Being a Humanist
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John F. Kennedy proclaimed that “our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” This is illustrated throughout history, including people in the U.S. demanding that slavery be abolished in the 1860s. Now, we as a current society need to command the stop of human trafficking as a form of modern-day slavery. The issue is the same–abolishment of slavery and freedom without fear–but the methods that can be utilized by society today to demand the end of slavery is vastly different than the 1860s, as no physical war with death and harm is needed. Instead, today individuals can show their humanist values by contacting their state representatives and senators, signing petitions, and spreading the mission for change through social media and creative-public art. Human trafficking is a criminal act that does not discriminate, and the victims can be anyone. This is why we as humanists need to stand-up for all of mankind to affirm that human trafficking is wrong and has to be stopped. We need to mandate action from our legislators and government, to shape our future in a way that is equal and fair for all members, not just the ones forcing their power upon us.
As a resident of the state of Kentucky, I have contacted my senators, signed petitions, attended events, and wrote blogs to help others learn about the impact of human trafficking, and how this problem is occurring right here in the United States of America. President Obama confirmed that “Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible–they just don’t think their leaders do.” This is why I call all humanists to continue to believe, as well as contact your state
and federal representatives to help them understand that change can occur and slavery can end once and for all.
If you are a resident of Kentucky, call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181, and ask your senator to “Vote ‘yes’ for HB 350.” Also, residents of any U.S. state can learn how to contact their corresponding state legislators by visiting https://writerep.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep, and fight to end modern-day slavery.
Kony 2012 Video (to learn how humanists can make a change):