We Will "Refuse To Do Nothing"
Thank you Shayne Moore and Kimberly McOwen Yim for sharing your hearts and encouraging advocacy in Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery, just voted the 2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year.
Friends of Women of Vision, Shayne and Kimberly share that the sad truth is slavery never ended, despite the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act, the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1949 United Nations declaraion that trafficking is “incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person.” Slavery and human trafficking exist underground, exploiting powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world. Yet in their book, these “Abolitionist Mamas” share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives.
Included in the book is an entire chapter about the impact of Women of Vision Lobby Days. These days organized by the World Vision advocacy team at Women of Vision National Conferences, serve to empower attendees to be advocates – most recently for the TVPRA.
Like-minded women from all over the country attend this conference. They come together for community and inspiration and to learn to be advocates. For many women this is the first time they
have done anything like this. Doing it in community and with friends makes the experience much less daunting. Speaking truth to power, especially if one has not done it before, can be intimidating.
Women are at their best when in community.
When Shayne and Kimberley sat down with New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith, author of the TVPA, they asked what everday women could do to make a difference in the battle against slavery. From the book, here are some of Congressman Smith’s tips.
“Pray. Pray for the victims and the efforts to eradicate slavery.”
“Get to know your local faith-based organizations that are involved. Visit them and their programs. If you have a local faithbased organization you think should be involved, urge them to do so.”
“Know what’s happening in your own backyard. Does your community provide services to rescued victims? Do you have any shelters? How many beds?”
“Lobby at the state level for anti-trafficking legislation. This is very important. Neyv laws are needed here because prosecution happens at the state level. The federal government does not have enough funding to prosecute all the cases.”
“It’s also important to lobby to sustain laws on the federal level, which affect funding and how international trafficking and those countries involved should be flagged.”
“Look beyond what CNN is telling you. Take the time to be informed and research things for yourself. Ask hard questions and look deep. And talk to your clergy. Get to know them. Tell them your heart and partner with your faith community. If services are not available in your community, if nothing is happening, then you do it.”
Let us be women who refuse to do nothing.