NFS News Archive March, 2012
This past week, NFS Ohio Director Stephanie Ulmer and the Director of the Abolitionist Faith Community, Kevin Austin, gathered in Akron, OH presenting to over 700 community members. Both leaders spoke during church services and workshops, educating attendees on the modern-day abolitionist movement, and providing actionable steps each participant can take to re-abolish slavery in our lifetime.
The challenge is this: to encourage and inspire true Academic Activism. I see this as Not For Sale’s core competency; giving individuals, communities, companies, institutions, and industries different entry points into activism. I am an academic. I am a social entrepreneur. I am a data analyst. I am a business executive. I am a baseball player. I can be all of these things and be an abolitionist, an activist.
Not For Sale and the Plain White T’s are eager to kick off this month’s Free2Rock campaign in an international effort to end modern-day slavery by creating new futures for the world’s most vulnerable. The American pop band teamed up with Not For Sale to design an exclusive limited-edition Free2Rock T-shirt to end slavery, only available from today until April 6, for $24.
Today, NFS President David Batstone and NFS Netherlands Director Toos Heemskerk took to the streets in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, delivering soup to over 50 women working behind the windows.
Today’s homemade nutritious soups, red Thai coconut curry and gourmet tomato basil, was prepared by Chef Thomas of Soup en Zo and delivered by the NFS Amsterdam team.
At the third Montara Circle held in Montara, California last week, David Batstone welcomed fifty of the most brilliant minds in business, academia, technology, and popular culture, stating “this is where business, philanthropy, and social justice come together. By bridging and combining the diverse expertise of each attendee, Montara Circle serves as an integral solution-generating mechanism that leads to actionable steps to end modern-day slavery.”
The Academy World Tour (AWT) was created to scale and strengthen a unified response to this global problem by directly engaging communities and helping them become leaders in abolitionist movement.
Longing for a new life after a tough divorce, Triana was introduced to a man through an Internet chat room. The two become quite intimate, and after a year of talking he had convinced her to move to Romania where they could be married, and eventually move to Spain where he promised to find her a job making a modest income. After he organized the whole trip, including the proper documents, Triana left her life in Colombia.
It is one thing to understand that slavery still exists. It is another thing entirely to understand how to fight it. Awareness is the first step; we must however take another step, and another after that. Once I come upon the reality of modern slavery, how can I change the way I live and what specific maneuvers can I take, against this trade in human property? The Not For Sale Academy is an educational platform that exists to join these two spaces, awareness and action.
Over 5,000 faith communities in more than 100 different countries used worship as a catalyst to transform the world on February 26, participating in Not For Sale’s most powerful global celebration of freedom to date. “This was our biggest year ever,” noted President and Co-Founder David Batstone, who spent Freedom Sunday preaching to over 600 people at Jesus Reigns in the Philippines.