Emancipation's Anniversary: More People are Enslaved Today

On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. One hundred fifty years later — as attendees at Mountainfilm in Telluride know —there are actually more people enslaved than during the Civil War.

Author and abolitionist Ben Skinner first educated festival audiences on the issue of modern-day slavery when he spoke about his book, A Crime So Monstrous, at Mountainfilm 2008. The issue attracted mainstream media after a 2009 episode of “Law and Order”called Chattel (which was inspired by Mountainfilm) and an episode of “Larry King Live.”

Help Free the Slaves Ensure That the U.S. Fights Slavery

Free the Slaves is calling upon its supporters to support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.1301).

From Free the Slaves:

This critical legislation is pending in the Senate right now. Your voice could make the difference in ensuring the U.S. continues to fight trafficking and slavery.

The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act ensures the U.S. will remain a world leader in combating slavery.

Awareness Into Action: Galamsey

This series of posts documents two ordinary folks attempting to get out there and do good. Over the next few months, we’ll follow them through the setbacks and triumphs of their endeavor to take the inspiration of Mountainfilm and turn it into something tangible. (To catch up. start here.) Hello friends! It’s Thursday again, the day we look forward to inflicting our blog posts upon you. As promised, we’re going to tell you a little about SSF’s efforts to combat debt bondage and child slavery in the small scale gold mining industry.