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Kevin Bales: Slavery and The Environment

Though few abolitionists and environmentalists realize it, the freedom and environmental movements are inextricably linked.

Did you know...

  • that in the Amazon, slaves are being forced to swing the axes and set the fires in the smash and grab of virgin forests?
  • that in the Congo, slaves wielding shovels are tearing away hilltops to expose coltan pebbles used to make our cell phones and laptops?
  • that in Bangladesh, slaves are hacking away at the UNESCO World Heritage tiger preserve to feed the global shrimp and fish trade?

Join us on May 7th from 7-9pm to learn from Kevin Bales (yes, that Kevin Bales) about how criminals are forcing slaves to destroy the natural world for their own financial gain.


Currently writing a book on the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction, Kevin is president of Free the Slaves, a professor, a highly acclaimed author, an advisor to numerous governments and organizations on the issue of human trafficking, and one of Utne Readers' "Fifty Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World." This guy is a pretty big deal, so don't miss your chance to see him live! TED Talk, Environmental Clip.


The George Washington University

1957 E Street, B17 (basement classroom)

The best entrance is at the NW corner of 19th & E Streets NW. There will be signs and you will be greeted at the door.


The nearest Metro stop is Farragut West. Get off and walk to the 18th Street exit.

When at street level, go left, towards Starbucks and walk to 19th Street NW.

When you arrive at 19th Street NW, cross 19th and then turn left and walk south on 19th to E Street NW.

When you arrive at E Street NW, turn right and go up the first set of outdoor stairs into the Elliott School building - 1957 E Street NW.


Parking is available under the building we're meeting in but is only open until 8:30pm, and will cost up to $16 for 2 hrs. There will also probably be some street parking in the surrounding blocks, since people will be leaving the city to go home.

Space is limited—reserve your spot today!

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  • Dave T.

    I really liked it. I'm new to this issue and this was a great way to dip my toes into the water. I'm an old dude, and it is great to see the energy and concern of so many people who are younger than me.

    May 9, 2012

  • Marci A.

    Kevin Bales, as always, had a great and engaging presentation. I learned a lot and I can't wait to start putting some of his new ideas into practice.

    May 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk, very informative!

    May 8, 2012

  • Kristin

    Kevin Bales was an excellent speaker and very humble. DC SMS members were so nice and friendly. I was amazed that they remembered me from the few events I had been to a year ago. This event was not only educational, it was also very good for networking. I look forward to going to more events soon!!

    May 8, 2012

  • Brian

    Looks very interesting sorry I missed the talk.

    May 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone taking metro from Bethesda area?

    May 7, 2012

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