Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"10 Things You Didn't Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking (And What You Can Do About It)"

globeWhen the Stowe Center hosts a program around modern day slavery and human trafficking, we often hear "What can I do to solve this problem?" or "This problem is much larger than I thought, I certainly cannot do anything to change it" from participants.

The truth, however, is that we all have the power to make change no matter how large or small. The Huffington Post released "10 Things You Didn't Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking (And What You Can Do About It)" last week in honor of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The article not only outlines facts about modern day slavery but ways you can take action.

50 states mapOne particular resource on their "10 Things" list is the 2013 State Report Cards - Protected Innocence Challenge from the organization Shared Hope. The report cards provide grades and analyses for each state based on their efforts to end human trafficking. Connecticut received an exceptionally low score of 62 and final grade of D. Read the Connecticut Report Card 2013 to learn about prevention efforts and results in Connecticut and recommendations for improving action in our state. Not from Connecticut? Select your state HERE.

We're sharing this resource as part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Learn more about the month HERE and check back on this blog for more resources and ways you can take action. 

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