Thank you for attending Taste for Freedom!

Posted: April 11, 2010 in Events
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The Mills College Student Union was full of hope on Thursday, May 21, 2010 as Bay Area guests tasted not only food and wine, but the reality of human trafficking in the Bay Area–and what they could do to fight it.  Ten abolitionist organizations had tables in the midst of the food and wine, which was donated from restaurants and wineries ranging from Sonoma Valley to Oakland.  The event also included a silent auction, with exciting art work by local Bay Area artists, restaurant and winery gift certificates, and services like pilates lessons and massage therapy.

Among the non-profit organizations present was Because Justice Matters, California Against Slavery, Freedom House, Garden of Hope, International Justice Mission, M.I.S.S.S.E.Y., New Day for Children, Trade as One, and Workers of Faith (Mills College).  Nate and Laura Davis of Free is a Verb hosted the event.

The event began with some words from Council Member Jean Quan, who is running for Oakland Mayor and has done remarkable work in fighting human trafficking in Oakland.  She spoke about the harsh realities that Oakland girls face, and the need for volunteers and donors to support organizations like the ones present at Taste for Freedom.

Later in the evening, hosts Nate and Laura Davis shared their own story about how they found out about human trafficking, and why they are uprooting their lives in Oakland to move to the Philippines for a year.  They also shared their own top ten list of how you can start fighting human trafficking today:

Anti-trafficking top ten list:

1. If you have more money than time, make a donation to one of the non-profits here making a difference in your home, the Bay Area.

2. If you have more time than money, volunteer. You’re a bunch of educated, skilled, accomplished, beautiful people. And you’re here, so you have heart! They can use you.

3. If you haven’t already, sign California Against Slavery’s petition to get stronger anti-trafficking laws in place.

4. Buy fair-trade products from Trade as One, because sustainable business helps break the cycle of poverty that so often contributes to the supply side of trafficking. (There are a number of other online resources for finding fair-trade products, such as

5. Bring up fair trade when you’re at the grocery store. Let’s make fair trade as common vernacular in 2020 as local and organic are in 2010!

6. Like Free Is a Verb or one of these other organizations on facebook.

7. Write a letter to one corporation, government official, or media outlet. Look for letter templates on our site next week.

8. Shop consignment or thrift store, to reduce the demand for new slave-produced clothes.

9. Ask your company about donating or matching a donation to an anti-trafficking organization.

10.  Tell one family member, one friend, and one co-worker how you spent this evening.


You can see more photos of the night taken and donated by photographer Steve Babuljak here.

Thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and sponsors.  Please support the businesses below, who were generous enough to support us and make Taste for Freedom possible:

  1. Nate and Laura,

    The website looks great and we are excited for this event. We have added a link to our site with your event and hope this will further promote your efforts!

    Keeping you in our prayers,
    Billie and Jaquay

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