Abolitionist Opportunities

The following opportunities came to me through the DC Stop Modern Slavery (DC SMS) newsletter. As the membership coordinator for DC SMS, I can help you get involved, join a team, or even start a chapter in a different metro region. Let me know if you’re interested in getting involved, or check out one of these DC-area opportunities:

1. Want go get involved in organizing this year’s Annual SMS Walk?

Come to a Walk Interest Meeting this Thursday evening at Mad Hatter in Dupont Circle. The meeting will give you an understanding of what goes into planning the walk — by far DC SMS’ biggest event of the year. Members of the 2011 Walk team will be on hand to discuss their experiences, and leaders from the 2012 Walk team will share their vision and help you decide what role best fits your interests.

A variety of commitment levels are available in the following areas: logistics, communications/public relations, partnership and development.

When: Thursday, January 26, 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Avenue, NW
RSVP: http://bit.ly/zxxbEH

2. Join fellow abolitionists for data entry that will aid in the fight against forced labor practices in India.

Free the Slaves is looking for volunteers in the DC metro area to take part in another day of entering survey data on debt bondage practices collected from local NGO partners in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — two regions in India where slavery rates are extremely high.

This Saturday, volunteers will gather at Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office to input the latest batch of survey statistics on which types of programs contribute most to a sustainable decrease in slavery.

A pizza lunch will be provided. As the number of available FTS computers is limited, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

When: Saturday January 28, 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (If you can’t make it for the whole day, any time you can contribute is appreciated.)
Where: Free the Slaves’ Dupont Circle office (directions will be provided)
RSVP: E-mail elaine.graves@freetheslaves.net with your name, e-mail address, phone number and time availability.

3. Ever wondered how someone calculates the monetary worth of a human being?

Come to DC Stop Modern Slavery’s first full member meeting of 2012 where this and other questions will be answered, such as “does having slaves in a product supply chain increase or decrease production costs?”

We will be gathering at Mad Hatter on February 7 for a discussion that will examine the modern-day slave trade as a business as well as what we as abolitionists can do to make the business of human trafficking an unprofitable one.

When: Tuesday, February 7, 6:30p.m. for drinks and socializing; 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m. for program
Where: Mad Hatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave, NW
RSVP: http://bit.ly/zXt4o8

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