2016 Freedom Film Series

Today we are pleased to announce a new awareness initiative launching this month, our 2016 Freedom Film Series. Throughout the year, we will offer free, open to the public screenings of a variety of movies and documentaries, on global social justice topics ranging from human trafficking to gender equality. The screenings will be held at Mayflower Arts Center in downtown Troy. Tickets will be available at the Mayflower, or online:

Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm – Not My Life

Sunday, February 21, 3:00 pm – Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Saturday, August 20, 8:00 pm – Sold the movie + Candlelight Vigil

The film series is made possible in part through a grant from the Miami County Foundation.

A Month of Awareness, Advocacy & Action

For many years now, January has been designated by Presidential Proclamation as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. You can read President Obama’s Proclamation for January 2016 here. It is often debated if awareness campaigns actually make a difference, or have a long-lasting impact on the issue or cause (remember the Bring Back Our Girls campaign for the school girls kidnapped by Boko Harem in Nigeria?). I don’t think there is a definitive answer as to whether awareness does any good. There are probably many examples where awareness increased about an issue, but that didn’t result in change. Conversely, for change to occur in the first place, future advocates first have to become aware of an issue.

 

 

In regards to Modern Day Slavery, I believe that once people discover that there are an estimated 36 million slaves in the world today, and that slavery takes place in all countries even though it is illegal everywhere, and that slavery is a $150 billion per year industry, making it the fastest growing criminal industry, that the majority of people will want to do something about it. What can you do this month to help raise awareness, advocate or take action in the fight against human trafficking? First, I recommend reading my previous post with the top 10 ways to become a new abolitionist. You can also sign up for our Virtual Race 2 End Slavery, and share the event and the reason you signed up with your family, friends and networks. Finally, and this is mentioned in the top 10 post, read up on the End Modern Slavery Initiative and consider getting involved in your state on behalf of this important legislation.

 

In order to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking, we need to educate (awareness), speak up on behalf of those living in slavery (advocacy), and get involved with activities that create real change (action).