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16 December 2008 @ 04:54 pm
Do something good for Christmas.

Note: We've focused on giving gifts under $50. Make a big splash with a little present.

Give a specially marked donation:

Not For Sale:
Education in Peru ($50)
A surf board to support The Surfing Tribe in Peru ($50)
Welcome Kit to Sex Trafficking Survivors in Cambodia ($50)
Dental Care for Sex Trafficking Surivors in Cambodia ($50)
Bicycles for rescued children in Thailand ($50)
Medical clinic for rescued children in Thailand ($50)

Free the Slaves:
One-time donation
For just $14, you could fund the education of a rescued child slave in Ghana for a year

International Justice Mission:
Holiday Gift Catalogue
Pay for half a day of Investigative Work for $25, or a full day for $50. Fund half a day of Aftercare for $40.

Support abolitonists and have something under the tree:
Not for Sale Freedom Store
The Emancipation Network
(All leather bags are 25% off for Christmastime. Save 10% on your purchase by using the coupon HOLIDAY before 22 Dec)

Highlighted Items:
These are not from abolitionist organizations, but it goes to show that goods that support the victims of human trafficking can be found places you might not expect.
Freeset Bags:
Support former victims of trafficking with these beautiful bags made in Calcutta.
Freeset Window to the World Messenger Bag ($18.00)
Freeset On the Spot Tote Bag ($18.00)
Freeset Jute Messenger Bag ($21.95)
Freeset Jute Bag Maroon Dot ($16.95)
Freeset Jute Bag Blue Dot ($16.95)

Gaiam's Thoughtful Tees:
$5 from each of these shirts goes to Hagar International, to help trafficked women in Cambodia.
Let Go, Fear Less, Love More Tee ($23.00)
Let Go Tee ($19.00)


Buy Fair Trade:
Here at Clapham Circle we've said many times that we think Fair Trade is a positive and powerful way to speak with our money to say we don't want to buy products made with slave labor. Many towns have local fair trade stores, such as Ten Thousand Villages. But there are lots of online stores that sell fair trade as well:

Fair Trade on The Hunger Store
Support artisans around the world in self-sufficiency, and feed the hungry. It doesn't get more win/win than that.

Global Girlfriend
Also sold at The Hunger Store, Global Girlfriend offers a variety of products made by women that are also eco-friendly and fair trade. Your purchase also funds microgrants to rural women in Africa.

Original Good

White Apricot Special Offers
Showcasing organic & fair trade clothing companies, this page is updated weekly with special offers for discounts and savings.

Treat The Origins:
The causes of human trafficking are rooted in poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. Give a gift to help address these problems around the world.
Heifer International Gifts
Help stop poverty and hunger that makes people vulnerable to trafficking in the developing world with the gift of a flock of chickens ($20), a flock of ducks ($10), a flock of geese ($20), an apiary of honeybees ($30), or a "basket of hope", full of fast-multiplying livestock like rabbits and chicks ($50).

Mercy Corps Mercy Kits:
$16 can buy women in the Congo a fuel-efficient stove. $25 can buy vulnerable children the food they need to have good nutrition. $40 can purchase a family garden kit that supports agricultural programs to bring home gardens full of fresh food and water. $45 can help women in developing countries start their own small business. $50 can provide a camel to farmers in Asia or Africa.

Goodshop
Using Goodshop, do your online shopping in other venues with an added bonus: By choosing an abolitionist charity, like Free the Slaves, Not For Sale, or International Justice Mission, part of your purchase will be donated to the organization of your choice. Get exactly what you wanted and make a difference. It couldn't be easier.

There's more! Tell us where you've found gifts that help bring freedom and hope.
 
 
18 November 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Bisie, Congo: Deep in the forest, high on a ridge stripped bare of trees and vines, the colonel sat atop his mountain of ore. In track pants and a T-shirt, he needed no uniform to prove he was a soldier, no epaulets to reveal his rank. Everyone here knows that Col. Samy Matumo, commander of a renegade brigade of army troops that controls this mineral-rich territory, is the master of every hilltop as far as the eye can see.
 
 
10 November 2008 @ 12:24 am
Click to end slavery!

For the month of November every click at youthnoise donates $0.01 to Not For Sale! Help raise $1,000!
 
 
17 October 2008 @ 10:13 pm
Tonight, I went with my father to see CALL+RESPONSE.

For those of you who haven't heard of it yet, it's the new abolitionist rockumentary. What is a rockumentary? What is CALL+RESPONSE? It's like a benefit concert on the silver screen that also happens to be packed with moving stories and information. CALL+RESPONSE switches from concert to documentary with meaningful ease. The artists who performed in CALL+RESPONSE include Justin Dillon, Julia Ormond, Natasha Bedingfield, Five For Fighting, Talib Kweli, Emmanuel Jal, Moby, Switchfoot, Matisyahu, The Scrolls, Imogen Heap, Ashley Judd, Rocco Deluca, and Cold War Kids. Speakers include Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, David Batstone, Daryl Hannah, Nicholas Kristof, Gary Haugen, and Kevin Bales.

The music is moving. The speakers are pointful and full of love. Cornel West tosses in a little humor then and there too, but it always comes back to the same thing: a deep, moving determination to make this change. While watching CALL+RESPONSE, you're suddenly hit with the notion: I am not alone. I'm not the only one who cares! Now the next step is to let the victims hear that answer. You are not alone. You're not the only one who cares!

One of the most shocking things about slavery today is how few people are aware of it. Even the people in the audience left in a disbelieving daze, and these are people who didn't exactly have CALL+RESPONSE sprung on them in a surprise attack. Had it been, I can imagine they'd be weeping. I nearly did, and I haven't cried in a theatre since Mufasa fell off that cliff. From the child brothels of Cambodia to the craft slaves of India to the domestic workers of the United States, CALL+RESPONSE shows the audience a world with calls full of fear--and a response that is completely unafraid.

How can YOU respond this very moment? Get your cell phone.

Text "CALL" to 90999 to get a way to help right now.

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
 
 
14 October 2008 @ 03:02 pm
It's with great pleasure that I have a shining example of a company within the clothing industry taking a stand for human rights and against modern day slavery.

Nau clothing, maker of fine eco-friendly activewear and outdoor clothing, has just released their business policies for public viewing. Take a look at their code of conduct:

Voluntary Employment:
Each employee's presence must be voluntary. There shall not be any use of forced labor, whether in the form of prison, indentured, slave, bonded, or any other form of compulsory labor.

Child Labor:
No person shall be employed at an age younger than 16 or younger than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such age is higher than 16. To ensure these age standards are complied with, the supplier does not use any form of homework for Nau production.


They even discuss their logic for global sourcing and link to the third-party verifier who insures that no human rights are being violated in their factories, Verite.

Additionally, Nau partners with charities like Mercy Corps to help the needy.

Nau has set a high standard for socially responsible clothes that we are pleased to recommend to you. We believe that companies like Nau deserve your patronage for the extra steps they take to go above and beyond industry standards to try and create a better world. Send the company an email to thank them for their courage to boldly stand up for the rights of their workers and demand a slavery-free product to sell. Encourage other companies you patron to set forth such bold policies and to make them public.

And of course, if you or anyone you know are in the market for high-quality, eco-friendly sportswear, give them your patronage. We vote with our wallets; supporting the work of organizations like Nau over corporations who don't care is important.

Nau's fall collection will be available for purchase starting the 21st of October.
 
 
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10 October 2008 @ 09:59 am
We're very excited at Clapham Circle to endorse Call+Response, as you might have noticed. We feel this is an extremely worthy project, that has the potential to raise a lot of awareness and do a lot of good. The film is releasing today. If you are near one of the cities it is showing in, please join in and go see this incredibly important film.

Here's some of what people are talking about the film.
Washington Post: 'Call + Response' Raises a Voice Against Human Trafficking
MSNBC'S Morning Joe interviews Nicholas Kristof and Justin Dillon
The Seattle Times: "Call + Response": A rough but impassioned call to end human trafficking

Call+Response has dedicated their website to some exciting projects. Here's the higlights:

Fund a Project helps you donate directly to NGOs working to fight slavery and follow the progress of your money. International Justice Mission, Free the Slaves, Transitions, and Global Angels are all funding specific projects that need a tangible cash contribution. If you've never been sure who to give to in the past, what project is "most worthy" of your money, now you can choose whether you want to help rehabilitate child soldiers, end sex trafficking, end bonded labor, or help child slaves, and see just what your money is doing.

Chainstore Reaction enables you to send personalized emails to many companies to encourage them to take steps to slavery-proof their products.

Open-Source Activism encourages people to pool their talents and resources to fight slavery. Got an idea for how to help end slavery? Let us know what it is! This website is full of wonderful resources; videos and inspiring stories that can help you plan your own strategy of attack.

Check out all that and don't forget to buy a ticket or two: Call+Response. The proceeds of every ticket is donated to Free the Slaves. It doesn't get much more win/win than that.

Last two things: Tell all your friends to tune in to their TVs this weekend:
A segment on CALL+RESPONSE, featuring interviews with Justin Dillon and Julia Ormond, is set on CNN "Newsroom" on Saturday, October 11 at 7 PM (Pacific Time)/10 PM (Eastern Time). Please check local cable listings for the exact channel.

Julia Ormond and Justin Dillon are on Dr. Phil Friday for a full hour-long show on Call+Response. Check out more.
 
 
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Current Music: Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance | Powered by Last.fm
 
 
 
08 October 2008 @ 07:29 pm
The following is a message from the Free the Slaves team via Facebook:

Greetings all FTS Supporters!

The 2008 Walk for Hope is just around the corner! If you're in the West Coast around SoCal, join us for this AWESOME EVENT!

Free the Slaves will be participating in 2008 5K Walk for Hope hosted by Be the Cause at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, California. The event is expected to attract over 500 people and is entirely free with snacks, T-shirts, and live entertainment. The Walk is a gift from Be the Cause with all proceeds raised by walkers directly benefiting their selected charity.

When: Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 9AM to 1 PM
Where: El Dorado Park, Long Beach, CA Map <http://maps.google.com/maps?q=7550+East+Spring+Street,Long+Beach,+CA>

FB Event URL: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=31093562633

If you plan to walk on behalf of Free the Slaves please Sign Up Now <http://www.bethecause.org/walksite/index2.php> so you can begin collecting your sponsorships. Be sure to select Free the Slaves from the drop box of charities. Once you have signed up please let me know (we are unable to download a list of FTS walkers at this time). We will have extra fundraising tools available for you, in addition to the tools found on the Be the Cause website.

There are also volunteer opportunities available for those of you not able to participate in the Walk.

* Fundraise on behalf of another walker
* Booth Worker

Email us on how to be involved with either option!

Volunteers are the backbone of what we do; the success of this event depends on you and we appreciate your efforts.

For more information, email volunteerwest@freetheslaves.net

THANKS!! We hope to see you there!!

Best,
Free the Slaves Team