Habari Gani? Kujichagulia (self-determination) to be responsible for the community and to speak for oneself.
Self-determination is, like food, water, and shelter, a human right. Tragically, many of our most vulnerable young people, especially young girls are unable to determine the course of their lives because they are subjected to sexual exploitation by gangs of predators who traffic them, i.e. sell them to others as sexual slaves. The problem is thought to be particularly acute at this time of year as the Super Bowl approaches, but statistics on trafficking do not support a jump in activities. Human trafficking is a serious, year-round industry. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Monthhttps://www.state.gov/national-human-trafficking-prevention-month/, which is why the issue is getting more attention now than at other times of the year. And, with the Super Bowl drawing large crowds to the host city, outreach groups and activists say they see an opportunity for public awareness initiatives. Consider the case of teen, Chrystal Kizer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrystul_Kizer_case, who faces life in prison for killing her enslaver. Activists in Wisconsin are calling for allowing for self-defense claim for Kizer. Advocates dmand justice for Chrystul Kizer
Let’s celebrate Kwanzaa by being determined to recognize the needs of our communities and by being willing to stand for justice and dignity and against racism and sexual exploitation. For more information about Kwanzaa, go to: What is Kwanzaa
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River, Cross My Heart, an Oprah book club selection and a classic of African American fiction is now available for your e-reader.
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