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Kati Brandt
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.” —William Wilberforce This is the final post in this series. Some of the things we’ve learned may be shocking and hard to comprehend. But they are real. And I thought the best way to finish would be to talk about realistic ways that each of us can be an abolitionist. Because for as horrific and overwhelming as the fight against slavery can be there are incredible stories of freedom and amazing people working to see a real end to the abuse of human life. Once we know that it’s a problem we are responsible for that knowledge. Not everyone can drop their lives and spend their days freeing people from sla... Read more
Earlier this week we remembered Martin Luther King, Jr. and in his honor I re-read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” King’s prophetic words ignited the brushfire of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, but still smolder in the hearts of Americans living with unrest in Ferguson and New York City. I was only a baby when King wrote this letter. As a white girl growing up in Tennessee and Indiana, I can’t remember witnessing any overtly racist situation. But because of King’s words (and even movies like The Help, The Butler, and Selma) I’ve learned to read our nation’s history with a broader perspective than my own limited experience would allow. My perspective today includes experience with and reflection on the injustice often faced by women in ministr... Read more
Kati Brandt
[Editor's note: This is the third post in Kati's series on human trafficking for our January theme of the devaluation of women. Her first post can be found here, her second here, and her fourth here.] Last week we focused on women in sex trafficking. This week we tackle labor trafficking. To be honest, sex slavery is a pretty easy thing to be against. It’s shocking and horrifying and once you know that it exists it’s morally easy to see the problem. Labor trafficking is a different story. It’s not as organized as international prostitution rings. It’s messy and harder to detect and it affects every single human being on the planet.  Do you buy clothing, shoes, accessories? You might be part of the problem. Labor trafficking is not talk... Read more

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