Wednesday 6th November 2013 was both a brilliant and bizarre day.
If you haven’t heard, a few of us went to the Home Office to deliver the Soul Action #STAND petition to the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Home Secretary. You can check out the photos on our Facebook page if you like.
It was bizarre, because we’re just a bunch of mates all trying to seek God together and somehow that has led us to meeting with powerful people.
It was brilliant because we got to talk about the last, the least and the lost with someone who has the power to affect the lives of millions of people around the world; we were able to speak up, able to show that young people across this country care about justice and remind the government to keep pursuing policies that serve the poor.
Now, before I get carried away, I know that this one action won’t immediately transform the world. 9108 people (and counting) signing a petition isn’t going to rid the world of the evil of modern day slavery…
But it is a step, a nudge, in the right direction, a sign that we do care and are committed to the cause.
As Theresa May brilliantly reminded us, things will change in small steps; progress rarely happens in giant leaps, but will move forward bit by bit by bit.
Or, as Helen Keller put it:
“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”
We all have our part to play, each of us helping to move the world along with our insistent, continual, relentless pushes towards justice.
This petition is our first step, just as Theresa May putting forward the Modern Slavery Act is another step in pursuing justice for the enslaved here in the UK and abroad.
You just helped pushed the world forward a bit.
“Modern-Day slavery is one of the greatest evils of our time and requires everyone to make a stand for freedom and fight for justice on behalf of the millions who are trapped. That is why I am introducing a Modern Slavery Bill and, with the help of young people like these, we will redouble our efforts to end slavery.
Thank you to the thousands of young people from Soul Action for ensuring that the voices of the enslaved are not lost.” Rt. Hon Theresa May