Gay Marriage, Breast Cancer Awareness & the End It Movement
Back on April 9th of 2013, there was a push for the End It Movement, where supporters of the fight to end human trafficking were asked to mark their hands and Facebook profile pictures with a big, red X. Celebrities like Carrie Underwood participated and demonstrated their support with social media updates on Instagram like this one. Some of us were and are indeed "in it to end it."
Two weeks prior, on March 26th, gay marriage was also quite the hot topic. Our country was in a divided uproar of both pro and anti opinions on the subject. It seemed like anywhere from 50-70% of my over 1,000 Facebook friends were not shy (and by "not shy," I mean "incredibly outspoken") about showing their support for what they believed to be a basic human right with their Facebook profile pictures.
But when the Marriage March was over, we needed you still when the discussion shifted to the buying and selling of children for labor or sex in April. The average age for a girl sold into sexual slavery is 11! That means there are children much younger sucumbing to rape and sexual assault on a daily basis to offset the older, but still minor, teenagers. I can count on my 2 hands how many people had an opinion and changed their Facebook profile pictures on April 9th for the End It Campaign. Should we not also be shouting from the rooftops that this is an unacceptable life for our children?
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let us not continue to be merely and slightly "aware" of issues around us, let's do something about them. Stop spending the money to get your sports team's jerseys printed in pink for 1 game of "Think Pink" in support of "Breast Cancer Awareness," without a penny (or only a miniscule amount) going to the work you are supposedly aware and in support of. Instead, donate that money to actually SUSTAIN the research and cure of breast cancer! Only 8.01% of NFL Pink merchandise sales go to research for the American Cancer Society, while the NFL takes a 1.25% cut (Business Insider).
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I challenge you to refuse to participate in the echo chamber of hot air opinions and continual non-action. Turn your opinions into actions, because actions are what matter. They matter to the 27 million people enslaved in the world today, and every single one of us is to blame for that number and the lack of change in it. Don't believe me? Check your Slavery Footprint and find out how many slaves work for you.
'Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally." - Abraham Lincoln
If you live in or near Chicago, take action next Friday, November 8th, for Shadow Town, a stage play about sex trafficking in Chicago. Proceeds will go to support our partners The Dreamcatcher Foundation as well as The Salvation Army PROMISE Program - Anne's House. Alternatively, donate to the work of Traffick Free, a 100% volunteer organization that is "in it to end it" in Chicago.
by: Sarah Amidon
Traffick Free Communications Director