Human Rights

The possibilities of 2018

In a few hours’ time (from where I write in the cold, cold prairies of Canada), 2017 will end and we will find ourselves facing the start of a new year: 2018. The year ahead is open, and there is no fixed history within it yet. Only possibilities.

For me, “possibility” has always been a favorite word: in my mind, it’s not a word built on joyful optimism — it’s a word grounded in anticipation. One that sees the world’s realities, with all its shortcomings, all its uncertainties, and accepts there is something better: change. This past December, we moved to create change. To stand in solidarity with the lives from across Africa — with refugees and migrants — that are being degraded, tortured, and sold in Libya, today.

It is my hope that as we enter the new year, in the days ahead, we keep our demand — our anticipation — that freedom is reached, and slavery abolished, strong. That we hold to the possibility that at any moment what’s currently taking place in Libya will end; but, we must keep working towards this vision.

So, I’d like to say thank you for all your efforts over this past month.

As I write this, we’ve grown beautifully at 2,630 supporters, and I hope we’ll continue growing in the month ahead. I hope 2018 will bring you all a continued sense of understanding, of strength, and of many possibilities to live for something better in all our lives.

I hope it brings you love. Or, as James Baldwin once wrote in The Fire Next Time, “I use the word ‘love’ here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace — not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”

Happy New Year everyone.


With much love and respect,




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End the Enslavement of African Migrants and Refugees: A Petition

Wired Fence in Old Jerusalem

Photo by Becky Hagan-Egyir


Slavery is the next thing to hell.  

–  Harriet Tubman

On November 14, 2017 CNN released the results of an investigation in Libya, revealing that Black migrants and refugees are currently being held in detention centers, rounded up to be displayed at auctions — and sold. Their worth amounting to no more than a few hundred dollars.

In exchange, they are used against their will for physical labor. They are demeaned. They are raped and exploited.

This is not only disturbing and painful news, it is beyond a stark reminder of how far we have yet to go when it comes to abolishing slavery. When it comes to hearing the voices of those who are currently being silenced and ignored in Libya.

Put simply: the selling of African women, children, and men — of their lives and dreams — is unacceptable.

We can change this.

We can send a message that the eyes of the world are on Libya. That we are calling for, expecting and demanding the sale of children, men, and women to come to an end. Immediately.

Thank you a thousand times in advance for looking at the petition below and signing it; for being a solution and taking a stand against this injustice, “the next thing to hell.”

And thank you for helping African migrants and refugees, trapped in Libya, to be free.


Sign the petition here: