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On Friday, October 26th, come and learn about the 21st Century Abolitionist Movement at the Mountainbrook Community Church (1775 Calle Joaquin, SLO) from 7-9:30pm.  The screening of the film, Call + Response will be free and open to the public.  Focusing on social justice issues surrounding human trafficking, the documentary made in 2008 features first hand accounts from such notable figures as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, and Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, and Nicholas D. Kristof.  In addition to testimony, Call + Response also showcases the talent of musicians Imogen Heap, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Talib Kweli, and many others.

Director and musician Justin Dillon began by hosting benefit concerts for nonprofits and organizations tackling the problems surround the 27 million people each year who are forced into modern day slavery.  His efforts became the “rockumentary” Call + Response, a blend of investigation, testimony and musical performance used as a tool to help overcome the injustices of human trafficking.  Since its release, the film has been profiled by major news networks and screened in communities, colleges, and cultural institutions across the country.  To date, over 350,000 people have viewed the movie, raising over $250,000 for groups helping to free slaves.

Dillon’s organization, Slavery Footprint, has recently partnered with the State Department to establish an online platform that allows consumers to see how their purchasing habits affect working conditions as well as offering a means through which buyers can communicate with companies about how they would like to see their goods produced.  In addition to outreach, Slavery Footprint is also actively engaged in supply-chain research, mobilization programs, and on-the-ground projects to help end slavery in the modern era.