Metabolic Studio Public Salon
Friday, August 6, 2010 @ Noon
Fair Trade, Sweatfree Labor and What We Can All Do to Help End Slavery in Manufacturing
How slave labor is "employed"/procured and how to determine certified slave-free production chain - Leslie Gersicoff
El Monte and the birth of the anti-slavery sweatfree movement in the U.S. - Taja McKinney Zisler
Current statistics about slave labor around the globe and at home in the U.S. - Jerilyn Stapleton
More major sweatshop cases in the U.S. (eg. American Samoa) affecting all Americans - Taja McKinney Zisler
Los Angeles Sweatfree Commission/National Consortium and action post card campaign - Floyd Glen-Lambert
CA supply chain bill and and action each person can take - Vanessa Lanza
Resources on where to buy sweatfree products - Taja McKinney Zisler
Leslie Gersicoff is the Executive Director of the Jewish Labor Committee, a social justice organization formed over 75 years ago to bring trade unionists and others out of Nazi Europe's threat of slave labor and death camps. Its current program of educating labor and the general community about the possible signs of human trafficking is aimed at reducing and eliminating slavery in American labor. Leslie chairs LANES, the Los Angeles Network to End Slavery, a coalition of outreach and service groups working to end slavery in Los Angeles County. LANES works closely with CAST, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, to find and restore victims of human trafficking to a healthy life. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and is working, proving there is some link between fiction and reality.
Jerilyn Stapleton is the JLC WR Project Director to End Human Trafficking in American Labor. She is involved with the current creation of a Federal Department of Peace and is very active in NOW and coalitions to end Domestic Violence. Her other affiliations include
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Women’s Committee, American Federation of Television and Radio Artist AFTRA Women’s Committee, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Task Force for Universal Healthcare, Women in Film WIF, CLUW, NWPC.
As CAST’s Volunteer Coordinator Taja McKinney Zisler is responsible for recruiting and managing more than 50 active volunteers who assist with all areas of CAST’s mission. Taja also organizes and runs a 40-hour comprehensive trafficking training program for volunteers held three times per year. Volunteers at CAST answer our 24-hour hotline, assist survivors in our shelter and accompany clients to appointments, provide interpretation (in 16 languages), and provide administrative, outreach and legal support. Taja is also responsible for creating CAST student chapters at universities around the greater Los Angeles area and raising awareness about trafficking through outreach initiatives, community presentations and trainings.
Taja holds a Masters degree in International Social Development from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a BA in International Studies from Boston College. Prior to joining CAST, Taja worked for 4 years in the field of humanitarian relief and development, as a high school teacher both in the United States and Bahamas.