Category Archives: Human Rights

SCOTUS: Constitution Gives Equal Dignity

“Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right,” Justice Anthony Kennedy Continue reading SCOTUS: Constitution Gives Equal Dignity

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Demanding Action from the NFL

I’m not watching another NFL football game until they get their shit together and adopt a zero tolerance policy against violence, and a clear message is sent to its players that knocking your wife unconscious or beating your kid until he bleeds is unacceptable.

#GoodellMustGo: the #BoycottNFL protest continues after the Ray Rice domestic abuse debacle. http://t.co/unOZzRgP2f pic.twitter.com/709t68TS4w

— E! Online (@eonline) September 16, 2014

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Duluth’s Un-Fair Campaign: Marketing Blunder of the Year

Un-Fair Campaign Billboard, Image from PerfectDuluthDay.com
Un-Fair Campaign Billboard, Image from PerfectDuluthDay.com

Off to a slightly rocky start? Well no wonder. The recent “Un-Fair Campaign” in Duluth features billboards and advertisements that say “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.”

Offended? Yeah, I was too a little. I’m not blind or stupid, so just what exactly is this ad saying about me and my whiteness? Many people have taken this initial “ouch” reaction a bit far (our mayor has received threats); they feel this campaign is meant to say, “white people suck.” I think it is simply an example of really bad marketing. REALLY bad marketing. Continue reading Duluth’s Un-Fair Campaign: Marketing Blunder of the Year

Raising Funds to End Sex Trafficking in Duluth

I have spoken here about my involvement with a group called A Beautiful Rescue. Our mission is to end sex trafficking in our hometown, Duluth, Minnesota, and to provide healing for victims. Our vision is to accomplish this through the arts. We will be selling art by local artists to raise money in order to get our organization off the ground, working toward opening a safe house for victims. After that, the goal is to use art to help victims heal, and to provide them an outlet to sell their work in order to earn an income, as well as continue to fund the program. Continue reading Raising Funds to End Sex Trafficking in Duluth

Standing Together Against Human Trafficking: A Successful Evening of Awareness

Friday December 2nd A Beautiful Rescue held an event at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in downtown Duluth, MN to raise awareness of the presence of human trafficking in Duluth, and to raise funds for the victims of sex trafficking. The main goal was to get the word out, to open the City’s eyes to this violence happening in our home town, right under our noses, and to change the paradigm with which we view the women who are victims. Secondly, we aimed to raise funds for A Beautiful Rescue, which has the ultimate goal of providing safe, permanent housing for victims that will provide an atmosphere of healing and rehabilitation.

We were successful! Continue reading Standing Together Against Human Trafficking: A Successful Evening of Awareness

Zeitgeist to host Sex Trafficking Awareness Benefit This Friday

Hello everyone! I’m writing today with the hopes that everyone who sees this will respond in a big way.

I’m going to start off with some numbers.

  • 4000 children are sexually exploited in Minnesota every year.
  • 350 Native American girls were victims of sex trafficking over a 4 year period – that only includes those who have spoken up
  • “For every one [sex trafficking victim] that you hear about there’s probably seven to 10 that you don’t.” – Lt. Scott Drewlo, Duluth Police Department
  • 1 in every 3 Native American women will be raped at some point in their lives
  • 14 years old is the average age of most sex trafficking victims in the U.S.
  • Victims are forced to have sex an average of 2000 times a year.

Continue reading Zeitgeist to host Sex Trafficking Awareness Benefit This Friday

My Freeset Bag

How to Help Women Break Free – Just Getting Started

This is a follow-up to my earlier post, A Passion Found – Ending Human Trafficking, detailing how I found out about human trafficking and it’s role in my community. At the meeting I attended I couldn’t help but sign up to volunteer for just about everything they were looking for, but until I hear back from them I have been looking for other ways to get involved sooner. Continue reading How to Help Women Break Free – Just Getting Started

A Passion Found – Ending Human Trafficking

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Psalm 10:18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.

This is not your average “Working With What You Have” post. It’s not about baking or cooking or food. It’s about something much more serious and something that we are often blinded to or harbor prejudices about. Human Trafficking.

When we first moved to Duluth our pastor approached my husband and I at a membership meeting and asked us what our passions were. Wow, heavy question. Passion? There are plenty of things I like and things that are my hobbies, but a passion? Continue reading A Passion Found – Ending Human Trafficking