Nearly 150 years ago, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation – but slavery endures here in the U.S. and around the world. Experts estimate there are 27 million people held in slavery today.
It’s time to take a stand, and say to traffickers and slave-owners around the world:This ends with us. Sign the letter to President Obama and let your signature stand for 1000 people who need freedom.
Dear President Obama:
Next year, our country will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Although slavery is illegal almost everywhere in the world today, it endures at home and abroad. We respectfully call upon you to make the United States a leader in the fight to end slavery - again.
Americans want to end slavery once and for all. The U.S. government can play a powerful role in fighting this crime by supporting robust law enforcement and victim relief at home and abroad.
This year, we urge you to make our country a leader in the fight to end modern-day slavery by:
1. Taking a stand: In your 2012 Address to the U.N. General Assembly, charge the nations gathered to abolish modern-day slavery.
2. Getting slavery out of U.S. supply chains: When you authorize trade preference programs and free trade agreements, require that our partners take steps to ensure their supply chains are slavery-free, and insist that all U.S. government contracts include supply chain transparency requirements, so that we can ensure our tax dollars are never spent on slave-made goods.
3. Providing diplomatic support: Call on U.S. diplomats to work with foreign governments on high-level strategies to rescue victims of slavery and trafficking, apprehend perpetrators and eradicate the crime.
4. Funding the fight: Develop a Presidential Fund to Eradicate Slavery through the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons that will provide resources to help 15 “Focus Countries” end trafficking, and develop a Global Fund to Eradicate Slavery with other donor countries and private sources this year to announce at the 2013 meeting of the G-8.
It is time to take a stand so we can bring an end to slavery in our lifetime.
"Our hearts are restless, until we rest in Him."St. Augustine
Until we rest IN HIM. Not when we have the perfect job, or we look the way we want to. Not when there is no disputation in our family or our school grades are good. We are restless, UNTIL we rest in Him, and Him alone. He alone has the authority to give us rest.
"28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Jesus, you who are weary, for He promises to give you REST.
“…[the] power of prayer can never be overrated. They who cannot serve God by preaching need not regret. If a man can but pray he can do anything. He who knows how to overcome with God in prayer has Heaven and earth at his disposal.”—Charles H. Spurgeon