Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

In It To End It

painted-xToday the End It Movement is asking each of us join them in telling the world about the 27 million+ slaves around the world. How? Simply by marking the back of your hand with a red “X”.

The issue of modern-day slavery can be completely overwhelming, I feel it often. It’s too big! So many people enslaved, so much subterfuge, so profitable an industry. So where do we start? How do we tackle the problem of human trafficking without getting lost in it? I’m only one person. What could I possibly do to help?

  • You can join the End It Movement. Start tomorrow with that “X” on your hand and talk to everyone who asks you about it.
  • You can financially support (even if a one-time donation) organizations who are working in the thick of it. International Justice Mission is a group of lawyers, social workers, and investigators who advocate for victims around the world and perform actual rescues. Not For Sale is another organization that offers education, advocacy, counseling, and job placement to victims of trafficking.
  • It may not be your lifelong calling, but justice can be a consistent part of your every day life. Runaways are frequently forced into trafficking situations including prostitution and pornography. Please call into the national trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888) if you see anything suspicious in your town.
  • You have power as a consumer. Most of the slaves around the world are in forced labor conditions providing everything from electronics to clothing to coffees, teas, and chocolate. The Free2Work website has a database of major brands and has graded their ethical supply chain practices on an A-F scale. Check it out. I was able to start purchasing from brands with a higher rating (similar products) for little increase of cost for myself.

It starts today. You can become a modern-day abolitionist – as much a catalyst in our 21st Century world as the abolitionists of the African slave trade 150 years ago. How incredible is that?! We can do this!

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*Photo credit: www.enditmovement.com


10 comments on “In It To End It

  1. Denise Hisey
    February 27, 2014

    Thanks for all the great info!
    I clicked on the “Free2Work” link but it just takes me to my WordPress home page…? I’ll look for it online but thought you’d want to know about the link.

    • Audrey
      February 27, 2014

      Thanks, Denise! This huge problem becomes a little less daunting when we find small steps to help. 🙂
      And thanks for telling me about the link problem – all fixed! I love using the Free2Work app. It’s totally changed how I shop.
      Again, thank you!!

  2. storiesbywilliams
    February 27, 2014

    Can I post the Red X as my facebook photo? I was reminded of the support gay rights campaign and figured this could be similarly effective.

    • Audrey
      February 27, 2014

      Do it!! I took of a picture of the red “x” on my hand and put it up as my profile picture. Thanks for helping to spread the word!! Feel free to share this post if people are looking for ways to be involved. 🙂

      • storiesbywilliams
        February 27, 2014

        Will do, and I took the time to check out the websites and make a pledge. You know, there are days when I think that it would be cool to finance a special cell of vigilantes who’s job it would be to break up slave rings, drug cartels and other such dirty operations. Then I remember that such an organization already exists. It’s called the A Team! 😉

  3. storiesbywilliams
    February 27, 2014

    Reblogged this on Stories by Williams and commented:
    Check it out and consider getting involved. I didn’t even know the significance of this day before I read this:

  4. LAMarcom
    February 27, 2014

    This is a travesty that never gets enough media coverage. Having traveled some, I have seen this too up close and personal. Dubai comes immediately to mind. Thank you for the info you have shared in this post. More people should become aware of this issue.

    • Audrey
      March 7, 2014

      It’s crazy how blantant and out in the open it can be in some places (like Dubai, Israel, etc.) and yet so hidden in parts of the U.S. I’m glad that word is slowly getting out and it’s awesome to see people who are making a difference in the fight against trafficking. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Troy at Ad-libbed
    March 1, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. I didn’t know much about it, but thanks to your post I’ve gone through the database and now have the free2work app on my phone. Thanks for making a difference!

    • Audrey
      March 7, 2014

      I’m so glad!! It really does help when you have some practical ways to help and be involved. That free2work app is my favorite! Thank you for joining in the fight against trafficking!!

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