03 August, 2011
JUSTSalvos eNewsletter - August Edition
Just Salvos E-newsletter – August Edition
“…In the early 1780s, slavery was an unquestioned part of the global landscape – and then, astonishingly, within a decade, slavery was at the top of the British national agenda. The tide turned, and Britain banned the slave trade in 1807 and in 1833 became one of the first nations to emancipate its own slaves.
For more than half a century, the British public bore tremendous costs for their moral leadership. On the eve of the British abolition of slave-trading, British ships carried 52 percent of the slaves transported across the Atlantic, and British colonies produce 55 percent of the world’s sugar. Without new slaves, the British colonies in the New World were devastated, and Britain’s great enemy, France, benefited enormously. So did the United States. Sugar production in the British West Indies fell 25 percent in the first thirty-five years after Britain’s abolition of the slave trade, while production in competing slave economics rose by 210 percent…
…Two scholars, Chaim Kaufmann and Robert Pape, calculate that for sixty years Britain sacrificed an annual average of 1.8 percentage points of its GNP because of its moral commitment to ending slavery. That is an astonishing total, cumulatively amounting to more than an entire year’s GNP for Great Britain (for the United States today, it would be the equivalent of sacrificing more than $14 trillion), a significant and sustained sacrifice in the British standard of living. It was a heroic example of a nation placing its values above its interests.” (‘Half The Sky’, Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn)
Sometimes we have to think more ethically than economically. Sometimes the “right” thing isn’t always the “smart” thing, as in the case of Britain sacrificing their standard of living by abolishing the slave trade.
Making the change will require sacrifice.
Just Salvos Webcasts:
Human Trafficking – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDOACEjaZRk
Indigenous Issues (Bob Katter) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFVKtScasIQ
Mission (John Smith) - http://youtu.be/7I5bJhpIM0g
Is there a topic that you would like to see discussed or a potential guest who you’d like us to interview? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to send along your ideas.
Human Trafficking Pack
Just Salvos Live Episode - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDOACEjaZRk
Prayer Guide - http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/downloads/Human_Trafficking/Human_Trafficking_prayer_.guide.pdf
Information Booklet - http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/downloads/Human_Trafficking/acts-pack.pdf
‘Freedom’ by Matt Leeder – http://youtu.be/tl7otYAcjDI
For more resources and downloads please visit our website at justsalvos.com
Suicide Prevention Resources
Hope for Life (Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support) have put out a lot of helpful resources. Please check out the link for more information and to download resources. http://suicideprevention.salvos.org.au/resources
Half The Sky
“Half the Sky” is a book we’ve been reading at JUSTSalvos lately that is both challenging and informative.
‘Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. We know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent – and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference.’ http://www.halftheskymovement.org/
Visit the above website for more information about this book, and the movement.
Homeless Persons Week - http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/site/HPW%202011.php
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People - http://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/
40 Hour Famine - http://www.worldvision.com.au/40HourFamine.aspx
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition - http://www.hrea.org/index.php?doc_id=1097