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Wake People Up- Human Trafficking Awareness Event

Last Saturday (9/17/2011), while most people primped for parties or ventured into the club scenes, a group of Northern Colorado activists joined Wake People Up to learn more about the global issues of human trafficking. These abolitionists became more informed as Pam Harvey, on behalf of Transitions Global, talked about

Pam Harvey

sex trafficking. Her passionate and dynamic presentation shed light about the atrocities of sex trafficking that often happens in foreign countries. She also spoke about how the trafficking industry is plaguing America as well.

This event focused on bringing about human trafficking awareness through speakers, film and donations. There were over 300 pairs of shoes donated to Transitions Global from the attendees of this event! See this article about how TG is turning shoes into freedom for sex slaves.

The CALL+RESPONSE film screening was a highlight for the evening. “CALL+RESPONSE is a first of its kind feature documentary film that reveals the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. CALL+RESPONSE goes deep undercover where slavery is thriving from the child brothels of Cambodia to the slave brick kilns of rural India to reveal that in 2009, Slave Traders made more money than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined.

Luminaries on the issue such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof, and many other prominent political and cultural figures offer first hand account of this 21st century trade. Performances from Grammy-winning and critically acclaimed artists including Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, members of Nickel Creek and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Rocco Deluca move this chilling information into inspiration for stopping it.

Music is part of the movement against human slavery. Dr. Cornel West connects the music of the American slave fields to the popular music we listen to today, and offers this connection as a rallying cry for the modern abolitionist movement currently brewing.

There is a sea of change happening in human rights activism. The world’s issues cannot be solved alone by governments and non-profits, but require community-based participation. As a feature film, CALL+RESPONSE has the unique position of being not only a ground-breaking genre-bending film, but also serves as a deft tool in the hands of 21st Century Abolitionists. We provide activists with tactile strategic online and mobile tools to fight slavery everyday. We believe this is a fight that must that is won with passion, innovation, and commitment.”

Groups such as iEmpathize, U Count Campaign, SCTNow, Daisy Sprout and Transitions Global were there to show their support in the fight against trafficking. Each group has a specific goal and method for abolition.

iEmpathize is an Arts and Advocacy non-profit that creates opportunities for people to explore and engage in issues of injustice.

U Count Campaign  promotes the value of life, awareness and action, the power of one and the combined strength of partnership in the rescue and recovery of victims of sexual slavery.

Stop Child Trafficking (SCTNOW)has chosen to fund a bold, new approach, one that addresses the demand

Lisa Christopherson with U Count Campaign

side of child sex trafficking by targeting buyers/predators for prosecution and conviction.

Daisy Sprout supports charitable organizations by selling vintage apparel and home decor and donating its proceeds.

Transitions Global provides holistic shelter and aftercare services to girls through our Transitional Living Centers (TLC) and STAR Houses (Secondary Transitional Apartment Residences). These safe, home-like environments provide the needed safety and security for girls to begin the process of healing.

One way this group of abolitionists fought the battle of trafficking was simply by collecting used shoes. Over 300 pairs of shoes were donated to the Stomp Out Slavery Shoe Drive. Terri H. won the grand prize for collecting 174 pairs of shoes! She helped “Wake People Up” to the issues of sex trafficking by collecting and donating shoes for the drive so we helped her ‘wake up’ with Coffee from Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, an alarm clock and tickets to the Cinema Lyric Cafe. Thanks everyone for your generous donations!

“We are so fortunate to have such a great group of passionate activists,” says Gale Dashner of Wake People Up. “It’s important that we are here tonight. It’s important because we need to know what’s really going on in the world regarding human trafficking. With that knowledge, we are then able to start creating a demand for change and justice for victims.”

 See here how shoes can free slaves!

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One Response to “Wake People Up- Human Trafficking Awareness Event”

  1. John D says:

    Way to go, Gale – keep fighting the good fight!

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