Many people believe that John Brown's vision of a world with out slavery has been achieved, and while great victories, such as the Emancipation Act and the 13th amendment to the Bill of Rights, have been recognized around the world, slavery is STILL an issue around the world.
Women are kidnapped and forced into the sex industry; immigrants are forced to work for years to pay off unjust travel fees; children as young as 6 and 7 are forced to work 12-hour days in unsafe factory conditions - these are just some of the heart-wrenching examples of modern slavery.
How does this apply to me, you ask? As long as even one person is enslaved, the value of the entire human race is diminished. Join the fight against slavery now, today, this instant. As John Brown said in 1858, "Talk-talk-talk! That will never free the slaves! What is needed is action-action."
Ways you can take action against slavery in 2009:
1. Research companies work conditions before you make purchases. Beware of the "cheap" knockoffs offered on street corners and discount houses. Many are made with slave labor as shown in this article, "As You Were Saying...Human Cost Not Bogus"
2. Support organizations that oppose slavery such as The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which was started by the great, great, great grandson of Frederick Douglass. www.fdff.org
3. Prostitution/Sex industry is a large part of the slavery market - do not participate in an industry that degrades and exploits women and children.
John Brown gave his life for the eradication of an unjust institution. The proprietors of slavery no longer stand in the limelight shouting "It is my right to own slaves and to treat them anyway I see fit," now they hide behind corrupt foreign governments, bogus companies, and unbridled greed.
As we commemorate the 150 anniversary of John Brown's attempt to end slavery, let us all take a vow to continue to fight this ugly and degrading practice and work to eradicate it once and for all.