Red Thread Movement
Last night I went to a concert at Cornerstone University. It was an amazing experience – small audience, chill atmosphere, very talented musicians, the works – but the thing that made it truly unforgettable was the message that the artists presented about modern-day slavery.
In between sets, they showed videos that presented the stories of the thousands of people of all ages, from all over the world, who have been taken captive by those who would take advantage of them. Some are forced to work for no pay with no hope of escape, others are bought and sold like objects in the sex trafficking trade. All of them are helpless to escape the horror that consumes them.
They may be helpless, but we are not. There are many, many organizations taking action now to end the evil of slavery and rescue the captives. One of the artists at the concert last night introduced me to one in particular, the Red Thread Movement, that is both easy to join and to spread to others. If you visit their website at http://www.redthreadmovement.org/, you can buy a red bracelet, made by a girl who has been rescued from sex slavery, for three dollars. Those three dollars go toward helping the Red Thread Movement in their quest to go in and save enslaved girls in India and Nepal, and the bracelet is an easy way to inform other people of what’s happening in the world around them and tell them about a way that they can help right this awful wrong.
Most of the time, I leave a concert with a lot of great music stuck in my head and a smile on my face. This time, I also left with a red bracelet and a burden on my heart to do whatever I can to end one of the most atrocious practices in the world today. I hope that some of you will feel that same burden, and take the opportunity to do something about it. Let’s bring freedom to those who need it most.
Also, check out these artists who played at the concert. They support Traffic Jam (http://trafficjam.org, another amazing anti-slavery organization) and their music is fantastic.
Kelsey Rottiers and The Rising Tide – http://www.kelseyrottiers.com/
Jessa and Jordan Anderson – http://jessaanderson.com/fr_home.cfm
Doug Mains and the City Folk – http://www.dougmainsmusic.com/