Within certain academic and professional circles I’ve traveled, examinations of social responsibility too often are reduced to dreary panel discussions and bouts of self-congratulatory back patting. But if you want a real, on-the-road example of social responsibility, take a look at a non-profit organization called Truckers Against Trafficking.
Truckers Against Trafficking describes its mission this way:
Human trafficking, a term for modern-day slavery, is a $32 billion worldwide industry with more than 27 million people enslaved. It has been reported in all 50 states and the number of victims in the U.S. is estimated in hundreds of thousands. This website has been created to enable members of the trucking/travel plaza industry and other travelers learn what you can do to help stop this atrocity.
…Truckers Against Trafficking recognizes that members of the trucking industry and individual truckers are invaluable in the fight against this heinous crime. This site has been created to inform truckers and other travelers of the basic issues involved in human trafficking and a summary of ways you can help. We invite you to travel through this website and learn how you can join this worthy cause and save lives.
TAT is about education and action. It uses wallet cards, educational posts and DVDs, and a trafficking hotline to reach out to truckers, truck stop and road plaza workers, and students at truck driving schools.
Take a look!
As a city dweller who doesn’t even own a car, long haul trucking is another world to me. But Facebook friend Allen Smith, a trucker himself, has posted regularly about the activities that many of these folks engage in to connect their vocation to issues of public concern.
TAT is a great example of that. Many of these drivers identify their political leanings as being moderate to conservative, but let me tell ya, organizations like TAT can teach some of the liberal do-gooder groups a thing or two about the power of plain talk, public education, and direct action.
Take a look at TAT’s website. You’ll find plenty of information, including several educational videos and links to articles and news updates.
TAT’s website is here.
TAT’s Facebook page is here.