February 7, 2014

HSBF Giveaway: Spreading Hope (Ended)

For the last Hearts Should Be Free giveaway, I want to focus on one thing:  HOPE.

That there is still, after all this time, after all the work of abolitionists in the past, after every single country outlawing slavery, 27 million slaves in the world today is a discouraging fact.  That number can seem insurmountable.

But while there are a greater number of slaves today than at any other time in history, when you look at the total population of the world, it is also the smallest percentage of that population that it has ever been.  To quote Kevin Bales, slavery "has been pushed to the edges of our society" and is  "standing on the precipice of it's own extinction."   And we can push it over the edge.  We can end it.  We are closer than we have ever been before.

I hope you will join me.  I've made a list of ways that we all can help fight slavery...some small, easy ways, some large.  Every step helps.

I've got a number of wonderful prizes donated by sponsors for this giveaway.  Here's what you can win:

A Rose & Teak Necklace from UNBOUND Style

Earrings From Zen Custom Jewelry

Set of 3 Notecards by Scribbleprints

You can enter this giveaway on the Rafflecopter below.  I'm asking you to share what you plan to do to fight slavery.  Don't worry...you can answer "nothing right now" and that's fine.  I've had to say no to some very good causes to focus my efforts on this one, so I understand that you might be focusing your efforts somewhere else right now and that's great.  Maybe you just learned about this issue and are not ready to commit to do anything about it, and that's understandable too (I first began to learn about modern slavery in 1999...and it's took me this long to get this far).  But if you feel moved by what you've learned about slavery at Hearts Should Be Free and want to do something more, please do check out the list of ideas here and share your plans.

You must be at least 18 to enter.  Entries accepted through Feb. 15.  Winner will be chosen and announced here on Feb. 16.  Full entry rules are listed at the link on the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.

This giveaway is only open in the United States, Canada (except Quebec), The United Kingdom, and the following areas of Australia  (QLD, NT, TAS, and VIC only).   I would love to make my giveaways open in more places, but it's hard to meet all the legal requirements for various countries.  And guess what...helping me find info on giveaway rules in your country is one way you can help change this in the future!  E-mail me at ecarian@yahoo.com if you're interested.

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  2. I didn't realize that slavery was still so prominent today.

  3. Thank you for publicizing this incredibly important, but often overlooked, issue! (CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

  4. Wow! I read the article and am really floored by the fact that it is so prominent still.
    RC name: Mechele JOhnson

  5. I treat everybody as my equal. I will not tolerate others being treated less than fair.

  6. I have read about this concerning cocoa in Africa and was aware of the diamond industry concerning this also. I am going to make a point of purposely shopping at verified fair trade companies from this point forward. The first step to change is doing something about it.

  7. I will read more about this on globalslaveryindex.org and The CNN Fredom Project.

  8. I am currently supporting an organization to fight slavery. It is horrible that it is so prevalent

  9. I'm glad that it mentions that this is not a third world problem!