Day of remembrance to end modern-day slavery

Light a candle and say a prayer to end modern-day slavery in the fields today.

In the early hours of November 18, 2007, farmworker Mariano Lucas hung from the ceiling inside the cargo hold of a box truck in Immokalee and punched his way through the ventilation hatch. Mariano and the other farmworkers who escaped on Nov. 18 had been held captive and forced to work picking tomatoes for over a year. They were chained, beaten and locked inside of a cargo truck at night. Then, on Nov. 18 they escaped and started a process that would lead to freedom for the others in their case and the prosecution of the supervisors who enslaved them. This November 18, on the two-year anniversary of Mariano's escape, our colleagues in the Presbyterian Fair Food Campaign invite us to join people of faith across the country in lighting a candle and praying for an end to modern-day slavery in the fields.

Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida provides resources and sample prayers.

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