June 22, 2012 jennyrain

Freedom Fridays | Slavery in America?

As a part of my Freedom Fridays posts, I wanted to share today the latest IJM campaign that launched!

Today, there are more children, women and men in slavery than ever before. Over the last decade and a half, IJM has worked with local government officials to bring rescue and justice to families trapped in forced labor slavery and girls victimized by trafficking.

But slavery is not just happening overseas. While IJM has developed expertise through our casework in South Asia, the U.S. Government and domestic anti-slavery organizations have developed strategies to combat slavery here at home. In the past 15 years, over 1,000 people have been freed from slavery in Florida’s tomato fields. Thanks to innovative solutions developed by farmworkers themselves, change is already underway. But there is more work to be done to finish the job.

Slavery in U.S. tomato fields is a problem with a solution. This summer, we have a Recipe for Change: Join us as we campaign for slave-free tomatoes.

America’s major fast food chains have already joined the Fair Food Program, an agreement that protects farmworkers from slavery and other abuses. Now it’s time to get supermarkets on board – so slavery is eradicated from the tomato supply chain.

To learn more about slavery in U.S. tomato fields and how you can help make a difference this summer, sign up for our Recipe for Change weekly updates. Throughout the summer, you will get easy action steps, campaign resources and tomato-centric recipes from food celebrities like Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman, plus Gary Haugen and other leaders in the abolition movement!

Join us as we campaign for slave-free tomatoes this summer!

P.S. Read how one Florida advocate discovered slavery was not just happening overseas – it was just a drive away.

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I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.