GLOBAL SLAVERY REMEMBRANCE DAY

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Global Slavery Remembrance Day (GSRD) Founder Venita Benitez receives on January 25, 2011 Proclamation from Frisco Mayor Maher Maso denouncing modern-day slavery. Mayor Maso tells Ms. Benitez 'It takes a lot of courage and work to start an organization like this.'WHEREAS, Fighting modern slavery and human trafficking is a shared responsibility. I urge all citizens to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking. Together we can and must end this most serious, ongoing criminal civil rights violation.

On January 24, 2011, The Senate of The State of Texas issues Venita Benitez SENATE RESOLUTION No. 50.

WHEREAS, It is appropriate to pay tribute to local, state, and federal agencies, social service providers, private industry, and nongovernmental agencies for their ongoing efforts to end slavery and human trafficking, and it is further appropriate for the citizens of our nation to recommit to the struggle against this heinous practice; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd Legislature, hereby call upon Texans across the state to recognize January of 2011 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in recognition of this state’s recommitment to combating this crime.

President of the Senate I hereby certify that the above Resolution was adopted by the Senate on January 24, 2011. Click here to view original TEXAS SENATE RESOLUTION No.50.

Venita Benitez on March 25, 2009 receives City of Hampton Virginia Proclamation proclaiming March 25, 2009 as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the City of Hampton.

WHEREAS, slavery and the slave trade are among the worst violations of human rights in the history of humanity; and

WHEREAS, the first Africans from the transatlantic slave trade to arrive in North America, landed in present day Hampton, Virginia during the later part of August 1619; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate that Hampton, Virginia join the United Nations in recognizing International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Molly Joseph Ward, Mayor, on behalf of the City council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2009, as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the City of Hampton and call upon all citizens to extend special recognition of Slavery Remembrance Day for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Trade.

GSRD seeks to assist UNESCO and the United Nations by providing a platform for its member states to record activities to physically display their support to end modern day slavery. Our global campaign seeks to set an official world record for the largest number of people ever to combat human trafficking today’s modern day slavery and to remember the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, and to appreciate the revolt of the slave trade and its abolition.

Founder

Venita Benitez. (Click here to learn more about BENITEZ's royal bloodline).

I was researching "The Study of Slavery and Freedom" in American History, when I was moved by this paragraph on their site "Slavery played a profound role in the history of the United States. The wealth created by the unpaid labor of African Americans helped to underwrite the country's industrial revolution and subsequent economic strength. That wealth created tremendous political power for slave holders and their representatives. African slaves brought with them their many cultures, languages, and values, which helped to shape America and its unique culture. Enduring a brutally oppressive system, African slaves developed a deep commitment to liberty and became a living testament to the powerful ideal of freedom." There are partners of grants seeking to help teachers view history as a continuum—with issues of slavery, freedom, and civil rights as a central theme to understanding who we are as a nation.

Interesting visitors are among the best parts of my job. On May 31, 2010, in The Mayor's Posts, by mward.

"I've blogged before about Venita Benitez, after she came to Hampton from Texas for the March 25 observance of International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Venita returned to Hampton the other day to talk about the upcoming 400th anniversary of the landing at Old Point Comfort of first Africans who were brought to Colonial North America as slaves in 1619.

Venita believes that commemorating this landing in 2019 will be a monumental occasion that will garner worldwide attention. She wanted to make sure it’s on my radar screen. We had a good meeting.

She also wants to find a site for a memorial. She knows that to build a memorial you have to start now to have everything ready for 2019."

Vision

Our Vision is to commemorate the millions of lives lost to slavery and to remember their legacy, the revolt and its abolition, and to search for the same kind of courage deep within our souls to help put an end to human trafficking today's modern-day slavery.

Mission

Our Mission is to bring awareness to this crime against humanity called modern day slavery by placing awareness into our communities, homes, schools and businesses, one step at a time.