SEPTEMBER 2016 | EVENTS
This event will be a full day celebration and music extravaganza that features community solidarity to fight against human trafficking and exploitation. Amazing artists have come on board, like Blackalicious, Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ set by Tuneyards, Jel of Anticon, and many more. On top of this Mayor Libby Schaaf, will be launching the first ever human trafficking reporting mechanism in California.
Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Our love for music and making a difference in the most pertinent issues facing our society today.
Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
This is an event like no other, as we are combining music and immersive arts to promote freedom.
Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is a beautiful city of diversity and social activism. People here care about their community, as long as they have the proper platform to do something, they won’t hesitate to extend a helping hand.
Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes, primarily with Mr. Steve Snider, from Downtown Oakland Association and Oakland Central, who literally saved us.
Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Oakland is a unique and strategic intervention spot as it has both the element of being the source and destination of trafficked victims. Being so close to the port makes the transfer and harboring of recruits accessible for both recruiters and consumers. Because of this, we strongly believe that it is high time to remind the community of all the initiatives that are being hosted around the advocacy, prevention and protection of victims and survivors of human trafficking; this is why we organized Harm(onic) Reduction. We believe in the saying that, “An informed community is an empowered community.”
Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Through this event, we want to encourage the masses to stand up and do their part in protecting their own community through their new found knowledge on the different organizations and mechanisms available for reporting potential cases of human trafficking.