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As you board any airline, you will be advised that in an emergency you should secure your own oxygen mask before helping someone else secure theirs. For the past two weeks, we at JRPC have been working to secure our “oxygen mask”. We have figured out some new routines for our work and some new ways to connect with each other and all of you. Your memberships and donations are helping us continue to pay our employees, to give rent abatements to our wonderful renters (Upcycled and HŌM·BÄDĒ) and to keep up with the expenses of our building and business.

The Olive Branch store is a big part of our business income, but we know its bigger mission is one of justice for communities around the world struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. The artists and craftspeople who make our Fair Trade items also need an “oxygen mask”. If businesses like ours quit selling their goods, they will cease getting an income. Every dollar you and I spend – even now – is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. The support for local businesses and front-line responders is nothing short of awe-inspiring! But in our global world, local casts a larger net.

We introduced this community to Fair Trade back in the 1980’s and your purchases have made a big difference and cast many votes for justice in the world. Now is not the time to abandon that difference and those communities who rely on us. We succeed together. So, we selected a few items that we felt would be useful and relevant now and created an Online Olive Branch. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen! We are happy to offer several ways to get things to you – and happy also to throw in some Fair Trade chocolate for every purchase to say thank you for helping us continue to make a difference in our community and around the world…Betsy