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‘Born In Slavery': The last American Slaves

The Washington Post | Nick Kirkpatrick | Posted 04.18.2015 | Black Voices

One hundred and fifty-three years ago today, Washington D.C. was the first place in the country where slaves were freed by the federal government. ...

Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media

The city of Chicago is proposing a $5.5 million reparations package for those who suffered under the ruthless rule of police commander Jon Burge from ...

The Dark Side of American History

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It should be increasingly apparent to Americans, as they become aware, through new technologies, of white-on-black police killings, that there is a dark side to American history, requiring expiation.

Freedom Seal - A New Tool to Help Businesses Fight Modern-Day Slavery.

Rani Hong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Rani Hong

The Tronie Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of the Freedom Seal, a powerful and tangible tool to be used in the fight against human slavery.

White Supremacy and the Killing of Walter Scott

Crystal Fleming | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices
Crystal Fleming

On election night in 2008, I would have been stunned to learn that black people would continue to be killed in broad daylight under Obama's presidency. And my tears would take on new meaning had I seen a future in which a black president mostly says nothing as black citizens are routinely targeted for mass incarceration and killed by police.

Proof That The Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery

John A. Tures | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

As the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia rolls around, some armchair historians and pundits are still battling over what the Civil War was about. It's time to go beyond the rhetoric and read the evidence.

Striking Graphic Novel Tells The Story Of Brazilian Slavery

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts

Not all slave rebellions made it into the history books. This is one of the main messages communicated by artist Marcelo d’Salete in his histo...

Modern Day Freedom

Rabbi Berel Lerman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Berel Lerman

We are blessed to live in a country that was founded on the principles of "all men are created equal" and the universal rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, one may live in a free country and still be enslaved.

150 Years Ago, the Confederate Constitution Used Mike Pence's View of 'Religious Freedom' to Justify Slavery

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Until God comes down and tells the world that florists and pizza parlors shouldn't serve the LGBT community, it's best to keep bizarre religious interpretations away from refusing service to other American citizens. Religious freedom shouldn't be a way to discriminate or justify hatred and intolerance.

The Modern Slavery Bill: A Step in the Right Direction

Andrew Forrest | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Andrew Forrest

While looking for modern slavery is certainly not an easy task and there is still more to do in our own supply chains, it is something that all big companies can and must do.

Over 300 Slaves Rescued After Investigation Into Forced Labor

AP | ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON | Posted 04.04.2015 | World

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — At first the men filtered in by twos and threes, hearing whispers of a possible rescue. Then, as the news rippled aroun...

Passover, the Hunger Games and Our Nation

Bruce Judson | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Bruce Judson

As the first night of Passover approaches, I have been thinking about how to bring meaning to the Holiday. The Passover Seder recounts the story of the Jewish people's Exodus from Egypt. Importantly, it is also an annual ritual for reaffirming core values and transmitting these values from one generation to the next.

Freedom Is Not the Point of Passover

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.

Why I Wrote About Trafficking and Support Free the Slaves

Free The Slaves | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Free The Slaves

One of the problems of writing fiction about slavery always seemed to be the difficulty of demonstrating convincingly and artistically that the attitudes and prejudices of our slave past had not disappeared, but merely dressed themselves differently.

Why Does Modern Slavery Persist?

Nick Grono | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

here is growing awareness on the part of governments and businesses of their responsibility. Certainly in the West, there is growing political will to tackle modern slavery, which is leading to a stronger regulatory environment, and a slow trickle of change down the supply chain.

Seafood Firm Drops Supplier Linked To Slavery

AP | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's biggest seafood company said Wednesday it has cut ties with a supplier named in an Associated Press report after...

Are Slaves Catching The Fish You Buy?


BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) — The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical isla...

Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too

David Bank | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
David Bank

Co-authored by Maura Dilley To blood diamonds, sweatshop apparel and other products to avoid, now add slave shrimp. The global fishing industry, a...

World Poetry Day: Poetry for Social Change

Tammara Fort | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Tammara Fort

Poetry has been used for millennia as a means for transmitting historical and cultural information. Poets throughout history have also waged war on social ills and crimes against humanity through their verse

One Way Forward in Ending Modern Slavery: Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies

Jenny Eaton Dyer | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Jenny Eaton Dyer

We are at an opportune moment to look at the broad range of issues we must address in order to achieve the Committee's goal. Among them are the health needs of women and children worldwide.

Tuna Industry Failing on Sustainability

John Hocevar | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
John Hocevar

As a cheap source of protein, families all over the country have relied on canned tuna for decades. Unfortunately, most people don't realize the damage many of America's "trusted tuna brands" are doing to our oceans.

Teaching History the Pearson Way

Alan Singer | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson promotes Common Core and Common Core creates markets for Pearson. Teaching history the Pearson way means teaching it the Common Core way, without any meaningful content. The text, no matter how inaccurate or misleading, rules. Myth replaces history.

We Can Eradicate Modern Slavery. Here's How

Nick Grono | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

As we scale up our efforts, the Freedom Fund and its partners on the ground will transform the lives hundreds of thousands more in the coming years. And collectively we can change millions of lives for the better. That's our ambition and our responsibility.

Did Mr Darcy Make His Fortune From Slavery?

The Gaurdian | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices

Age: 28. First name: Fitzwilliam. Appearance: He “drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features [and] noble mien...

What Happened to America's First Muslims?

Peter Manseau | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Peter Manseau

Muslims were indeed here from the beginning, but the beliefs and practices they brought with them only rarely endured. Their experiences serve as a reminder that every faith woven into the fabric of our country has been made up of strands both light and dark.