by Anna Julie Cooper
I started my day on Change.org (great organization - have I said that before?) seeing what petitions I might want to endorse. Then I began reworking my website and getting back to the long over due task of updating my ABOLITIONIST section. There is so much information I want to gather and post. What is more important than securing freedom? I'm not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan. I mean the estimated 27 million slaves around the globe. 27 million! Think about that.Shouldn't that be the topic around the water cooler every single day? Or at least weekly. Come on! Shouldn't that be an outrage and attention grabber as much as if your next door neighbor's two year old was just abducted?
Slaves exist in every country in the world. They are right here in the U.S.A. I don't get how this issue is such a yawn. I don't get how it's there in the news but not really. To know that one human being somewhere in the world is being imprisoned and forced to live a life of hard labor, or forced sex, along with unspeakable abuse and inhumane living conditions is utterly incomprehensible. But 27 million? Where's the outrage! Where is it?? My god! How is everyone not asking, "What can I do?" And then doing it!
We can start by purchasing items with the Fair Trade stamp. We can be conscious of the companies known for poor labor practices and STOP supporting them! Nestle for one. They are rated "F" in the cocoa industry for not following fair trade practices. I've researched this. I'm not echoing something I read. I wanted to know. They are truly schmucks! (There has to be a better word than that, huh?) We can start reading up on the topic and choosing to take time to become informed instead of watching the latest reality show. Okay... I'm on a soap box now. Better step down and calm down.... and breathe..... (I'm going to publish this now and then keep writing...more to come...)
This picture has a bit more detail. He was puffing up at the time. What's that called? Anyway, I love it when they do that. Check out the color on his wings!