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We began the meeting with an update on the sale of Freedom Scarves over the holidays. Julia raised $97 and Lesley raised $220, for a total of $317 raised for Not For Sale!
As we passed the Change for Change jar, we also decided to give that money to Not For Sale now that the jar is about full. Once the money is counted we will let you know how much it totaled.
Last month’s challenge was to buy a fair trade or slave-free holiday gift. Several members fulfilled this challenge by shopping at Global Gifts. Tom purchased chocolate there, and Julia bought a scarf, an ornament, and some salsa. Beverly purchased heart-shaped stones for her family members from Global Gifts and also bought a kit of body care items from a group that provides employment to victims of human trafficking. Sharon shopped at Global Gifts and Global Girlfriend, an online shop of fair trade items.
This month’s challenge is to “Flaunt the Fight” to raise awareness for National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Some ideas are to wear an anti-trafficking shirt, pin or bag; put an anti-trafficking magnet or sticker on your car; or change your Facebook profile image or cover image to the U-ACT images provided here.
Opportunities for Action
In November we told you about the IJM 1Step1Voice Day of Action. This was a movement to call Congress and tell them to support legislation that would reclassify the Trafficking In Persons office as a bureau, which would give it greater influence in the State Department. This day of action resulted in 4,700 phone calls to Congress. You can now take action online by sending an email through their website.
Contact has not yet been made with the Southport Library regarding a human trafficking book display. However, Lesley and Matthew plan to reach out to the library before the next meeting.
We discussed the possibility of cooking a meal for the Sex Workers Support Group that meets on Monday nights. This is an opportunity promoted by IPATH. Julia will get more information to share at the next meeting.
The Drop-In Center for Sex Workers is accepting donations of food, clothing and sanitary items. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Due to the absence of a leader for the Free2Walk effort, we discussed the possibility of skipping the event for a year. A final decision will be reached upon evaluation of our survey results.
On Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Purdue University will host the Symposia Christi, an event featuring debates and talks on topics of faith, life and reason. This year’s theme is “Human Dignity, Slavery, and Sex Trafficking.” The event is free to the public. Learn more at www.symposiachristi.com.
The Justice Conference is a networked national conference that educates, inspires and connects a generation around a shared concern for the oppressed. The University of Indianapolis is hosting a live simulcast of the conference on February 21-22 at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. There will also be an exhibition of local justice organizations. The cost to attend is $29/person. Learn more and register at www.thejusticeconference.com.
The Fair Trade Federation will host their annual conference in Indianapolis this year on April 1-3. The conference will include an open-to-the-public film premiere on Wednesday, April 2. The film is a documentary about fair trade coffee and how it improves the lives of coffee farmers. Julia is excited to be promoting this event via the Fair for All Shopping Guide and will share more details as they are released!
- 3 in Johnson County charged with human trafficking (Indy Star)
- Indianapolis man arrested for involvement with child trafficking (Fox 59)
Our next meeting will be Monday, February 17 at 7:00pm at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ downtown. See you then!