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Not For Sale. Oh how I love this organization. How could you not? Honestly, is there anyone out there reading this who isn’t vehemently opposed to the idea of someone being a slave — whether for work or sex? It’s something that everyone can unite under. Democrats and republicans. Religious and non-religious. Canon shooters and Nikon shooters :P
I was fortunate enough to have been made aware of slavery and sex trade a little over 10 years ago (back when Lindsay and I were full time non-profit workers) — and since then I’ve always been excited to help any way I can. One of those ways now is to shoot for Not For Sale whenever they need me. Having shot several events for them, I’m genuinely grateful that I can play some tiny roll in their big picture.
This took place last weekend up in the Bay Area. As usual, I left completely inspired.
Our dear friend, Allie, senior director of communications at Not For Sale, talking with Matt Mahan Vice President of Social Impact for Facebook Causes.
This is my pal, Bob Goff. We flew up to the Forum together and, as usual, I was completely blown away with how kind this man is. How little he cares for recognition. This is Bob telling Roger’s story — a child slave in Uganda who was enslaved by a witch doctor, had his genitals cut off, and a whole host of other things. As Bob puts it, he’s a “recovering lawyer” and uses his skills with his organization called Restore International. Recently, he flew out to Uganda (he goes every 2 or 3 months to visit all of his kids :) to put his lawyer skills to work — and he, along with little (I think 10yr old) Rodger taking the stand, convicted the witch doctor to imprisonment! Even more awesome than that, he shared that Rodger has his visa and papers to come live in the States — and that Bob got a call from one of the leading surgeons on the planet saying that he could fix Rodger for free :). People like Bob… If only there more people like Bob… He’s a genuine inspiration.
Mira Sorvino tearing up as she recalls stories that sex slaves have told her. Heart wrenching stuff, to be sure…
Mira bringing hope in the form of instructing everyone what they can do about the problem. There are real solutions :)
Daniel Beddingfield made a little surprise performance.
I’m a huge spoken word fan (when it’s excellent, at least) — thanks to my admiration of guys like Sage Francis. NomiS blew me away. Come to find out, we live right around the corner from each other. Here he is on the big screen.
Mike McCarthy. Similar to my general distaste for celebrities (not necessarily individual ones — just the whole pie) is my distaste for journalists and media. The sensationalism. The fact that the vast majority of what you see/read from them is unimportant. But then you have guys like Mike McCarthy, producer at CNN and the man who leads up the Freedom Project — a CNN series dedicated to reporting specifically on slavery. A great place to get informed.
Giants pitcher, Jeremy Affeldt, cracking up Dave Batstone, president and co-founder of NFS, and Karen Silverma, of Latham and Watkins, while talking about his idea that birthed REBBL tea (coming out soon). This was the idea pitched at the Montara Circle earlier in the year and it will be a business created for a cause — as opposed to an established business looking for a cause. Fascinating stuff.
Former prisoner and slave, Cecilia Flores-Oebanda. Talk about a warrior of a woman. Manny Pacquiao is heavily involved in fighting human trafficking primarily because of her (which is, again, a main reason he ran for senate… because she convinced him too!).
Man… Paul Colman is a funny, funny guy. Here he is making up a song on the spot for Dave, Jeremy, Larry Wu (CEO at Headwaters Natural Products and former Director of R&D for Starbucks) and Sarah Ferguson (Fergie), the Duchess of York.
Allie talking about how the way information is shared effects society with Dave Morin, Former VP of Facebook and co-founder of Path (which turned down googles hundred million dollar offer, by the way). Dave made a fascinating point about the printing press being outlawed in the Arab world — and that he believes it was the printing press, or the way the printing press enabled a new way to share information, that was largely responsible for many uprises and movements that progressed the west to where it is today. And that now, with the middle east getting a large flow of information via smartphones, the internet, facebook, etc., we are seeing things shifting over there at a rapid pace. Very fascinating stuff…
My friend, Mark Wexler, director and co-founder of NFS, talking to Toos Heemskerk, NFS Amsterdam coordinator, about how they are enabling eastern European women who were trafficked into Amsterdam to be able to flee their captors.
Dave channeling his inner Steve Jobs :)
That night, NFS had a beautiful gala to raise money for a few different projects…
Aloe Blacc was the entertainer for the evening.
Levi’s has partnered up with NFS and is ordering certain things directly through NFS’ Cambodian factories (again, these factories employ freed slaves — empowering them to remain free). Dave auctioned off 3 jackets and raised thousands with the auction :)
Here’s Dave trying it on and then Jeremy checking how it would fit him :)
Once Allie threw some charm in there, Fergie could no longer hold back…
…and here she’s insisting that she gets a date with Allie, as well…
Allie agreed and the Duchess won the auction :)
The great evil of our time isn’t processed food, Columbus day, or capitalism. The great battles to be fought by honorable soldiers aren’t against Wall Street or Walmart. It’s slavery. We can’t forget that when we overstate micro problems we will often indirectly understate macro problems. We have a finite amount of energy we can put out there — where are you fighting with yours?
If you want to help, there are tons of things you can do. For starters, go to the Not For Sale website. Then download the new free2work app which allows you to scan barcodes and see if what you’re buying came from slave labor or not! It’s a free app so download it now ;) And I just bought this shirt from the NFS store which directly helps free slaves! NFS has a factory in Cambodia, and you probably know about my love for that nation, which employs people who have been saved from the slave trade — ensuring that they can stay out of slavery completely.
If we all help, we can re-abolish slavery.
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