After Tuesday's phone calls and e-mails, I started trying to get the word out that the anti-human slavery act, known in Congress as the William Wilberforce Trafficked Victims Protection Re-authorization Act (S.1301 & H.R.2830), was languishing in Congress. Thanks to some quick responses from people in parts of the Episcopal Church (Julianne, Ellen, Rebecca, Lynette) and from those in other churches (Bryan, Kris, and a couple I never got their names in the SE) and other organizations, the word is getting out. Better still, the phone calls and e-mails are having an impact in the US House. This week alone, 11 members of the House have signed on as co-sponsors of the TVPRA! Thank you Keith Ellison, Barney Frank, Randy Hultgren, Carolyn Maloney, Jim McDermott, Mike McIntyre, Mike Pence, Jean Schmidt, James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Louise McIntosh Slaughter, and Nydia Velazquez for joining us in this important fight and more than doubling the number of sponsors in one day.
Unfortunately, neither the House nor the Senate has brought the measure to a vote, so the Act will expire tonight at midnight Eastern. For those of us in Iowa, especially, still no elected member of Congress has chose to lend their name as a co-sponsor of the anti-slavery effort. Please continue to tell your friends and co-workers about this issue and that they, too, can help make a difference.
He has sent us to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed. . .