Posted in December 2011

End of the Year Giving: My Top Five

Are you hoping to make a sizable gift to a non-profit organization before this year ends?  Below are several non-profits that I would recommend.  And, this year, consider how you might be able to give regularly.  Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also! 1. Love 146: a non-profit based in CT. … Continue reading

The Restaveks in Haiti

The Restaveks are children in Haiti who work as “domestic servants.” The below link is to a CNN Documentary of Rapper and Actor, “Common” who travels with Call+Response founder, Justin Dillon to Haiti to meet the Restavek children firsthand.  His journey shows us some of the hopelessness he experienced when first meeting the children, followed … Continue reading

Slave-Free Shopping this Christmas

Isn’t it great to know that the products you are buying are not supporting unfair practices?   I know it can feel really time-consuming to have to research each brand and store that you shop at, so I’ve found some more places that you can feel good about shopping at this Christmas.  I’m excited about … Continue reading

Shopping to Support Change

When I think about all the products I use that are tainted by human slavery and poor work practices, it seems like there is nothing I can buy.  I’m fine with living a bit more simply and making homemade gifts, if it means making a stand against modern-day slavery, but today I have some good … Continue reading

Polaris Project

Polaris Project is an organization that is fighting against human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  Here’s what they are involved in: 1. Client Services: Offers social services to former victims of trafficking and/or slavery. 2. Policy Advocacy: Bringing about changing through federal and state policies. 3. National Human Trafficking Hotline: a 24-hour hotline that connects victims … Continue reading

Patricia McCormick’s Novel, Sold

I found the book, Sold by Patrick McCormick, several years ago.  I’m not sure how I found it, but it caught my attention immediately.  Written in a series of poems, Lakshmi tells her story of being sold into slavery.  She hails from a village in Nepal and thinks she is going to the city for … Continue reading