Labor Day, the last day of “summer” for all of the vacationers in the United States – what a great day to celebrate all those who work in the world.
We must ask our favorite companies to manage their supply chains more thoroughly. Many people do not feel that workers are important. Often in underprivileged societies there are many people that take advantage of others because of poor labor laws and a surplus of people.
In the Congo, kids mine for 12 hours a day, never being paid a single cent. They work until they die from either mines collapsing on them, trigger-happy militant groups, or lack of medicine. In China, the people who make our favorite electronics, including your and my computer/phone/video game console/camera, work with hazardous materials for 10 hours a day with one 5 minute bathroom break, and no sick days allowed, ever. Some even have to stand for that whole time with no option to sit!
Please show your appreciation of one another on this great week after Labor Day, and if you have a moment ask your congress people to hold companies accountable and your favorite companies to manage their supply chains with more consideration for the worker.
It is important to remember that we are one humanity, who has the option to live in peace, and share unconditional, infinite love.
If you did not know, there are many movies about slavery!
One movie that I want to watch, but have not got around to it, is Blood in the Mobile.
This movie talks about conflict minerals which are minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, aka DRC or the Congo, that are mined for our electronics. Usually the minerals are mined by slaves, and even child slaves. These mining businesses are run by violent militant groups that often commit mass rapes and murders on innocent civilians.
To learn more about this pressing issue you can check out Blood in the Mobile and the great nonprofit called the Enough Project which has a subsection called Raise Hope for Congo.
Many girls are prostitutes and are owned, and branded by pimps. Please spread the word that pimps, and the use of the word pimp is not okay.
Many traffickers have truckers as their favorite clientele. Truckers Against Trafficking, (TAT) is a great organization that informs many people about human trafficking.
Also, the Polaris Project is another phenomenal organization to keep checking for what is happening within the United States about trafficking. The Polaris Project has a lot of great resources if you are ever wanting to talk to your friends about the serious issue of human trafficking.