What can you do to end modern-day slavery? Take action in January by spreading the word that slavery can be overcome. Here are some ideas for how you can help:
Tell your relatives, coworkers, classmates, colleagues and neighbors. Play a Free the Slaves video at your place of worship. Pick a Free the Slaves book for your book club. Write to your local newspaper editor to request more coverage of human trafficking. Write to your local, state and federal elected representatives and ask them to support funding for projects that prosecute traffickers and assist slavery survivors. Visit the Free the Slaves Facebook page and Twitter feed, then like us, share our posts and tweets, follow us and join the conversation. And raise funds for the movement any way you can: see our Fundraiser and House Party Preparation Guide for easy-to-follow tips.
If you’re in New York City or South Florida, there are major events planned for January.
On January 10th Free the Slaves experts will be speaking at the Brooklyn Historical Society at a free event called “Fighting Modern-Day Slavery.” The event will feature a sneak peak at a new exhibit that chronicles unsung heroes of the abolition movement: Brooklyn Abolitionists in Pursuit of Freedom.
On January 11th Plymouth Church in Brooklyn will be hosting a benefit concert for Free the Slaves. The Impressions, Naiomi Shelton, members of The Dap-Kings, The Gospel Queens and the Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church are scheduled to perform.
On January 30th Broward College in Fort Lauderdale will host a day-long event entitled “Human Trafficking: Exposing the Crisis, Devising Strategies and Solutions.” The event will feature political, economic, academic and human rights experts who will examine how law enforcement and multinational businesses can help eradicate slavery in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.
Mark your calendars!