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[14 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade month!
When I posted about justice earlier this year, I said that one of the points made to me was, if you want to work for justice, find ways to incorporate it into your current life. Justice feels like such a big issue, that big action is necessary. This isn’t possible for me right now, but small actions are.
So, I’m celebrating the small actions.
For me, this has meant incorporating Fair Trade products into my life when and where I can. Fair Trade means that the farmers and workers …

Justice, Out and About »

[16 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Nail Salons

Years before I heard Beth Cossin talk about human trafficking and the prevalence of it in nail salons, I contemplated the business viability of my favorite local nail salon. Here’s my question: I pay $20 for a manicure with gel nails and about $25 for a pedicure. Each service takes about an hour. When you consider deducting expenses, does this allow a sustainable margin? Is the salon making enough to adequately pay the person doing my nails?
Earlier this month New York Times published two pieces on the topic here and here. The journalist …

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[5 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: In Action

A few years ago I blogged about a short film called The Candy Shop. Whitestone Motion Pictures wrote and created the film – a fairy tale-style storytelling of the all too prevalent sex-trafficking industry. At that time, I vowed to get involved, to do something, but I didn’t.
Fast forward more than four years, and I had a chance to re-immerse myself in the cause as well as learn about some others at the Wesleyan Women’s ALIVE 2015 conference. In one of the breakout sessions, Elizabeth Holmes accurately described what had been my experience with …