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Let’s Shine a Light on Slavery

Join the End It Movement on February 27 (next Thursday) to help “shine a light on slavery.”  You can do this by marking a large red X on your hand.

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Why?  What is a red X going to do besides make it look like you forgot to wash your hands really well after you went out to the club?

The red X alone cannot end slavery.  If it could, I’d buy stock in red Sharpies and do it every day; however, if you’re out and about the red X may induce curiosity in others, who will then ask you why you’re sporting a red X, and then you can inform them that slavery didn’t actually end with the Emancipation Proclamation and that it does, in fact, still exist all over the world, including our own “free country,” the United States.  And then, BOOM, you’ve helped create awareness.  Changes cannot be made if nobody knows this exists, but if everybody knows, an outrage will spread and changes WILL be made through the stirring of our hearts to this injustice.  With awareness, a movement of action will spread.

There are ten great organizations joined in this coalition and all are committed to creating awareness, ending slavery, and/or rehabilitating those who are rescued out of human trafficking.  You can and should check them all out here.

Once you read this, please spread the word.  Share this post; share the website; wear your red X next Thursday; get involved any way you can.  Over 27,000,000 imprisoned people’s voices can be heard if you help.

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Brandishing, No, Wielding My Sword

Yeah, I like the connotation of wield better than that of brandish.  One is just waving a weapon in a menacing fashion, like a threat.  But the other implies the action of actually using a weapon.

I don’t want to just threaten like a child playing a game.  I want to actually kick some butt!  In this case, human trafficking.  I will draw my sword, advance, and fight, wielding said sword, and draw blood.

Warrior Woman Silhouette

I’m not a girlie girl.  I’ve said that before.  Don’t get me wrong; I’ll watch a chick flick, but I’m not going to spend the extra money to see one in a theater.  Only the most epic tales of courage and awesome special effects warrant taking out the small loan needed to pay for a trip to a movie theater these days. These have always been my favorite stories, where a lone hero, or a small band of friends or warriors takes on something much bigger than themselves, even when it seems impossible.

I’ve said before that we should never stop fighting just because human trafficking is such a daunting and formidable foe, yet that’s what I have done.  Not on purpose.  I didn’t realize I had given up the fight, but looking over my actions over the last few months, I see I have done very little to advance the cause, and

I am ashamed.

I intended to use some of my new found time in researching, promoting, and finding ways I can help. Instead, I read a book, started following some organizations on Twitter, and nothing else.

I am declaring it now.  I am recommitting to the cause, to the helpless victims who are suffering, to the vulnerable who need awareness and prevention.  I am recommitting to JUSTICE.

I’m a quiet person, locked inside myself most often, until I see injustice.  It stirs and moves me, igniting a passionate flame in my heart that burns so deeply I know I cannot contain it.

This is what I’m meant to do.  This is what my warrior’s heart is meant to battle, and it doesn’t matter that I’m smaller than human trafficking, because I plan to spread this fire in my back yard and worldwide.  This is a foe worth fighting.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.

Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

All Men were Created Equal… All

I’m reposting last year’s Independence Day edition, partly because I didn’t have time for a new one, and partly because I figured a year later I might get a different group reading it.

caverns of my mind

The Declaration of Independence was written specifically to dissolve the relationship “the Colonies” had with Great Britain due to the tyrannical acts of George III, and the result was the birth of this great free nation we now call the United Stated of America.  We all know, or should know that from history class.  However, freedom and independence, for which many sacrificed and died to secure for us, should not be ideas only we can enjoy, but should be the general consideration of human beings to each other, everywhere.

No, the irony that Thomas Jefferson, the writer of this great document which gives us this day to celebrate our freedom, owned slaves is not lost on me.  He was a complex man, and though he owned several slaves, he actually was against slavery and wanted it to be abolished.  I remember learning something once about his attacking Great Britain for…

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