activist notes

2 About Activist Notes

Activist Notes is a social forum for people who want to change the world. It was founded on February 20, 2008.

Want to become a contributor to Activist Notes?

Please read our criteria for being a contributor and/or an affiliate and what that means before emailing activistnotes[at] to tell us about yourself. We are looking for community organizers from various backgrounds, places, and so on to stimulate critical discussion and collective education on all sorts of issues.

Activist Notes Contributors

Amanda Wilson

Amanda has been involved in trade justice movements for several years, and is a past organizer and intern with United Students Against Sweatshops. Recently, she has been really interested in anti-capitalist organizing and worker cooperatives. She is currently a board member of the Worker Rights Consortium and is doing her Masters in Labour Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She can be reached by email at amanda.divito.wilson[AT]

Bertrant Olliang

Bertrant lives in Libreville, Gabon. He works for the Gabon government in the Ministry of Social Economy where he is currently participating in the development of a Fair Trade Access Program for Gabonese artists, farmers, and workers. He is also preparing a World Fair Trade Day 2008 celebration. Bertrant is a former coordinator of Plateforme des Etudiants Africains pour un Commerce Equitable (PEACE), which is based in Dakar, Senegal where he completed his university education. He can be reached by email at olliang_fa[AT]

Hayley Watson

Hayley is an organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops. She is currently a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She can be reached by email at hayley[AT]

!an Hussey

!an lives in Toronto, Canada. He’s from Hantsport, Nova Scotia. He’s a trade justice activist, writer and researcher. He founded the Canadian Student Fair Trade Network (CSFTN) in 2004, and was the network’s director until June, 2007. He is an adviser to the US-based United Students for Fair Trade (USFT). He is one of the founders and developers (2007-2008) of the Canadian Coalition for Fair Trade. Upon the invitation of Peter Julian, New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament and Trade Critic, he is participating in roundtable discussions on developing a Fair Trade policy for Canada. He can be reached by email at activistnotes[AT]

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF)

Based in Washington DC, USA, ILRF is an advocacy organization which promotes the just and humane treatment of workers worldwide. ILRF has four program areas: Create a SweatFree World, Stop Child Labor, Rights for Working Women, and End Violence Against Trade Unions. ILRF engages in various strategies including consumer education, corporate campaigns, policy campaigns, research, and litigation all the while maintaining strong relationships with labor unions and NGOs around the world working to defend the rights of laborers.

La Siembra Co-operative

Based in Ottawa, Canada, (just kidding, La Siembra is based in the City of Ottawa, but it’s interesting that the capital of Canada is named after a First Nations people, no? Too bad many people don’t seem to know that or even care – Activist Notes said that, not La Siembra) La Siembra Co-operative’s mission is to offer high-quality Fair Trade Certified organic products that improve the livelihoods of family farmers and the well-being of communities at home and abroad. At La Siembra we have direct relationships with co-operatives in the South and work closely with our producer partners. All of our Cocoa Camino products are Fair Trade Certified and organic and provide consumers with an opportunity to guarantee that farmers are getting a better deal and can plan for their future.


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