A call to Action!

Advocating for S.596, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
2 pm EST
Conference line: 218-548-4972; passcode 153059#
 
Dear Friends,
 
Senators Wyden (D-OR) and Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S.596, the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011, on March 16, 2011.  View the bill text here:  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-596.  Our Senate champions are ready to fight to secure critical funds for domestic minor victims of sex trafficking.  Join us for a call on this legislation and how we can work to pass it into law this year.  We will discuss:
 
·         S.596 – An overview of the bill and how it is part of the solution
·         Questions regarding the legislation
·         How to support S.596
·         An overview of the materials provided
·         Your needs and concerns
 
You can access four documents to help you get started by clicking the links:
1.   a detailed summary of S.596;
2.   a one page brief of S.596;
3.   a document with tips on engaging the media to advocate for the bill; and
4.   a resource document for the Christian faith community with information and ways to take action.
 
If you are familiar with last year’s bill, you will find that little has changed in this version.
 
Senators will be back in their districts between April 18 and April 29.  Now is the time to arrange a meeting with your senators’ staff in their district offices during that time.  Gather allies in your state and schedule meetings to urge your senators to support S.596 and explain how it will address some of the challenges we face regarding the sex trafficking of children in the U.S.  Also, watch for town halls where senators are taking questions – a great opportunity to raise the issue in a public forum.
 
As always, if anyone plans to be in Washington, DC in the next few months and is interested in meeting with your legislator, please let us know if you would like us to accompany you.  We look forward to speaking with you on April 18 at 2 pm EST!

‘Conscious Men’ apologize to women for many years of bad behaviour

ZOSIA BIELSKI

A group calling itself Conscious Men is apologizing to women for thousands of years of lousy behaviour, including burning them at the stake, prostitution, rape, genital mutilation, political and economic inequality and relegating them to “subservient chores.”

“Dear Woman,” begins the group’s eight-minute YouTube video, which features a diverse cast of men speaking over a weepy violin.

“We stand before you today as men committed to becoming more conscious in every way,” one man reads from the group’s manifesto. “We feel deep love, great respect and a growing sense of worship for the gifts of the feminine. We also feel deep sorrow about the destructive actions of the unconscious masculine in the past and present.”

Some of the men are dad-ish and others are professorial. There’s a teen in a hoodie, a white guy with dreadlocks and a muscular type in a flowing white shirt. One sits atop a pile of pillows, apologizing for men who have used women’s bodies for “commerce, prostitution and pornography.” Another celebrates women’s abilities to “pay attention to what is here, right now.” (There’s a painting of a kitty behind him.)

“I honour your intuition, and your profound capacity for feeling,” one says. “As men, we have often devalued feeling and intuition, in favour of a view dominated by data and logic,” adds another, overtop an image of mathematical symbols filling a chalkboard.

One would think women would be thrilled, but apparently they’re mostly just creeped out, with commenters tearing a strip off the men for being too “new-agey” on Jezebel. Others accuse the Conscious Men of being macktivists (that’s espousing a cause for sex).

Over on YouTube, a vicious backlash prompted the Conscious Men to disable comments on their video.

“We are very aware that some people resonated with it, and some did not,” reads a note under the video. “We have received thousands of comments, and many of them are highly abusive or offensive. We are happy to welcome all points of view, but not expressions of violence or hatred.”

The two founders are pensive types: Gay Hendricks offers online relationship therapy with his wife Kathlyn while Arjuna Ardagh is hawking his “Deeper Love” retreat in Corfu, Greece.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Ardagh’s wife, Chameli, has also repledged her own apology – on behalf of all women to men.

“In our bitterness and feminine starvation we empower ourselves by making you small and ridiculous. We speak of the masculine with contempt and disrespect and instead we took it upon ourselves to compete with men, when this was a futile competition to start with,” she writes to her “sisters.”

Should men be apologizing for the actions of a few? What do you make of the hatred aimed at the apologists? Does it suggest men can’t win, either way?

Emancipation Day-Come join us!!

FCAHT & ELLA’S FOLK ART CAFE TO HOST EMANCIPATION DAY FUNDRAISING AND AWARENESS BALLOON RAELEASE

On April 16, 2011, the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking [FCAHT] will join with Ella’s Folk Art Cafe in hosting its first Emancipation Day Balloon Release to raise money and awareness about modern day slavery in the U.S. and around the world. Currently, there are approximately 27 million people enslaved throughout the world with 2.5 million located right here in the United States. Each year, 600,000 to 800,000 more people are being trafficked worldwide. Human slavery was supposed to end in the U.S. with the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 and Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. Sadly, statistics show that slavery is still alive and flourishing throughout the U.S. and the entire world. Emancipation Day marks the day when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act which led to freeing of over Three Thousand slaves in Washington D.C. on April 16, 1862, nine months prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. Join FCAHT and ELLA’S FOLK ART CAFE on April 16, 2011 from 1:00P.M. to 3:00P.M. at: 5119 N. Nebraska Avenue Tampa, Florida 33603