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The Price of Freedom: A Law to Suppress Slave Labor and Its Costs

Close-up of a woman inmate holding an old iron fork in jail.On the heels of Junetine, it is important to think about its history and how to honor it in the future. Take Martin Luther King Day, for example. Well done, the holiday is not just an excuse to take a day off and catch True Blood. It’s a day of service, and for good reason:

No matter what the option is, the service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions, and helps the doctor. King brings us closer to the vision of his beloved community. It breaks down barriers by bringing people of different backgrounds together and it benefits those who choose to serve. Coretta Scott King said, “This is the best birthday gift my husband can receive if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrate the holidays by serving others and doing acts of personal kindness.”

Moving on in that spirit, Junetine should be thought of as a day of extermination. What better honor than paying freedom to those who are in bondage today to those who are denied freedom?

[The Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act]Effective Tuesday, Chinese authorities will block products from entering the United States if they have any links to Xinjiang, a far-western region that has widespread repression of Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

This could affect a wide range of products, including the use of any raw materials from Xinjiang, or the US government forcing them to link up with Chinese labor and poverty alleviation programs – even if the finished product uses only a small amount. Along his journey somewhere from Xinjiang.

“It’s not like the ‘pulling needles out of a grass stack’ problem,” he said. “This is touching a meaningful percentage of all daily commodities in the world.”

We are probably on the verge of a recession – factors that talk about prices and who to blame. Keep in mind that there are more costs than the economy. Some of the costs are humane. And costs are everywhere. Here’s a short list of some of the best names to watch if elimination comes to mind: Nestle, Apple, among others.

Towards freedom.

Companies brace for the impact of the new forced labor law [NYT]

China: 83 major brands deployed to factories across provinces in ethnic minority forced labor report by Xinjiang; Includes company responses [Business HumanRights]


Chris Williams became social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a Minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for the Edge T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from the University of Washington at the St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, is a published author on critical race theory, philosophy and humor and has a love for cycling which occasionally irritates his peers. You can contact them by email and tweet at [email protected] @WritesForRent.

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