Partnerships Project

http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/3941717E38D271CC852574400068F8C6?Opendocument

The Salvation Army’s U.S. Anti-Trafficking Training Manual & Hands That Heal  International Curriculum

http://rescueandrestoremi.weebly.com/words-from-mirrc-leadership.html

The Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
We are Advocates and Abolitionists Against Human Trafficking

We have a clean slate to forge ahead to create, develop, establish and build the coalition to be more impactful in raising awareness, educating and equipping our community to take action and bring about change as it relates to trafficking in our state.
Together we shall become the “Difference Makers” imploring our legislative branch to become more engage in actions to persecute criminals of trafficking and strengthen our resolve to not allow it to fester in our state. Urging and providing help to our law enforcement to protect and serve with knowledge and insight for the victims of this crime. Arousing our colleges and universities to get involved in a new way being a dynamic voice for justice!. Shifting our neighbors, family and friends to see the reality of this injustice and join forces with us to undo the wrong against women and children in our cities, region and state.

Yes, this is going to be a fantastic, favorable and full year as abolitionist and advocates from around the state rallying to implement plans to save our state and our fellowman. I ask each of you to commit the year by attending meetings with us every month, the second Tuesdays from 5:30 pm-7 pm or the second Thursday from 12 noon-1:30 pm at the Salvation Army Eastern District in Southfield to learn how you can be the difference. Join our committees, become part of our speaker bureau raise the standard against human trafficking in all its ugly form!

Pamela J. Hudson, Project Director-Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
“Building Bridges, Building Community, Building Hope for Survivors of Trafficking”

Repeating, Reposting and Sharing: Please help US end/stop drug, gun and human trafficking!

Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI

rsands4996@marygrove.edu

http://richard-a-sands.blogspot.com

https://4preventiondghtnews.wordpress.com

http://sob-csc.org

Intl Drug & Human Trafficking Victims Assc. of America (IDHTVAA)

This has to be the very best post, thread or “The Real Truth” I have ever seen, read and understood… Hoping everyone is doing well… I am in, on or about the middle of “what it really looks like” working 24/7 on my masters’ degree in social justice, including “Hands That Heal” Academic program by Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, The Salvation Army, World Hope International, World Relief and Project Rescue International for my grad practicum project… Indeed, “The Real Truth” is the only right or real path where I needed and wanted to be… Awesome and without exception this journey is, learning something new at each and every turn in or upon the road that provides for our enlightenment to empower each other, including a universal mind, body and spirit to help make this world a better place…  http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/3941717E38D271CC852574400068F8C6?Opendocument

                       

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The REAL truth!!

By: Ashley Black

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/publications/ChildSafetyColoring.pdf

“Spin-Doctor Parenting”: Keeping Kids Safe/FREE Download {Fire, Gun Safety, Strangers, Internet} Child Safety Coloring Book…

Gia Ibarra
share this with parents: If you are a parent get this free download coloring book to teach your children about safety

Help US help each other help US together end/stop drug, gun and human trafficking…

                                                                      

Click to Download from Source @ Michigan.gov

www.kidlutions.blogspot.com

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Richard A. Sands Awesome post Gia, indeed repeating, reposting and sharing…

Gia Ibarra Thank you for sharing Richard
Wishing you a great weekend. Thank you for your work to end human trafficking

Richard A. Sands Bless you Gia and indeed blessings to everyone working toward ending drug, gun and human trafficking because together our synergy empowers the world to make change…

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25 thoughts on “Partnerships Project

  1. http://schamihealthyyouth.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/human-trafficking-why-you-need-to-know-about-it/
    Human Trafficking: Why You Need to Know About It
    by Manuela Kress
    I recently attended a session on human trafficking hosted by the East Lansing Chapter of Zonta International. Theresa Flores, the presenter who herself is a survivor of trafficking, gave an overview of the epidemic of human trafficking in the United States with a particular focus on Michigan. Here are some of the disturbing findings of her research:
    Human trafficking involves manipulation, threats, and blackmailing for commercial sex or labor. If the person being sold is under 18, it is automatically considered human trafficking. There are more human slaves in the world today than ever.
    If you suspect that one of the youth you are working with is a victim you can go to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center website. The Center has a wealth of information, resources for providers and law enforcement, and links to programs nationally. You can contact the National Human Trafficking Toll Free Hotline at 1.888.3737.888. If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking there are a few books available such as Not for Sale and The Slave Across the Street.

  2. http://thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/05/10/news/doc4fa96d72e37b6326140388.txt
    By Alan Burdziak: The News-Hearld, The Voice of Downriver

    SOUTHGATE — Human trafficking, slavery and forced prostitution are a problem the world over and one group has come to Downriver to raise awareness on the issue.
    Exodus Cry, a faith-based ministry from Kansas City, Mo., was brought to the area by Melvindale police officer Rolando Hinojosa to hold a screening of the documentary “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 15600 Trenton Road. It is the first in a series of three movies, the second of which is in production.
    Hinojosa, who is a member of the church, said he and the group want to inform the public about an issue they may not realize is prevalent in the United States.
    Many people have the impression that forced prostitution is mostly a problem in the developing world, said Sarah Jensen, leader of a group of four from Exodus Cry who came here to show the film. She said that when she tells people that it happens across the country, they stare in disbelief.
    Jensen, 30, has traveled through more than a dozen states, including California, Colorado and Wisconsin, over the last two months to show the documentary. There are three others in her groups of travelers, all in their 20s who want to spread awareness of the subject, which she said is their main goal.
    “Awareness is huge right now,” Jensen said. “In reality, this thing thrives and is alive because it is hidden.”
    The group is trying to get people to actively participate in helping to combat the problem.
    “Once you know what’s going on, you can’t say anymore that you didn’t know,” Jensen said.

    Thank you for sharing and reporting this story Alan, we indeed need more awareness because most folks don’t really know what is going on in their own back yards…

    Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI
    Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
    (AhEeCOSH) Investigative Reporter
    734-771-7251 Fax: 734-281-4087
    rsands4996@marygrove.edu
    http://www.rescueandrestoremi….
    http://www.4preventionDGHTnews
    http://www.richard-a-sands.blo
    http://www.sob-csc.org/

  3. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120428/METRO01/204280366/1006/metro01/Workers-killed-hurt-job-recognized-memorial-event
    April 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm
    Workers killed, hurt on the job recognized at memorial event
    Detroit— Workers, local officials and religious leaders from Detroit and Windsor gathered Saturday afternoon in remembrance of workers who have been killed or injured on the job.
    “We must never forget those that lost their lives,” said Chris Michalakis, president of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO during the International Workers Memorial Day event at the UAW-Ford National Programs Center. “Workplace safety has come a long way since passing OSHA. We still have a long way to go.”
    Leaders are seeking stronger regulations and safer workplaces. In 2010, 141 Michigan workers died while working and 106,800 were injured on the job, according to AFL-CIO officials.
    State Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, said her colleagues are trying to get rid of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act.
    “They want that oversight gone,” she said. “It’s very odd to be in the Legislature. It’s like the twilight zone.”

  4. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/27/presidential-proclamation-workers-memorial-day-2012
    Presidential Proclamation — Workers Memorial Day, 2012
    My Administration remains committed to realizing that vision. The Department of Labor and agencies across the Federal Government are striving to defend workers’ rights, hold employers accountable, and empower Americans across our country with the tools they need to stay safe on the job. We are pursuing enhanced whistleblower protections that will reinforce every worker’s right to raise their voice without fear of retaliation.
    Today, we reflect on their sacrifice, and we rededicate ourselves to protecting the health, safety, and dignity of every worker.
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2012, as Workers Memorial Day. I call upon all Americans to participate in ceremonies and activities in memory of those killed or injured due to unsafe working conditions.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
    BARACK OBAMA

  5. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/112-2012/s87

    Indeed, thank you Michigan U.S. Senators, Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Levin:
    (On Passage of the Bill) S. 1925: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011
    Number: Senate Vote #87 [primary source: senate.gov]
    Date: Apr 26, 2012 (112th Congress)
    Result: Bill Passed
    Related Bill: S. 1925: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011
    Introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT] on November 30, 2011
    Current Status: Passed Senate
    Respectfully yours and always with warm regards,
    Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI
    Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
    (AhEeCOSH) Investigative Reporter
    734-771-7251 Fax: 734-281-4087
    http://www.rescueandrestoremi.weebly.com/
    http://www.4preventionDGHTnews.wordpress.com
    http://www.richard-a-sands.blogspot.com
    http://www.sob-csc.org/

  6. http://campusnews.marygrove.edu/2012/04/25/marygrove-college-2nd-annual-social-justice-networking-event/
    Richard A. Sands Indeed, God has blessed us all…, our personal faith in each other and ourselves individually, regardless of religious doctrine or belief, maintains therein a divine unity and a united way, as we are all family in the name of Social Justice…, a synergy greater then the sum total of each and everyone engaged in advocating a greater good for all of humanity, worldwide and without exception or question…, is an honor to all of us, as a Tenth Cohort pledge, to carry the Torch & Baton throughout 2012-2013th year to pass this on as in like the movie, “Pay It Forward” because we could not have done this without everyone helping each other… Love and hugs from all of us together…,
    Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI
    Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
    (AhEeCOSH) Investigative Reporter
    734-771-7251 Fax: 734-281-4087
    http://www.rescueandrestoremi.weebly.com/
    http://www.4preventionDGHTnews.wordpress.com/
    http://www.richard-a-sands.blogspot.com/
    http://www.sob-csc.org/

  7. http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Families-Urge-Faster-Action-on-Life-Saving-Job-Safety-Rules
    Families Urge Faster Action on Life-Saving Job Safety Rules
    http://ehstoday.com/standards/osha/gao-senate-osha-standards-0419/
    GAO Chief: We Don’t Know Why OSHA Standards Take So Long
    http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=a23b4eec-5056-9502-5d4a-c00679b2215c
    Full Committee Hearing – Time Takes Its Toll: Delays in OSHA’s Standard-Setting Process and the Impact on Worker Safety
    USMWF United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities
    USMWF Mission Statement: USMWF offers support, guidance, resources, and advocacy to empower persons affected by preventable work related deaths or serious injuries; works with other organizations, government agencies, and businesses; acts as a catalyst for positive change in the workplace to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all.
    Revae Moran , Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
    Tom Ward , Member Local 1, Local 1 Michigan, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Woodhaven, MI
    Michael Silverstein, MD, MPH , Clinical Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health University of WA School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Retired Director of State OSHA Program at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Seattle, WA
    Randy Rabinowitz , Director, Regulatory Policy, OMB Watch, Washington, DC
    David G Sarvadi , Partner, Keller and Heckman LLP, Washington, DC

  8. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Amnesty-International-Marygrove-College/225855790818108
    Amnesty International Marygrove College
    Student Human Rights Organization
    General Information
    About Amnesty International:
    “Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.
    We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.” ~ http://www.amnestyusa.org/about-us

  9. http://www.sharedhope.org/WhatWeDo/BringJustice/PolicyRecommendations/ProtectedInnocenceInitiative.aspx
    Shared Hope International exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. We are leaders in a worldwide effort to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking and slavery through education and public awareness. State Policy
    http://www.sharedhope.org/WhatWeDo/BringJustice/PolicyRecommendations/State.aspx Click highlighted states on the map below for Shared Hope International research, legislation information and alerts. You can access Protected Innocence Initiative report cards other reports here.

    http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/state-policy
    Polaris Project’s U.S. Policy Program works to enact legislation at the state level by partnering with local advocacy organizations, state and local task forces and coalitions, and grassroots advocates to support locally-led anti-trafficking legislative campaigns. State Policy Effective legislation at the state level is important because it gives states the opportunity to create laws that are comprehensive and victim-centered.
    Other program activities include:
    Tracking all pending state legislation related to human trafficking.
    Drafting and analyzing legislation, providing model laws and guidelines, lobbying, and providing and presenting testimony.
    Compiling research and legislator issue briefs, and assessing current policies on human trafficking, through our annual State Ratings.
    Conducting grassroots outreach and advocacy, including legislative action alerts on critical policy, and organizing lobby days.
    Developing and providing trainings for law enforcement, first responders, and the public.
    http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/policy-advocacy/state-policy/current-laws
    The Polaris Project annual state ratings process tracks the presence or absence of 10 categories of state statutes that Polaris Project believes are critical to a comprehensive anti-trafficking legal framework. 2011 State Ratings Map These 10 categories are not exhaustive of all the important legislation that helps combat human trafficking in a given state. ‬The ratings used to evaluate states do not assess the effectiveness or implementation of these laws, nor the anti-trafficking efforts of task forces, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, service providers, and advocates in the state.

  10. http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/
    The “Golden Rule” is indeed cosmic and Universal without exception. It is, as is, was and now proclaimed by the Parliament of the World’s Religions that in our combined faith, hope, awareness and higher education in search of truth, equality and liberty or freedom that provides therein for our personal salvation. Moreover, the “Declaration toward a Global Ethic” states “We must treat others as we wish others to treat us” is fundamental, foundational and unequivocally our divine creator’s wish, blessing and original intent. http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/_includes/FCKcontent/File/TowardsAGlobalEthic.pdf

  11. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/15/statement-president-meeting-interagency-task-force-monitor-and-combat-tr
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release March 15, 2012
    “Statement by the President on the Meeting of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons”
    Slavery remains the affront to human dignity and stain on our collective conscience that it has always been. That is why members of my cabinet and senior advisors gathered at the White House today, at a meeting chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lay out their plans for meeting this challenge. The United States is committed to eradicating trafficking in persons, and we will draw on tools ranging from law enforcement and victim service provision, to public awareness building and diplomatic pressure. Because we know that government efforts are not enough, we are also increasing our partnerships with a broad coalition of local communities, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, schools, and businesses. To bring all these elements together, and to be sure we are maximizing our efforts, today I am directing my cabinet to find ways to strengthen our current work, and to expand on partnerships with civil society and the private sector, so that we can bring more resources to bear in fighting this horrific injustice. In the coming weeks the White House will build on this gathering on behalf of human dignity. I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue: young people, people of faith and station, Americans who refuse to accept this injustice and will not rest until it is vanquished. Today, I reaffirm that the United States stands with them, and that together we will realize the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our country’s ideal of freedom.

  12. http://rescueandrestoremi.weebly.com/mirrc-human-trafficking-conference-comes-to-lansing.html

    Welcome to the first Human Trafficking Conference hosted by MIRRC on the campus of Great Lakes Christian College located in Lansing, Michigan. What a great opportunity to help raise more awareness on the efforts of not just us but others in the great state of Michigan to collaborate to educate and equip the community to take action against trafficking.

    The conference will be April 13-14, 2012 with workshops by topnotch presenters Dr. Sabrina Black, Nikki Jackson, Amy Allen, Julie Slagter, E. Christopher Johnson who will give you a taste on diverse topics which will engage and compel you to want to work for the cause. Keynote speakers is a wonderful display of dynamic presenters, York Moore from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Dr. Robert Hagerty, president of Mercy for the Children-Mynamar. These men whose experience is enlightening will take you to a whole new level of awareness and action. Let’s dialogue on how we can strategically protect our women and children in our cities.

    Join us as we make a difference and save a life and restore a life to wholeness through our conscious work throughout Michigan.

    Students with ID are FREE! General Public $20

    http://mirrcdtw.eventbrite.com/?ref=esfb

  13. http://portraitsinsocialjustice.com/gallery1.html
    Dr. Brenda Bryant, Dean of Community-Based Learning and Executive Director, Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement recently did an excellent interview on WDET’s Craig Fahle Show. She gives a great overview of Marygrove’s Master in Social Justice Program. Also featured is photographer Michael Shore who did a photo essay that was featured at Marygrove called Portraits in Social Justice.
    http://wdet.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/portraitsinsocialjustice/
    Portraits In Social Justice – Professor Brenda Bryant, Ph.D at Marygrove College in Detroit created what is known to be the first Social Justice Master’s degree program in the country. A dictionary definition says social justice refers to the idea of creating a society or institution based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being. Craig Fahle talks to Bryant about the curriculum at Marygrove and how the photo exhibit, Portraits in Social Justice was an outcome of the program.

  14. http://rescueandrestoremi.weebly.com/words-from-mirrc-leadership.html
    The Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
    We are Advocates and Abolitionists Against Human Trafficking
    We have a clean slate to forge ahead to create, develop, establish and build the coalition to be more impactful in raising awareness, educating and equipping our community to take action and bring about change as it relates to trafficking in our state.
    Together we shall become the “Difference Makers” imploring our legislative branch to become more engage in actions to persecute criminals of trafficking and strengthen our resolve to not allow it to fester in our state. Urging and providing help to our law enforcement to protect and serve with knowledge and insight for the victims of this crime. Arousing our colleges and universities to get involved in a new way being a dynamic voice for justice!. Shifting our neighbors, family and friends to see the reality of this injustice and join forces with us to undo the wrong against women and children in our cities, region and state.
    Yes, this is going to be a fantastic, favorable and full year as abolitionist and advocates from around the state rallying to implement plans to save our state and our fellowman. I ask each of you to commit the year by attending meetings with us every month, the second Tuesdays from 5:30 pm-7 pm or the second Thursday from 12 noon-1:30 pm at the Salvation Army Eastern District in Southfield to learn how you can be the difference. Join our committees, become part of our speaker bureau raise the standard against human trafficking in all its ugly form!
    Pamela J. Hudson, Project Director-Michigan Rescue and Restore Coalition
    “Building Bridges, Building Community, Building Hope for Survivors of Trafficking”
    Repeating, Reposting and Sharing: Please help US end/stop drug, gun and human trafficking!
    Richard A. Sands, Ret. PI
    rsands4996@marygrove.edu
    http://richard-a-sands.blogspot.com
    https://4preventiondghtnews.wordpress.com
    http://sob-csc.org

  15. http://www.fbi.gov/detroit/press-releases/2012/new-multi-agency-public-corruption-task-force-formed?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_medium=email&utm_source=detroit-press-releases&utm_content=75570

    FBI Detroit March 01, 2012
    Public Affairs Specialist Simon Shaykhet (313) 348-8689
    FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena is joined by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, IRS-CID Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, HUD-OIG Special Agent in Charge Breck Nowlin, EPA-CID Special Agent in Charge Randall Ashe, DOT-OIG Special Agent in Charge Michelle T. McVicker, Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, and Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, Jr. in announcing the formation of a new task force targeting public corruption.

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  17. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120301/METRO/203010423/FBI-Public-corruption-task-force-launching-Metro-Detroit?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE
    FBI: Public corruption task force launching in Metro Detroit
    The creation of a public corruption task force is a response to several scandals in Detroit City Hall and schools, Wayne County government, Pontiac, Highland Park, Royal Oak Township and Ecorse in recent years.
    The task force will include investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Internal Revenue Service, state Attorney General, and the Detroit and Michigan State Police departments, among others.
    FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena called public corruption the office’s highest criminal priority.

  18. http://www.freep.com/article/20120301/NEWS05/120301028/FBI-joins-federal-state-local-investigators-target-public-corruption-metro-Detroit?odyssey=nav|head
    FBI joins federal, state, local investigators to target public corruption in metro Detroit
    “Public servants are entrusted by all of us to act in the best interests of society,” Detroit FBI chief Andrew Arena said in a statement.“Those who betray that trust must be brought to justice and such actions cannot be tolerated. The task force will leverage the best assets of the partners to better focus on the problem.”
    Arena was joined in the announcement by the U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, and officials at IRS Criminal Investigation, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, and the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Police Department.

  19. http://www.stateofformation.org/2011/08/separation-of-church-state-why-religious-voices-matter/
    Repeating, reposting and sharing further that: In the Civil Rights movement, it was the deep religious wisdom of the Christian tradition that guided Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is no way to imagine what that movement would have been like without his religiously grounded teaching and leadership. Similarly, our public discourse today is severely impoverished when those with religious learning remain silent.
    Thankfully, many religious leaders are engaged and active, applying the ancient wisdom of their traditions to current public conversations around issues like state and national budget priorities, criminal justice, immigration, health care and environmental protections. I just have to wonder, though, how things would be different if more people of religious learning were willing to step forward and speak out, calling for compassion, love of neighbor, humility, hospitality and service—the core values taught by so many of our traditions.

  20. http://www.stateofformation.org/2011/08/separation-of-church-state-why-religious-voices-matter/
    Repeating, reposting and sharing: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words ring as true today as they did forty years ago: “We shall have to repent in this generation,” he said, “not so much for the evil deeds of the wicked people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”
    So please, people of religious learning, participate in public affairs and lend some stability to the land. I know it’s easier and safer to stay safely and quietly behind church or synagogue or mosque or monastery walls. But this world desperately needs the compassion and wisdom that shines in our religious traditions. Please share it.

  21. http://www.stateofformation.org/2012/02/expanding-notions-of-justice/
    Repeating, reposting and sharing:
    I sometimes quote the Reverend William Sloane Coffin, who explained it this way: “Charity is a matter of personal attributes; justice a matter of public policy. Charity seeks to alleviate the effects of injustice; justice seeks to eliminate the causes of it. Charity in no way affects the status quo, while justice leads inevitably to political confrontation.”
    Other times, I might quote Dom Helder Camara, former Brazilian Archbishop, who said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a Communist.”
    Both Coffin and Camara, in these quotes, highlight that engaging in justice work disturbs the status quo; shakes things up; challenges the systems and structures that perpetuate unjust conditions. On this particular morning, I’d quoted Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “We are not to simply bandage the victims under the wheel, but jam the spoke in the wheel itself.”
    “Bandaging the victims under the wheel is still important and necessary,” I said, “but if we don’t get at the root cause of those injuries—if we don’t jam the spoke in the wheel that’s creating victims—then people will continue to be injured.”

  22. Repeating, reposting and sharing Dan Russell
    It’s Ash Wednesday … a religious observance when some people supposedly repent of their sins … Jesus said of “religion”, “Hypocrites! These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with your lips, but your heart is far from Me, and in vain they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of man.” – Matthew 15:7-9
    Richard A. Sands Thank you Brother Russell:
    (Nehemiah 1:4) 4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
    (Ephesians 6:12-20) 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints– 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/

  23. http://www.odysseynetworks.org/video/the-quest-to-end-child-trafficking
    The Quest to End Child Trafficking
    Leaders across the faith spectrum — with the Salvation Army leading the way — have been working to protect and assist victims and eradicate child trafficking. “Stopping the exploitation of our youth is a moral imperative that unites people across the faith spectrum, across the religion spectrum,” says Valarie Kaur, director of Groundswell, a multifaith initiative that aims to inspire strategic action for justice.

    http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/8081A4079639D55A802573E000530965?Opendocument
    These pages provide highlights of The Salvation Army’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking. The Salvation Army firmly believes that the abuse and exploitation of human beings through any form of human trafficking is an offense against humankind and against God. This belief, combined with our mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, motivates us to work vigilantly for the prevention of human trafficking and for the restoration of survivors.
    http://bcove.me/vd9hgta9

  24. http://www.againstourwill.org/challenge
    mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign
    Right now, there are millions of sex and labor slaves worldwide – and many of them are right here in America. But you have the power to make a difference and help stop this horrific human rights atrocity. mtvU and LexisNexis are calling on you to submit your most creative ideas for a chance to win $10,000!
    As part of mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign, we’re on the hunt for innovative digital tools that raise awareness of and encourage action on modern day slavery in the U.S. Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking, includes both sex and labor slavery and has been reported in all 50 states in the past two years. You can learn more about the issue in the “Get the Facts” section of this site.
    You can enter the “Against Our Will Challenge” by yourself, or as a team of up to five members, and if we pick your idea you’ll take home $10,000 furnished by LexisNexis. You may also have a chance to work with mtvU to make your idea a reality. The winning idea will become a core component of the Against Our Will campaign.

  25. http://stopslavery2012.com/questionnaire.html
    Confidential Questionnaire for Trafficking Victims
    INTERNET-RELATED, HUMAN-TRAFFICKING/SLAVERY, QUESTIONNAIRE
    Confidential Questionnaire – Survivor
    Thank you for your interest in helping the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates with our efforts to stop the trafficking of people, for sex-related and labor-related purposes. Our website is http://www.stopslavery2012.com and our phone is 888.206.3264. An important part of stopping trafficking is understanding exactly how the abuse works. We are sorry to hear of your trafficking and are working on helping others in similar situations. We thank you for taking the time to answer these questions truthfully, and want to make sure you know that your confidentiality is assured. We do not need your name or contact information, but welcome you to give us contact information in the Question 20 below or contact Phil Cenedella directly at phil@stopslavery2012.com, your choice.
    Repeating, reposting and sharing website for your review and further details…
    INTERNET-RELATED, HUMAN-TRAFFICKING/SLAVERY, QUESTIONNAIRE
    Confidential Questionnaire for Trafficking Victims
    http://stopslavery2012.com/questionnaire.html

    http://stopslavery2012.com/questionnaire.html We very much appreciate all the Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Prostitution and Slave Labor answering 20 simple questions on this questionnaire. This is 100% confidential and will help us here at the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates in fighting trafficking via the internet. Thank you for passing along to others. peace, phil http://www.stopslavery2012.com 888.206.3264 phil@stopslavery2012.com

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