Whew…. are we really 5 months into 2011 already? There are so many things that I want to blog about that I don’t even know where to begin! Here are some of the highlights since March:
- In mid-april, I united together with the TWU Social Justice Club ,that I lead, with our friends at Invisible Children to put together an special screening event of the new documentary “TONY”. The story is powerful, moving and brought me to tears as I watched it. It goes beyond borders and nationalities to share the story of humanity and how effective we can be when we join together against violence and terror. I was really moved by the way the founders of Invisible Children, were ordinary young men who saw the struggles of their brothers and sisters in Africa and took the initiative to do something about it! Look at how many people they have mobilized and what they have accomplished since then! It is just another reminder that we must never allow the injustice of the world to overwhelm us into inaction. Change is possible but we must move boldly together into the future, in order to meet peace. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend it!
- I’ve still been meeting with high schools, universities, churches and community groups on a regular basis to share the stories of human trafficking in Canada and around the world. People everywhere are awakening to the reality that there is injustice on our doorstep and we can something to contribute to ending it!
- I participated in the Canada Fights Human Trafficking National Walkathon to raise funds and awareness to combat the buying and selling of people in our country. We demand that our government take action without delay! We insist that people’s lives are to be valued above profits and that there is more to a human being that being an available body for cheap sex or cheap labour. If you agree, I encourage you to sign your name to the petition that is asking the Canadian government to implement a National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking…one that includes the Nordic Model regarding prostitution. For more information and to support the efforts of Manitoba MP, Joy Smith, by clicking here.
- Furthering the efforts to spread awareness of Human Trafficking in Canada, I recently spoke on air with Civl Radi0 (101.7FM) in Abbotsford. If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to it here.
I love partnerships with fellow abolitionists around the entire world! My dear friend, Saskia Wishart is the South Africa director for the Not for Sale Campaign. We recently joined forces to record a conversation about human trafficking/modern day slavery and how ordinary radicals can be part of the movement to end exploitation worldwide. Stay tuned for the video!
– Finally, I spoke last weekend at the “DRENCHED 2011” Pre-teen Conference at Christian Life Assembly in Langley, BC. The kids were ages 10-13 and so great to hang out with! I tried to share with them some of the things that I wish I could go back and tell myself at 13 years old. We had some really great chats afterwards and I am praying for them as they grow and develop into the people that they were created to be.
So many precious moments and much more to come! The excitement never ends!