Yes, you can

F3 presents

Combating Modern-Day Slavery | A speaker event

Friday, April 6, 2012, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Harris 107 [Northwestern campus]

with Ethan Batstone (Coordinator, The Not For Sale Campaign) and Tianne Bataille (international attorney and Chair, Anti-Sex Trafficking Signature Program, Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services).

The 48-Hour Pledge

Within 48 hours of the event (or any time works, too), complete one of the following.

BE PICKY. What you buy matters. Some companies improve the quality of life for their employees; others destroy. Download the Free2Work app developed by the Not For Sale Campaign with support from the International Labor Rights Forum. Check the list of companies to see what grade (from A to F) was assigned based on company labor practices and policies. Go through your belongings to see whether you own anything sold by a company with a C or lower. If you do, tack one such item to your room door with a sign that has [Company Name] [Grade].

BE INFORMED.  Find out how many slaves work for you. Go to the Slavery Footprint site and enter basic information about your lifestyle to get an estimate of how many slaves have worked in order for you to buy, eat, work, play all that you do. Send a link to the site to three other people at Northwestern.

BE TOGETHER. Be a part of the community at Northwestern that is dedicated to responding responsibly to slavery. If you are connected with Northwestern in some way, fill out your information here to contact F3.

BE HEARD. (U.S. citizens) Contact your Senator or Representative to voice your support for four anti-trafficking bills in Congress:

S. 1301 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2011

H.R. 2759 Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act

H.R. 2730 Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act

H.R. 2982 Human Trafficking Reporting Act.

For some tips about how to go about doing this, check the recommendations made by the Polaris Project.