We opened our March meeting with Change for Change and a recap about last month’s challenge, which was to share your knowledge of human trafficking with someone new. Tom commented that people have asked him about his anti-trafficking button, and Jeanette shared some trafficking-related links on her Facebook page.
This month’s challenge is to sign a petition to textbook company McGraw-Hill, requesting that they include modern-day slavery in their textbooks instead of perpetuating the story that slavery ended with the Civil War. Click here to sign the petition on Change.org.
Carol has volunteered to take over the Freedom Scarves project. Other members discussed their schedules and conflicts that prevent them from taking on leadership roles at this time. I am also unable to take on additional responsibilities at this time. As a result, we will be operating at a low-key level of activity for the near future.
That being said, if you are reading this and have the drive and availability to take on a leadership role, we’d love to have you! If you are interested in leading fundraising events, community awareness & outreach, education about human trafficking, or if you have a project of your own you would like to suggest, please contact email@example.com.
We now have a display window at the Southport Library! Thanks to Sharon and all those who contributed materials for display.
U-ACT members will be providing a meal for the Sex Workers Support Group on Monday, April 21. Thanks to Abby, Jeanette, Tom, Carol and Sarah for volunteering! If you are interested in contributing utensils to the meal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I volunteered at the recent Illuminate fundraising dinner for Purchased (another local anti-trafficking group). They had a human trafficking prosecutor speak about local human trafficking, including cases involving girls as young as 12.
Purchased has three different curricula for middle school and high school students. I have a copy of their sample book if anyone is interested or knows someone who works with youth. The curriculum can be presented at a school or any other program for youth.
Purchased’s other annual fundraising event Run for One will be held Saturday, June 14 at the University of Indianapolis. It is a 5k walk/run, and dogs are welcome. Registration is $20 per individual with discounted rates for groups and families.
Several central Indiana chapters of IJM are hosting Stand for Freedom events on Wednesday, April 9. These events are mainly being held by college groups and aim to raise awareness and funds and gather petition signatures. Learn more about local events on the Stand for Freedom website.
In-Depth Report Details Economics of Sex Trade (New York Times)
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 21 at 7pm at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ. NOTE: The time of the meeting may be pushed back 30-60 minutes since the support group meal delivery time is also around 7pm. I will include the final official time in the reminder email. Hope to see you there!