The other week there was a news story of 8 bodies found in the back of an 18-wheeler that was parked behind a Walmart in Texas. A Walmart employee called 911 when someone from the truck asked for some water. Medics took 31 people to the hospital suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion. After reviewing the security cameras, police realized there must have been over 100 people sandwiched into the back of this truck. They watched as car after car came by and carried off more and more people. A ninth victim died from injuries in the hospital. Two of the victims were 15 years old.
Luke and I were glued to this story as we ate dinner. Can you imagine wanting a better life for yourself and your family so bad that you're willing to climb into the back of an un-airconditioned 18-wheeler in the dead of summer and literally risking your life for the chance to come into America? As we sat in the comfort of our house, watching this new story, my heart just broke for those people. All they want is a chance for a better life, better opportunities, things most of us are lucky enough to have at our fingertips.
The reporters kept referring to the victims as "undocumented immigrants illegally coming into America" and really making the story about that, when really the story is this. A group of awful people took the most basic human needs and used that as bait to take advantage of another, less fortunate group of people. These people were taken from their home and put into life risking situations probably not by their own choice. The ones that were sent to the hospital were the lucky ones, they got away. The ones that were picked up by the trail of cars are the ones that now need us the most. They're probably being forced to sell their bodies, or work in awful conditions just to keep surviving. We must do something. Yes, the truck driver has been arrested and will hopefully pay a price for the crimes he committed, but that's not the whole solution. There will always be bad people who do wrong and prey on innocents, but the key is to start empowering people to not fall victim to the traps and recognize when this is happening either to themselves or others and to do something about it.
On October 14th 2017, in cities all across the globe there are going to be long lines of single file people marching in unison in the Walk For Freedom. My best friend is getting together a team to participate in the walk happening in Charlotte. Our goal is to raise $1,000 for the organization hosting the event , A21. They are an inspiring group that rescues, rehabilitates, and trains victims of human trafficking. They teach people the signs to look for to not become a victim but also provide legal support and aid to those that need it. Please go to www..a21.org to find out more about their cause or to find a walk near you. If you are in Charlotte, we would love for you to join our team! Our team name is CoordinateFreedom and everyone is welcome! This little blog couldn't begin to articulate all the good they're doing, it truly is incredible.
10% of every single purchase from my shop always goes to the cause but just for the walk, Stacey and I have come up with these awesome goodies. Everything is $20 and a portion of every purchase will go straight to our goal of $1,000. Contact me or Stacey Spicer to purchase!
Freedom Fighter Tee, available in sizes Small thru XL
Thank you so much for your support!