAGE CRAFTSWOMEN TO ENTER INTO THIS CASE. I AM A VETERAN SILVERSMITH OF TAXCO AND AM FAMILIAR WITH THE NORMAL COMMERCIAL USES AND CUSTOMS THAT ARE CURRENT IN OUR CITY. THE CRAFTSWOMEN IN QUESTION DO NOT HAVE AN ACCOUNTING BACKGROUND. THEY ARE TRADITIONAL JEWELRY-MAKING CRAFTSWOMEN WITH A LEGALLY CONSTITUTED AND CURRENT ARTISANS COOPERATIVE WHO HAVE HAD A LONG TIME EXPERIENCE WITH A CUSTOMER AND THEY HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE BALANCE ACCOUNTING AND NO COMMUNICATION WITH THIS CUSTOMER WHO HAS WALKED AWAY FROM THEM IT WOULD APPEAR. MY ONLY INTEREST IS TO RECTIFY THE ACCOUNTING AND NEGOTIATE OUT ANY DIFFERENCES AND TRY TO CLEAN UP MISUNDERSTANDINGS, IN ORDER THAT THE ARTISANS CAN GET BACK TO WORK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.”


Principio de Comercio Justo # 2. Desarrollar relaciones transparentes y responsables. “El comercio justo implica relaciones abiertas, justas, consistentes y respetuosas. Los miembros muestran consideración tanto por los clientes como por los productores al compartir información sobre toda la cadena comercial a través de una comunicación honesta y pro-activa. Crean mecanismos para ayudar a los clientes y productores a sentirse activamente involucrados en la cadena comercial. Si surgen problemas, los miembros trabajan en cooperación con socios de comercio justo y otras organizaciones para implementar soluciones “.

RESPETUOSAMENTE PEDIMOS EL CUMPLIMIENTO DE ‘FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLE #2’

Los reclamos de la cooperativa Artcamp no han cambiado. Ellos siempre han sido lo mismo. Pedimos respetuosamente a Global Crafts que produzca contabilidad de saldo con Artcamp, o pague las facturas de Artcamp emitidas el 18 de diciembre de 2017. (Las facturas se encontraban en un nivel de precios mayorista, en lugar de en un nivel de precios autoemitido por los súper distribuidores) Esta sería la solución fácil y sencilla a este caos lamentable: pagar las facturas de Artcamp y pagarle a mi hermano $ 500usd (como Global Crafts le pagó a esa señora de diseño no calificada de Houston $ 500usd). Si Global Crafts dará ese simple paso de pagar un precio justo por las joyas y por el desarrollo del diseño del modelo original, retiraré inmediatamente esta página y agradezco sinceramente a Fair Trae Federation y espero trabajar con usted para el beneficio del FTF así como a nuestros artesanos hermanos y hermanas en otros lugares. ¡Trabajaremos contigo! Sin embargo, es necesario un movimiento de reforma. Las acciones de Global Craft son increíbles. Insensato. Ningún sentimiento para los artesanos que trabajaron para ella en los últimos años para enviar a sus hijos a la escuela, y ahora, a causa de un ataque, unos pocos dólares que podría tener que pagarnos. El comercio justo realmente debería sancionar a una persona como esta. 2. Desarrollar relaciones transparentes y responsables El comercio justo implica relaciones abiertas, justas, consistentes y respetuosas. Los miembros muestran consideración tanto por los clientes como por los productores al compartir información sobre toda la cadena comercial a través de una comunicación honesta y proactiva. Crean mecanismos para ayudar a los clientes y productores a sentirse activamente involucrados en la cadena comercial. Si surgen problemas, los miembros trabajan en cooperación con socios de comercio justo y otras organizaciones para implementar soluciones.

Global Crafts NO compartió información con el grupo de productores. NO informaron a las artesanas lo que estaban haciendo: reemplazar la joyería de Artcamp con algo más. Intentaron convencer a estos fabricantes de joyas tradicionales de que su producto había pasado de moda con un supuesto diseñador de Hokey, que dijo que estaba listo para subir a un avión a reacción para consultar con ellos. Aquí a estos artesanos se les paga cacahuetes: ahora miles de dólares se deben gastar bajo sus narices en un diseñador que no podría fabricar una de sus piezas, ¡si su vida dependiera de ello! Es infame Estos son los fabricantes de joyas más creativos en América del Norte y una mujer que ni siquiera sabe cómo hacer joyas (pero cuesta mucho dinero) se les impone. El registro por correo electrónico muestra que las mujeres de Artcamp presentaron más de 20 nuevas líneas de joyería a Renice en 2007 y que no le gustó ninguna de ellas. Incluso las piezas hechas después de los diseños del “diseñador” de Houston, no se hicieron pedidos. Una exasperarte pérdida de tiempo y dinero de las artesanas, que han estado haciendo todo lo que pueden pensar para mantener su empleo y la fuente de ingresos del hogar. No aceptar nuevos modelos es una fuerte evidencia del plan secreto de Global Craft para reducir y eventualmente despedir a Artesanas Campesinas. También se explica por qué Global Crafts NO hizo ninguna publicidad o promoción para este producto en absoluto. Esto es después de vender más de un millón de dólares de joyas Artcamp en 2010-2017 (es cierto, no hay errores tipográficos)

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THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE WAS AN OUTGROWTH OF LOCAL VISIONARY AND TIRELESS WORKER ON BEHALF OF HIS COMMUNITY, FLAVIO CARTEÑO DIAZ. THE PRESENT COOPERATIVE WAS LEGALLY CONSTITUTED MAY 30, 2000 AND HAS BEEN MAINTAINED IN GOOD LEGAL CONDITION. The Artesanas Campesinas cooperative tries to be a vehicle for the local artisans, that we should ALL eventually arrive at a better world for our children. The cooperative is a legal entity chartered to defend and protect the interests of indigenous craftspeople. The cooperative is constituted for the protection of the human rights of artisans, yet also the intellectual property rights of the people. From the beginning to the end of this crisis (since Global Crafts, without notice, unilaterally broke their formal agreement to purchase a minimum of 5000$ a month of our products (previously, this company had been purchasing much more than that). When Global Crafts broke this covenant, they should have communicated with me to at least give a chance to make adjustments or try to find something else. Or they could have helped us. But no. Even though we literally begged her to introduce us to Fair Trade distributors in other countries, she would NOT do that for us. Meanwhile, the material supplies of the artisans (casting alloy, abalone shell, lapidary stone) were exhausted. Global Crafts was paying prices from five and six years ago. The cost of everything has gone up since then. When we tried to talk to them about it, they claimed they had been offended, and cut communication. It is almost unbelieveable that they won’t talk with me, The GMail record shows that I have always been responsible and polite and have provided them with perfect service. I did my best so that Global Crafts orders were delivered on time. I happily performed many services for benefit of Global Crafts that they never know of. When they suddenly dropped the order, it was only two weeks after the cooperative members meeting where I told the craftswomen that everything is all right. In the same GMail Kevin called for new styles. In 2017 we all, very trustingly and hopefully, created many new styles of jewelry. My brother is a jewelry designer, a real one. But she paid a person who may be a designer, but she is not a true jewelry designer, she provided us with designs that were made by computer. I think Renice got mad at me because we design our own jewelry and this United States designer is her friend, but this designer lady is not familiar with the abalone shell and the lapidary materials we employ in making our pieces and she has never made this kind of jewelry in her life herself, jewelry that requires cutting-out with a saw, soldering, casting, grinding, sanding, polishing …) After this issue, Renice dropped the orders for the artcamp group and now she is telling people in the village that the reason they do not have any income in their house is: because of me! This is not true. Besides, the artisans DID make for her those special earrings she ordered, based on the drawings the designer-lady sent, and they are very nice. I’m not saying this lady is a bad designer. She is a good designer. But, she is not a real jewelry designer, that’s all. Someone has to have a jeweler’s saw in her hand to design jewelry. Yes, someone can generate something on a computer, someone could make perhaps a hundred designs in an hour, or more. But we are from Taxco, a city known for it’s fine silver jewelry work, and this is something in the blood of the people here, it’s in my brother’s blood. My brother scolded me because I had asking for his help before, on behalf of the Artcamp cooperative. This time, he said to me: “they won’t even make an order, they’ll just make it somewhere cheaper” and the next week he left his home for the first time in his life, to depart on the dangerous road North. He left his wife and daughter, and his mother, and me. He left because he was disgusted trying to make a living as a jewelry producer. He couldn’t even know that Renice never placed an order for these fancy earrings that we made for her, and she didn’t pay my brother, and she pay the artisans of the village who performed the lapidary work. Of course, Global Crafts did not place an order for these earrings either. They were difficult pieces to make and costly; probably, we Guerrero craftswomen are the only ones who might be able to make such pieces however, instead of respecting us, she got angry because the designer she hired was not qualified for this kind of jewelry and she unfairly took out her revenge on the craftswomen who have faithfully served her every word and worked hard for her for seven years. Her revenge was supposed to be against me in person for defying her designer-friend. This United States designer lady, who probably drives around in her own private automobile, is the only one who has received recognition, the only one who has been paid but that wasn’t enough revenge: she cruelly cut the orders of the cooperative and this is too unfair; it is much too hard on the people who are suffering enough without taking their employment income away from them; she knows the poor artisan families depend on this income for their houses. Let us reason together friends. That Fair Trade Federation support our cooperative in this complaint. Let’s hear it! Hurrah! Hurrah! It’s impossible that Global Crafts could just walk away from us like that, after seven years of dutiful service, all very profitable for Global Crafts. However, instead of modernizing, investing in and revamping Artcamp, Global Crafts coldly abandons the group, confident that the economic betrayal of these creative and hardworking women would go unnoticed, by the world (except of course for their immediate families who have been devastated by loss of employment).

The Artcamp cooperative’s claims have not changed. They have always been the same. We respectfully request Global Crafts produce balance accounting with Artcamp, or pay the Artcamp invoices issued December 18, 2017.

(Invoices were at a wholesale price level, rather than at a super-distributor self-issued price level)

This would the easy and simple solution to this disgraceful mess: pay the Artcamp invoices and pay my brother $500usd (like Global Crafts paid that unqualified designer lady of Houston $500usd). If Global Crafts will take that simple step of paying a fair price for the jewelry and for the original model design development, I will immediately remove this page and give genuine thanks to Fair Trae Federation and hope to work with you for the benefit of the FTF as well as our brother and sister craftspeople elsewhere. We will work with you! However a reform movement is necessary. The Global Craft actions are unbelievable. Insensate. No feeling at all for the artisans who worked for her the past years to send their kids to school, and now, on account of a fit, about a few dollars she might have to pay us. Fair Trade really ought to sanction a person like this.

If she does not want to talk with me then I don’t want to talk with her. However, I think it is my job to communicate in order to resolve this problem This person has a nice salary and time goes by in comfort but we are struggling to find a way to work to feed our children, our fathers and mothers, but that does not mean that we will just give up. Maybe there is no justice maybe there is. We are tranquil respectful people here in Guerrero until someone comes along and steps on our head shouting: ¡Ja,ja,ja¡ ¿what will you do about it?

NOTE BY MARTIN RIZZI WITNESS TO THIS DISGRACEFUL AFFAIR AND OFFERING THE FOLLOWING SPECULATIVE HYPOTHESIS:
PERHAPS Global Crafts management has producers in Kenya, where the people were enslaved in the British Colonial period, and semi-enslaved in the neo-colonial period. In other words, this company is perhaps accustomed to dealing with suppliers familiar with the terms of enslavemente and semi-enslavement. I mean: speech and behaviour of the slave and the master. Mexico has a republican tradition inspired by the political republicanism shared by the young United States in the early 19th century. Especially this southward-facing region of México is identified with the republican tradition (Vicente Guerrero, Juan N Alvarez…)
These good folks are the inheritors of historic struggle including the long fight for Mexico’s independence
People here are inheritors of the freedom-seeking impulse; the people here are NOT slaves; to treat them as if they were slaves is an egregious offense that is additional to the over-due non-payment. (¿There is perhaps a cultural misunderstanding that has ocurred here?)

Fair Trade Principle #2. Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships.

“Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Members show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, members work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.” Global Crafts did NOT share information with the producer group. They did NOT inform the craftswomen what they were doing: replacing the Artcamp jewelry with something else. They tried to convince these traditional jewelry makers that their product had gone out of fashion with a hokey supposed designer from Houston who said she was ready to get on a jet plane to consult with them. Here these artisans are getting paid peanuts – now thousands upon thousands of dollars are to be spent under their noses on a designer who could not make one of their pieces if her life depended on it! These are the most creative jewelry makers in North America and some lady who does not even know how to make jewelry (but costs a lot of money) is thrust on them to entertain for free. The e-mail record shows that the Artcamp women presented more than 20 new jewelry lines to Renice in 2007 and she did not accept a single one of them. Even the pieces made after the designs of the Houston “designer” – no orders were placed with the artisans by Global Crafts. An exruciating waste of the time and money of the craftswomen, who have been doing everything they can think of to keep their employment and source of household income. Not taking on Artcamp’s new modelsis evidence of Global Craft’s secret plan to cut back and eventually dismiss Artesanas Campesinas. Also explained is why Global Crafts did NO publicity or promotion for the Artcamp product whatsoever. They were in the process of dropping this producer group. This is after selling more than one million dollars of Artcamp jewelry in 2010-2017 (that’s right, no typo) The cow had been milked. Now it is time to raise a calf, NOT take faithful old Betsie to the slaughterhouse.

It will truly be a noble thing for Fair Trade Federation to side with the artisans in this case, because the actions of Global Crafts were detrimental to the artisans, they owe the artisans a little respect at least. 

Again, I believe Kevin and Renice are decent persons; they just let their idea of what is going on with their suppliers override reality in the villages. This could and should be a constructive process with a good result and not a matter of seeking blame. This producer group should have been regarded as a great treasure by Global Crafts, not something to exploit and throw away. Hurray for the Fair Trade Federation for supporting the Artcamp cooperative! in this case where a Fair Trade members is attempting to walk away from a long association with the Artcamp cooperative, without a good-by and without any final balancing of accounts. Global Crafts NO compartió información con el grupo de productores. NO informaron a las artesanas lo que estaban haciendo: reemplazar la joyería de Artcamp con algo más. Intentaron convencer a estos fabricantes de joyas tradicionales de que su producto había pasado de moda con un supuesto diseñador de Houston que dijo que estaba listo para subir a un avión a reacción para consultar con nosotras. Aquí a estos artesanos les están pagando cacahuetes: ahora miles de dólares se deben gastar bajo sus narices en un diseñador que no podría hacer una de sus piezas si su vida dependiera de ello. Estos son los fabricantes de joyas más creativos de América del Norte y algunas mujeres que ni siquiera saben cómo hacer joyas (pero cuestan mucho dinero) se ven obligadas a entretenerse de forma gratuita. El registro por correo electrónico muestra que las mujeres de Artcamp presentaron más de 20 nuevas líneas de joyería a Renice en 2007 y ella no aceptó ninguna de ellas. Incluso las piezas hechas después de los diseños del “diseñador” de Houston – no se hicieron pedidos con los artesanos por parte de Global Crafts. Una exasperante pérdida de tiempo y dinero de las artesanas, que han estado haciendo todo lo que pueden pensar para mantener su empleo y la fuente de ingresos del hogar. No aceptar los nuevos modelos de Artcamp es evidencia del plan secreto de Global Craft para recortar y, finalmente, despedir a Artesanas Campesinas. También se explica por qué Global Crafts NO hizo ninguna publicidad o promoción para el producto Artcamp en absoluto. Estaban en el proceso de abandonar este grupo de productores. Esto es después de vender más de un millón de dólares de joyas Artcamp en 2010-2017 (es cierto, no hay errores tipográficos) La vaca había sido ordeñada. Ahora es el momento de criar un ternero, NO llevar fielmente el animal al matadero. Realmente será una cosa noble que la Federación de Comercio Justo se alíe con los artesanos en este caso, porque las acciones de Global Crafts fueron perjudiciales para los artesanos, al menos deben un poco de respeto a los artesanos.

IF YOU ARE CONVINCED THAT FAIR TRADERS ARE CONSIDERATE OF THEIR ARTISAN SUPPLIERS,
PLEASE CONTACT US. IF YOU THINK THAT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE THAT SUCH A FRAUD COULD EXIST
UNDER EVERYONE’S NOSES, WRITE AND TELL US WHY SUCH DECEPTIVE BEHAVIOUR WERE ACCEPTABLE.
BASED ON EXPERIENCE WE VERY MUCH WANT TO TALK WITH
ANYBODY WHO WILL DEFEND THE FAIR TRADE SYSTEM.
WE WILL NOT BADGER YOU OR CHALLENGE YOUR BELIEFS.
WE JUST WANT TO HEAR WHAT MAKES YOU BELIEVE IN THIS.
THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION
SINCE THE LATE NINETEEN-NINETIES
WE HAVE EXTENSIVE PAPER AND DIGITAL RECORDS GOING ALL THE WAY BACK.
WE INVITE THEIR EXAMINATION IN DETAIL.
NOBODY CAN SAY WERE WERE EVER DISLOYAL TO FAIR TRADE.
OUR ONLY COMPLAINTS HAVE BEEN KEPT PRIVATE; UNTIL NOW.
IS THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE TO BE LOOTED AND SACKED BY A GANG OF RICHIE ELITISTS?
THEN WE ARE CALLING FOUL! IF FAIR TRADE DECIDES NOW TO EXCLUDE US FROM THE MARKET
FAIR TRADE WILL LEARN THAT IT HAS MESSED WITH THE WRONG DAUGHTERS OF AYOTZINAPA.
THE GOOD PEOPLE HERE ARE GRACIOUS AND HUMBLE, BUT NOT IF YOU TAKE US FOR FOOLS.

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THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE DOCUMENTS ARE EXAMINED BY THE INCOMING PRESIDENT WHO, IT WAS HOPED, WOULD HELP THE GROUP ACCESS AMPLE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PRODUCTION CREDITS AVAILABLE IN GUERRERO, WHICH IS ONE OF THE POOREST STATES IN MEXICO. GLOBAL CRAFTS PROMISED TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT, HOWEVER THEY DID NOTHING. INSTEAD, THEY BEGAN TO CUT BACK THEIR ORDERS.

La cooperativa Artesanas Campesinas existe desde hace mucho tiempo; siempre ha tenido problemas para ser un vehículo para los artesanos locales que eventualmente llegaríamos a un mundo mejor para nuestros hijos. La cooperativa es una entidad legal que también existe para defender y proteger los intereses de los artesanos indígenas. La cooperativa es también para la protección, no solo de los derechos humanos de los artesanos, sino también de los derechos de propiedad intelectual de los artesanos. Desde el comienzo hasta el final de esta crisis (desde que Global Crafts, sin previo aviso, rompió sin aviso su acuerdo formal para comprar un mínimo de 5000 $ al mes de nuestros productos (habían estado comprando mucho más). Cuando Global Crafts rompió el pacto, deberían haberse comunicado con nosotros para darles la oportunidad de hacer ajustes o intentar encontrar algo más. O podrían habernos ayudado. Pero no. Aunque le suplicamos que nos presentara a los distribuidores de Comercio Justo en otros países, ella no haría eso para nosotros. Mientras tanto, las tiendas de materiales de los artesanos (aleación de fundición, concha de abulón, piedra lapidaria) se agotaron porque Global Price estaba pagando los precios de hace cinco y seis años. Cuando el costo de todo ha subido mucho desde entonces. Cuando tratamos de hablar con ellos al respecto, dijeron que estaban ofendidos y se negaron a comunicarse. Es casi increíble que no hablen conmigo, ya que siempre he sido responsable y les he proporcionado un servicio educado. mejor para que las órdenes de Global Crafts llegaran a tiempo. Hice muchas cosas para Global Crafts que ellos no saben. Dijeron que querían tener nuevos estilos. Mi hermano es un diseñador de joyas, uno real. Pero ella envió a una persona que puede ser una gran diseñadora profesional, pero no es diseñadora de joyas y nos dio diseños que fueron hechos por computadora. Creo que Renice se enojó porque queríamos diseñar nuestras propias joyas y no tener este diseñador de los Estados Unidos, porque ella no está familiarizada con los materiales y nunca ha hecho las joyas ella misma y no podría ella misma fabricar nuestras piezas bajo ninguna circunstancia. Después de este problema, Renice se enojó conmigo y dejó caer las órdenes para el grupo de Artcamp y ahora le está diciendo a la gente en el pueblo que la razón por la que no tienen ningún ingreso es por mi culpa. Esto no es verdad. Además, los artesanos hicieron esos pendientes especiales, basados ​​en los dibujos que nos envió la diseñadora, y son muy amables. No digo que ella sea una mala diseñadora. Ella es una buena diseñadora. Ella no es diseñadora de joyas, eso es todo. Necesitas tener una sierra de joyero en tu mano para diseñar joyas. Sí, alguien puede diseñarlo en una computadora, alguien podría hacer cientos de diseños en una hora o más. Pero somos de Taxco, una ciudad conocida por su excelente trabajo de joyería de plata, y esto es algo en la sangre de la gente de aquí, en la sangre de mi hermano. Mi hermano se enojó conmigo porque le traje demasiados modelos originales. Me dijo: “Ni siquiera harán un pedido, lo harán en un lugar más barato” y la semana siguiente salió de su casa por primera vez para tomar el peligroso camino hacia el norte. Dejó a su esposa e hija, a su madre y a mí. Se fue porque estaba disgustado y desesperado. No sabía que Renice nunca hizo un pedido de estos pendientes que le hicimos, y no ofreció pagarle a mi hermano, y no ofreció pagarles a los artesanos del pueblo que realizaban el trabajo lapidario. Por supuesto, Global Crafts no hizo un pedido de estos pendientes que no fueron fáciles de hacer y, probablemente, nosotros, las mujeres, somos los únicos que podrías encontrar en el mundo que podrían hacer tales piezas. Renice se enojó cuando alguien le dijo que el diseñador que contrató no estaba calificado para este tipo de joyas e injustamente tomó su venganza contra las artesanas que le han servido fielmente y trabajado duro para ella durante siete años. Su venganza contra mí por desafiar a su amigo diseñador, fue cortar las órdenes de la cooperativa y esto es demasiado cruel y demasiado injusto; es demasiado difícil para las personas que están sufriendo lo suficiente como lo está aquí. Global Crafts cortó la comunicación con la cooperativa Artcamp el 18 de diciembre de 2017 a eso de las 6 p. M. Bloqueó las comunicaciones con la excusa de que se le había dicho algo ofensivo. Tengo el registro de GMail aquí mismo. Y ella también. ¿Cuál es el comentario ofensivo que supuestamente era el motivo para interrumpir las comunicaciones con nosotros? Claramente, no le gustó mi solicitud de una contabilidad de saldo, pero es solo una simple declaración de la cuenta de Global Crafts-Artcamp. Probablemente, es un malentendido. Aún así, ¿por qué no se puede discutir este tema como lo hacen otras empresas cuando tienen una disputa comercial? La única razón por la que esto sucede es porque cree que somos personas indefensas que están muy lejos y son demasiado pobres como para tener que darnos cuenta. No puedo creer que trataría otro negocio en su propio país de esta manera. Ella parece pensar que no podemos defendernos ni hacer nada. Hemos tenido un momento difícil en los últimos cinco siglos años ed. Pero eso no significa que tengamos que ser víctimas para siempre. No sé cómo preguntarles mejor a estas personas que a mí, 1. ¿no podemos tener un diálogo sobre esta situación, que es muy grave y afecta a las personas buenas? 2. ¿Por favor, Global Crafts presentará una contabilidad de saldos? debido a un rumor de la aldea me informó que Renice le dijo a algunas mujeres que le deben tres mil dólares. Esto no puede ser correcto ¿Estás seguro? ¿Cómo puede alguien decir, sin una contabilidad de saldo? sobre el cual Global Crafts tiene conocimiento. Debe haber algo que me falta. Cortas las comunicaciones y pretendes que no han existido siete años de negocios entre ti y esta cooperativa y yo soy el representante legal, te guste o no, y te guste o no a las mujeres en tecalpulco; y seguiré siendo el presidente de la cooperativa hasta que deje de decirles que he sido la causa de sus problemas y creo que una contabilidad de saldos es normal ((esto es Taxco, un centro de joyería comercial; las formas y usos del comercio de joyas con extranjeros). los compradores son “el pan de cada día” para muchas personas en nuestra ciudad), así que espero resolver esta desafortunada disputa con la práctica empresarial local normal. Diferencias, debemos resolverlas como Jesús quisiera: haciendo bien, para no lastimar, ni uno ni el otro.

Please hear our cry our cry for justice in this case! Our cooperative has been treated very badly by Global Crafts, perhaps these people do not know what they are doing, really, when they sell our jewelry creations in our name, then coldly turn the back on us, on all our work and faithfulness, without any discussion, without any explanation, without any account-balancing, without the recognition, even, of our existence as craftspeople. Global Crafts has been marketing our product since the year 2000, all the time claiming to customers that a portion of the purchase price will go to the benefit of the artisans, all those years, and all those sales of our jewelry: and they are claiming that the motivation of this Fair Trade business operation is humanitarian and that is why they employ our images, and images of our children, to reinforce their potential-customers’ belief-in, and material support of such a worthy mission as assisting artisan communities in the third world.
Yet, our community here in Guerrero where we are literally running against death, itself. When the child of an artisan gets sick, ¿how to buy medicine, if there is no employment income? To cut off the employment income of artisans, while Global Crafts continues to use the good name of these artisans to sell products for profit at wholesale, retail, and over the internet. We know that commonly accepted commercial practice requires Global Crafts to present an account balancing and discuss business-ending terms – if that is what Global Crafts wants. For whatever reason, Global Crafts cut off communication with the Artcamp cooperative (the legal cooperative, that is; and it’s legal president, as elected by the members in a general assembly, as specified by the cooperative society’s charter.) You have to ask them why they did this, and see if you credit the answer you receive. I was never offered an explanation at any time. Global Crafts cut the communications with Artcamp’s office on December 18, 2007. Rumors from the villages have reached my ears that Global Crafts is in communication with, and placing orders with, some craftswomen apart. However, ¿shouldn’t Global Crafts balance accounts with the Artcamp cooperative first, before sourcing their products elsewhere with other producers? Global Crafts has caused dissention and bad feeling among the members of this group which was funtioning reasonably well before Renice Jones got mad at me on account of the unqualified Texas designer lady and my brother, the award-winning jewelry designer. She took out a revenge on me by cutting the orders of these women who have never been late on a shipment to her in seven years, and with not a single unresolved quality issue! and this is how their effort, their faithfulness has been repaid? with a short sneer at all us mexican women, as if we do not really exist, even though Global Crafts made a lot of money over the years (More than 500,000usd$) re-selling our jewelry.


2. Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Members show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, members work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.

Global Crafts did NOT share information with the producer group. They did NOT inform the craftswomen what they were doing: replacing the Artcamp jewelry with something else. They tried to convince these traditional jewelry makers that their product had gone out of fashion with a hokey supposed designer from Houston who said she was ready to get on a jet plane to consult with them. Here these artisans are getting paid peanuts – now thousands upon thousands of dollars are to be spent under their noses on a designer who could not make one of their pieces, if her life depended on it! It’s infamous. These are the most creative jewelry makers in North America and some lady who does not even know how to make jewelry (but costs a lot of money) is thrust on them. The e-mail record shows that the Artcamp women presented more than 20 new jewelry lines to Renice in 2007 and she did not like a single one of them. Even the pieces made after the designs of the Houston “designer”, no orders were placed. An exruciating waste of the time and money of the craftswomen , who have been doing everything they can think of to keep their employment and source of household income. Not taking on new models is strong evidence of Global Craft’s secret plan to cut back and eventually dismiss Artesanas Campesinas. Also explained is why Global Crafts did NO publicity or promotion for this their product whatsoever. This is after selling more than one million dollars of Artcamp jewelry in 2010-2017 (that’s right, no typo) The cow had been milked. Now its time to raise a calf, NOT take faithful old Betsie to the slaughterhouse. It will truly be a noble thing for Fair Trade Federation to side with the artisans in this case, because the behaviour of Global Crafts is indeed detrimental to the interests of the artisan community. 
Again, I believe Kevin and Renice care about people; humanity was somehow lost in the translation. This sad situation could and should be a constructive process with a good result, and not a matter of seeking blame. This craftswomens’ group should have been regarded as a great treasure by Fair Trade, not something to exploit and to keep out of the Fair Trade market. Becasue the people here are fairly simple. They would genuinely reciprocate your good will and repay the favor. Fair Trade sellers have made a lot of money off the jewelry of these women since the 1990’s and they deserve to have an honorable place in the markets of Fair Trade. Unfortunately the bad things Renice has said about me and about the cooperative make it necessary that Fair Trade Federation clear the air otherwise it is as if we were the ones who did something wrong. Please! Why has there been no communication. Why has there been no presentation of balance of accounts? Untruths are being told and it is March 2018 and false versions are being told to Fair Trade stores who were once our good customers. Why?

Behold a Crowdsource Investigation Channel devoted to the cause of artisans everywhere in this wide world. The issue of 501c fraud and fake benevolent charities. Charles Ortel on Jason Goodman’s Crowdsourcing the Truth is a protoype model of such a livestream broadcast show. Via Facebook, Periscope, and You Tube, an on-the-air livecast production with interviews of everyone involved in an ethnographic documentary style, and complemented by recorded videos relevant to justice for artisans.. Assuredly, we will take a respectful tone in discussing the very sad situation involving the Artcamp cooperative and Global Crafts and Fair Trade.

 

I am Martin Rizzi a long-time resident of Taxco and a friend of these craftswomen and of the cooperative. On December 18th 2017 I wrote to Renice Jones on their behalf and she replied with 2 GMails of about 850 words.
I replied to Renice’s EMails with several of my own, each composed in a separate thread. The record of our conversation is available to anyone who want to download it and read all what was really said, to see if there was any disrespect or objectionable tone or unwarranted sarcasm. Every GMail ever sent between Global Crafts and me (Actually, there were very few – maybe 12, all of them in 2017, over a seven-year period). No message I ever sent was anything but reasonable. I suspect that Global Crafts is pretending to be offended because they don’t want to do a balance accounting with the group becasue they are too high and mighty to present an accounting ledger to some brown-skinned women in the South. Since this crisis began, I have reviewed a great part of the GMails between Global Crafts and the Artcamp cooperative over the years 2000-2017 and the record clearly demonstrates that the women were always helpful, positive, constructive, truthful; whereas Global Crafts was consistently opaque and deceptive and shamefully inconsiderate of the interests, or the well-being of, their faithful long-time supplier, the Artcamp craftswomen’s cooperative.

THE CROWDSOURCING JUSTICE FOR ARTISANS SHOW WILL BE STREAMING LIVE – AT ANY TIME!

BE PREPARED FOR THE LAUNCH OF THE CROWDSOURCING JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE YOU-TUBE CHANNEL

WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO BE AFRAID OF, SO WE CONFIDENTLY APPEAL TO THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION

PLEASE INTERVENE IN THIS CASE WHERE THE ARTISANS HAVE BEEN GRIEVOUSLY DAMAGED BY BAD ACTORS!

WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO GO INTO THIS MESS. WE WANT TO GET IT CLEANED UP.  WE WANT TO BE VINDICATED.

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THERE ARE MANY DETAILED REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COOPERATIVE’s CURRENT LEGAL STATUS. THE CONSTITUTIONAL MISSION OF THE artcamp cooperative SOCIETY IS TO DEFEND THE INTERESTS OF THE ARTISANS AND TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF THE LOCAL ARTISAN COMMUNITY IN GENERAL.

Global Crafts cut off communication with the Artcamp cooperative on December 18 2017 at about 6 pm. The communications were blocked on the excuse that something offensive was said to her. I have the GMail record right here. And so does she. What is the offensive comment that was supposedly the reason for breaking off communications with us? Clearly she did not like our request for a balance accounting, but it’s only a simple statement of the Global Crafts-Artcamp account. Probably, there is some misunderstanding. Still, why can’t this issue be discussed like other businesses, when other businesses have a commercial dispute? The only reason this is happening is because she thinks we are helpless persons who are far away and too poor to have any help us. I can not believe that she would treat another business in her own country in this way. She seems to think that we are unable to defend ourselves or do anything. We have had a hard time over the past five hundred years. But that does not mean that we are going to be victims forever. I don’t know how to ask Global Crafts any more nicely than I have: 1. can’t we have a dialog about this situation, which is very grave and affects good people? 2. Please, Global Crafts, will you present us with a balance accounting? because a rumor from the village informed me that Renice told some women there that they owe her money. This can’t be right. Are you sure? How can anyone know without a balance accounting? There must be something I am missing. You cut off the communications and pretend that there has not been seven years of business between you and this cooperative. I am the legal representative, whether you like it or not, and whether the women in the villages like it or not; and I will keep being the cooperative president, while you are misleading them that I have been the cause of their problems, and I think a balance accounting is normal (this is Taxco, a commercial jewelry center; the forms and usages of jewelry commerce with foreign buyers is “the bread of every day” for the people in our city), so I sincerely and most seriously hope we settle this sad dispute with normal local business practice. Let’s work together, with mutual respect (and joy!) Differences – we should settle them like Jesus would like us to: making it up, and being friends. Let’s move forward together for the good of Fair Trade, the way it was when our cooperative was among the original members.

Global Crafts rompió la comunicación con la cooperativa Artcamp con saña el 18 de diciembre de 2017 a eso de las 6 p. M. Bloqueó las comunicaciones con la excusa de que se le había dicho algo ofensivo. Tengo el registro de GMail aquí mismo. Y ella también. ¿Cuál es el comentario ofensivo que supuestamente era el motivo para interrumpir las comunicaciones con nosotros? Claramente, no le gustó mi solicitud de una contabilidad de saldo, pero es solo una simple declaración de la cuenta de Global Crafts-Artcamp. Probablemente, es un malentendido. Aún así, ¿por qué no se puede discutir este tema como lo hacen otras empresas cuando tienen una disputa comercial? La única razón por la que esto sucede es porque cree que somos personas indefensas que están muy lejos y son demasiado pobres como para tener que darnos cuenta. No puedo creer que trataría otro negocio en su propio país de esta manera. Ella parece pensar que no podemos defendernos ni hacer nada. Hemos tenido un momento difícil en los últimos cinco siglos años ed. Pero eso no significa que tengamos que ser víctimas para siempre. No sé cómo preguntarles mejor a estas personas que a mí, 1. ¿no podemos tener un diálogo sobre esta situación, que es muy grave y afecta a las personas buenas? 2. ¿Por favor, Global Crafts presentará una contabilidad de saldos? debido a un rumor de la aldea me informó que Renice le dijo a algunas mujeres que le deben tres mil dólares. Esto no puede ser correcto ¿Estás seguro? ¿Cómo puede alguien decir, sin una contabilidad de saldo? sobre el cual Global Crafts tiene conocimiento. Debe haber algo que me falta. Cortas las comunicaciones y pretendes que no han existido siete años de negocios entre ti y esta cooperativa y yo soy el representante legal, te guste o no, y te guste o no a las mujeres en tecalpulco; y seguiré siendo el presidente de la cooperativa hasta que deje de decirles que he sido la causa de sus problemas y creo que una contabilidad de saldos es normal ((esto es Taxco, un centro de joyería comercial; las formas y usos del comercio de joyas con extranjeros). los compradores son “el pan de cada día” para muchas personas en nuestra ciudad), así que espero resolver esta desafortunada disputa con la práctica empresarial local normal. Diferencias, debemos resolverlos como a Jesús le gustaría, componer las diferencias y ser amigos.
FAIR TRADE PRINCIPLES Federation members fully commit to the following principles: 1. Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Members create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. Members place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.

Here is Fair Trade Principle Number One: “The interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.” Notwithstanding two up-close and personal inspections in recent years, Renice Jones does not “get it” that her craftsworker suppliers are poor people and that their primary concern is to put food on the table for their families. That these artisans are totally dependent on her for their income.
Global Crafts has wanting to phase out this group, so she used her buying power and her monopoly position to keep the price at an extremely low level, until the artisans had depleted their stocks of casting alloy, abalone shell, and lapidary stone. In 2017 – Global Crafts did NO promotion of Artcamp’s jewelry, NO investment in the group, NO new tools, even though these craftswomen are her trusted suppliers of seven years (with an excellent service record, a perfect delivery record and no unresolved quality issues):

Instead of promoting the jewelry of the Artcamp cooperative, Rewnice Jones appears to have conspired with other Fair Traders, with the purpose of keeping these Mexican craftswomen OUT of the Fair Trade market.

I do NOT think that one could fairly state that Global Crafts has had the interests of the producer at the heart of their business in this case and I appeal to the Fair Trade Federation to apply Principle Number 1.

The GMails back and forth between Global Craft and Artcamp the past seven years tell the whole story: the interests of the producer have been deteriorated rather than advanced by this company. The producer group is made to serve the interests of the Fair Trade dealer – the exact opposite of Fair Trade Principle #1

The closer anybody examines the GMail record, the more clearly they will see the pattern of exploitation.

I hope and pray that reason and justice prevail here and that the Fair Trade Federation will order
Global Crafts to settle accounts, as they should, and to pay the girl for the work her brother did.

Global Crafts was walking away from Artcamp, not sharing their planning with them. That unwarned-of 35% drop in orders in 2017 was doubly destructive to the social fabric of the cooperative society, because everyone was caught unaware when the agreement to purchase 5000usd$/month was unilaterally abandoned by Global Crafts in January 2017 and the order turn-down that followed, as Global Crafts took on new jewelry lines to sell.

The new cooperative president, Emi had just formally asked Renice on December 20th – 30th, 2016, in a series of emails, if there was any way the service or the quality of the cooperative might be improved for the coming year. Emi told to Renice in ger GMail of 28 December 2016, that she (Emi) had learned of the importance of communication with the customer in the business school training she had received from the government, at the time she got a grant to buy her sewing machines.

But Renice only answered her: “No. Everything is just fine”.

So, Emi reported to the women at the year-end members meeting that the customer had confirmed that everything is just fine.

Two weeks later, the surprise order reduction came, included with a warning “you are lucky to have an order this month” (paraphrased). This order reduction was entirely deliberate; it broke a covenant that had been honored for 2 years of a $5000usd/month minumum order. The breaking of agreement is totally on Global Crafts. They broke off communications so as to not be reminded of their dihonored committment (in writing).

in January 2017, the price of everything in Mexico went up 25% (look up “Gasolinazo” in Wikipedia)
Global Crafts knew of the “Gasolinazo” across-the-board rise in price of everything in Mexico from tortilla dough to bus fares, however no adjustment ws offered or provided in the price the local artisans were receiving from Global Crafts for their work. The éople need to have work. They way they knew how to hold on to their jobs was by performing perfectly with regard to quality and deliver. Taking their work away from them in this way is just NOT right, because only Global Crafts is in the market. The artisans don’t know what they are not told by the customer. These craftswomen are not afforded any opportunity to speak for themselves or defend their own interests, thats why the Fair Trade company customer should take a real interest in the well-being of this community (after having sold a million dollars worth of Artcamp’s product over seven years). YES, THAT’S RIGHT. INCREDIBLY ENOUGH, FOR SEVEN YEARS, GLOBAL CRAFTS CASHED IN ON ARTCAMP’S UNIQUE JEWELRY AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE ARTISANS, THEN THEY DROPPED THEM LIKE AN OLD SHOE.

Artcamp has nobody in Fair Trade to act for them, except Global Crafts. Everyone here thought
that Global Crafts had an underlying intention to help artisans, not just make money off of them.

“Members place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.”

Hello?

Thus, Global Crafts practices in this case violates Fair Trade Principle Number One WHICH PLAINLY STATES THAT THE GOOD OF THE ARTISAN COMMUNITY IS TO BE REGARDED AS THE REASON FOR EXISTENCE OF THE FAIR TRADER.

I applaud Fair Trade Federation in advance for siding with the authentic artisans in this case and, if you will thus kindly help the village artisans be protected from the worst practices of commercial dealers, all concerned will be sincerely appreciative, and reciprocate to you our genuine good will. For the record, I believe both Kevin and Renice are good people. But, they are not at all sensitive to the craftspeople, because, if they were, they would NOT have acted the crass way they did. But they seem to think they zre qualified represent 3rd World Craftspeople in the United States market to persons sympathetic to artisan families artisans, who need some protection from the savage capitalistic pressures. Still, I’m pretty sure that Renice and Kevin are decent people, and that, in a way, this is all a big misunderstanding, one that, –
if handled constructively – could still have a positive outcome for all. After all, we are from a little village in the provinces of south Mexico, still we have attempted to understand our customers and their needs and to provide them with everything they want from us. However, the customer has not made any such effort to understand us, our customs, our tradition, our jewelry, or our way of being, or our social institutions, such as the cooperative. There has been NO effort whatsoever to include us in the benefits of Fair Trade. We have been excluded from the market and the benefits of fair trade and the GMail record will show that the communication has been strictly a one-way street, from the start of our relationship with Global Crafts in 2000, to the finish on December 18, 2017, when Global Crafts were through with us.

The artisans comply with the boss, and if one says anything,
– the bosses claim it is offensive, so no answer is ever given
and it is a matter of time until revenge is taken by the employer.

If somebody said something offensive, as is claimed, then please can’t
that person be forgiven? Can’t we even know what it was that was said,
that was so offensive that these artisan families all have to suffer?

HERE IS SILVIA, AN ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE MEMBER, SHE IS SPEAKING FROM HER HEART:

HERE IS AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF TESTIMONY OF  SILVIA  OF THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE

PLEASE LISTEN TO WHAT SHE HAS TO SAY, SHE IS SAYING THE TRUTH, RIGHT FROM HER HEART
 
 
Si Renice no quiere hablar conmigo, entonces no quiero hablar con ella. Sin embargo, creo que es mi trabajo comunicarme para resolver este problema. Esta persona tiene un buen salario y el tiempo transcurre con comodidad, pero estamos luchando por encontrar una manera de trabajar para alimentar a nuestros hijos, nuestros padres y madres, pero eso no significa que simplemente nos daremos por vencidos. Tal vez no hay justicia tal vez hay. Somos personas tranquilas y respetuosas aquí en Guerrero hasta que alguien viene y nos pisa la cabeza gritando: ¡Ja, ja, ja! ¿Qué vas a hacer al respecto?
CROWDSOURCING
JUSTICE
FOR ARTISANS
De nuevo, creo que Kevin y Renice son personas decentes; simplemente dejan que su idea de lo que sucede con sus proveedores anule la realidad en el pueblo. Esto podría y debería ser un proceso constructivo con un buen resultado y no una cuestión de buscar culpables. Este grupo de productores debería haber sido considerado como un gran tesoro por Global Crafts, no como algo que explotar y tirar. ¡Hurra por la Federación de Comercio Justo por apoyar a la cooperativa Artcamp en este caso infame, cuando un miembro de Fair Trade intenta alejarse de una larga asociación con la cooperativa Artcamp, sin presentar un balance final y sin una palabra de adiós.

IF THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION IS NOT GOING TO SUPPORT THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE IN ITS RIGHTEOUS CLAIM AGAINST GLOBAL CRAFTS, THEN WE INSIST UPON KNOWING WHY TOM COSTELLO OF “COSTELLO INTERNATIONAL” A ‘PERSONA NON GRATA’ IN TECALPULCO AND AN UNDESIREABLE FIGURE WITH A BAD REPUTATION IN THIS AREA FOR NON-PAYMENT AND LATE-PAYMENT, AS WELL AS FOR BEING THE CHEAPEST OF ALL PAYERS OF ARTISANS, HAS A HONORED SPOT AS A FAIR TRADE MEMBER WHEREAS ARTCAMP HAS TO BOW AND BEG THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION TO HAVE ITS GRIEVANCES EVEN BE HEARD.

IS THERE TRUTH TO THE CLAIMS THAT FAIR BENEFITS ARTISANS? OR IS FAIR TRADE A SCAM?
THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION ALL DEPENDS UPON
HOW THE ARTCAMP COOPERATIVE IS TREATED! PLEASE WEIGH IN.
IF YOU REALLY TRULY BELIEVE IN FAIR TRADE IS FOR REAL,
PLEASE CONTACT US, WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS.

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Today the 26th of April 2016

El día de Hoy 26 de abril del 2016

We went to the city of Chilpancingo

nos dirigimos a la ciudad de Chilpancingo,

capital of the state of Guerrero

capital del estado de Guerrero.

The trip took approximately three hours.

El recorrido duro aproximadamente tres horas,

The officer of the cooperative commented to me

la encargada de la cooperativa me comento

about the difficulties they have passed through

sobre todas dificultades que hay que pasar

when one directs herself to a notary

cuando uno se dirige a una notaría,

above all when one doesnt know

sobre todo cuando uno desconoce

the terms in which the persons express themselves

los términos en los que se expresan las personas

who work in these offices

que trabajan en esas oficinas,

we also speak of the change of administrator

también hablamos del cambio de administradora única,

she does not want to continue as the administrator …

ella no desea seguir como administradora…

she says it takes too much of her time

dice que eso le quita mucho tiempo,

and all this time she has to take care of her kids and that makes it difficult for her

que todo ese tiempo lo tiene que dedicar a sus hijos y que por eso se le hace difícil

to mix the work of the cooperative with the work of handcraft

mesclar los trabajos de la cooperativa con su trabajo de artesana

and as mother and wife of family

y como madre y esposa de familia,

to organize the papers is another challenge

arreglar los papeles también es un trabajo

she does not know the documentation and what is missing

ella no sabe que documentación es la que le hace falta,

and so she doesnt know the Acts that the notary will ask for

y tampoco sabe cómo se hacen las Actas que piden en la notaria,

that is why we went to another person

por eso acudimos a una persona conocida

who helps us sometimes with knotty problems

que nos ayudara a realizar esos trámites difíciles,

that in addition to being complicated, represent another cost.

que además de ser complicados representan un gasto extra,

and also that is why we are taking this Act it to the notary

por eso esperamos que esta Acta que llevamos a la notaria

It won’t do if we have to make several trips

nos sirva para no tener que hacer varios viajes,

the journey to Chilpancingo begins when we travel to the city of Iguala

el trayecto a Chilpancingo empieza cuando viajamos a la cuidad de iguala

and there we bord a taxi that is conducted by a young man

y alla abordamos un taxi, que era conducido por un jovencito

he had the sound volume of the radio turned way up

que llevaba el volumen de su radio a todo lo que daba,

a little past Rancho del Curita

un poquito después de pasar el rancho del cura

the taxi started to smoke

el taxi comenzó a echar humo

a lady in a Little house by the side of the road

y una señora de una casita al lado de la carretera

gave him a bucket of wáter to cool off the car

le regalo una cubeta con agua para enfriar el coche,

when it cooled off, we continued our journey

cuando por fin se enfrió continuamos nuestro viaje,

the car sounded strange and the sound of the music mixed with a strange sound

el coche sonaba raro y el ruido de la música apagaba un poco el sonido extraño,

a half an hour later the taxi driver stopped again

una media hora después el taxista se detuvo nuevamente

now the taxi was out of oil

ahora el taxi se había quedado sin aceite

but we continued on our way

pero así continuamos el camino,

15 minutes later the taxi stopped again

pasados unos 15 minutos el taxista volvió a pararse

and this time the strange sound was stronger, but we continued on

y esta vez era más fuerte ese ruido extraño pero aun así continuamos la marcha,

 

the passengers were afaid the taxi would lose its brakes

los pasajeros teníamos miedo de que ese taxi se quedara sin frenos,

after 15 minutes more, a loud sound like an explosión was heard

después de otros 15 minutos se escuchó un ruido muy fuerte como si fuera una explosión

the car stopped Little by Little, something was broken

y el coche se detuvo poco a poco, se le había roto algo,

and there we were, stranded in the middle of those bald hills.

así que estábamos ahí varadas en medio de esos cerros baldíos,

after a while another taxi appeared and offered to take us to Chilpo

después de un rato apareció otro taxi que nos quiso llevar a Chilpo

but he left us outside the city

pero  nos dejó afuera de la ciudad

and ther we took another urban service to arrive in the center

así que de ahí tomamos otro servicio urbano para llegar hasta el centro,

these were our difficulties, when we were downtown we looked for the accountant

estas fueron nuestras dificultades, cuando por fin estuvimos en el centro buscamos al contador

that we will help to get this paperwork

que nos ayudaría a realizar estos trámites,

with the accountant, we went to the notary

ya con el contador nos dirigimos a la notaria,

the people there are very nice

las personas que trabajan ahí son amables

yet, they think everyone is obliged to be on par with what they do

ellos piensan que todo el mundo está obligado a estar al par con lo que ellos hacen,

this is why we asked the accountant to please help us

es por eso que le pedimos a este contador que nos ayudara

 he knows well the terms, and knows well the terms that we have to apply

el conoce los términos así él nos podrá explicar en términos que es lo que tenemos que aplicar.

The accountant spoke with a secretary and explained the motive of our presence.

El contador hablo con una secretaria  y explico el motivo de nuestra presencia

They did not let us go in.

así nos permitieron entrar,

They took us with a lady lawyer, and she reviewed the acts we had with us

nos llevaron con una licenciada a la cual le pedimos que revisara el acta que llevábamos,

she received them and read it and told us our document was not valid

ella la recibió y la leyó y nos dijo que la documento no valía,

 she only said that

que solo decía que  la

this act is deficient

esta acta es deficiente

because it was signed don the edge

porque estaba firmada al calce

and what is more requires a list of attendance

y además requería una lista de asistencia,

also she explained to us that if we desire government support

también nos explicó que si nosotras queremos que nos apoyé el gobierno

it will be necessary to elaborate the act

hay que elaborar el acta

according to the specifications of the institution to which we would solicit funds

según las especificaciones de la institución a la que solicitemos el apoyo,

she continued to say that she could still protocolize the document

así que nos dijo que lo de menos era que ella protocolizara el documento,

but we would have a problem later if we didn’t know which agency we were going to.

tendríamos dificultades si no sabíamos muy bien a que dependencia  íbamos a pedir,

we communicated to the lady lawyer

le comunicamos a la licenciada

that we only wanted to change the only administrator

que solo queríamos hacer el cambio de administrador único

she told us that if we desire a new administrator

nos dijo que si queríamos un nuevo administrador

she has to be a member of the cooperative society who has been named in another act

tenía que ser un miembro se la sociedad cooperativa que  queda asentado en otra acta,

we responded that we are all in agreement regarding the change of administrator

a lo que respondimos que todas estábamos de acuerdo en cambiar a la administrador

and that we have chosen a person and everyone is in agreement now

y que todas habían escogido a una persona y que si todas estábamos de acuerdo

¡so why can’t we do it? She smiled at this comment and was more relaxed.

¿Porque no se podía? A lo que ella respondió sonriendo ya más relajada,

Yes you can but you have to make another act, and have her named in another act.

si se puede pero tienen que hacerla primero socia y dejarlo asentado en otra acta,

then she will take the act and protocolize it

ella recibirá el acta y la protocolizara

and that we should put it in the subsequent act,

y que los pongamos en la siguiente acta,

and afterwards send it to the public register of property

y después la mandara al registro público de la propiedad

so they seal it for us

 

para que la sellen nos

she said that there they charge for each page

dijo que allá cobran por cada hoja que llevemos

and if she would approve it.

y  que si ella lo aprueba

another would reject it

y en el otro lugar lo rechaza

We have to make a new act

Tendremos que hacer nuevamente el acta

And pay again since it is worth it to us to correct it

y pagarla otra vez así que más nos valía corregirla

from the first the lady lawyer explained

desde el principio. La licenciada nos explicó

that many cooperatives pass by her office

que muchas cooperativas pasan por su oficina

and to everyone she says: know your statutes

y que a todas les dice lo mismo tienen que conocer sus estatutos,

you have to know what they contain

tienen que saber qué es lo que quieren

and also to know which are the requirements

y tienen que saber cuáles son los requisitos que pide

of this or that agency of the government

una o otra dependencia de gobierno

with regard to cooperatives

en cuanto a cooperativas

so that they are afforded a credit

para que les otorguen un crédito

We left the notary accompanied by the accountant

Salimos de la notaria acompañados del contador

who attended us in the park

quien nos atendió en un parque

becasue, to do this in a legal office is very expensive

porque hacerlo en un bufet de contadores es muy caro,

the attention the accountant gave us is very good

la atención que nos dio el contador fue muy buena

he explained about the validity of the documents we have

nos explicó del validez de los documentos que tenemos

and also he assured us that he would help us

y también nos aseguró que nos ayudaría

so that we should update  documents of the cooperative

para que nos pusiéramos al corriente con la documentación.

That the legal documents of the cooperative society of Artcamp

Que los documentos leales de  la sociedad cooperativa de Artcamp fueran actualizada

Our cooperative has so many documents because Artcamp was founded in the year 2000.

Nuestra cooperativa tiene tantos documentos porque Artcamp se fundió en el año de 2000.

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BERTA AND VERONICA AND MARCELINA AND BERTA RECEIVED A GLOBAL CRAFT INSPECTOR INTO THEIR HOMES AND GRACIOUSLY PERMITTED THESE PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN OF THEM. EVEN THOUGH THEIR ECONOMIC SITUATION WAS TAKEN AS THE SUBJECT OF THE INSPECTION STUDY, NO SPECIAL BENEFIT WAS PROVIDED TO THESE POOR PEOPLE, THAT THEIR IDENTITIES WERE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

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EXAMPLES OF HOW THE CRAFTSWOMEN ARE PRESENTED BY GLOBAL CRAFTS: AS FAIR TRADE BENEFICIARIES OF SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AND ASSISTANCE IN BUILDING THEIR CAPACITY AND COMMUNITY. FOR THE PAST YEARS THE IMAGES OF THESE VILLAGE WOMAN HAVE BEEN PRESENTED TO GLOBAL CRAFTS CUSTOMERS AS EMBLEMS OF ITS HUMANITARIAN MISSION. YET. THE EMPLOYMENT INCOME OF THESE GOOD PEOPLE WAS CRUELLY TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM, ON ACCOUNT OF THE SHEER CAPRICE AND ARROGANCE OF THE FAIR TRADE BUSINESS OWNER, WHO SURELY MUST BE ABUSING THE FAIR TRADE MEMBERSHIP OF HER COMPANY.

Global Crafts blocked communications
with the cooperative on December 18th, 2017
when we had asked for a balancing of accounts.

Dear, FTF, please support us in our righteous claim
that Global Crafts communicate with us!…and that
Global Crafts should provide a balance accounting.

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