Friend of Free the Slaves, artist Ben Swatez will be having an art show this Sunday, February 12 at the Phantom Gallery in Long Beach, CA. Last year, Ben visited our frontline work in the village of Bahari in India. The community there had just recently come out of slavery through Free the Slaves’ Free a Village, Build a Movement initiative. Ben brought art supplies and taught the villagers how to paint. The resulting artworks are breath-taking—you read more >
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During the 2010 Freedom Awards events, Free the Slaves became acquainted with an energetic artist and traveler, Ben Swatez. Ben did live painting during the Freedom Rocks after party, and we were inspired by his passion, and ability to connect with the audience.
Sara Sidner of CNN is continuing covering of Free the Slaves’ work in Uttar Pradesh, India. Just launched on Monday, CNN’s Freedom Project covers modern-day slavery all over the world. New stories are going online and broadcast every single day—a truly unprecedented scope of coverage. And Free the Slaves is honored and thrilled to be a part of it!
Yesterday Sara Sidner’s segment on debt bondage in India aired. CNN camera crews shot a read more >
Here’s a news link about a part of the world that Free the Slaves is very active in: Uttar Pradesh, India.
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, has high rates of generational slavery. Entire villages have been trapped in debt bondage for generations. With our local partners, Free the Slaves has instituted holistic programs that empower these communities to stand up to their slave masters, and demand freedom. (Learn more about FTS’ Free read more >
It was just over a year ago—January 2010—that Free the Slaves partners in India staged a raid and rescued 49 bonded laborers from a brick kiln near the village of Bahari. It turned out that 18 of the rescued laborers were originally from Bihar. They were able to secure release certificates, which officially relieved them from all legal obligations to their slave holders, and go back to their homes.
Bahari village is currently taking part read more >
Last night was the opening event of artist Benjamin Swatez exhibition at Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach. The show features works created live during several past Free the Slaves events—including Freedom Fest in San Diego, and Freedom Rocks, the after party of last month’s Freedom Awards.
The show will run through mid January. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Benjamin’s art will go toward funding the India Art Project.
What is the India Art read more >