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Slacktivist to Abolitionist

Last week, my friend Michelle posted about Ontario's ruling to legalize prostitution behind closed doors on her website, Hope for the Sold. I read the entry. Tweeted it. Two friends re-tweeted it, and I felt happy.

Later in the week, friends in Vancouver posted about the NDP's delay of Bill C-310 on Facebook. But you know what? They did more than post about it. They actually wrote their MPs.

Writing your MP is something I've never done. It was something suggested in the post that I tweeted about. But it's so political. And takes so much work. Like actual research. And writing. And...

...oh wait. People are being trafficked within my province. Within my city.

Do I care about their safety? Their stories?

Do you?

I'm not big on guilt, but I am big on conviction. And I feel strongly convicted that the time has come for me to move from slacktivist to abolitionist.

Here are the three things I did last night:

1. I read the story of sex-trafficking victim Timea Nagy, who now trains police across Canada in recognizing and rescuing victims. And runs the only post-rescue care for sex-trafficking victims in the entire country.

2. I donated money to help Hope for the Sold make another documentary. Watch their first film here. Read about the new project here. And give tax-deductible donations through this site.

3. I wrote my MP an email. You can find your MP's info right here. And you can use a template, like I did.

I would be thrilled if any of you also feel it's time to move from slacktivist to abolitionist. Let's do this thing. Be the voice for people who have no chance to speak.

(I'll post my letter to the Hon. Carol Bennett shortly...)


Sarah said…
I wonder if Michelle's been in touch with Tara or anyone else at Project 417. I can e-mail you more info if you're interested.
Beth said…
Good question... I would guess yes, but send the info my way - or directly to her!
jonathanturtle said…
I too emailed my MP after reading that article you tweeted. And, to my surprise, he personally responded from his Blackberry!

'Twas rather encouraging. At least he read it!
Beth said…
JT - thanks for sharing this!!

Glad to hear you sent an email. And kind of amazed that you got a personal response.

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