Posted on: July 14, 2014
Sample dozens of fine ales, lagers, ciders and soft drinks, served with a gourmet picnic meal created by Chef Kelly James. The night also features the music of steel drum artist Dan Meunier in the library's courtyard. As always, all proceeds go to a great cause: the library at the heart of our community.
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Posted on: July 10, 2014
BREAKING THE LINKS was created to raise awareness about human trafficking—a $32 billion criminal industry affecting 27 million people worldwide. The program, held in cooperation with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, is free and open to the public.
Human trafficking is a global, multi-faceted human rights abuse that exists in virtually every country around the world, including the United States. Trafficking crimes include the recruitment, enslavement, and sale of children and adults for sexual purposes. Human trafficking is quickly emerging as one of the 21st century’s most tragic and complex human rights violations.
The goal of the BREAKING THE LINKS Campaign is to raise young people's awareness about modern-day slavery and encourage them to join the world’s anti-slavery community. This summer, Mr. Friedman and his son Brandon will visit churches, libraries, and other venues in eight states to speak about modern day slavery. Through an engaging presentation, the Friedmans will outline four steps people of all ages can take to join the modern-day abolitionist movement.
“This program is particularly timely because of the heightened awareness of human trafficking after the kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls,” says Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library Director. “Human trafficking is a huge global problem and presenting a program like this fosters more awareness about it. We are fortunate than Matt Friedman can share his expertise with us.”
Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s partnership with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh goes back more than a decade. “An aspect of our library's mission is to provide intellectually stimulating programs and we have frequent speakers on hot topics in world affairs,” Richey says. “All of our programs on these topics are intergenerational. The library has several discussion groups about history and current affairs, so this program will be of keen interest to our patrons.”
An international human trafficking expert, Matt Friedman has 23 years of experience as a counter-trafficking activist, fund-raiser, program designer, evaluator and manager. He was regional project manager for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking from 2006-2012. He has designed and managed both country and regional counter-trafficking programs in Asia, helped to establish a counter-trafficking regional training center, and participated in resource mobilization and production of two award-winning films on the subject. In addition, Mr. Friedman is frequently cited in the news media on issues related to human trafficking (CNN, SCMP, Economist, New York Times, Herald Tribune, BBC) and slavery in Southeast Asia and invited to speak at conferences around the world. His son Brandon has joined the fight; urging young people to become aware and involved in counter-trafficking efforts.Read on...