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What I learned from Drinking and Driving

 

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Drinking and Driving. I did it, then lied about it.

I was a reckless teen in the ‘80s, just as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) began to change public opinion about drinking and driving. So I have a few memories—spotty memories—of driving drunk.

I am ashamed to admit that. And I am glad for the shame, why? Because shame, plus public opinion,  had the power to change my bad behavior.

I wish I could say the same about my abuse of child slaves.

Oh I don’t own any slaves or anything like that. I don’t get my hands dirty. I just exploit slaves, mainly children, so I can enjoy comfort and safety from the products that I buy. So do you.

Thanks to slaves I can text message my kids at school and know they are safe.

My car brakes are another way I stay safe thanks to slaves who often are burned, maimed or killed in making of brake lining.

I drink slavery for breakfast in my coffee and I enjoy slavery as a treat in my chocolate.

Not anymore, I have given up slave-coffee and slave-chocolate. You can too if you buy fair trade.

If enough of us used our influence we could get slavery out of our brake lining and cell phone components and a thousand other products we use too.

Influence is everything

I cracked up my mom’s car while driving drunk. Then I lied about it. I lied because I was ashamed to tell the truth (sorry Mom).

Shame by itself  wasn’t enough to change my behavior. I needed the influence of a community in order to change. I needed influence en masse–public opinion–it’s big.

But it starts small.

It starts with people with the same goals getting connected.

Friends helping friends create change.

How can I help you?

Do you need more information?

Do you have an anti-slavery event to promote, a book to sell?

Do you have a story to tell, a success to share? A question to ask?

Talk about it here.

Your involvement makes the difference, so say something in the comments section. While you are at it, sign up for regular updates. I would love to stay connected with you.

 

 

 

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