11 Practical Ideas to Combat Slavery
During the month of January, I will be posting several blog posts about slavery in our world today along with practical ideas to help end it in our lifetime. As some of you may already know, January 11th will be National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
I thought it would be appropriate to kick off this month’s focus by posting an updated version of “11 Practical ideas to Combat Slavery” resource sheet created last year by some of us at One Voice to End Slavery.
You will see a link below to a pdf document that contains the information presented on this post. You’re welcomed to download it and pass it along. It is already formatted to be used as an insert for your school, organization, or business.
We invite you to join us in a movement to end slavery in our lifetime.
#2 Memorize ONE Phone Number – 888-3737-888.
This is the national trafficking hotline number. If you suspect slavery or exploitation, call this number. To find out more about what to look for, visit www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking.
Send $11 to a local anti-slavery/trafficking agency, coalition, organization, or shelter. Everything helps. Visit www.slavery.alltop.com.
#4 Advocate for change.
Call or write your elected officials. Tell them that you care about the issue of human trafficking and want stronger laws to protect victims and prosecute criminals. Keep reminding them. Get news from www.polarisproject.org on how to engage in political action and advocacy.
#5 Consume wisely.
Hold businesses accountable and ask corporations to join the fight against slavery. Visit www.chainstorereaction.com and email companies to ensure that their products are slave-free. Soon you will be able to demand a SLAVE-FREE brand.
Post articles, videos, tag-lines and/or replace your Facebook or Twitter avatar with the One Voice to End Slavery logo all day. Click here for logo.
#7 Movie Night.
Host a film and invite your friends over and/or head to your local theatre. Movies like Trade, Call+Response, Cargo, Fields of Mudan, Slumdog Millionaire, etc.
#8 Do what you love.
Use your talents to fight slavery. Do an art project and display it in a public place. Use a sports event to raise awareness and funds for the issue. Talk about the issue at a concert, or make it a benefit for survivors. Film a movie on the state of modern-day slavery. Write about the issue and post it on your blog.
#9 The Freeze Project.
Learn more on how you, your group, friends, faith community, school, business, can put a freeze of trafficking. Go to www.thefreezeproject.com. Join us for a Global Freeze Project Day on April 17, 2010.
#10 Body Activism.
Purchase a One Voice to End Slavery hoodie or t-shirt and let what you wear speak loudly. Upload a picture of your hoodie or t-shirt on our web site. For more information, visit www.just4one.org or www.onevoicetoendslavery.com.
For those with a faith perspective, spend some time praying for people directly impacted by slavery as well as those working to fight it.
This is a resource created by One Voice to End Slavery.
Click on the following link for a pdf insert of the list of items above: