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Free Austin | Musicians Sing Out Against Human Trafficking

Free Austin is an initiative to end human trafficking put together by ALLIES against slavery in partnership with other local anti-trafficking organizations and community members. During the month of September, events all over Austin served to educate and empower the community about human trafficking in the United States. Ending human trafficking is a cause we’re both passionate about. Once we were aware how pervasive the issue is, right down the the products we use every day, there was no getting around the fact that we are playing a role in Human Trafficking whether we mean to or not. Since then, we’ve had the privilege to volunteer with some of the hardest working and compassionate people we’ve ever known. Being the event photographer for Free Austin this year was a privilege. We wrapped up the week with Sounds of Change at The Parish. The Musicians all volunteered their time and energy to Free Austin and the proceeds for the night were given to care for survivors of trafficking in Austin. If you don’t already know who these Austin Musicians are, check them out:

Lamar Stockton

Brennen Leigh

Ryan Harkrider

Miranda Dodson

Brennen Leigh performs live in Austin at The ParishBrennen Leigh preforms live in Austin during Free Austin at The ParishAustinites watch a trailer for Trade in Hope during Free Austin at The ParishMusic Photography of Ryan Harkrider live in Austin at The Parish during Sounds of ChangeRyan Harkrider plays live in Austin for Free Austin at The ParishElora Ramirez reads a dramatic short story for Sounds of ChangeMiranda Dodson plays in Austin live at The Parish for Free AustinPhotography of Austin Musician Miranda Dodson playing live at The ParishAustin Musician Miranda Dodson plays in Austin live at The Parish to bring awareness to Human TraffickingWe are so grateful for all the hard work everyone did during Free Austin. For more information on human trafficking and what you can do to end it, please visit the following sites:

The City of Austin Police Department

The Central Texas Coalition Against Human Trafficking

ALLIES Against Slavery

To purchase responsibly and local to Austin Texas, visit these sites:

Good & Fair Clothing

Hill Country Tribers

Open Arms Shop

10 Thousand Villages

Whole Foods

Whole Earth Provisions

Parts + Labour



To purchase responsibly from national retailers, visit these sites:

Ethical Ocean

Pure Citizen

World of Good

Revive Store

Green Heart Shop 

Global Girlfriend 

Fair Indigo

Global Stewards

Sweat Free

Fair Trade Sports

Locally Grown Clothing

Maggie’s Organics

Good Society

Autonomie Project

Proxy Apparel 

When convenience wins:


Eileen Fisher

Alternative Apparel

Gap Brand

Nordstrom Brand



Melissa & Doug

Green Toys




TOMS Shoes


Simple Shoes

Lastly, we don’t mean to be bossy but don’t try not to buy from these terrible national retailers:

Hanes Brand


OshKosh Brand


Cannon (this hurts our hearts!)





JC Penny

Hasbro Toys

Leap Frog


Burlington Coat Factory

What fair-trade options are we missing? Please leave a comment and let us know where else to shop!

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