Monday, March 31, 2014

Chapter Meeting April 14th: Human Trafficking: Exploitation on a Global and Local Scale

Human Trafficking: Exploitation on a Global and Local Scale

Robert Beiser will present on the global and local impacts of forced labor, commonly called human trafficking, discussing how this critical issue impacts sustainable economic development. Robert's work in the sector began with the "Slave-Free Seattle" campaign to clean up the sourcing of apparel worn by City of Seattle employees. Since that time he has worked on campaigns addressing labor exploitation on the Thai-Burma border, child trafficking in the West African cocoa trade, and local labor and sex trafficking in the Seattle area. Come ready with questions about global supply chains, root causes of trafficking, and how individuals and businesses can impact the lives of others.

Robert Beiser is the Executive Director of Seattle Against Slavery. After several years at Microsoft Corporation, he left the tech world to work in the non-profit community as a social justice advocate. Robert is currently earning his Master's of Public Affairs from the University of Washington and is co-chair of the Demand Reduction subcommittee for the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Trafficking.

We will meet again from 6:30 - 8pm, at Sightlife: 221 Yale Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 

The Seattle SID Team.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Event: William Easterly at Town Hall - Tuesday, 3/25 @ 7:30pm

Easterly is professor of economics at New York University, director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute, and author of The White Man’s Burden. He is at Town Hall to discuss his new book –THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (Basic Books; March 4, 2014)
In THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS, Easterly looks at traditional approaches to global poverty and why attempts at a solution have not only been unsuccessful, but harmful. The “experts” of the world — politicians, relief organizations, and others — are solving immediate effects of poverty, but not addressing the root cause. The book outlines the history of the fight against poverty, highlighting how these efforts have (and have not) made an impact.
William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute.  The author of The White Man’s Burden and The Elusive Quest for Growth, he lives in New York City.