Thursday's Meeting Notes

From: Becky
Sent on: Monday, April 23, 2007 7:25 PM
Dear DC Abolitionists,

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's meeting. We had a great one that focused on labor slavery and trafficking. Our guest speaker, Elizabeth, talked about the DC Fair Trade Coalition and its activities in the DC area. Their next meeting is May 5th at 6pm at Union Station's Bucks Coffee Shop.

We also had Dan Brook update us about the policy meeting led by Karen Strauss of Polaris Project - we have much work to do to get the DC anti-trafficking legislation passed and if you're interested in helping please email Dan.

The next event is the Shared Hope International Craft Fair this Saturday (April 28th) from 11am-3pm at the Island Flower Shop in Kent Meadows, MD. If you want to volunteer at the Made by Survivors booth, or are interested in attending, please email Becky at [address removed]

Following that we will start having a table at Eastern Market on Saturdays. We will send out a volunteer sign-up, but if you are interested email Becky.

We will also be planning a "Demand Fair Trade Coffee" day at Starbucks, where we will all pledge to order ONE CUP of Fairtrade coffee that day (Starbucks employees must make it for us) We need to start realizing the link between fair trade consumer goods and the anti-slavery movement. In the meantime, feel free to learn more about Fair Trade and Labor Slavery:


Our Happy Hour benefit is getting planned in conjunction with the Fair Trade Coalition, and we're looking into Madams Organ and other possible venues. If you have thoughts or are interested in helping to plan this, please email Becky. The proceeds will go to a shelter in India that helps rehabilitate survivors of labor slavery.

Finally, on May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm Free the Slaves will host a reception in Adams Morgan for their partner agencies in Haiti, India and Ghana. They have cordially invited all members of the DC Fight Trafficking Group! And yes, Kevin Bales will be there, so if you missed him last time here's a second chance to meet him. Watch out for the event flyer with RSVP information.

Hope you're enjoying the nice spring weather,

Daphne, Elizabeth and Becky

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