Are Slaves Making Your Chocolate?

Here is a sobering thought: those cute Hershey Kisses and colorful M&M’s are made with slave-labor. I used to love popping M&Ms in my mouth or placing a Hershey Kiss in the middle of my peanut butter cookies.  Fighting slavery means that we sacrifice what is comfortable and easy for the sake of the lives … Continue reading

Letter Writing Campaigns

One practical way to get involved in fighting against human trafficking and unfair practices, is to start writing letters.  Don’t roll your eyes!  It may seem ineffective, but how else will companies know that their consumers care about fair practices and change how they have run their corporations?  How else will politicians who have incredible … Continue reading

Truck Stop Prostitution

I just read this great article from CNN about women who are traded for sex at truck stops.  I suppose it’s not really that shocking. The article also mentions the motivation for this particular worker, which I happen to resonate with.  If just one person is suffering in my city and I know about it, … Continue reading

Hershey Makes $10 Million Pledge

I’m so pleased to be able to write that Hershey is making a $10 million pledge to improve their trade and combat child labor.  Well done, Hershey.  I can’t remember the last time I bought a Hershey project (I’ve been overseas!) but I will make an honest effort to support their fair trade products in … Continue reading

Roma Camps in Kosovo

Today’s post is about something a little more personal to me – refugee camps in Kosovo.  I’ve lived in Kosovo for nearly two years and I became aware of the injustice towards the Roma people while working here.  There’s no doubt that Roma are treated terribly here.  It’s incredibly difficult to walk on the same … Continue reading

“Fair Trade Products Are Too Expensive” and Other Myths

Relevant Magazine just posted an article debunking some of the excuses we often make about not buying fair trade products. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/mission/features/28128-qfair-trade-products-are-too-priceyq It’s obvious that fair trade clothing is more expensive than other clothing and there’s also an obvious reason: those cheaper clothes are made with slave labor!  And eventually, you have to ask yourself, “Which … Continue reading

College Kids that Make a Difference

This article was such an encouragement for me to read today.  Students gathered together for a conference and committed to joining in the fight against slavery.  They raised over $2.6 million (WOW!) and increased awareness in their community for their problem. It’s exciting to think of so many students learning the truth of modern-day slavery and … Continue reading

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