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WHY FIGHT?... for 27 MILLION REASONS!

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"Freedom is not a gift from heaven... we must fight for it every day!" ~ Simon Wiesenthal

Few people in the developed nations have a grasp of the magnitude of human trafficking. Fewer still take action. Welcome to Fight Slavery Now! Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

We are an all volunteer grass-roots organization of regular folks like yourself. Most of us initially knew little about this subject, or else believed that incidents were few and far away. But when we learned the truth, we knew we had to try to do something about it. We used Meetup.com to come together seeking a course of action. Though we are diverse in our backgrounds, outlooks and ages... we have become united in our outrage.

Founded at the end of 2008, we are still a fledgling group. This is a very exciting time to become involved as we are actively seeking new ideas and approaches as we continue to learn. Your participation will be highly valued. Additionally we are encouraged that the political climate has become somewhat more receptive, both locally and on the international stage, to addressing this debasing crime.

The sex trafficking industry overwhelmingly preys on young women and children. The slave labor markets rely on a ready supply of men and women fleeing desperate circumstance. Threats, trickery and false promises are the essential tools used by traffickers. Once under their control, victims find only abuse, humiliation, and endless exploitation. This is the face of modern-day slavery.

Because of its low visibility, too little is being done to combat this crime. Reliable statistics are scarce, but estimates run as high as 27 million people currently in some form of slave bondage. Not all trafficking is across borders. Many people are trafficked right here within the United States. Specific laws against Trafficking in Persons were formulated only in this decade, and in New York State only in 2007.

Meet other local people who are interested in the fight against modern-day slavery. Discuss how we can best educate ourselves and others, what actions individual citizens can take, and how we can join with others to end this abuse flourishing in our midst.

This movement needs all the help and all the talent it can muster. We need speakers and writers, doers and dreamers. We need wit and reason, passion and caring. People wise in the ways of politics. People with business savvy. People with organizing skills. We need artists and singers, poets and preachers. We need everyone who cares, all the men, women, and children who are willing to work to end slavery in our generation. We need YOU!

Learn more about human trafficking on our website: FightSlaveryNow.Org (http://fightslaverynow.org/)

Read more about this Meetup group on the page: "ABOUT US (https://www.meetup.com/Fight-Slavery-Now/about/)"

Since both sex and labor trafficking disproportionately impact women, we are particularly concerned with promoting a feminist agenda. If this interests you, please look at our sister Meetup sites:

If you're interested in joining an activist community, please visit our sister site, Radical Feminist Activists: ( https://www.meetup.com/RadFemActivists/ ).

If you would like to be informed about films by women and issues that impact them, check out Cinema Femina: https://www.meetup.com/Cinema-Femina/

If you enjoy reading and discussing books w/ a feminist slant, sign up at Feminist Book Club: ( https://www.meetup.com/FeministReaders/ ).

For a deeper dive into the works of women, much of it political, please have a look at Reading Women's Work: https://www.meetup.com/reading-womens-work/

Upcoming events (1)

FRUITS OF LABOR documentary screening + filmmaker Q&A w/ EMILY IBAÑEZ, 10/22

FRUITS OF LABOR (78 Mins, 2021)

Screening + Discussion with Director Emily Cohen Ibañez

FRIDAY | OCTOBER 22 | 4-6 PM

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT: https://nyu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eo0chXCeRN-Y5YhXPhRlxA

Award-winning documentary Fruits of Labor features a Mexican-American teen who dreams of graduating high school amidst increased ICE raids, threatening to separate her family. Forced to become the breadwinner, she works long days in the strawberry fields of central California’s coast and night shifts at a food processing factory. Post-screening discussion: filmmaker EMILY COHEN IBAÑEZ with DIANA TAYLOR (Depts. of Spanish and Portuguese & Performance Studies.) and JOSEFINA SALDAÑA-PORTILLO (Dept. of Social & Cultural Analysis).

CO-SPONSORS: CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES, CINEMA STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & CULTURAL ANALYSISThis event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
The Center for Media, Culture and History - cmchnyu.org
25 Waverly Place, Room 502
New York, N.Y. 10003
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