Last week's newsletter featured part of "America - Be the Voice of Freedom" the October 25, 2017 "Rebellious Beauty" blog by Dana Parriera. It challenged us as Americans to "...demand that our nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children."
This week, additional excerpts from the blog continue to challenge us: "We must demand that our Nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children. We must demand stricter laws and punishments made against Pimps and Traffickers. We must demand stricter laws and punishments for Buyers, for those who purchase sex from Human Souls."
"We must fight to stop those who buy a human’s body, to rape the soul. We must demand that internet we have been freely given, is not used for the searching of Sex. We must demand to make Sex Trafficking Illegal for the health, safety, and freedom for all who live in our Beloved Country."
Stop for a minute and re-read the previous paragraphs. Every time the word "we" is used, substitute the word "I" for "we."
When read from an "I" perspective, the blog becomes a personal challenge. It calls me to take action. To do what I can do right from my living room. Right now -- not tomorrow, not next week, not next month. Now.
Because children are being raped by adult men tonight while I sit safely in my warm house. Thirteen year-olds are desperately hoping for someone to rescue them. Exploited boys are despairing of ever having a "normal" life.
Action against trafficking starts with us.
Sign the petitions at the bottom of Dana's blog (click here). Also send emails and letters to your senators and representative in Washington DC, urging them to pass legislation currently before congress that would amend the Communications Decency Act of 1996. (Information and links here.)
Thirdly, get involved with Hope4Justice efforts to increase awareness of minor sex trafficking via:
- Promotion of the STEP (Student Trafficking Education Project) scholarship
- Helping with promotion of anti-trafficking curriculum to young people in our county. (Learn more at the next Hope4Justice public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Details below.)
We CAN make a difference. Let's do it.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
ON THE CALENDAR
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5-7 pm: Help Hope4Justice serve dinner to Rebound families. Location: CTK Bellingham, 4173 Meridian, Bellingham, WA 98226
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 7-8:30 pm: Hope4Justice meeting to discuss the STEP scholarship and anti-trafficking curriculums & plans for presentation. Open to the public. Location: Engedi Learning Center Conference Room, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA.
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:30 - 9:00 PM:
Comfort & Joy Celebration to benefit Rebound of Whatcom County.
Location: Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Rd., Ferndale, WA
Appetizers, beverages, and dessert will be served.
Semi-formal attire suggested.
Cost: $50 per person. Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by Nov. 25th.
Note: Watch for additional events that may added
We can use your help with the Rebound dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16th!
Help set up, serve, and clean up - or - drop off a dessert that can be eaten with fingers (brownies, cookies, etc.) before 4 pm at CTK Bellingham, 4173 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
Set up starts at 5:00 pm; clean up ends by 7:00 pm.
Contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org sign up to help or bring dessert
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings plus event involvement.
The next meeting is Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.
We also encourage you to get involved in the events listed in the calendar section.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left.