Friday, October 1, 2010

Not For Sale: Fighting Slavery in 2010

Recently Jessica Colund of Blast Magazine featured a Gordon alum’s fight against modern day slavery. Read more about Sarah Durfey’s ’09 fight for social justice:


The year is 1829. Abolitionists walk through the Boston Common toward Park Street Church to hear William Lloyd Garrison’s first public address. The 23-year-old newspaper editor declares boldly that slavery is not an issue that should be debated by each individual state; it is a “national sin” that every decent human being must fight against.

The year is 2010. Abolitionists walk through the Boston Common once again; Garrison’s fight has not yet been won. In fact, the antislavery nonprofit Not For Sale estimates that 27 million people are enslaved today, more than at any other time in history. People all over the world are being bought and sold for cheap labor and sex. According to the U.S. Department of Education, even children born in America are sold into sexual servitude every year.

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