The above video illustrates a very serious tragedy that we as a species, are still struggling with, SLAVERY.
My friends, slavery isn’t something that happened only in the past, and end with abolition in the 19th century. Instead, it changed forms and continues to harm people in nearly every country on our planet. Whether they are women forced into prostitution, men forced to work in agriculture or construction, children in sweatshops or women forced to work as maids, their lives are controlled by their exploiters, they no longer have a free choice and they have to do as they’re told.
That’s right my friends…
It is estimated that RIGHT NOW, 27 million poeple are trafficked, and many are children… .
Okay, before I go on, I want to clear up some misconceptions about the history of this monstrous institution.
Or rather, I’ll let this small video playlist from the “SOWELL EXPLAINS” YouTube channel do it for me.
Okay, now let’s keep rolling.
You see, I find it very strange that, as practitioners of CAPOEIRA, a Martial Art developed in part to free the people who developed it from slavery and oppression, almost no student or teacher in capoeira that I know talks about this subject.
Yes, in most writings in capoeira, slavery is mentioned, but mostly only the TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE, or about the institution of SLAVERY IN BRAZIL, both of which which “OFFICIALLY” ended over a century ago. But out of the many capoeira books and web sites that I’ve read and capoeiristas I’ve talked to, only one BOOK have I read mentioned ANYTHING about slavery still happening in BRAZIL, and all over the world RIGHT NOW, even where I live in THE UNITED STATES…
Well, I’m GONNA talk about it. (Well, type about it…)
I want you, the reader, to be aware of this human tragedy, and show you a few online resources you can go to where we can help fight this.
O.K., Now we can’t change what happened in the past (Nor will we ever FORGET)…
And for those of you who pride yourselves on being up to speed on the latest fashions, click HERE if you ever wondered where those fancy clothes came from…
And look below, if you want to know the REAL cost…
Sadly, this is the disturbing truth we are faced with, and the truth is not always pretty.
Now maybe it’s because I’m a practitioner of Capoeira Angola, a martial art which was developed in part by people in captivity, so they could fight for and WIN THEIR FREEDOM…
Or, maybe it’s because I am a great grandson of a slave.
But I feel that the institution of slavery is a shameful legacy of Humankind that MUST DIE.
Now hopefully after reading and WATCHING this, You may be wondering, how can I help?
Well, the first step to ending human trafficking, is to be informed.
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 are working to end child slavery. Also support reducing poverty, as with less poverty there is less incentive for parents and others to sell children to traffickers.
Lobby your government or representatives to pass anti-trafficking in persons laws and to do more to reduce trafficking and to increase support available to victims.
Try to buy ethical products that are made by workers who received fair wages and working conditions.
To help you become more informed, I’ve listed a few resources here to help you out.
American Anti-Slavery Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern-day human bondage and to promoting a non-politicized, bias-free human rights community.
Founded in 1839, this group is the oldest international human rights organization in the world.
Today, they work to eliminate all forms of slavery and slavery like practices throughout the world.
Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom.
Redefining Refuge is a non-profit organization is dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of the depraved injustice of sexual abuse, with a prevailing emphasis on the abolition of the domestic sex trafficking of minors.
International Justice Mission is a global organization that protects poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM’s mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.
Amnesty Internaional is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defense of activists on the front line.
A place to share and watch short films about human rights…
O.K., now, I have a special message for Black Americans
If you’re black, living in the United States of America, and you’re reading this page…
I URGE YOU TO WATCH THIS VIDEO.
Now, to you, My fellow Black Americans,
Do you understand your rights as Meek Mill has read them to you?
If you don’t, then look below these words, to see what we’re faced with… in a little bit more detail.
And don’t let anybody tell you that the School to Prison Pipeline is not a thing…
Now, even though I posted those videos primarily for my fellow Black Americans, I hope the rest of you out there were watching this too, because THIS AFFECTS YOU TOO.
Now, here are a few resources to help you get informed.
From Wikipedia: Ban the Box is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign is that anything that makes it harder for ex-offenders to find a job makes it likelier that they will re-offend, which is bad for society.
From their website: Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: The Empty Cages Collective is a project aimed at building a movement in England, Wales and Scotland that resists the prison industrial complex and organizes towards a prison-free world.
O.K, we are at the end of this page. I want to thank all of you who got this far, and hopefully, you’re now a bit more aware of this tragedy that is taking place.
I’m gonna leave you with this powerful song from the band SAYREAL’s debut album “Unarmed and Ready”. If you want to more about Say Real, Please go to their website at www.SayRealMusic.com
Based on the teachings, message and life of Abolitionist leader and Civil Rights pioneer Frederick Douglass, this song reflects the social, political and economic freedoms we all must remember to fight for, relentlessly.
Whenever I listen to this song, it always serves as a reminder to me that we human beings, as a species, are meant to thrive on our planet. Not just survive, not just live, but THRIVE, with happiness and FREEDOM, Especially with the chaotic conditions prevalent in our world today.