Passover is the perfect time to celebrate freedom. During the seders we retell the story of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery under Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. And eating matzah (aka “the bread of affliction“) instead of bread helps keep the story fresh in our minds throughout the week of Passover.
Unfortunately, people around the world are still enslaved – even if they are not literally living in chains. Too many farm laborers, including those in America, work in abusive conditions and are paid next to nothing for their work. And according to an article in The Huffington Post 2.4 million people across the globe are trafficked for sex and forced labor like working in sweatshops (yep, they still exist) and domestic work. That’s practically the entire population of Chicago, living in modern day bondage!
Repair the World has written before about the Slavery Footprint, an eye-opening website that lets us get a visual sense of how our own consumption habits are connected to modern slavery – even in ways we never imagined. This year, the Slavery Footprint teamed up with Rabbis for Human Rights to create a special edition of the slavery footprint for Passover.
If you never considered the idea that your Passover matzah, hard boiled eggs, grape juice, and the leftover charoset in the fridge could be tied to slavery, this Passover resource is a must-read, and a must-share with your friends and family. Want to find out what you can do to help curb modern day slavery during Passover and beyond? Check out Made in a Free World’s smartphone app, which lets you investigate the supply chains of the food, clothes, and other goods you buy, right at the store.