National Freedom Day
I'm sure you have heard me talk about the organization Wellspring Living as well as the issue of Sex Trafficking in Atlanta. It is something I learned about a year and a half ago while we were planning our wedding. Our wedding photographer Andy Brophy, opened our eyes to it and now my husband Eric and I can't stop talking about it. We talk about it because so many people (just like how we used to be) don't even know that this problem exists right in our own backyard. I think the thing that really threw me is how prevolent it is outside the perimeter, ya know...OTP! This isn't just a "downtown Atlanta" thing. Can you believe that Atlanta is one of the major hubs for human trafficking and childhood sex exploitation in the United States. Ugh!
On December 31st 2012, President Obama gave a proclamation declaring January 2013 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
, asking our nation to rededicate ourselves to ending one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. He said: “As Americans, we have long rejected such cruelty. We have recognized it as a debasement of our common humanity and an affront to the principles we cherish. And for more than a century, we have made it a national mission to bring slavery and human trafficking to an end.”
The month of January leads up to National Freedom Day which is celebrated on February 1st, 2013. On this day Wellspring Living is asking that everyone wear white.
White to symbolize the purity and protection that is desired to see cover these survivors of human trafficking and abuse. White to make a statement: "we will stand with them and for them until we see the end of human trafficking in our cities, in our country, and in this world!" So I am gonna do it and I would love for you too! Join the White Umbrella Campaign by wearing white for freedom! You can also encourage others to join The White Umbrella Campaign
by posting pictures of your White Out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using #WhiteOut4Freedom on February 1st.
For more information, check out Wellspring Living's website