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This spring, advocates across the nation rallied together to speak up for the 40 million people trapped in slavery (Global Slavery Index, 2018). As a movement, thousands of you leveraged the power of digital tools to raise your voices to your members of Congress through tweets, emails and online petitions. Together, we urged Congress to ensure that the State Department’s Program to End Modern Slavery and the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Office are fully funded in the 2020 appropriations bill. Here is a breakdown of the momentum you’ve built:
By Joash Thomas, Regional Mobilization Manager, Southeast
At IJM, we believe that prayer is the starting point for the work of justice. As we seek justice on behalf of the poor and oppressed, we turn to God to ask for his help with work that can seem daunting. Around the world, IJM prayer partners and prayer communities comes together to enter in to the work of prayer as we press forward in areas of great darkness and serve those in need of rescue and restoration.
By Laura Nagle, IJM Advocacy and Mobilization Intern
It's never been easier to connect directly with your members of Congress. Facebook has introduced a tool (“the Constituent Badge”) that can help you advocate on behalf of causes like the fight against modern-day slavery. You can opt-in to this new functionality, which creates a badge on your profile, as well as your posts and comments, validating your official Congressional district. Through this constituent badge, lawmakers can more easily recognize their constituents, allowing them to have better visibility into what is most important for those in their district. Lawmakers can also directly communicate with their district’s constituents through this tool. The constituent badge tool creates a simple and direct stream of communication between lawmakers and their constituents.
Not only does the constituent badge create a new flow of communication between directly with your lawmaker; it also creates a new flow of communication between you and those in your community. By opting into this badge, you’ll have the opportunity to see links, posts, and relevant articles important to people in your area. This means you, as the constituent, have a new means of spreading information to other advocates in your district.
This Facebook badge is a valuable tool to consider for those of us advocating for an end to slavery in our lifetime. It’s a new means to communicate with lawmakers about legislation, harnessing social influence to push for action in Congress and fuel the movement in your area.
Curious about how to opt-in and where to get started? Once you log in to Facebook, take these simple steps to get started:
- In the search bar, type in “Town Hall”.