By Elda Luisi
This past year Sr. Mary Ellen Boyle, SC has passionately addressed almost all of the Xavier committees regarding modern day slavery that victimizes men, women, and children all over the world, including the United States. This slavery not only involves the sex trade but also the production of every day products we use. The inhumanity of this system is so widespread, it challenges us to look at our labels and cupboards for our unwitting participation in the success of this gross injustice.
That is why we are suggesting a community practice this Lent that would raise our awareness and embrace a solidarity with the victims of slavery by refusing to buy products that come to us by way of slave trade.
We could take an initial hour or two to search the websites suggested here to see if there are favorite products we use or consume and give them up this Lent, for a day, for a week, for the time of Lent, or for as long as it is provided by those who profit from slavery. A further step would be to write a letter to the companies purchasing these products for distribution and to Congress. Finally, write to us and tell us your experience or suggest other links for us to put on the Peace and Justice website.
Take a survey to see how much we already unwittingly participate in this slave trade on the website: slaveryfootprint.org.
Find products that come from Free Trade: www.madeinafreeworld.com
To quote Justin Dillon, an advocate for Made in a Free World: This has the power to change the world. Small acts of kindness, when multiplied by many, tip the world towards freedom.