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Freedom is a State of Being

Josh Buchanan
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Accepting that all people are equal and have different strengths and weaknesses that are as unique to the individual as their fingerprints is the only way to know and experience true freedom and peace. It happens on a personal level and requires paying attention to the undercurrents of your emotions, practicing constant forgiveness, and viewing the world as a garden in which we all live and must share. Conservative politicians often get a bad rap when it comes to equality issues, but sometimes an act can show that on the inside they may be more enlightened then we give them credit for.

When I first read about U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s End Modern Slavery Initiative Act, I was unaware that over 27 million people were trapped in slavery. That’s over four times the population of our state! I knew our world was full of injustice and that groups of people were oppressed, even in our own country, but this is cause for alarm. We have worked and still are working hard in this country to do away with oppression. Slavery is both equally damaging to the soul of the slave and the slaveholder. Corker’s bipartisan legislation sets up a fund to support private investments for the people at the grassroots level working to end human trafficking around the world, and is evidence that some of the leaders of this nation are moving in the right direction with foreign policy.

Living the highlife here in America where we do have access to make our dreams become our reality it is easy to ignore those who are living in awful circumstances with no way of making things better. We have a responsibility to our world community to help those that can’t help themselves, and supporting Corker’s legislation is one very small way I feel I can raise awareness of these atrocities when I feel so helpless to make a difference. So, I proudly display the Red X on my hand along with fellow Knoxville Chamber members and hundreds of thousands of people around the globe to stand for freedom and equality for all.

Click here to read more about this important piece of legislation. Follow the conversation online using the hashtags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.



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