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Social Change Society presenting Captain Planet Palooza festival on May 9

This eclectic event, sponsored by the New Bedford United Way mini-grant program, will feature a vendor fair, a concert, a tag sale, and a barbeque.

The UMass Dartmouth Social Change Society will be holding a festival celebrating global responsibility through local action on Wednesday May 9, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the west patio, behind the campus center. This eclectic event, which is sponsored by the New Bedford United Way mini-grant program, will feature a vendor fair, a concert, a tag sale, and a barbecue.

Social Change Society founder Adrianne Schaefer said, "This festival will be a great time, with food, entertainment, and a chance to make and celebrate positive change."

"The goal is to connect UMass Dartmouth to local and sustainable business and non-profit work, as well as to give the participants a better idea of how they contribute to the big global picture, and small ways they can make positive change in their daily lives," she said.

Captain Planet Palooza will feature non-profit organizations, student groups, University departments, local and student artisans, and socially responsible businesses. These groups will highlight sustainability, economic justice, and human rights issues, exhibiting information and resources, recruiting for internship or job opportunities, giving out samples, and selling their fair trade and locally made goods. Other activities include face painting, fair trade coffee tasting, "Find out your Ecological Footprint" quiz, and a raffle. Sodexho will sponsor a barbecue between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Entertainment at the event will include musical performances by the UMass Dartmouth Kekeli African Dancing and Drumming group, the UMass Dartmouth Copeira Club, and local bands Jon the Cartoon Whale and Grand Army.

A tag sale will be held during the festival. Goods can be donated at the Social Change table in the campus center anytime during the day of the event, or during the event.

Captain Palooza Organizations and Groups:

Coalition Against Poverty
Community Economic Development Center of New Bedford
Dartmouth Community TV
Jazzman's fair trade coffee tasting
Lloyd Center for the Environment
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford Womenís Center
SEMAP (Southeastern Mass Agricultural Partnership)
Ten Thousand Villages
UMass Dartmouth Anthropology Club
UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center
UMass Dartmouth Women's Resource Center
Local artisans and student artists.

The Social Change Society, a student-run human rights group that was founded just over a year ago, aims to connect people with the idea of global responsibility. To date, the group has conducted several activities including a talk by ex-slave Francis Bok during Human Rights Awareness Week, which attracted hundreds of listeners.

For more info, contact Adrianne Schaefer of the Social Change Society: 508-801-7630

Author:  "John Hoey"
Date:  08-May-2007
Department:   Nursing, Community

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