Not for Sale
David Batstone, founder of Not For Sale Campaign, joined Serving Leaders for a city-wide event also co-sponsored by Northway Christian Community and New Community Church. The Not For Sale Campaign equips and mobilizes "smart activists" to deploy innovative solutions to re-abolish slavery in their own backyards and across the globe. Their goal is to end slavery in our lifetime.
Slaves? In 2009?
Today, there are 27 million slaves in the world. Many Christians and people of conscience remain unaware of the resurgence of slavery, and of the need to “re-abolish” this global crime to our humanity. Not For Sale is one of several global initiatives working to end slavery.
Batstone was joined by artist Brant Christopher for this Communitas Forums event, intermingling data and action opportunities addressing slavery with music and visual art to provide a full human impact on the group in attendance.
Open Source Activism
Not For Sale uses a strategy of Open Source Activism in its battle with slavery. Utilizing available open source technologies, Not For Sale engages the activism of thousands of U.S. young adults to document and report slavery sites in the U.S., placing this information onto a map on the Not For Sale website.
Awareness is A Key Strategy
Not For Sale uses this same open source strategy to educate American consumers on the source of the products they purchase as a means of creating a consumer demand for “slave free” products. “Slave Free” is increasingly impactful on companies that source goods and products from overseas to be more informed and vigilant about the suppliers and their treatment of men, women and children.
The Church Must Engage
This Communitas Forum event was held to bring greater awareness to southwestern PA about human trafficking, and to engage local Christians in fighting slavery.