Part two of a two piece article series in the online publication "Wish I Didn't Know" featured in 2/2011
Human exploitation, slavery, can be a complex issue, with complex political, cultural, social, economical, and health components. However, complex slavery may be, we can together eradicate slavery.
The most immediate forms of advocacy are:
1/Be an educated consumer. If you can not refurbish, reuse, renew, repurpose items within your home, try purchasing at yard sales first or hold exchange parties with friends. If an item must be purchased, then please, know where your item came from or go to thrift stores.
2/Teach your child to think of the value of an item in not only the dollar price, but also, in terms of time spent to gain the item. As the child becomes older, you might want to include in her purchasing power education, about whether or not an item used child labor or slave labor to manufacture the item. Teach children delayed gratification by having a child save for a toy or some item that he or she may like.
3/If you can not grow and store your own food then, try purchasing from local farmers is next best option. Purchase pre-made food items from farmers who use organic materials. Try when possible to avoid Genenticaly Modified Organisms. Try using home remedies before making a trip to the clinic, doctor or emergency room. Study about the local indigenous communities and do what you can to help them achieve their community goals. For instance in the United States, the American Indian Nations are very much misunderstood and their knowledge under valued. This takes time to earn their trust.
4/Establish emergency funds for your family and household needs. Establish emergency plans. Each time a scenario is drilled through, follow it up by a fun family time. Allow your child to contribute towards the preparations with their opinions, ideas and physical effort. Encourage your spiritual centers to have emergency preparedness plans. Make donations toward the effort.
5/Celebrate the elderly and the children in your life. Celebrate and court your life partner. When speaking to people recognize in all your logic you are speaking to the heart of everyone; so become engaged in the conversation. Look and listen with intent to understand the people you meet. The elderly have life wisdom. Children being the present gifts that they are, hold the promise of the future now. Open them up, see the beautiful world they are bringing into fruition as a gift to you and I. People are not appreciated enough for their achievement of living- of being. Do not underestimate the power of a smile or kind word. Seek mediums of art to allow everyone, including yourself, to express your inner creativity.
6/Keep yourself healthy. Poor health often leads to strained/broken families, depleted finances, homelessness, crime and/or prostitution and sometimes drug/alcohol use. The use of these vices supports organized crime. Broken families often lead to weakened damaged people in need (namely children and teenagers) who can and often are preyed upon.
7/Keep yourself informed. Do not shy away from discussions about abuse or slavery. Keep a set of resource and hot line numbers that exist within your zip code or region just in case they maybe needed by you or someone you know. The phone hot line number 211 is very good in a pinch and is national . Religious centers, community centers, impliment practical helps for single parents, latch-key kids and the elderly. When you can, as you can, volunteer or donate funds, food or items. Take citizenship training courses that are free or low cost as provided by the local police, the local community centers or local annex centers and parent teaching programs under public schools' Title One programs. If your communities do not have any of these programs, then by all means contact Once Upon an Eden and we will either instruct you on how to organize such programs or come to your community to do so.
We at Once Upon An Eden, would like to thank Danny Fisher and the readers of "Wish I Didn't Know" for staying informed and helping to spread awareness about slavery. To everyone who have left e mails or visted the http://onceuponaneden.weebly.com<http://onceuponaneden.weebly.com/> website, thank you so much for your encouragement. Blessings. *onceuponaneden.weebly.com website is now ww. onceuponaneden.org.