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September 19, 2011

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Ray Tetz

Thanks for this, Monte.

Andrew Clark

Just read "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy" by Kevin Bales. He defines contemporary slavery as 1) being held by violence without opportunity of escape 2) Getting paid $0 (they may receive sustenance such as food, clothing, shelter, commissary notes, but no physical cash) AND 3) their work is benefitting someone else financially other than themselves. Even under these strict guidelines, Bales believes his numbers to be conservative against other activist's which in some cases exceed 200 million world wide. His number as stated in the aforementioned book as 27million across the globe. The book's copyright is 2000.

That number is the equivalent of over half of the northeastern megalopolis. If I get in my car in DC, drive through it up 95, through Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, NYC, all the way through Boston, more than EVERY OTHER person living in each of those cities, as well as more than every other person living in the spaces in between would represent another slave around the world.

Righteous Indignation, Shame, Sadness, Outright Anger. I don't know which is considered the appropriate emotion for this occasion,however, I do know it is the first time in my life I have felt each of them in full force at the same time.

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