Says guest editorialist Dana Parriera (Part 1)
From her blog "Rebellious Beauty," Dana Parriera challenges Americans to"...demand that our nation become a safe place for our children and our children's children."
Dana says, "According to the U.S. State Department report, the United States has become the second most trafficked country in the world, as sex trafficking has become a $32 Billion dollar a year industry... And the U.S. Department of Justice reported that the sex slaves were 83% American citizens and as young as five years old in the United States.
What is the average age of those prostituted in America?
...12 years old.
These are our children.
America needs to make some hard decisions. Either let this continue. Or stop the effects of Sex Trafficking in America. How can we be a Country of Freedom, if we enslave America's citizens or other citizens for the sexual exploitation of selfish pleasures of those who live in our Country?
“Human sex trafficking is the most common form of modern-day slavery, amounting to the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sex trafficking crimes include prostitution, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sex tourism.”
We can not be a Free Country - if there are still modern slaves in our 21st Century society. You can not have equality and freedom, if we have Human Slaves among us.
I thought America was known for her Freedom? Let America then become the forerunner for Freedom to all Nations. Let us make America the leading example of what countries should do, in order to extinguish trafficking."
Are you up for the challenge? Join Hope4Justice efforts (or take concrete steps on your own) to fight trafficking where you are, in a way that works for you.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
ON THE CALENDAR
THIS FRIDAY, November 3, 2017, 7-9 pm: Engedi Refuge Ministries, in collaboration with Hope4Justice, Light of the World Prayer Center, and CTK Downtown invites you to Stand Against Slavery. Location: Norway Hall, 1419 N Forest St., Bellingham, WA.
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 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 email@example.com 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.