There are many actions, large and small, you can take to work towards a world where no one is enslaved.
Learning . . .
- Many UUs are unaware of the prevalence of modern slavery in the U.S. and around the world. Educating yourself and talking to people in your congregation is one of the most effective actions you can take.
- Invite speakers to your congregations to speak and teach about modern slavery.
- Augment the UU Abolitionists Speakers’ Bureau by sending your name or suggesting another speaker.
- Visit our Resources page for books and videos available for adults and youth. Lead a study group, reading a book together or watching and discussing a video.
- Modern slavery exists in your community. Talk to congregation and community members who work in law enforcement, domestic violence, legal, labor, and community organizing arenas about their understanding of human trafficking in your area.
. . . connecting with others . . .
- Like us on Facebook
- Follow us on Twitter
- Wear a button declaring “I fight modern slavery,” and when someone inquires what that means, tell them about slavery’s prevalence and what we can do to end it. The UU Abolitionists will send you, free, as many buttons as you pledge to distribute—just ask!
- When there is an anti-trafficking event at your congregation, in your organization, or in your wider community, share it here or on our Facebook page and help inspire others.
. . . empowering those in your UU community to act on their principles . . .
- Make Fair Trade products available for purchase at your congregation. Show The Dark Side of Chocolate and then sell members Fair Trade chocolate for them to give out at Halloween.
- As a congregation, buy Fair Trade. Publicize the fact that you use Fair Trade products, and why it matters, e.g., “Child slavery is common in the coffee trade, but the coffee we serve is guaranteed to be produced under fair labor conditions.” Where Fair Trade options aren’t available, urge companies to take responsibility for labor practices in their product chains.
- Set up a table with several laptops set to Chain Store Reaction, which connects consumers with companies they patronize to ask them to pay attention to forced labor in their supply chains.
. . . and engaging with the wider community.
- Contact other local faith leaders, communities and local media to let them know how your congregation is addressing modern slavery.
- Seek out organizations in your local community that are working to end human trafficking, and become their partner.
- Search the archives of your community’s news outlets for stories on human trafficking and modern slavery. They are a treasure trove of information about potential actions you can take.
- Hold a research action: contact local law enforcement, juvenile justice, labor enforcement, and other authorities to find out if they have policies, protocols, and training in place to work compassionately with the trafficking survivors they encounter in their work.
- Meet with your representatives in the state legislature and U.S. Congress to ask them to support legislation that will empower survivors and curtail human trafficking. (Find up-to-date information by going here and typing “pending legislation” into the search box.)
- Create a letter-writing table at your congregation’s coffee hour, with sample letters, pre-addressed envelopes pre-addressed to your legislators, and background information on pending legislation.
Whenever you take an action, please take a moment to let us know here, on Facebook, and/or by posting on Twitter and mentioning @UUAbolition. Together, we are building a stronger network of Unitarian Universalist Abolitionists, action by action, connection by connection.