Saturday, March 17, 2012

Miners, Mango Orchards, Money and Me


NYC internet entrepreneur and mom Meg Hourihan is experimenting with a lifestyle change. She is trying to make as few purchases as she can for a year and share her story. Aware of global inequalities when it comes to consumption (Americans use the highest percentage of the world’s energy and goods with only a fraction of the world’s population) she is embarking on an attempt to simplify. She is practicing buying things only after what she has is worn out beyond repair or is totally used up, going without as much as possible, borrowing and just going without. You can read more of her story at Center for a New American Dream http://www.newdream.org/blog/make-it-do.

What does this have to do with Amirah House and the abolition movement? If you are like me you may wonder what can everyday folk do if we are not lawyers, or police or policy makers?  Becoming educated about the topic and giving financially to those working on the front lines is critical, of course. But how we each contribute to the culture via the economy that sustains oppressing workers is important and sobering. “The United States Office on Trafficking in Persons most recent report states that the majority of slaves in the world today are engaged in agriculture and mining [fuels, metals, gems]. The International Labor Organization has recently stated that for every one person around the world forced into the sex trade, nine people are forced to work.”[1]
   
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