What can we do?
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Date: 15 March, 2007

 

'Remember, Reflect, Respond.'


So, what can we do? We can learn about ‘old’ slavery and the fight for its abolition to make sure that it cannot happen again. Suzanne Elvidge reports.

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So, what can we do? We can learn about ‘old’ slavery and the fight for its abolition to make sure that it cannot happen again. We can campaign against the situations that allow modern slavery. We can support communities through aid and trade to provide incomes so that they do not need to look to bonded labour and exploitative employment.

Learn

There are a lot of museums and exhibitions focusing on slavery and the anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act on 25 March 1807. Visit some of the slavery and abolition exhibitions across the country to learn more:

There are also listings on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website.

Watch the film Amazing Grace, the story of William Wilberforce, opening on 23 March, and take part in Amazing Grace Sunday on 25 March.

See the play African Snow, the story of John Newton (writer of the hymn Amazing Grace) and Olaudah Equiano.

Follow the documentaries and discussions on the BBC, and of course read the articles on surefish.

Campaign

Call on the UK Government to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by signing Amnesty’s and Unicef’s petitions, and join with CHASTE (Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking Across Europe) to support Not For Sale Sunday, an opportunity to say that women’s, children’s and men’s bodies are Not for Sale. Be aware of the signs of trafficking.

Write to your MP (or use the WriteToThem website) to draw attention to the opportunity of 2007 to commemorate the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its abolition and to work for the eradication of all contemporary forms of slavery.

Put on a set all free event to ‘REMEMBER, REFLECT, RESPOND’.

Support the Labour Behind the Label and Clean Up Fashion campaigns to end sweatshop working conditions for textiles workers (and think about ethical clothing).

Support

Shop carefully, for example buying fairly and ethically traded goods, we can help in two ways. Directly, we support the makers directly, and indirectly, by boycotting goods produced in exploitative ways, we reduce the demand.

Financially support charities working with vulnerable people, especially children, such as Christian Aid (give through Gift Aid if you are a taxpayer).

And above all, CELEBRATE the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act on 25 March 2007!

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