Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Upcoming Abolitionist Events

Sarah was so wonderful in forwarding a list of upcoming abolitionist events. I thought I would add them here:

1. Sept. 18-Nov. 20: Community Awareness Class on Human Trafficking, Thursdays, 7PM at Mill Creek Foursquare Church. Go to www.mc4square.org for directions. Classes are free. It's not too late to participate!

2. October 8-9: Not For Sale Campaign Advocacy Days in Washington, DC. For more information go to www.notforsalecampaign.org.

3. Oct. 9, 13-16: Premier of Call + Response documentary (see trailer at www.callandresponse.com) In Seattle at the Metro Theater (4500 9th Ave. NE, Seattle, 98105) - 7 & 9 PM shows. If the showing goes well, the film will be expanded to include the AMC Loew's.

4. October 16: Re.member Tour (open to the public) - presentation by Roni Hong from the Tronie Foundation. First Methodist Church (7PM) - across from Seattle Pacific University. Sponsored by the abolition, an anti-trafficking group of college students and Fi:ght (Freedom Initiative (contact: freedom-initiative@live.com) , a coaltion of local abolitionist university students. (Awesome young people, by the way!!!! I am so excited by the enthusiasm and brilliance of the young people I have been blessed to meet as I start working more and more with human trafficking. They motivate me to work harder, too!!!)

5. October 20: Western Washington Coalition Against Human Trafficking (7PM) meeting in Mill Creek, WA. If you would like more information on where this meeting will be held, please leave a comment with a contact email on this blog.

6. October 23: "Stop the Demand for Trafficking in Women & Children," a presentation by Roni Hong (trafficked survivor from the Tronie Foundation) - 7-9PM at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center (15236 - 21st Ave. SW - presented by the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center. Contact www.ipjc.org - 206-223-1138; open to the public)

7. October 25: Stop Exploitation Now is holding a Celebration of Inspiration event. The information I received reads "This will be an inspiring event where we examine the work of four women including CNN Hero, Somaly Mam, who are bravely working to stop sexual slavery and implement our projects in SE Asia." Tickets are $75 each and you can get information on purchasing those tickets from their website, www.stopexploitationnow.org.

8. November 14-15 - Shared Hope International is celebrating their 10th Anniversary and is holding a "Sharing Hope Anniversary Event" in Washington, DC. Please go to www.sharedhope.org for details and to register if you are interested.

9. January, 2009 (last two weeks) - Free presentations in the Seattle area given by Jane Tafel (Hagar International Executive Director USA). If interested in setting up an appearance at your church, school or community organization, please email Jane @ Jane.Tafel@hagarinternational.org.

10. May 8-9, 2009: Unbound Conference at University Presbyterian Church (sponsored by Fi:ght). If interested, please leave a comment here (with an email contact) and someone will get in touch with you.

11. David Batstone (from the Not For Sale Campaign) & Brant Christopher Road Show - "A Backyard Abolitionist Tour" - dates and cities TBA (watch for information on http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/)

This is just some of what is happening in the Seattle area. Awareness is the first step in eradicating slavery. I pray that you and all of those around you will learn as much about human trafficking as possibe. There is someone living in slavery near you. I guarantee you that. They shouldn't have to - with God's help, we can put an end to it. We are His hands and feet.

Proverbs 31:8-9

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