Make a difference this year - buy one or more fair-trade Christmas gifts

Challenge: Put ethically produced gifts on your Christmas gift list this year!

A google search for "ethical shopping guide" yielded a number of great suggestions for fair trade shopping ideas.  At the top of the list was Catholic Relief Services.  Their website states, "Live your faith.  Consume with your conscience."  They say, "Our faith asks us to respect the dignity of work, God’s people and His creation. Understanding the impact of our purchases and consumption helps ensure our choices don’t harm others or the environment."

In our consumer oriented society, Catholic Relief Services challenges people of faith to take a distinctly different approach.  They say, "A faith-filled approach would be to buy only the things you truly need, and even then, to purchase ethically produced products. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I fulfilling a need or a want with my purchase?

  • Will the product bring joy to my life or someone else’s?

  • Will my purchase affect positive change?

  • Did making the product cause undue harm to the environment?

  • Will the product make a positive contribution to my life/society as a whole?

  • Who made the product and where is it from? What is their life like?

  • How can I keep from overindulging?"

Catholic Relief Services is, of course, coming from a faith-based perspective but all of us - whether people of faith or not - can ask ourselves the same questions. And all people can help elevate human dignity with concious consumer choices. 

Take two minutes to watch  "The Power Behind Your Purchase"  then check outthese kitchen, fashion, comfort, home, and entertaining gift ideas at the Catholic Relief Services Ethical Trade Holiday Gift Guide.

Happy shopping!
SAH

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"Comfort & Joy" 

Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.

When: Friday, December 7, 2018; 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Hall, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham, WA
What: Buffet Dinner, beverages, dessert.  Semi-formal atttire suggested
Cost: $75 per person

Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door)
 

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Dancing across the U.S. in a yellow tutu to fight trafficking!!

Action step against trafficking:  Shop locally for Christmas! Check out the women's clothing and accessories at  BettyBeGood Boutiques  in Birch Bay Square (Blaine) and Bellingham.  You can also visit their website to do your shopping. 

The owner of this boutique has a heart for survivors of trafficking.  She consistently gives to anti-trafficking efforts in both Whatcom County and British Columbia.  By shopping here you too can be a part of the fight against trafficking.

Dancing across the United States to fight trafficking!

CNN Freedom Project recently highlighted a unique way of fighting human trafficking involving a British teacher dancing across the US!  The 9/4/2018 articlesays, "If you traveled on Route 66 in the western US this summer, there's a chance you caught a glimpse of a man dancing along in a neon tutu and headband, waving to passersby. That was Ben Hammond, the self-proclaimed "Planet Prancer," who has made it his mission to boogie every step from California to New York City. He's raising funds for Anti-Slavery International, a UK-based charity fighting human trafficking around the globe.

Ben says, "In terms of why dancing -- or prancing ... I felt it was a really good symbol of the freedom that I have," 40-year-old Hammond told CNN. "When I'm dancing and I'm dancing free, I feel free, so why not take that and take that message out into the world?"

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The full-time teacher and lecturer can only progress during his vacation time, making this a long-term endurance dancing feat. The dedicated Brit finished more than 1,200 kilometers on the first chunk of his trip before returning back to London last week.
"Next summer the most I can hope to achieve is to get halfway through the United States, so in all honesty it's going to take me about four years to get from beginning to end. But I'm committed to this and I'm going to give it a go, all I've got," Hammond said."


I love Ben's commitment and can-do spirit! 

You (and I) might not dance and wear a tutu but we can do something to fight trafficking.  What will that be?
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

 


LEARN MORE
 

Can addiction to porn be blamed on the brain?  An article from Saints & Abolitionists discusses why/why not.  Click here to learn more.

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 5:00PM – 9:00PM

BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SETTLEMYER HALL 3028 LINDBERGH AVENUE

BELLINGHAM, WA

BUFFET DINNER / BEVERAGES / DESSERT

SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE SUGGESTED

COST: $75/PERSON

Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door) 


TAKING ACTION
 

Have you recently seen anti-trafficking advertisements located on the back of several Whatcom Transit buses?  Sponsored byHope4Justice, they say,"Human Trafficking Happens In Whatcom County."  The ad also gives numbers to text or call to report suspected trafficking.

Watch for them!

JOIN US

Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.

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

Sex Trafficking & Porn

Action step against trafficking:  Learn about the connection between porn and trafficking.  Info and resources below.

Porn Fuels Sex Trafficking

According to FightTheNewDrug.org,  porn fuels sex trafficking.  Their website explains, "...while many people claim to be opposed to human sex trafficking, what many don’t know is that the demand for human sex trafficking is fueled by pornography and the porn industry." 

The FightTheNewDrug website explains, "There are all kinds of connections, big and small, between pornography and sex trafficking."  These connections are categorized as 'incidental' connections, 'supply and demand' connections, 'the training manual' connection, and 'risk factor' connections.  You can read more about each of these connections HERE.  

FightTheNewDrug.org goes on to say, "But what’s the biggest, most surprising connection between pornography and trafficking? It’s this: they’re often the same thing" ... as "nearly half of sex trafficking victims report that pornography was made of them while they were in bondage."

A porn viewer has no idea when a "porn star" is being trafficked and when they're not.  FightTheNewDrug.org says, "One female survivor, whose captor slept on top of her at night so she wouldn’t escape, watched her through a hole when she went to the bathroom, and listened to her phone calls with a gun pointed at her head, was forced to appear in a video that made the Sinclair Intimacy Institute’s list of “sex positive productions”!  “Every time someone watches that film,” she said, “they are watching me being raped.”

In a focused effort to educate the public about the harmful effects of porn, including the links to trafficking, FightTheNewDrug.org has rolled out several resources for its NoPornovember campaign.  These include a documentary series, a conversation blueprint, and "a current, ever-growing database dedicated to the research on the harmful effects of pornography."  Consider checking out these resources and sharing them with others as an important action step against trafficking.  
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery?

Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 5:00PM – 9:00PM

BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SETTLEMYER HALL 3028 LINDBERGH AVENUE

BELLINGHAM, WA

BUFFET DINNER / BEVERAGES / DESSERT

SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE SUGGESTED

COST: $75/PERSON

Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door) 

TAKING ACTION
 

We just shipped off a box of bras to Free The Girls!  Thank you for donating to this effort against sex trafficking in Mozambique, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.

If you missed this opportunity, you can still donate!  Go toFreeTheGirls.org  and click on BRAS + BUCKS for the "Donate A Bra" guide.

JOIN US

Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  The specific date and information about meeting content will be included in this weekly email as far in advance as possible.

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

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New Day for Children helps survivors of child sex trafficking

Action step against trafficking: Getting started on Christmas shopping?  Consider purchasing one or more fairly traded products from  Equal Exchange.  Also available on Amazon!

New Day for Children

Offers services for sex trafficked children ages 10-18

The number of organizations providing services for adult survivors of sex trafficking in the United States is fairly small. More are needed.

But there are even fewer long-term restorative care facilities for sex trafficked children -- statistics say only a total of 150 beds total (for both males and females) in the U.S.  Although there are more short term facilities offering services for 60-90 days, the need for long-term care providing time, therapy, and healing is critical.  

I recently talked with Sharon, director of New Day for Children, one of a handful of U.S. organizations serving sex trafficked survivors, ages 10-18.  She became involved in this work after discovering a girl she knew had been sold by her father for sex from age 10 to age 12. 

New Day for Children, "...seeks to recover children caught in the despair of child sex trafficking, and to restore their stolen childhoods. In partnership, New Day for Children provides housing, school, medical and mental health care, horse therapy and more.  Working with law enforcement, other faith based community organizations and families, we provide for the needs of American girls ages 10 to 18 suffering from the desperation of human trafficking."

Located in a remote area of California the girls at New Day for Children "...go on fun outings, learn to cook together, do crafts and other group experiences..."  in addition to their schooling and therapy.  The facility has dogs, a pig, cats, and more.  Sharon says, "Girls are given the opportunity to just be kids."

On-site staff and their families have successfully provided services for 80 girls over a period of nine years.  The average stay is 15 months with the longest being 5 years.  The girls stay as long as they choose to stay.

The New Day for Children website explains, "Our girls live in a loving, nurturing family-like environment, where they have a hope of recovering their lost childhood and building trust."  It also says, "The girls have the opportunity and joy of serving others who, like themselves, have experienced great challenges in their lives. They move beyond victim mode to seeing themselves as persons of dignity, with something valuable and unique to contribute to society."

I'm so glad this organization is helping trafficked girls regain their lives but at the same time I am so very sad that it's a work that even needs to be done.  Learn more about their work at  https://www.newdayforchildren.com/
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


LEARN MORE
 

10/31/18 Breaking News: 

The Anchor House opens as the only licensed shelter for male survivors of child sex trafficking in the U. S.


According to a story on cbnnew.com, "...Anna and Chris Smith have founded the ministry Restore One which has opened a faith-based shelter designed specifically for boys aged 12-18 who have been victims of sex trafficking. They're now offering The Anchor House, a licensed, North Carolina-based shelter for boys who need a place to stay to receive holistic care. The non-profit offers the shelter at no charge. "Kids will stay with us as long as they need," she said. That could range from one to two years."  Click here to read more.


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

Join Rebound of Whatcom County’s “Comfort & Joy” Winter Fundraiser, celebrating the Christmas Season and how Rebound’s services bring comfort and joy to children and families in need in our community.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018 5:00PM – 9:00PM

BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE

SETTLEMYER HALL 3028 LINDBERGH AVENUE

BELLINGHAM, WA

BUFFET DINNER / BEVERAGES / DESSERT

SEMI-FORMAL ATTIRE SUGGESTED

COST: $75/PERSON

Purchase tickets online at www.reboundfamilies.org by November 28th (some tickets may be available at the door) 


 

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