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Most Americans associate slavery with a shameful period in the country’s past. However, slavery still exists in many countries that engage in human trafficking. From the sex trade to agriculture and manufacturing, millions of people around the globe are forced into a life of servitude. The Mountainbrook Abolitionists of the Central Coast formed back in 2012 in response to this shameful and pervasive practice. The organization will hold the “Justice Summit: A Holistic Approach to Combating Human Trafficking” on Saturday and Sunday, November 15-17 at the Mountainbrook Community Church. The event will host a number of experts who will speak about their experiences as advocates for change. Guests will include Nola Brantley, founder of MISSEY, Jon Vanek, a specialist in law enforcement, Jocelyn White of the International Justice Mission, Dr. Melissa Farley, Carissa Phelps, the founder of Runway Girl, and others. Topics will cover faith-based community responses, first responders, psychology of trafficking, and restoration. Mountainbrook hopes their efforts will spark and awareness and generate practical solutions.

Tickets for the entire weekend cost $60 and can be purchased online. Single day passes are also available and scholarships can be obtained upon request. For admission and speaker schedules, please visit the Justice Summit website.

Seeds of Hope

For many of us in the Western world, potable water flowing from a tap is such a common occurrence that we barely think twice about turning a handle for one of the most vital resources on the planet. Rarely do we consider that millions of people around the world lack basic access to clean water due to poverty, lack of infrastructure, and environmental pollution.

Imagine being able to take concrete steps toward ending the spiral of poverty for vulnerable communities in Africa. Seeds of Hope International Partnerships is a non-profit organization that seeks to transform neighborhoods with the use of community development and holistic practices. They work towards bringing knowledge of water-borne diseases through education and increase quality of life. The organization was founded back in 2003 when Seeds of Hope Director, Kirk Schauer, visited Zambia with a group of pastors from California.

After witnessing the appalling state of the water infrastructure in the country, he became determined to make a difference. Seeds of Hope began a collaboration with Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology to implement methods of sanitation and to conduct trainings. Through BioSand Filters, community wells, AIDS/HIV lectures, Seeds of Hope is transforming local infrastructure from the grassroots.

On August 3, the Mountainbrook Community Church will host a Walk For Hope as an extension of the mission presented by Seeds of Hope. Adult tickets are available for $20 or $25 with t-shirt. Children under 12 are free. Participants will meet in the Mountainbrook parking lot at 8am.


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.