"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery." -- President Barack Obama
For every triumph of human rights, there is a new corner of darkness somewhere in the world that needs the bright light of justice shone on it. And that light doesn't have to reach very far; Colorado is a hub for international human trafficking. A special task force has been formed to combat the problem.
Read up. Knowledge is empowering: many contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction, are reporting on this heartbreaking subject.
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Get involved. Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life supports the work of local activist and performer, Marta Burton, who is tireless in her efforts to share the stories of past and contemporary slavery to educate her audiences. I spoke with Marta recently and she explained her mission: "I created the concert Unbounded: Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery as a way of looking at the history of slavery through the lens of Jewish and African American experiences of oppression, in order to bring to light the realities of current day slavery. I am deeply committed to using this beautiful documentary style musical performance to inspire people to take action, to become abolitionists, to participate in democracy, and to fight for freedom in a very real way."
She added, "We have two performances coming up, one here at the library and a second at Temple Emanuel and I hope you will be able to join us! We can take a stand together and spread the word that we don’t want to live in a world with slavery in it."