The Power of Witness
In this video, Peter Gabriel talks about how people can be tortured, raped, and hacked to death, yet have their stories denied, buried and forgotten -
unless they are captured on video.
His program, Witness works to put cameras - and now mobile phones - into the hands of human rights workers around the world so that people can see the truth of what's happening to real people - real men, women and children - across the Globe.
Yet, these terrible injustices are not just occurring in Third World countries.
Life-wrecking abuse and injustice is alive and well in the U.S., in our fields and slaughterhouses.
For instance, in Florida, migrant workers are locked up, cheated out of pay, robbed of their names, stacked 10 to a room. It's modern day slavery in which immigrants have become a 20th century slave class, used and thrown away and scapegoated by business and politicians alike while being labeled as "aliens," "illegals" and "criminals."
Will we continue to turn away from their suffering? Will we be like the apostle who denied Christ? Remember what Christ said: that how we treat the least of our brothers is how we treat Him.
See this video in which Gabriel hopes that, through awareness, we can respond with compassion and reach for the Light.
As Horace Mann wrote:
Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
What can you do?
1) Contribute what you can to Witness.
2) Don't be afraid to speak up against those who advocate for oppression and apathy.
3) Affirm this world is being transformed through awareness and empathy, compassion and activism, and through bringing the Light of God's Love here, on earth, to right the wrongs.
The problems of the world have a human face. Make it your business to look into it.
Destitute, afflicted, tormented. Hebrews 11:37
To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is a sin. James 4:17
I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened: But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality. 2 Corinthians 8:13, 14