Today I have the privilege of introducing a charity about which my son Ian Thomas Kyle Wilson feels passionately. He's written a piece. I ask each of you to consider carefully what he says and think about how you can take action. This is not a charity about knitting or crocheting its about fundamental rights to freedom. As we celebrate those who helped to secure our freedom this Memorial Day weekend, think what a world of difference you could make not just with funds but with persistence and courage.
My son Ian writes: " “It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle.” -Abraham Lincoln.
Most of us here in America think of slavery as something that ended generations ago, but all over the world, slavery still exists. Over 35 million people are enslaved throughout the world, and those are just the ones we know about. Slavery still exists behind closed doors, even here in America. Slavery is one of the greatest evils of our time, and yet, people continue to treat it as a side issue.
Walk Free is an organisation that has dedicated itself to fighting the evil of slavery worldwide. Their goal is to have a slave-free world. To accomplish this, they must awaken people to the problem of slavery, much as Saint Patrick did 1500 years ago, and ensure that those who participate in this crime are brought to justice. We must all do our part to create a truly free world. This includes not only raising awareness about the plight of slaves, but also making informed decisions about the goods that we buy. Walk Free can help. Consider making a donation today.
I became involved with Walk Free a long time ago through one of their many social media campaigns. They were raising awareness over slavery in Florida’s tomato fields, and collecting signatures for a petition, which I signed. I was shocked and angry that slavery was still continuing right here in America, more than a hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
To get involved in fight against slavery, visit their website at www.walkfree.org where you can donate, or sign up to get email updates, or follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/walkfree.org?fref=ts"
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