Make Freedom Real January 24 2013, 1 Comment
One World Fair Trade recently had the opportunity to complete 6 Presentations on Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery to over 500 students of the Healdsburg High School. After a brief introduction we viewed a 30 min abridged version of "NOT MY LIFE", a documentary filmed on 5 continents and 12 countries. After the viewing we discussed ways to get involved and make a difference. We talked about organizations working to make a difference, like the Polaris Project, International Justice Mission & Not for Sale. We left feeling charged knowing that so many young people really care and want to make a difference and proud to be part of a socially responsible town that stands for global relationships based on fairness and mutual respect.
We look forward to continued outreach and promotion of businesses locally while eliminating the exploitation of producers globally. We strongly believe that poverty and lack of opportunity are the common denominators for many forms of exploitation. We believe that Fair Trade is a means to eradicate sweatshops, forced labor, child labor and debt bondage. We encourage conscience consumerism so please "Shop Local" first and "Shop Fair Trade" for those products not produced locally. Because of such high interest we decided to put together more information and resources in the fight for freedom so together, we can end slavery. Below we have included several organizations working to eliminate Human Trafficking and Modern Day, links to petition State & Federal Lawmakers and links to a smart phone app & shopping guides for conscience consumerism.
By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.
International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.
Not For Sale
Not For Sale creates tools that engage business, government and grassroots in order to incubate and grow social enterprises to benefit enslaved and vulnerable communities. Through social projects spanning the globe in countries like Peru, the Netherlands, India, Thailand and South Africa, Not For Sale works to provide restoration, challenge institutional thinking, and create new futures for survivors.
Their mission is to harness economic power-the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace-to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. To work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
The Better World Shopping Guide
The only comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers available, this book ranks every product on the shelf from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys” — turning your grocery list into a powerful tool to change the world. Representing over 15 years of distilled research, data is organized into the most common product categories including coffee, energy bars, computers, gasoline, clothing, banks, cars, water and more.
Have you ever wondered where your consumer electronics come from?
The supply chain for consumer electronics is complex, composed of many layers, and involves many parties. This makes it difficult to trace where labor abuses occur. Most products travel through various parts of the world, and the making of electronics is a prime example of that. Our goal at Free2Work is to shed light on this process.
Take a look at the ongoing research the Free2Work team is conducting to decipher the consumer electronic supply chain. From conflict mines in the Congo to the electronics we rely on, follow the supply chain to see the global reach of our consumer goods.
Safe Harbor Law
Safe Harbor laws also can increase funding for specialized services like long-term housing, mental health care, educational support, and job training to help these children recover. Thirty-nine states lack these basic Safe Harbor protections – including Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Louisiana. Every state can do more to increase services for child victims of sex trafficking.
According to national estimates, there are 100,000 children in the commercial sex trade in the United States. Safe Harbor laws help all of these children get the care they so desperately need.
Ask the President to help make Freedom Real
President Obama will begin his second term as our nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation – the great promise of freedom to America’s slaves authored by President Lincoln. As Dr Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “There is but one way to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. That is to make its declarations of freedom real…”
Now is the perfect time to ask President Obama to use his second term to help make freedom real for children and families around the world waiting for rescue. Join us in asking the president to lead on a comprehensive plan to eradicate slavery at home and abroad.
Stand for Freedom
What started with a few small groups of passionate university students has grown into a national anti-slavery movement. We’re challenging you to join us in spreading the word this spring: slavery is real, but together we can end it! Sign up to stand for 27 hours for the 27 million slaves today.