charles lee :: 3.5

this week we chat with ideation strategist, networker, and compassionary, Charles Lee. Charles shares his story along with his passion and heart for compassion and justice.

Charles is the founder of Ideation, a consultancy that specializes in branding, marketing, social media, and event development. he is also a founding member of JustOne, a NPO committed to addressing issues of poverty, orphans, and slavery. in addition, Charles leads New Hope, a faith community in the LA area, and is the creator of grassroots efforts including the Idea Camp and the Freeze Project.

we also talked with Charles shortly after this interview to find out more about the Ideation Conference:

related:
charles’ website
charles on twitter
ideation conference
the idea camp
justone
new hope
the freeze project
greg russinger on the podcast

music:
jukebox the ghost – good day (remix)
mr. j. medeiros – love is all

national human trafficking awareness month

i am not for sale.
you are not for sale.
no one should be for sale.

january is national human trafficking awareness month. a time for each of us to not only educate ourselves about the issues of modern slavery, but to raise awareness to our friends and family members and to do what we can to end all forms of human slavery.

trafficking is…
to be taken against your will, bought, sold and transported into
slavery for sexual exploitation, sweat shops, child brides, circuses,
sacrificial worship, forced begging, sale of human organs, farm
labour, domestic servitude. 80% of all victims are women and girls,
50% are children.

trafficking is…
where family members and friends deceive parents to release their
CHILDREN or SELL them FOR AS LITTLE AS $20 EACH, selling
them on to local gangmasters or serious organised international
trafficking rings.

trafficking is…
growing. 2–4 MILLION men, women and children are TRAFFICKED
across borders and within their own country EVERY YEAR. more
than one PERSON is trafficked across borders EVERY MINUTE,
which is equivalent to five JUMBO JETS every day. a trade that
earns twice as much worldwide revenue as Coca Cola.

trafficking is…
where victims usually suffer repeated physical abuse, fear, torture
and threats to families to break their spirits and turn them into
saleable commodities. a person can be sold and trafficked
many times.

charles lee and one voice to end slavery offers up 11 practical ideas to combat slavery.

we also invite you to educate yourself :: listen to amanda kloer talk about her life as an abolitionist

#justicefriday :: Slave free Christmas

Light a candle

Already seeing Christmas/Advent decorations and sales at your local stores? Wanting to make a difference this year and ensure your purchases are slave free?

Be sure and check out NightLight’s and NotForSale’s online stores for products made by (and supporting) former slaves.

Both groups have some great jewelry and products for men, women and children.

Some info on NightLight:

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

NightLight is an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues surrounding trafficking and prostitution by catalyzing individual and community transformation. NightLight’s vision is to offer intervention to sexually exploited women and children, to enable them to discover their dignity, and to provide a program of holistic transformation, empowering them to live and work in their community.

NightLight’s mission is to build relationships and provide hope, intervention, rescue and assistance to women and children exploited in the sex industry by offering alternative employment, vocational opportunities, life-skills training and physical, emotional and spiritual development to women seeking freedom. NightLight builds support networks internationally to intervene and assist women, men and children whose lives are negatively impacted by the sex industry.

In Bangkok, Nightlight operates as a business (NightLight Design, Co. Ltd) and a non-profit (NightLight Foundation). In the United States, NightLight operates as a 501c3 with branches in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Visit the NightLight store.

Visit the Not For Sale Campaign store.

UPDATE: Julie Clawson has a number of additional resources shared on her blog

amanda kloer :: 2.30

this week we talk with abolitionist and editor of Change.org’s end human trafficking section, Amanda Kloer. she shares some of her story and fills us in about the 27 million individuals that are being being bought and sold around the world – today.

we hope this story interrupts you today. that you start thinking about what you’re saying with your wallet and you start standing up for those held in bondage and oppression.

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously. – Micah 6:8

the national human trafficking hotline :: 1-888-3737-888

UPDATE (9/3/09) :: Chipotle responds

related ::
humantrafficking.change.org
amanda on twitter
fairtrade usa (transfair)
fairtrade.change.org
tell Chipotle to stand up for the rights of farmersUPDATE (9/3/09) :: Chipotle responds
madebysurvivors.com
chainstorereaction.com – see companies and their responses to human trafficking
Stop the Traffik
chaste.org.uk
salvation army anti-trafficking campaign

music ::
radiohead – all i need
dj haggis – funkyuniverse
mr. j. medeiros – constance

Tell Hershey to go Fair Trade

slave

From Change.org

Right now, thousands of young children are held in slavery in Western Africa, harvesting the cocoa that is used to produce chocolate for many of the worlds largest candy companies. These children are beaten, raped, forced to work with untreated wounds, and denied access to schooling and medical care. They are not allowed to leave and are threatened daily with violence. They are child slaves producing what should be a delicious and simple joy of childhood: chocolate.

The best way to free these children and end child slavery in the chocolate industry is for major chocolate companies like Hershey to buy Fair Trade Certified cocoa. Other large chocolate companies like Cadbury and Mars have recently made the decision to end child slavery in Africa; it’s time for Hershey to do the same.

Sign the petition to ask Hershey to buy Fair Trade chocolate – or find out more