NOT HERE Presents: The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking
November 12 & 13, 2015
The Countdown: 90 days remaining
August 4th began our 100 day countdown leading up to The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking in Maine. Over these 100 days, we will be sharing a fact, a resource, or a perspective each day, to raise awareness, encourage discussion, and inspire action against injustice, both domestically, and globally.
Today’s Featured Perspective: Live justly through educated buying
Living in a country where inexpensive goods can readily be purchased at big box stores in every large city, it is important to recognize slavery still exists today.
Not only does it still exist, but the purchasing decisions WE ALL MAKE EVERY DAY can actually help to keep slavery alive – both in our own country, and around the world. It is far too easy to participate in a system, driven by consumer demand, that keeps people enslaved in unjust labor conditions. It takes much intentional thought and decision making to actually NOT participate in this system, and even then, as consumers of many modern goods, it is nearly impossible for us to get away from it all together. Just try finding a cell phone or other modern electronic device that you can be sure was made with components sourced ethically…
So, what do we do? Get justly outraged!
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Creation of consumer goods is driven by demand. When we get outraged enough at the success of consumerism at the detriment of human rights, we can collectively create change. Let’s empower ourselves to make conscious purchasing decisions and minimize our slavery footprint!
Take the survey to find out how many slaves work for YOU: Slavery Footprint
Learning more about your own purchasing habits and where slavery may exist in those specific supply chains can be empowering. Purchasing items manufactured using fair labor practices matters, but purchasing from companies who can also trace the raw materials used in making those goods is better! Better yet, buy from small social enterprises that go even further to provide training and create jobs that lift vulnerable populations out of poverty. Your money will be well spent!
We invite you to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and share these resources in your social networks to help us raise awareness that yes, human trafficking DOES happen in Maine AND around the globe, and EVERYONE needs to be involved to stop it.
Looking for more information on The Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking?
Stay tuned! Registration information for the Summit will be coming soon!