Slavery still exists! Despite everything I had learned in history classes through the years, I was confronted with this horrible fact a few years ago at a Passion Conference. (To learn more about Passion, check out 268generation)
Like I was, you may be under the impression that slavery was a terrible historic institution that Abraham Lincoln abolished with the Emancipation Proclamation. What I learned at Passion was that, while slavery was outlawed in the United States back in the 19th century, there are actually more people enslaved today than at any time in human history. In fact, more than 27 million men, women, and children are currently trapped in slavery. Today! Modern day slavery has many faces, from the millions of young women and girls who are deceived by strangers into thinking that they are being taken from Third World poverty to enjoy life in the First World, only to find themselves forced to work as sex slaves around the world, often even here in the United States; to people forced to endure heavy physical labor without pay indefinitely in “repayment” for some meager debt incurred by their ancestors; to the children whose parents were told that they would be adopted by a wealthy family only to find themselves sold into a life of domestic servitude.
As I learned about these horrible stories, my heart was broken for these people who don’t know what it means to have the freedom to choose what they will do today, where they will go, or with whom they will interact.
Passion started the End It movement to raise awareness of this horrible epidemic and to raise money to support global organizations who are doing the work necessary to see that slavery is eradicated in our lifetime and every man, woman, boy and girl can experience the very freedom that we take for granted.
This is a cause that is near and dear to Twin City Style. That is why a portion of all our profits goes to support End It.
If you are reading this and wondering what you can do to help, there are 3 things you can do right now to join us in this fight:
1. February 27 is Shine a Light on Slavery Day. Draw a red X on your hand to show your support. Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #inittoendit. People will ask you about the X. I have gotten questions every year I have done it. (They usually assume that I’ve been out at the clubs the night before. ) The red X is a great way to start the conversation and to share with people the fact that slavery still exists.
2. Join Twin City Style’s 27x7 team. We challenge you to donate $7 to the cause and then, if you are so inclined, to form your own team and recruit 27 people to donate. It will be amazing to watch the ripple effect as we raise awareness and money to fight modern day slavery. Click on this link to donate or just to learn more about it the campaign.
3. Buy beautiful Noonday Jewelry. Noonday exists to create economic opportunities for the vulnerable in developing countries (therefore helping to keep people in good, fair wage jobs) and all of the proceeds from this sale will go to the End It Movement. So, it’s a double win! There’s no reason not to buy! Click on this link to shop and make sure to type End It as the trunk show on the check out page.
So join with Twin City Style in shining a light on modern day slavery and fighting to end it. Together we can make a difference and can help wipe out slavery in our lifetimes.