Did you know…

that taxes are not due today– the infamous April 15 date?! (well, if you didn’t have them done at what is now 7pm at night–you still have time left!) Here is the amazing reason why–Washington D.C. celebrates Emancipation Day (typically held on April 16, but celebrating it a day early because the 16th is a Saturday this year). How cool is that!? I need to get myself more informed about these things!

Back in 1862, President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act freeing around 3,100 slaves in the D.C. area. (found on Wikipedia). This all went down about 9 months before he set the well-known Emancipation Proclamation into motion. Love that Abraham Lincoln!

Although we’ve had many revolutionaries throughout history who have bravely fought to change societal attitudes/actions towards slavery, there are still approximately 27 million slaves in the world today. That is unthinkable! A little closer to home: in Atlanta, GA (just 2.5 hours down the interstate from my city) 7,200 men pay for sex with underage girls each month (schapirogroup.com). Thank God many peoples eyes are being opened to these terrible injustices. EveryONE can be apart of the solution. Here’s how…

International Justice Mission

The A21 Campaign

Not For Sale

Love146

ImAware

Night Light International (gorgeous jewelry)

Jaguars Against Trafficking (student-led organization on the campus of Augusta State University–started by my beautiful friend Jessica Seigler! So pumped about this!)

New Hope Worship Center: Women of Hope’s “Garden Party” being held Saturday, May 7 from 2pm-4pm. Silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the rescue of girls from the sex-trade industry

I know there are many other organizations out there/ comment below and share them!

iCare (local to Augusta, GA non-profit dedicated to rescuing girls out of the sex trade industry)

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