"...Nothing has exposed the severe ethical troubles of the world´s second largest burger chain quite so lucidly as a slave break in Florida´s tomato country in November.
Burger King, under fire for turning a blind eye to the rampant human rights abuses in the fields where they buy their tomatoes, decided to react...
Why does slavery still exist? Slavery flourishes in U.S. agriculture because the everyday reality of sweatshop conditions provides the fertile soil that enable it to sprout, time and time again.
Farmworkers are among the least paid workers in the nation; to make $50 in a day, a worker must pick nearly two tons of tomatoes one-by-one. The back-breaking work they perform – without any benefits whatsoever – beneath a brutal sun (and at times a brutal crewleader) makes possible the food that nourishes our families and ourselves...
As such, Burger King would do well to carefully examine James 5:4 :
Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord.
So too have these cries reached the ears of the Lord´s followers – accordingly, Burger King must and will be guided down the path toward justice..."
Breaking Free From The Matrix, Bondage, Slavery or Society
"International (MNN) ― Over the last 10 years, the number of slaves in the United States has exploded from 50,000 victims to 300,000.
A week ago, the nation observed Human Trafficking Awareness Day, but U.S. President Barack Obama declared all of January to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
York Moore, modern day abolitionist and evangelist with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, says the acknowledgement of trafficking in the U.S. and around the globe is vital. The product of human beings is growing in demand, blasting human trafficking from its place as the third-largest global enterprise to second. The only enterprise larger is the drug trade.
"When we think about commoditizing people, you're creating a product that actually can be consumed over, and over, and over again," explains Moore. "That makes it extremely lucrative."
As disturbing as the facts are, the month of January has been dedicated to learning more about this exponentially growing trend. With the time in January that's left, Moore encourages people to educate themselves on the facts. Resources include the State Department's Trafficking In Persons Report, statistics from International Justice Mission, the Not for Sale campaign, books like The Slave Across the Street and many others that you can find here.
Awareness includes knowing the facts, but it also includes making a change. Multiple changes. Moore notes that there is some danger in setting aside a month specifically to abolish worldwide slavery; by February, most slaves will still be in bondage.
"Their suffering isn't contained within a day. Their suffering isn't contained within a month. They continue to suffer long after we've read the book, or listened to the podcast, or listened to the conference speaker," says Moore. "That reality should really shape how we live on a daily basis."
Our responsibility as Christians is even greater. "To be a global Christian in a day where we see this proliferation of human trafficking means that we are required to ask ourselves: How does our faith not only inform our practice as individuals, but what does the church actually have to do with providing sustainable solutions for those who suffer?"
InterVarsity has asked and answered this question, jumping in to attack the human trafficking problem while sharing the hope of Christ. Campuses across the globe have gotten involved with awareness campaigns through InterVarsity, but the ministry is also working on sending ex-slaves to college through Hagar International.
In October 2013, InterVarsity will host another "Price of Life" campaign to be held this time in New York. Awareness and funds will be raised, but the Gospel will also be shared with the thousands who attend.
There are a number of ways for you personally to be a voice for the voiceless in this matter, many of which may even lead to opportunities to share the Gospel. First, become educated with the resources already mentioned. You can even track your Slavery Footprint here, to see what commodities you should avoid to ensure you aren't exploiting slave labor without knowing it.
When you find your Footprint, a list of ways for you to get involved will also be offered. You can also get involved regularly by joining in the work of anti-trafficking groups, and most importantly, by praying daily for the millions of victims forced into labor and prostitution. "
"The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender."-Proverbs 22:7
NEW WORLD ORDER - WORLD OF SLAVES Pt 1
"EVERYONE IN THE WORLD MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO. The Illuminati, a group of Super Rich that control the banks, media, and governments of the world are taking control of the EARTH by design to kill off 80% of humans on earth. Their plan is to take over the world and have the rich running everything and their slaves. This group follows satanic spiritual practices even doing fake sacrifices. This series is from the video "Zeitgeist" To see the whole video just go to EARTH, WORLD OF SLAVES -- Super Rich's Plan to kill us. "
"WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In January, President-elect Barack Obama and his family will make history, becoming the first African-American first family to move into the White House -- a house with a history of slavery. In fact, the legacy of American presidents owning slaves goes all the way back to George Washington...
Twelve American presidents owned slaves and eight of them, starting with Washington, owned slaves while they lived in the White House...
In 1800, John Adams was the first president to live in the White House, moving in before it was finished. Adams was a staunch opponent of slavery, and kept no slaves. Future presidents, however, didn't follow his lead. Thomas Jefferson, who succeeded Adams, wrote that slavery was an "assemblage of horrors" and yet he brought his slaves with him. Early presidents were expected to pay their household expenses themselves, and many who came from the so-called "slave states" simply brought their slaves with them...
In 1865 one of Madison's former slaves, Paul Jennings, wrote the first White House memoir: "A Colored Man's Reminiscences of Life in the White House." In the book, Jennings called Madison "one of the best men that ever lived" and said Madison "never would strike a slave, although he had over one hundred; neither would he allow an overseer to do it."...
Michelle Obama learned this year that one of her great-great grandfathers was a slave who worked on a rice plantation in South Carolina. She says finding that part of her past uncovered both shame and pride and what she calls the tangled history of this country.
For many, the historic election on November 4 marked a new beginning.
Though Michelle Obama's ancestors had to come through the ordeal of slavery, "Her children are sleeping in the room of presidents," said Brinkley. "It's a very great and hopeful sign."
Fall Of The Republic (Part 2/15)
" If we wish to be free -- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending -- if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us!
They tell us, sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775
"...Enslaved African Americans did not wait for Lincoln's action before escaping and seeking freedom behind Union lines. From early years of the war, hundreds of thousands of African Americans escaped to Union lines, especially in occupied areas like Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region in 1862, Tennessee from 1862 on, the line of Sherman's march, etc. So many African Americans fled to Union lines that commanders created camps and schools for them, where both adults and children learned to read and write. The American Missionary Association entered the war effort by sending teachers south to such contraband camps, for instance establishing schools in Norfolk and on nearby plantations. In addition, nearly 200,000 African-American men served with distinction as soldiers and sailors with Union troops. Most of those were escaped slaves...
Slavery effectively ended in the U.S. in the spring of 1865 when the Confederate armies surrendered. All slaves in the Confederacy were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, which stipulated that slaves in Confederate-held areas were free. Slaves in the border states and Union-controlled parts of the South were freed by state action or (on December 6, 1865) by the Thirteenth Amendment. The full restoration of the Union was the work of a highly contentious postwar era known as Reconstruction. The war produced about 1,030,000 casualties (3% of the population), including about 620,000 soldier deaths—two-thirds by disease. The war accounted for more casualties than all other U.S. wars combined. The causes of the war, the reasons for its outcome, and even the name of the war itself are subjects of lingering controversy today. About 4 million black slaves were freed in 1861-65...."
"No matter what NFL players may be doing in the offseason, the ongoing labor negotiations are never far from their minds. Even stars like Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson have strong feelings on the issues being debated by NFL players and team owners, who are fighting over how to divide the league's estimated $9.3 billion in revenue.
Speaking just minutes after the owners locked out the players, Peterson compared the players' place in the game to "modern-day slavery," a statement that, while ill-advised, was made in the context of how the players feel they're being treated in these talks. (Note: Based on the context in which the comments were made, I do not believe that Peterson was actually equating his current position in the NFL with any kind of slavery. I will update this piece if he clarifies his statement.) What follows is our full interview.
See the controversial quote in its entirety here.
SC: We're talking about 15 minutes after the NFLPA sent in the paperwork to decertify, so the lockout's on everybody's minds. I've talked to a lot of players about this recently, and I always ask the same question — what is the message you want to get out to the people who love the game and are tired of hearing all the labor talk?
AP: We're business-minded, also. It's not just fun and games. A lot of football players, whether it's Sunday or Monday night — we're out there on the field, competing, hitting each other. But people don't see everything else behind it. It's a job for us, too — every day of the week. We're in different states, sometimes thousands of miles away from our families and kids, and a lot of people don't look at it like that. All some people see is, 'Oh, we're not going to be around football.' But how the players look at it … the players are getting robbed. They are. The owners are making so much money off of us to begin with. I don't know that I want to quote myself on that…
SC: It's nothing that I haven't heard from other players, believe me.
AP: It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it's how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, 'Hey — without us, there's no football.' There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously we're not all on the same page — I don't know. I don't really see this going to where we'll be without football for a long time; there's too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that we'll get something done.
But this crazy idea about an 18-game season … I'm sure they want more entertainment and more revenue, but we're not going to see a pinch of that (the increased revenue), and it's just the business we're in.
SC: It seems to most of the players that if the owners had nothing to hide financially, and if the current business model was as unsustainable as they claim, they'd have no trouble opening the books and showing audited profit and loss per team. Is that your impression?
AP: Exactly! It's like … 'Well, show us.' We want more information, and they want to bull****, going around, saying this and that, just open it up and give us the information we want. If they have nothing to hide, just give us the information. Why not? Obviously, there's a lot to hide -- these guys are professionals, and they're maximizing what they do. But they know that if all this information comes out, the information the players want, it'll be right out there for everyone to see. It's a ripoff — not just for the players, but for the people who work at the concession stands and at the stadiums. The people working at the facilities, you know?
SC: Do you feel that you're represented well by DeMaurice Smith and George Atallah and what now used to be the Players' Union?
AP: Yeah, I think so — they're doing a good job. And with the veteran guys on board, and the player reps, they give us a lot of confidence.
SC: Obviously, last season was a disappointment for the Vikings — your team went 6-10 while the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears played for the NFC championship, and the Packers won the Super Bowl. How do the Vikings get back to the top of the NFC North? And how should you get that new quarterback now that Brett Favre(notes) is gone?
AP: We need to make some adjustments. Obviously … I mean, Favre hasn't retired yet! (laughs) You never know! The quarterback situation is up in the air, and some adjustments need to be made there. We need to go out and do a good job of recruiting in free agency (whenever there is free agency) — bring some new guys in, patch up some areas, and I feel that with Coach [Leslie] Frazier and the changes he's made, they're all for the better, and they'll help our team in the ways we're hoping for. It's all about having 53 guys that come together, and can get it done with the same goals, and will make sacrificed to accomplish those goals.
I see so many teams … the Patriots are a perfect example. Tom Brady's(notes) the guy everyone knows about, but it's about all the other players — the role-players who, one way or another, will get it done somehow. It's not all about talent, and we were a perfect example of that. Brett Favre at quarterback, me at running back, the offensive line, Sidney Rice(notes) … Percy Harvin(notes) is one of the best athletes I've ever seen. Our defense is always ranked in the top five … that shows you that talent doesn't always get it done. So, the changes Coach Frazier has made, new offensive and defensive coordinators, I feel like the mindset those guys bring to the table will be the key we need to get back to that level.
Peterson is one of the best players in the game, and he's staying busy as the labor issues get hashed out — he recently teamed with Power Balance performance wear and Converge to shoot a "Double Take" video in which he interviewed himself and dealt with delicate subjects like McDonald's restrooms, fantasy football, and power handshakes."
"Despite ongoing efforts to end human trafficking, millions of lives are still being exploited across the world. Now in Vienna talks are being held to discuss how to protect men, women and children wherever they are. "
Story of Passover Jews Comming out of Egypt with Miracles
"This is a nice video clip showing some of the miracles that g-d did for Jews to bring them out of Egypt slavery.
Lets celebrate our freedom and not let the physical temptation of this world make us into slaves again. Slaves of money, luxury etc. " From Abraham to David
Moses, Exodus from Egypt, and the Ten Commandments "..
When the pharaoh Ramses II returned from Syria with his treaty of "everlasting peace," he put slaves to work on his creation of great buildings and monuments to celebrate what he claimed was his victory. Art work from this period depicts a tall and threatening Ramses holding a Semite, an Asian and a black man by their hair -- three slaves feeling the sternness of Ramses' rule. ".. HEBREW SLAVES "...The story begins some 3500 years ago in the land of Egypt. A man named Jacob brought his family to live in Egypt for two reasons. One, there was a bad shortage of food in Jacob's own land of Canaan. Two, Jacob's favorite son Joseph happened to be ruling Egypt for the Pharaoh at the time. Those Hebrew people lived in Egypt for 400 years.
For a while they ruled Egypt like at the beginning, but gradually the Egyptians Got tired of being ruled by foreigners. They got an army and took back rulership. After they took control of the land, they started to treat the family of Jacob very badly. The people were by this time known as Israelites and had grown much in population. By the time the 400 years were past, the Israelites were slaves to Egypt.
The Israelites had to work long and hard at making building bricks for the Egyptians. At one point, the Pharaoh ruled that if a man didn't meet his quota of bricks for the day, that his baby was to be put into the buildings instead of bricks. This kind of persecution got worse. The king pharaoh was afraid of a prophecy that foretold of a deliverer for the Hebrew people. So the pharaoh ordered that all of the baby boys be thrown in the river from then on.
That deliverer was Moses. You remember how Moses was taken out of the river and raised by Pharaoh's daughter. Moses had grown up in Pharaoh's Court, but was not in Egypt the whole time up to the plagues. He had spent 59 years in other lands before he returned to Egypt to help the Israelites escape. Forty of those years Moses spent as a King in the land of Cush. He was at least 76 years old when he came back to Egypt. ..."
*see GoodnewsEverybody.com: Middleeastern-Israelite of Israel & GoodnewsEverybody.com Religion: Judaism, Hebrew, Torah, Bible-"Old" Testament, etc...
We look at Sudan, one of the most notorious slave states. Here slavery is widely used as a weapon of war by the Muslim north against the Christian and animist south.
In the ruins of a burnt-out village, lie the heaped, rotting bodies of slaves who tried to escape the northern raiders who stalk the southern Sudan. Slaving here has killed thousands of people; the survivors have horrific tales to tell. Matihiane and her children were captured a year ago. They were marched for 10 days, given food mixed with sand and urine, beaten if they slowed and sent to work. On arriving with her new master, he forcibly circumcised her. Such inhumanity has led many to come to the aid of the southern Sudanese. Baroness Cox, is the most controversial. Sitting with the slavers in the shade of a tree, she exchanges greetings and begins to barter for the human booty. Today, $325,000 changes hands for the freedom of 325 slaves. While her solution offers immediate salvation for the few, it could also be responsible for the rising number of slave raids. The UN and other humanitarian agencies will not work with her. She though is adamant; "It would go on whether we were here or not...it isn't going to change the war." Even for the slaves she frees though, liberty comes with no guarantees. The only thing that can buy their peace of mind is an end to the war. "
Faces of Modern Slavery
"Some of the faces affected by modern-day slavery. The images come from the Invisible Children dvd on N. Uganda, and the Freetheslave.org video on the formerly bonded laborers of Uttar Pradesh, India. "
Muslim Black slavery - Islam slave history of Black Africa p
"When doing research on African slavery I came across this video and was surprised about the slave trade in the Middle East, especially around North Africa.
This explains the current genocide that is going on in Darfur and the Sudan. I could see the link with the past that this has been going on for 14 centuries.
This person wrote this book about slavery in Islamic states.
John Alembillah Alembillah Azumah
The book is called Legacy of Arab-Islam in Africa: A Quest for Inter-Religious Dialogue.
This book reveals the dark secret of Islam and slavery of black people in Africa and the history of how Arab Muslims went to war on and captured black men, women and children and turned them into slaves.
While slavery only lasted 3 centuries in the west, it has lasted 14 centuries in the Middle East and exists today in many Muslim countries.
He explains the book in this short video and it is very interesting.
It explains that when Arab slave traders would raid black villages to the south they would kill the adults and kidnap the children.
The boy children were indoctrinated into an Islamic army for the Arabs and the girls were taken as household and sex slaves.
The reason their were not that many black descendants in the middle east is because the black male children were castrated so they could not reproduce.
There were a few black Africans who grew up and because they curried favor with their masters were allowed to also be slave traders.
A very interesting history of black African slave trade and the Muslim Arab world.
People need to know this history, BUT instead sadly people will never get enough of watching Souljah Boy dance dude, 50 cent, old Tupac Shakur Rap videos, Britany Spears and other videos and never know the truth, especially white and black converts or reverts.
This is part of the legacy of slavery that most African American people should know.
Many black converts or reverts do not know this history before they converted believing that they were originally Muslim before they were sold into slavery. They were not. People should research their history before they convert or revert.
*see GoodnewsEverybody: Relgion-Islam