Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference Goes Virtual
Join us this week for the first Fair Trade Campaigns Virtual Conference
Updated March 13, 2020 at 3:30pm PST with program information.
Thank you for your patience as the Fair Trade Campaigns team has continued to monitor and plan around the growing risk of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California, across the nation, globally and its impact on the 2020 National Conference.
As we shared in our update last week, our number one priority is to be able to bring our community of advocates together in a way that ensures the health and well-being of everyone in attendance, as well as those in the Pasadena area and the college campuses and communities across the country to which everyone will return. It is now evident that we cannot guarantee that, given the rapid spread of the virus with cases more than doubling over the past five days. In addition to the increase in cases; LA County, Orange County, the State of California and the City of Pasadena have all enacted a state of emergency, and college campuses and companies across the U.S. are implementing travel bans affecting the ability of many folks to join us in person.
Therefore, after much consideration, we will not be holding the 2020 Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference as planned in Pasadena, CA. However, as with all of our national and local efforts to instigate change and broaden the Fair Trade movement, obstacles in our path will not deter us, as we take this opportunity to adapt and change our tactics to ensure continued momentum. To that point, we are excited to let you know that we are evolving the conference to be our first-ever, fully online, virtual conference! Over the past year we have crafted an incredible, dynamic program that we know will strengthen advocacy efforts across the Fair Trade movement and we remain committed to bringing that program to you. This shift will not only enable us to bring you the majority of our planned content, it will also expand the event’s accessibility and inclusivity during and post-conference. Last but not least, it will eliminate the carbon emissions associated with attendee air travel to Pasadena, positively impacting the planet.
We will now be holding the conference over 2–3 hours each day from Wednesday, 3/18 to Saturday, 3/21. Plus, everyone who registers for the conference will have access to the sessions for 60 days after the event.
We encourage anyone who has made a reservation at The Westin Pasadena, to contact the hotel immediately and cancel as we are still within the cancellation window to avoid any charges (up to 48 hours in advance). If you are a scholarship recipient, you will receive a dedicated email with further information and next steps soon.
We know that many of you will now need to grapple with flights and other travel logistics. We have found this site to be a well-organized, regularly updated resource for each airline’s cancel and change policy. More info to come regarding registration, accessing the virtual conference, shifts in timing and agenda, etc. Thank you for your understanding, your incredible commitment to our work and your passion for this movement. Rest assured we are working hard to ensure that you receive an experience that inspires and equips you to continue to build a just and sustainable future together, and we hope that you will still be able to join us.
Billy, Kylie and the Fair Trade Campaigns Team