Wednesday, May 02, 2007

be the change and a freedom fiber contest

the justice generation

Tirzah has been reading a book by Zach Hunter. He is a 15 yr old boy who wants to end modern day slavery. 27 million people are in slavery. 27 million.
Tirzah has been praying for sudan for years. her uncle pastors a sudanese church. as a family we knew some things about what is going on over there, the genocide, the child warriors, kidknapping and slaves. but Tirzah has been educating us further. slavery is not just on one continent, in one hemisphere.
slaves are used in cigarette making, cocoa harvesting, rug making, farming...

do you think slavery doesn't exist in our country? boy, are you wrong! can you believe it? slaves in america 140 yrs after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and 200 yrs after the Slave Trade Act of the UK.

An estimated 14,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. the illegal immigrant protests kinda look like part of a smoke and mirrors scam. with better borders could we stop 1,500-2,200 persons that are trafficked through Canada into the United States?

What about slavery in Canada? the UK?
if we did something would we be able to find and free the slaves being used in our nations? nothing will change if we do nothing.

having lived near the tomato farms in Florida i feel guilty for not knowing, not asking. not caring.

it is time to start caring.

tirzah has a petition. she is collecting signatures. you can sign it over at:

you can comment on her blog

"I, the undersigned, affirm the inherent dignity and worth of all people and the right of every child and adult to live free from slavery and involuntary servitude. I call upon world leaders to commit themselves to the abolition of slavery around the world. Let my name demonstrate my desire to see the emancipation of slaves and accountability for slave masters and others who benefit from the enslavement of people. "

if you sign the petition, leave us a comment and we will enter you to win.
if you print a petition and circulate it, tell us how many names you have.
every signature will get you another chance to win contest.
add the free the slaves blog button to your blog and that is another entry!
post this and link back and that gives you another entry.

Freedom fiber! Yarn that is not connected to slavery will be given away and chocolate that has not been harvested with the use of slaves!


Kathy said...

Wow. I visited the site and thought how great that someone else has become involved with this issue. My sister works for the American Friends Service Committee and this is one of the things they work on. I signed the petition and I hope others do too.

janine said...

It is a very good point that not may people know about. In the UK a big campaign, fronted by a few high profile pop stars and the like was launched on the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the UK sometime last month - there were some really good video clips that the school downloaded for an assembly - I just wish I could remember the name of the website!

Lesa said...

Wow! I definitely signed it, and I'm spreading the word... :)

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