SEEK HUMAN DIGNITY AND END MODERN-DAY SLAVERY
St. Francis Xavier Parish and its Peace & Justice Committee are continuing to learn about and advocate against the $150 billion global human trafficking / slavery industry. The Polaris Project, a leading organization active in this fight, estimates that there are more individuals in slavery today than at the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Tuesday, June 2
, we will be holding a screening of the one hour documentary
“Not My Life”
followed by an inter-active discussion led by
, a Fellow with the U.S. Fund for UNICF's End Trafficking project. Filmed on 5 continents in a dozen countries, this story takes us into a world with millions of children exploited every day, through practices of forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual exploitation and child soldiering.
The full message of the film is actually one of hope since advocates are growing in numbers and effectiveness. As Pope Francis has said,
“Cry out full-throated, like a trumpet blast. Rub it in the face of all those who invented this infernal machine of exclusion, this infernal machine that disposes of people, and let’s curse their conduct and ask God to convert their hearts.”
The choice between good and evil is, ultimately, ours! Peace.