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New Website

Please visit www.UOSlaveryStillExists.org, our new website.

Special thanks to Tess Jewell-Larsen for making it.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday night was amazing; a special thanks to our guest speakers Ron Clark and Kalani Culley.

And there’s more to come!

Wednesday, May 11th:

Half the Sky:  “The Greatest Unexploited Resource in the World Today Isn’t Oil or Gold or Wind.  It’s Women.”

Join Slavery Still Exists in attending the lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Sheryl WuDunn, the co-author of the book Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression in to Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

A free event, it will be held on Wednesday, May 11th at 7 pm in the EMU Ballroom.

Thursday, May 12th:

“Survivor Night & Candle Vigil”
7:30 pm, Columbia Hall, Room 150 

Jessica Richardson was once a victim of human trafficking and now shares her story of victory.
“Even as I was trafficked I could not see that I was a victim,” she says.  “It is time to remove these blinders and take action to bring freedom to those who are still enslaved.”

Join us afterward her speech for a short candle vigil.

 Friday, May 13th:

“Slavery Unplugged Benefit Concert”
7-p pm, Cosmic Pizza

Come to an awareness concert to celebrate the progress being made to end modern-day slavery.  Featuring:  Mind the Gap, Olivia Awbrey, Orion, and Amanda McCombs.

Concert TBA

Unfortunately, Cosmic Pizza is no longer an available venue.  So please look out for an updated time and venue for “Slavery Unplugged” our free benefit concert.

Slavery Still Exists’ advocacy weeks are beginning!  Check out the poster below, and join us!

Weekly Meetings

Weekly meetings this term take place every Thursday at 4 pm in Peterson 107.
See you there!

Spring Break Time

SSE is taking an extended Spring Break!  There will be no meeting this week, or the following weeks until Thursday, March 31st.  Yep, we’re moving our meeting time to Thursdays at 4 pm.

But while we’re at it, don’t forget that today is the deadline to submit a design for this year’s t-shirt!  E-mail Eddie your design ideas at edwin at uoregon dot edu.

See ya’ll next term!

Posted By: ECPAT-USA: End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes
To: Members in End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes

DELTA AIR LINES SIGNS TOURISM CODE OF CONDUCT, JOINING ECPAT-USA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILD TRAFFICKING IN THE TRAVEL SECTOR

First Major Airline to Combat Global Child Trafficking

New York, NY (March 9, 2011) – ECPAT-USA, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies to protect sexually exploited children, announced that Delta Air Lines has become the first major airline in the world to enter the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children by signing the tourism Code of Conduct (The Code). The Code specifically focuses on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industries. While The Code has been signed by almost 1,000 travel industry members worldwide, Delta is the first U.S. air carrier and the third U.S. organization to sign.

As a subscriber to The Code, Delta will implement policies that condemn child trafficking and provide training to help their employees identify and report trafficking activities. Delta will also raise awareness among customers by including information about ECPAT and the Code in its Sky magazine and delta.com website.

According to Carol Smolenski, Executive Director of ECPAT-USA, the purpose of The Code is to prevent and mitigate child trafficking, as well as encourage a socially responsible, child-wise tourism industry.

“All travel companies could unwittingly be facilitating the sex trafficking of children. If they do nothing to raise awareness or to prevent child trafficking, they risk becoming an indirect and unintentional conduit for the abuse that takes places,” said Smolenski. “We applaud Delta Air Lines for taking the first step toward helping fight the sex trafficking of children that has become a global epidemic.”

“It continues to be a challenge to reach U.S. companies; a lot of companies struggle with the fear that associating their company name with the tragic reality of child sex tourism will hurt their corporate brands or public images,” said Smolenski. “We are thrilled to have a company like Delta pioneering the way for other U.S. airlines and businesses to join this fight.”

Other U.S. organizations that have signed The Code include Carlson Companies, which owns the popular Radisson Hotels, and Global Exchange’s Reality Tours. Smolenski noted that Delta’s signing of The Code is an important milestone in ECPAT’s ongoing efforts to reach U.S. travel companies and create awareness of their need to provide leadership in tackling child trafficking incidents that can happen within their premises.

“On behalf of Delta and its leadership team, Delta is proud to be the first U.S. airline to sign The Code. We look forward to playing a role in ECPAT’s important mission to raise awareness about and combat child trafficking. Delta prides itself on doing what is right, and this is the morally right thing to do,” said Richard Anderson, CEO, Delta Air Lines.

Smolenski added: “ECPAT-USA is grateful for the work of Sister Valerie Heinonen of Mercy Investment Services for helping create this new partnership with Delta Air Lines.”

 

The last three weeks, Slavery Still Exists has been buzzing around planning for next term.  In the midst of ideas and dreams, some formative plans are emerging, and they are incredibly exciting.  If you’re on or near the University of Oregon campus, join us this Friday at 4 pm in Friendly 106.  We only have two more meetings this term, and so much exciting decision-making to do.  Next week, we’ll vote on the t-shirt design for this year, and we hope to produce them through FreeSet Global, check it out!

The Dark Side of Chocolate

Perhaps Valentine’s Day is a great reason to indulge in some dark chocolate.  Maybe you show your significant other you love them with chocolate.  Ever wondered who worked to bring you your chocolate?

 

Free screening this Wednesday (2/9) at 6 pm in room 125 of McKenzie Hall on the University of Oregon campus.   Open to the public.  Free fair-trade goodies.  Movie duration: 46 minutes. Discussion follows.