Many Kent members attended the Co-op Party’s Common decency day conference on 9 March.
Members from Ashford, Gravesend and Dartford are pictured highlighting the Party’s call for food justice.
Also at the conference was Simon Digby from the Dover, Deal & Thanet Co-op Party branch. Simon commented “it was a very interesting conference. It was good to be able to take part in shaping future Co-op Party policies”.
This year campaigners are calling for a living income growers and producers in the developing world. The Fairtrade Foundation points out that £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. Currently, a typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. Almost all cocoa farmers in West Africa live in poverty.
For the women the situation is even worse. They may plant and harvest on the farm, look after children, carry water, collect wood, cook and clean for the family, and transport the cocoa beans to market but often with fewer rights than men.
Co-op Party members will be taking part in events across Kent to highlight the issues, raise funds and enjoy fantastic Fairtrade products.
The Party’s campaign against modern slavery is getting traction in Kent.
Co-op Party member Cllr Alan Baldock tweeted this: Very Very pleased – tonight CCC P&R Committee took on changes to a new anti-slavery policy matching it to the @CoopParty Charter Against Modern Day Slavery – Hope CCC will now proudly sign the Charter joining dozens of UK Councils @Labour4C
The Canterbury branch had a successful and well attended meeting today, pictured below.
Members made plans for a street stall to highlight the Co-op Party’s campaign against modern slavery. Details can be found on the Co-op Party’s website at www.party.coop and on the Facebook feed (on the right of this page).
The Co-op Party is organising an event to share ideas, network, to be inspired and learn about how others are putting co-operative solutions into practice at a Local Govt Conference. The cost is £10, visit the Party’s website for more details.
Fairtrade Fortnight runs until 11 March. Our Co-op Party members have been busy supporting the campaign and events across Kent, with the Dartford branch collecting signatures for a petition and the Dover & Deal branch donating Fairtrade footballs to schools.
The Executive Committee of the Kent Co-op Party came together on 17 February with members from the Ashford and Canterbury branches to finalise the details of our upcoming AGM and to set out plans for campaigning and policy discussions for the year.
We are planning on a campaign on Fairtrade this spring and will be organising policy discussions across Kent.