June 23, 2021

Campaigners urge U.K. to criminalize child marriage

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Forced marriage
Freedom United community powers open letter urging U.K. to ban child marriage
More than 20 organizations signed an open letter to the U.K. Prime Minister this week calling on the government to criminalize child marriage, a move that would protect children from being coerced into marriages against their will. The Freedom United community’s voice also powered the letter with over 185,000+ people around the world urging the U.K. to act. Read more…
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Anti-slavery activists
Young Uyghurs lead online mobilization against forced labor in China
Despite risking retaliation from the Chinese government, young Uyghurs abroad continue to bravely denounce the abuse of Uyghurs and other groups in China at the hands of the state, including forced labor. Activist Jewher Ilham shares how young Uyghurs overseas, like her, are using social media and digital mobilization to stand up to the government. Read more…
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Prison slavery
A New York state university asked to cut ties with prison slavery
The City University of New York (CUNY) has come under pressure this week from  over 90 groups of students and officials calling on the university to cut ties with Corcraft. Testimonies from incarcerated people allege being forced to work by Corcraft to produce products such as the furniture used by CUNY. Read more…
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Watch this important discussion on how we can finally abolish slavery with Dr. Angela Davis, revolutionary, academic activist, and author of the classic “Are Prisons Obsolete?”, Dr. Dennis Childs, UCSD Professor and author of “Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary,” and Troy Williams, formerly incarcerated journalist & videographer.

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Miriam Karmali
Freedom United

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