Being a Patriot is Being an Advocate

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In honor of Election Day, I am going to share a quick post with you. I am the Communications Director for an anti-human trafficking organization called Traffick Free in Chicago. We are 100% volunteer run and are planning to get a safe house up and running in the next couple of years. If you aren’t familiar with human trafficking or that it happens in the USA in large cities and small towns, please visit Traffick Free‘s website for more information. I’m sure I’ll post again on this topic with more detail in the future, but this applies to today:

ELECTION DAY!

My friend and Executive Director of TF, Laura, and I wrote a blog post in honor of this day. Not only to get out and vote, but why and how each person in our country can take part in ending modern day slavery. You can read it on the Traffick Free website, but if you are like me and don’t like to click to a bunch of websites, you’re welcome. I’ve pasted it below.

People are always eager to know what it is they can do to fight human trafficking. We are blessed to know so many modern-day abolitionists that are willing to give of their time to coordinate 5k’s in the city and the suburbs that have reached thousands in the Chicagoland area this year alone; abolitionists that write curriculum to educate our youth in hopes of preventing human trafficking from happening in the first place; abolitionists that are willing to take on full-time volunteer positions to do everything they can to make a difference.

Those with less time to be able to dedicate to this cause are careful to buy fair trade and direct buy as often as possible, host movie screenings for their friends, and keep up with our social media posts and repost news and victories in the movement to spread the word to their friends.

Today, we all have an opportunity to do something tangible in the cause we fight for: GO OUT AND VOTE. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act is still awaiting reauthorization. The Illinois Safe Children Act was passed with just one round of review through our state’s House and Senate. Know how your representatives voted. Know which bills your representatives are putting their names behind. Know how your elected individuals in the judicial system would rule in human trafficking cases. Know how the programs that are desperately needed are funded. Take your passion for this issue and speak out with your vote.

Now, more than ever, people are being made aware of human trafficking. Not merely internationally, but right here at home in the United States of America. Not merely nationally, but right here in your city. The impact of broken homes, violence, abuse, fear, coercion and intimidation has spread like a virus among us in our neighborhoods. Only a small percentage is trained to deal with each incident directly. But EVERY citizen has power in a pen to deal with the issue as a whole from the top down in government legislation to protect victims and prosecute perpetrators.

No longer are you allowed an excuse that there is nothing you can do to make a change. Men and women before us have worked hard to ensure our right to vote and we can now exercise that right by using it to effect legislative, judicial and executive positions. Give your pen a voice and vote.

by: Laura Ng, Exective Director & Sarah Amidon, Communications Director

*Traffick Free is not affiliated with any political party.

Be a patriot. What cause are you or can you be an advocate for? Get out and vote. And more importantly, pray for our leaders regardless of who wins.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior…” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

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About Sarah Amidon

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I've been married to my husband, Greg, for 10 years. We've lived in Dallas (4 years) Chicago (3 years) and now a suburb of Indianapolis with our son Zeke (born January 2014) and Wesley (born June 2016) and dog Miller. We love the journey God has us on together! I enjoy being a stay at home mom, cooking, playing volleyball (beach, grass or indoor, I'm there!), advocating for non-profit organizations in the fight against human trafficking, traveling and going on adventures! I am blessed by friends and family and the ministries and missionaries that we support. We love hosting people and getting to know them, so come on over for dinner or to stay the night! Above all, I love God and being reminded that I am His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), even with my flaws.

One thought on “Being a Patriot is Being an Advocate

  1. Raymond Ladebo

    Greetings
    With humility, I have pleasure in bringing to your attention my new novel REINCARNATED COMMODITY – “Phenomenon that refuses to die”; one of a series of three novels by Raymond Ladebo, published on Amazon eBook.com – available on Kindle which allows you to read on Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Mac, and PC. It is an advocacy styled fictional story contributing to the awareness raising efforts to eradicate Human Trafficking, Modern-day Slavery consciously presented from an African perspective. To quote President Obama, “it is barbaric, it is evil and it has no place in civilized world”.

    “IVIE, Abiku-spirit child, only child of her middle-aged mother, was smart and graduated from secondary school before fifteen. She was sponsored to travel abroad for further education by her paternal Auntie Esomo who’d arranged with her wealthy daughter, Blessing, to assist her little cousin to Italy. The relentless attempts by a ruthless Madam to coerce the innocent teenager into prostitution cartel lead to unexpected consequences…..”
    The scarred girl’s trials and tribulations propelled her from Italy to Britain, Egypt, and the United States of America where she was fortunate to find freedom

    It is available on Amazon eBooks.com- http://www.amazon.com/REINCARNATED-COMMODITY-ebook/dp/B007BIODHK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334753379&sr=1-1 OR
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/REINCARNATED-COMMODITY-ebook/dp/B007BIODHK/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_img_4#reader_B007BIODHK
    You may also borrow the eBook title to read from Kindles ownners’ library on Amazon.com/.co.uk,etc
    It is hoped you’ll read this fascinating story and recommend to your friends and contacts in particular among educational institutions and the Non Governmental Organizations involved in the anti-slavery organizations, and the Child Rights International Network, UNICEF; UNFPA; UNIFEM, plus other UN Humanitarian Agencies.
    With gratitude and our best regards

    Raymond Ladebo

    Reply

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