Happy Valentine’s Day, Mr. West

Last week I attended a Valentine’s Day-themed screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary on human trafficking in the cocoa industry. I highly recommend you see it if you don’t believe chocolate is made by children, often against their will. At the same time, if you are prone to motion sickness as I … Continue reading

Let Africa’s Children Be Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and to celebrate it slave-free, you might want to plan ahead. Here are a few ways to support the abolitionist movement this February: Get Hershey to do the right thing. This year a lot of anti-trafficking organizations are fighting the chocolate industry by focusing their attention on Hershey. Hershey continues … Continue reading

Slave-Free Trick-or-Treat Resources

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes, by Meringue Bake Shop Are you considering going slave-free this Halloween? Plenty of local health food stores, and even many regular supermarkets sell small squares of fairly traded chocolate that you can hand out to sweet-toothed kids. If you do plan to pass out slave-free chocolate this year at Halloween, consider including … Continue reading

Documenting Slave-Made Chocolate

It is frustrating to write about the cocoa industry and the slave trade. Besides the fact that it seems impossible to end the crime (people sure do love their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!), there is very little documentation to back up an abolitionist’s claims. I wish, and sometimes don’t wish, that there were more pictures … Continue reading

Faith-Based and Slave-Free

Many churches, temples and other faith-based organizations serve coffee, tea and cocoa to their attendants. Increasingly these groups want to see their consumer choices reflect a heart for justice and compassion, so many are turning to Fair Trade and other ethically grown products. Why the switch? Cocoa farms in West Africa grow most of the … Continue reading

Consumerism and the Marginalized

Yesterday a fellow blogger made it to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page with a post on Fairtrade and how it does very little good for the world except alleviate guilt. I first want to offer some publicity to the piece because it is a thought-provoking write-up about a controversial topic that we’ve recently discussed on this … Continue reading

Unsweetened by the Slave Trade

“It is at this price that you eat sugar in Europe.” – maimed slave from Voltaire’s Candide From Kool-Aid to Fruit Loops to Dr. Pepper to Jimmy Dean’s “Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick,” we hungry Westerners have one thing in common – and no, it’s not just the resulting diabetes: we like … Continue reading

In Action for the Marginalized

First off, a huge thank you to International Justice Mission (IJM) and their 5 Weeks for Freedom (5WFF) campaign for allowing TheMarginalized.com to be a stop on their blog tour last Friday! It is an honor to work with all those crazies as they bike the entire route of the Underground Railroad and advocate for … Continue reading

The Real Football and the Good in Life

[The video above is from NotforSale: South Africa, and expresses the excitement leading up to the World Cup, not just as fans but as activists. It presents the fun and anticipation of working to end a terrible crime like slavery by giving human trafficking “the red card”.] A few people have commented over the past … Continue reading

Where is Love?

This past weekend my husband and I attended opening night of Oliver! at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis. Even though it is based on Charles Dickens’ dark tale Oliver Twist, the musical handles a lot of the characters and themes very lightly, especially in the first act. I have never been quite comfortable with upbeat, … Continue reading

  • Copyright

    ©TheMarginalized.com