Foundations We Support
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A primary mission of our book and audiobook sales program is to continue the civil rights legacy of Dr. Sue Eakin by supporting organizations combatting present-day slavery in its various forms, such as human trafficking and forced child labor. Eakin Films & Publishing, in cooperation with major online audiobook retailers, is donating a portion of proceeds from audiobook download sales to carefully selected slavery abolitionist foundations and other organizations that promote racial harmony or preserve our nation's history. The retailers will pay a donation equal to 20% of the net price of your purchase to the organization of your choice when you simply use the promotional code listed in your chosen organization's section below.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS FAMILY INITIATIVES
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"Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."
– Frederick Douglass
A powerful voice in the history of anti-slavery rings true again today.
The terms we hear so much in the media - human trafficking, sex trafficking, domestic servitude– are just modern manifestations of an old familiar problem called slavery. As troubling as it may be to hear about slavery in our midst today, it’s even more unsettling to learn that it never really left us. There is an unbroken chain of exploitation that has burdened humankind for millennia. Only knowledge can finally break that chain. The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), taking its lead from the great abolitionist, is using education to help change the paradigm of slavery forever – exactly as Douglass did in his own life.
Children are the most vulnerable to enslavement in the world today. They’re also the most prepared to become the generation that ends slavery. We have a choice to make: we can ignore this insidious problem and hope it goes away, or we can educate students and empower them to change their own futures. FDFI develops classroom curricula to help students understand slavery’s past and to expose the ways in which it operates in our communities right now.
Teachers are entrusted to deliver essential knowledge to students. To insure they have the best resources available in understanding the complex issue of human trafficking, FDFI organizes educator trainings for schools and school districts. Teachers not only learn the best ways to deliver information about modern slavery, but they’re trained on ways to identify it and what to do when confronted by it.
FDFI coordinates community stakeholders such as law enforcement, government agencies and non-profit service providers to lend their expertise on the subject of human trafficking during educator training sessions. These same stakeholders then become part of a coalition of resources available to educators. The more they understand the role of each community stakeholder, the more comfortable educators will be in utilizing the resources and, in effect, creating a tighter safety net for students. This is a student-centered approach to the issue of human trafficking in our communities.
The donation we receive when you purchase the Twelve Years a Slave audiobook will go toward developing curricula for classrooms across the country and for materials allowing us to promote our free curriculum. It will also be used to organize more educator training sessions that we implement at no cost to schools and school districts. Your donation will be used to reduce the incidence of human trafficking in our communities.
We do this work with the utmost care, cooperation and concern for the future of young people. It is truly an expression of love when we can come together and work toward a common goal: insuring the freedom of our next generations.
The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives audiobook promo code is: LOVE. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.
Nat'l Underground RR Freedom Center
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Freedom Center) brings focus to modern forms of slavery in order to challenge and inspire citizens to take courageous steps for freedom today. Since 2004, the Freedom Center has engaged over 1.5 million visitors from all 50 states and from more than 40 other nations around the world via on-site, off-site, and online exhibitions, programs, and interactive experiences. The Freedom Center has also hosted more than 400,000 school students through field trips and various other programs, presentations, and children focused activities.
As the movement against modern day slavery evolves, many have drawn a parallel between historic chattel slavery and contemporary slavery around the globe. Both are rooted in the concepts of forced labor for the profit of others and in communities of individuals determined to realize freedom. Yet lack of public awareness about human trafficking, and confusion about how it relates to historic slavery, can limit the wide-spread public involvement necessary to influence government policy and philanthropic grant-making. The Freedom Center has undertaken a wide range of groundbreaking programs to address this challenge and move the fight for freedom forward. Some of our programs and projects are described below.
Journey to Freedom
This documentary provides a unique and powerful call to action through the telling of the incredible stories of Solomon Northup and modern day Cambodian Prum Vannak – two men sold into slavery 150 years and half a world apart. Their stories, and the stories of those in both eras who work to end slavery, offer unique inspiration to individuals looking to be modern abolitionists. Directed by Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint, this documentary was funded by the U.S. State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and Google. It has been featured at the U.S. State Department and at 30 U.S. Embassies around the world. Viewers thus far have acclaimed the film for its powerful message and facilitation of breakthrough dialogue.
Convener of Anti-Slavery Leaders
Half the Sky Movement's Google Hangout – Slavery & Sex Trafficking
The Freedom Center recently led this stimulating online conversation about contemporary slavery. Contributors included Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas Kristof; Cambodian anti-trafficking advocate, Somaly Mam; and New York City-based Girls, Education & Mentoring Services founder, Rachel Lloyd. The panel explored the causes and consequences of domestic and international sex trafficking, as well as concrete steps individuals can take to address this problem.
Freedom Center Google Hangout – Abolitionism Then and Now
The Freedom Center organized this conversation about the links between historic and modern abolitionism, with an emphasis on how individuals can “join the network” of abolitionists today. Participants included Ambassador Luis CdeBaca of the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Office, Justin Dillon of Slavery Footprint, Made in a Free World, International Justice Mission, and Historians Against Slavery.
The Freedom Center showcases the world's first museum-quality, permanent exhibition on the subjects of modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Since its opening in 2010, Invisible has hosted 200,000 visitors, many who pledged on the exhibition's commitment wall to take action to combat " unfreedoms. "
International Freedom Conductor Award
The Freedom Center annually honors leaders for their commitment to human rights. Past recipients include: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton; Dr. Dorothy Irene Height; Ethel Kennedy, on behalf of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights; South African Bishop Desmond Tutu; Rosa Parks; Nicholas Kristof; and the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's audiobook promo code is: FREEDOM. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.
FREE THE SLAVES
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Free the Slaves liberates slaves, helps them rebuild their lives, and transforms the social, economic and political forces that allow slavery to persist. In partnership with local groups, we intervene to dismantle a region’s slavery system and help those formerly enslaved to sustain their lives in freedom. Further, we convince governments, international development organizations and businesses to implement key changes required for global eradication of slavery. We document and disseminate leading-edge practices to help the anti-slavery movement work more effectively, and we promote action by opinion leaders, decision makers and the public. Free the Slaves is helping to show the world that ending slavery is possible.
As the new millennium of 2000 dawned, our organization was founded to alert the world that slavery still exists, why it does, and where it is most prevalent. We are continuing to sound the alarm with the general public, policy makers and human rights activists, and we are being heard. Also, we have developed a global blueprint for change to inform governments, international institutions, faith communities, businesses and the public what they can do to end modern-day slavery. We are now scaling-up community-based strategies that liberate slaves and enable communities to resist enslavement, focusing on strategically-selected hotspots in India, Nepal, Congo, Ghana, Haiti and Brazil.
Slavery in Your Pocket: The Congo Connection
In the groundbreaking mini-documentary below, Free the Slaves uncovers slavery in the Congo's mining industry. So-called "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of the Congo find their way into products we use every day—such as laptop computers, cell phones, cars and batteries. In these isolated mining communities, young children suffer horrific abuse, including violent beatings and unyielding hunger.
The Free The Slaves audiobook promo code is: FREETHESLAVES. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.
WILL AND JADA SMITH FOUNDATION
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DontSellBodies.org is an initiative of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, spearheaded by actress and producer Jada Pinkett Smith. The initiative's goals are to educate people about human trafficking, ultimately creating real, tangible change through legislation, law enforcement and overall social perspective and leading to the eradication of modern day slavery. Don't Sell Bodies works as a conduit for creative ideas to merge with effective, solution-based advocacy.
According to reports from the U.S. State Department, human trafficking occurs in every state in the nation. Among the thousands of cases opened by the U.S. Department of Justice between 2008 and 2010, 83 percent of the victims were U.S. citizens. Additionally, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 100,000 to 200,000 of the sex workers across the United States are trafficked children. Recent projects of Don’t Sell Bodies are primarily focused on U.S. domestic slavery, as described below.
SENATE CAUCUS TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Jada Pinkett Smith worked with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to launch the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, along with two survivors of human trafficking: Minh Dang, a doctoral student, and Withelma “T” Ortiz, a college student. The caucus will provide a forum for senators to discuss ways to combat human trafficking by promoting awareness, removing demand, supporting prosecution efforts, and providing appropriate service systems for survivors.
COALITION TO ABOLISH SLAVERY & TRAFFICKING WOMEN’S SHELTER
Don’t Sell Bodies raised awareness to help accumulate $50,000 for the CAST women’s shelter in Los Angeles. CAST is the longest running and largest anti-slavery organization in the country, and the first to advocate for laws to protect victims. Establishing the first shelter for trafficked women and their children in the United States, the organization is a final lifeline for women and kids escaping modern-day slavery.
The shelter is the first place victims can call home after escaping the violent world of human trafficking. Serving victims in Los Angeles from over 50 countries around the world, CAST is solving a key problem caused by human trafficking: protecting victims against the all-to-common threat of retaliation from traffickers who are after them, and helping them to rebuild their lives after the trauma and suffering they endured.
RAPE FOR PROFIT DOCUMENTARY
Typically known for coffeehouses and cloud cover, Seattle has also gained another title: 3rd most prostituted children in the nation. These girls, many as young as 12 and 13 years old, are bought and sold for the pleasure of men in Seattle and around the country. None of these young girls want to be out in the cold night after night getting into cars with strange men; they are trapped inside a system of coercion and fear that gives them no hope for a normal childhood – much less a healthy future.
To spotlight this awful situation, Rape for Profit, a feature-length documentary from Mew Films in association with Don’t Sell Bodies, sheds light on sex trafficking and hopes to uncover the solution to the atrocities happening to our nation’s daughters. The filmmakers partner with local law enforcement, teen shelters, and non-profit organizations to help educate citizens on what is happening in our communities. Below is the documentary trailer.
When this foundation begins its next project, content related to the project will be highlighted in this section and a promo code will be assigned by Downpour.com.
The Eracism Foundation
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As one of the most respected African American actors in film, television, stage and voiceover history, Louis Gossett, Jr. is a triple threat talent with an Emmy ® for Roots, an Oscar® for Officer and a Gentleman, and a Golden Globe® for The Josephine Baker Story.
In addition to being an elite actor, Lou is an impassioned activist who gives back to the world through his Eracism Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation he founded in 2006. Lou has committed the last quarter of his life to realizing the foundation's mission of planting the seeds of social tolerance and eliminating the stigma of racism.
The foundation's programs seek to engage participants in promoting peace, personal responsibility and productive citizenship. Eracism provides mentoring and tutorial services to nurture the academic and professional development of people from diverse communities, and seeks to develop "Shamba Centers" in inner cities where children can play sports and learn in a positive and safe environment.
The Eracism Foundation's audiobook promo code audiobook promo code is: LOU. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.
DR. SUE EAKIN COLLECTIONS AT LSUA
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The academic community takes fullest advantage of the rich store of documents and photographs in the Eakin Papers. The Sue L. Eakin collections were donated to Louisiana State University at Alexandria shortly after Dr. Eakin’s death in 2009. The collections include:
- over 270 linear feet of papers, photographs, and maps
- hundreds of cassettes containing interviews and oral histories
- more than 1,000 square feet of books
- furniture, farm implements, mill stones, and a post office
LSUA is dedicated to the preservation of the Eakin collections. The University Archivist works with limited assistance to provide access to Dr. Eakin’s research. Requests for information from or access to Eakin materials constitutes fully one-third of the research requests received by the Archives.
Money donated to the LSUA Foundation will provide for efforts to maintain the valuable Eakin collections, as well as the development of space dedicated to the exhibition of items from the Eakin collections. Although LSU at Alexandria is a state-supported institution, it requires external funding to assist in the development of this project. Through the continued generosity of the Eakin family and Downpour.com, a portion of proceeds from the sale of this audiobook shall be dedicated to maintaining this valuable collection.
In addition to ongoing academic research and presentations based on Dr. Eakin’s collections, future projects include republishing the Northup Trail through
Central Louisiana, written by Dr. Eakin and initially published in 1984. A recent presentation by Dr. Jerry P. Sanson, history professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, entitled “More Than Twelve Years A Slave: The Enduring Legacy of Solomon Northup,” sparked renewed interest in retracing the footsteps of Solomon Northup along the trail in Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes, and drew a standing-room-only crowd. Also, the Archivist is in the process of digitizing images from the Eakin photographs for display on the website of the Archives. Louisiana State University at Alexandria hopes to employ the Epps House, rebuilt on the campus due to the preservation efforts of Dr. Eakin, as exhibit space for the many implements and equipment in the collection.
Scholars seeking information in the following areas will find these archives invaluable:
- Civil Rights
- History of African-American churches
- History of African-American education
- Central Louisiana history
- Plantations and plantation systems around the world
Along with building the University Archives and Central Louisiana Collections, the Archivist supervises students participating in the University’s Service Learning program. Students have the opportunity to learn basic archival skills and practices under the direction of a professional Certified Archivist. Louisiana State University at Alexandria is proud to offer this program.
The LSUA Sue Eakin Collection's audiobook promo code is: LSUA. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.
Louisiana Center for the Book
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The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana annually presents the Louisiana Book Festival, a celebration of readers, writers, literacy, books, and the literary heritage of the state. The festival has helped to preserve the history of Louisiana by bringing attention to important works such as Twelve Years a Slaveand providing visibility to the books of historians such as Dr. Sue Eakin.
This nationally recognized award-winning event, free and open to all, offers unique opportunities for book lovers of all ages to interact with exceptional writers, poets and storytellers. At more than 100 book and literacy events throughout the day, participants enjoy an inspiring variety of book-related activities, exhibitions and demonstrations featuring more than 150 authors, poets, and panelists. Special emphasis is placed on Louisiana writers, as well as authors and books with Louisiana connections, but bestselling authors from throughout the South and across the country are also featured.
The festival events also celebrate the rich music, food, and artistic culture of the state, and include literary-related art exhibitions and documentary film screenings. Pre-festival writing workshops, known as WordShops, are held the day before the festival, presented by award-winning faculty on a variety of topics of particular interest to emerging writers. Pre-festival events also include the literacy outreach program presented to school children, highlighting the importance of literacy as part of a healthy lifestyle.
The festival is held in Baton Rouge in the State Capitol, State Library, State Museum, Capitol Park Welcome Center, and on the grounds of Capitol Park. The Louisiana Book Festival is primarily funded through the Louisiana Library Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. The donation received as a result of using our promotional code when purchasing the audiobook will be dedicated to the continued support of the festival.
The Louisiana Center for the Book's audiobook promo code is: LIBRARY. When you purchase our audiobook at Downpour.com and use the code at checkout, the organization will receive a donation of 20% of your net sales price (after taxes, price discounts, and normal returns and allowances). Downpour.com is partially owned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Use of the code will not impact the purchase price.