Solidarity Through Coffee

On December 6th, 2021, we held an online webinar focused on learning, interacting, and taking collective action. During this webinar facilitated by Keely Carter, we discussed how BTS coffee, produced in partnership with the Highland Committee of Small Farmers (CCDA) and JustUs! Coffee Roasters supports Indigenous communities in Guatemala organizing to defend land and human rights. We also explored the variety of different fair trade certifications and pulled the curtain away from coffee pricing.

At the end of the webinar, we took collective action together to support our partners at the CCDA in their fight to stop the eviction of communities from their ancestral land.

This webinar was facilitated by Keely Carter. Keely was a member of the 2019 Breaking the Silence delegation to Guatemala. She is a Worker Owner at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative where she has played many roles over the past 15 years and is currently Assistant to Management. Keely has a daughter who is 13 years old and lives in Wolfville Nova Scotia.

Special Guests include:

Lisa Roberts who has a long history with Guatemlaan solidarity as a coordinator with Project Accompaniment in the 1990s, involvement with the CCDA’s coffee project, and more recently, a Nova Scotian MLA.

Joey Pittoello, also a Worker Owner at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative. Joey is currently responsible for producer relationships and management. Joey has been with the co-operative for 12 years now and lives close by in Hortonville with his partner and two children.