Images Against Indignity

So I'm about to drop a truth bomb on you: there are over 27 million enslaved today, more than at any time in history. Yes, enslaved. By this I don't mean overworked or underpaid; I mean literally enslaved, held against their will, chained up in an alley where they're raped 10-20 times a day and allowed to shower once a week. It probably even happens in your hometown. 

However, what has me so fired up is that, respective to the issue, which is only eclipsed by the drug and gun trade, very little is being done about it. Some really awesome organizations such as AFESIP and Not for Sale are stepping up to the place, but it's still not enough. 

With that I introduce our commandment: thy shalt have passion. You certainly don't have to be lit up about human trafficking, although that would be nice, but about something. I know a sense of overwhelm (I like to think overwhelm as opposed to apathy) is pervasive in American culture, but please care about something. Find an issue that stirs your soul and do something about it, no matter how small. Fund a Kiva loan, send a postcard, or read to a child. Things will build from there. Our actions, collectively, speak volumes. Let's come together to effect change. 

The DNA-

Guts to Skin-

I'm now stirred to action in a way that I haven't been before. Yes, I've known about these evils for some time but now forces have coalesced and have brought me to a point where I'm ready to take action. I'm joined in this pursuit by my husband, Thomas, and our cat, Nola (our CFO or Chief Frolicking Officer). A lot of folks have inquired as to "why." Why this issue? Why are you doing this? Well, on one level I can't look away. Now that my eyes are opened to what's happening to innocent souls worldwide, to sit back and ignore the issue or pretend it does not exist is one and the same with condoning or even furthering it. More than that, I feel palpably compelled to invervene. On some level, I can identify with surviors (though that will require lots of psychotheraphy to explain). At this point in time, though, I just know that this is what I'm called to do and thus Images Against Indignity is born. 

Skin to World-

Images Against Indignity works to combat human trafficking and forced labor. We network with NGOs in Southeast Asia and East Africa to provide sustainable income for survivors of human trafficking. Through a revenue-sharing model, we foster a sense of independence for survivors while offering consumers a means of contributing to a meaningful issue. We turn to artwork as a means of expression (for the survivor) and enjoyment (for the consumer). We believe that, together, we can eradicate slavery. Our organization strives to bring peace and hope to survivors. 

*Thanks for reading my manifesto. I look forward to your feedback :-)

UPDATE (10/16):

I'm considering the folowing sources of inspiration:

"One," U2 and Mary J. Blige (this one speaks to me/our project the most)

"Could You Be Loved," Bob Marley

"Same Love," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

So excited to put all this together!!!!

UPDATE (10/25):

Lyrics I'm pulling from "One":

"One love. We get to share it."

"We're one, but we're not the same. We get to carry each other."

"You gave me nothing. Now it's all I got."

"Well we hurt each other. Then we do it again."

"Love is temple. Love is a higher law."

-Stay tuned for more goodness :-)

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