Monday, October 19, 2015

Don't Be Tricked This Halloween. Don't Fund Child Slavery.

Do not buy chocolate this year for Halloween.  Yep, I told you what to do.  Over the years after learning about how child slaves harvest the cocoa used in the production of the chocolate we consume, I had hoped people would see the connection with the chocolate they eat and the horrible brutality many children endure.  I thought people would be convicted and change their consuming habits and eventually they would not want to eat someone else's tragedy.  But generally speaking - nothing has changed.  A few people have changed - but overall - the general public still gladly purchases and consumes chocolate tainted by child slaves. Miki Mistreat the producer of the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate and Shady Chocolate was quoted in a recent article, "Consumers have not been critical enough; they have not asked why a chocolate bar only costs $1 when the cocoa comes from Africa.  Customers have been too easy to trick with smart ads." Bad news for the largest chocolate companies 

Are we allowing chocolate companies to trick us or are we we simply apathetic?  Are our lives too busy to be inconvenienced to change our consuming habits?  The chocolate companies will not change unless we, the consumers, do. They know there is a large problem with child slavery in the supply chain of chocolate production, but like their consumers, they have not changed.  In 2001 they all acknowledged child slavery in harvesting of cocoa used to make their chocolate.  They all acknowledge their complicency in the problem.  And they all vowed to make changes. The official document of this acknowledgment and vow was called the Harkin-Engel Protocol or the Coco Protocol. Cocoa Protocol

15 years later - nothing has changed.  Why should they?  We, consumers of chocolate, especially in the U.S., don't care.  We are still buying and buying and buying whatever chocolate in whatever cute sizes fit for whatever holiday comes our way in bulk.  Come on people - we must use our consumer power for good and quit funding the enslavement of children.

Don't Be Tricked this Halloween. Refuse To Do Nothing.

For more information on where to find slave free chocolate click here Slave Free Chocolate

To learn more about how to use your purchasing power for good by picking up a copy of my book here Refuse To Do Nothing

Sunday, September 20, 2015

I'm in a season of life where I'm at loss for words. It is a time where my answer to many things is, "I don't know." So I have struggled for weeks - actually months - for why I said "Yes" to an invitation. My "Yes" was one with a gigantic question mark as I had a feeling I was getting myself into something much greater than myself and yet I felt compelled to see what God had in store. When we say "Yes" to God we do so out of faith - a trust that He knows more and wants better for us and for the world than we do. This new friend - who I actually have never met in person - but whom I will share one gigantic leap of faith with this coming year - better put into words what I simply cannot. Please read all the way through and consider joining me with your support and prayers and friendship

Being Brave For One Million Thumbprints

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Using Your Purchasing Power for Good this Holy Week

Please take time to click on my friend, Carrie Kuba's link I've attached below. I think she is spot on with her suggestions on where to redirect your spending this Holy Week.  Less is More.  It matters where you put your money.  There is no insignificant spending.  Each time we spend it impacts more than ourselves.  Let's use our purchasing power for good.

Click Here for Carrie Kuba's blog highlighting great ways to rethink and redirect spending this Easter

Thursday, February 27, 2014

END IT: Begin Today 2-27-14

Today is a perfect day to commit yourself to putting an end to modern-day slavery.  Begin today.  And begin by marking your hand with a red X.  Marking your hand with a red X won't end slavery alone, but it raise the level of public awareness and it will mark you - literally marking you as someone who wants to see the abolition of modern-day slavery once and for all.  Check out the END IT Movement-  here and join with thousands of others who have a desire to live in a world where no man, woman, or child is forced to work under violence or threat of violence.

Let me remind you - I don't edit - I rarely even watch my posts back and so please offer me grace.  Also, I took the liberty to do a personal plug for my and Shayne's book.  I just had to - it is a perfect day to pick yourself up a copy. Okay with that….

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Attend A Conference

Here is my quick appeal to take the time to attend a conference on human trafficking.  See who is already working in your local area to abolish slavery and ask how you can help.  Flash, a good logo, charismatic speaker is not always an indicator to who is the most effective and not all anti-trafficking organizations know what to do with the average activist.  Many organizations are good at sharing what they do and how they need your prayer and money - which is true and good - but many also have a difficult time showing you how you can tangibly help them in the fight for freedom for all.  I want to share a local Southern California conference hosted by a women I greatly admire, Sandra Morgan, and the Global Center for Women and Justice out of Vanguard University.

Here is the link to the Ensure Justice Conference:  Ensure Justice

Hey - and don't forget go with a friend.  It is always more fun and more likely you will actually do something with the information you gather, if you go with a friend.  And finally - let me know if you attend a conference, if you liked the one you attended, and what you learned.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking increases during large sporting events such as Super Bowl AND it occurs 365 days of the year.  Here are my thoughts and a couple links to recent articles.  

Florida mother brings 15 year old daughter to NYC to prostitute her for Super Bowl.

FBI recovers 16 kids and arrests 45 traffickers at Super Bowl

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nail Salons

Another question I have received a few times is, "How do I know if the woman who is doing my nails is being forced to work there?" On pages 100-103 in my book, Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power To Abolish Modern-Day Slavery my co-author, Shayne Moore, and I have lists of signs that someone might be trafficked.  Also there are great resources at Polaris Project for you to better learn about how to know if someone is being forced to work in a variety of fields.  

For this blog, I've included the way I usually answer the nail salon question. Keep in mind all situations and people are unique.