Season 1, Episode 6 – David Batstone, “Not For Sale”


Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome David Batstone, author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It and the Founder and President of the Not For Sale Campaign.  Also joining Carol and Bruce are Jan Edminston (A Church For Starving Artists) and Kris Thompson (Calvary Women’s Services).

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:07: Kris Thompson shares about Peg, who has benefited from the ministry at Calvary Women’s Services.
5:53: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and David Batstone, author of Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade–and How We Can Fight It
8:21: Part 1 of Carol’s interview with David Batstone: How Not For Sale Campaign began; “Smart Activism”; the benefit of social Media for activism
24:40: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
38:17: Part 2 of Carol’s interview with David Batstone: “Freedom Sunday”; buying chocolate = participating in the slave trade
48:12: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
55:36: Bruce and Carol are joined by Jan Edminston (A Church For Starving Artists) for a discussion of activism and missional work by local congregations

Items mentioned in the episode:

Not For Sale Campaign
Slavery Map
Free To Work
Not For Sale on Twitter
Missionaries Go to Haiti, Followed by Scrutiny” – The New York Times, 2/15/10
Haiti Charges Americans With Child Abduction” – The New York Times, 2/4/10

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2 Responses to “Season 1, Episode 6 – David Batstone, “Not For Sale””
  1. Janet L. Bohren says:

    This was a really interesting show. I would like to have heard more of Kris Thompson's perspectives on sex trafficing and her work. I liked Bruce's and Carol's discussion of implications of David Batstone's work for those who want to be active around social justice issues, especially the problem of being a "smart activist" vs "dumb activist" or a "dumb apathetic" I think is the way Bruce put it. The program gave much food for thought on an issue that is now more featured in the media and recognized by the state department. David Bateson's emphasis on the importance of his organization's work with governments and police agencies was also informative. Reminded me of model Bread for the World uses to bring change to reduce world hunger. I liked the recognition of work of the Presby. Disaster Assistance and similar organizations as important for making long term change that was highlighted in the final discussion with Jan Edminston

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