I have longed for thy salvation, O L-RD; and thy Torah is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:174-176

13 January 2013

The Girl Effect, part 32 - Slavery

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1: drudgery, toil
2: submission to a dominating influence
3a : the state of a person who is a chattel of another
b : the practice of slaveholding
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The English word slave comes from Old French sclave, from the Medieval Latin sclavus, from the Byzantine Greek σκλάβος.
The word σκλάβος, in turn, comes from the ethnonym Slav, because in some wars in early mediaeval times many Slavs were captured and enslaved. An older theory connected it to the Greek verb skyleúo 'to strip a slain enemy'.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6, New Living Translation

“...this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
    lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
    and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
    and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
    and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
“Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
    and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
    and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
    ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression....
10 Feed the hungry,
    and help those in trouble...
-Isaiah 58, New Living Translation

Then this message came to Zechariah from the Lord: “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. 10 Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.
11 “Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing. 12 They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the Lord of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them.
Zechariah 7, New Living Translation
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[f] you were doing it to me!’
- Matthew 25, New Living Translation

[My] coffee-and-chocolate experiment forced me to confront an uncomfortable fact to which I suspect most Americans can relate: I had absolutely no idea where the majority of my food came from. I didn't know how much it should actually cost, how it affected the people who harvested and prepared it, or what sort of toll its production took on the planet...
 ...I never realized the degree to which big corporations rely on the mindless habits of consumers to get away with exploitation and neglect... We started to make adjustments here and there... for items that were fairly traded... ethically produced...
Page 234, A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband "Master"

What are products commonly made using child or forced labor and slavery?
Gold, Diamonds, Footwear, Garments, Cotton, Bricks, sugarcane, rice, cattle, shrimp, bananas, salt, corn, tomatoes, Tobacco, Coffee, Pornography, Cocoa, Tea, Fireworks, Coal, Rubber, Gravel, Carpets, Sisal.

How To Help End Slavery:
  • Increase public awareness of human trafficking.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking so that you are able to notify relevant authorities.
  • Support non-government organizations that work to end slavery and human trafficking.
  • Lobby your government or representatives to pass anti-trafficking laws and to do more to end trafficking and increase support avalible to victims.
  • Buy ethical products that are made by workers who received fair wages and working conditions.

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