January is quite a month in 2017 – we celebrated the life and legacy of one of our heroes, Martin Luther King, Jr. We are hopeful for a peaceful transfer of power from President Barak Obama to our current President Elect. The website Backpage was recently held accountable for the trafficking of women and children on their site, which was a huge win. We still have a long way to go, but every small win is worth celebrating. On that note, this month is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Globally, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime in our world. Billions of dollars contribute to the buying and selling and exploitation of women, children, and even men.
We often hear how complicated it feels to get involved in a city. Websites are difficult to navigate; information is difficult to find; city meetings for the community are not always promoted to the actual neighbors they serve; how will my voice, my vote, my presence make a difference anyway?
Your voice matters. Your presence in your neighborhood matters. Decision makers in our cities actually care what you think, and we’ve learned that they are willing to listen to the people, if the people show up to their stuff. So, let’s help you find all the stuff!
Over the last six months, we’ve been doing a little soul searching: Who are we? What is our role in the urban context? How can listen well to our neighbors, and rise up to meet needs on a personal and systemic scale? What is our focus?
We’ve made decisions that we believe will help us move forward and serve with strength. We’re focusing on five key areas: Youth, Education, Anti-Human Trafficking, Mass Incarceration and Civic Engagement. Our work, our resources and our time will be focused specifically and strategically on these areas.