Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How To Become An Abolitionist

Open Source Activism
The major obstacle that we face in the fight against modern-day slavery is that the crime is hidden. Individuals that work in the field know that slavery is not part of the current collective consciousness. Initially, it shocks the general public to learn that slavery still exists and is widespread. It is even more shocking for them to realize that it may exist in their own backyards.

We need to shift to a paradigm that recognizes the possibility of slavery in order to be able to identify it. When the paradigm shifts, a new wave of activists will respond in creative ways. That being the case, the pioneer generation of activists against human trafficking must re-evaluate how we communicate the issue to our networks.

Communication with young people brings to light that the new abolitionists can be very sophisticated. Youths are using their own expertise in creative ways to raise awareness and fight slavery, which in turn inspires their peers to do the same. Their initiatives tend to be organic to their peers’ passion, skills, and purpose in life.

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