What’s Really Important

Everyone has become obsessed with Donald Sterling and his racist remarks (which is nothing new) and the elevator fight seen ’round the world with Solange and Jay-Z.  But in the grand scheme of things, these things don’t really matter.  Sterling being a racist is nothing new, based on a housing discrimination suit brought against him.  And the perfect façade the Carters have built has crumpled slightly – boo hoo.

I have talked about missing girls before on my blog before, specifically Mitrice Richardson.  I have failed to talk about the 234 missing girls in Nigeria, who have reportedly been kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram; the group has threatened that the girls will be sold as wives, if they have not been already.   And I have loved seeing the world, specifically Americans, come together to help rescue these children.  Unfortunately, we do not do the same with girls in our own country.

According to The Covering House, human trafficking generates $9.5 million each year in the United States, and the average age of children forced into prostitution is 13-14 years old.  The top areas in this country for human trafficking include Las Vegas, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, and Washington, DC.   Unfortunately, there are not enough resources for underage victims to receive help and assistance if they are able to leave these situations.

Let’s not forget Relisha Rudd, the 8 year old girl who was last seen on March 1.   She was reportedly with Kahlil Tatum, a custodian that worked at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her mother and three younger brothers.  Police believe Tatum killed his wife and then killed himself.   Unfortunately, authorities are not close at all to finding Relisha.  They are still looking for her and treating it as a recovery mission.

While I applaud all of us for bringing attention to these girls in Nigeria, let’s not forget that there are girls, and boys, in our own backyard who may be victims of kidnapping and/or human trafficking.  To help end human trafficking in the US, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to find out about organizations in your city, learn the red flags of human trafficking, meet with your local or state government officials, organize a fundraiser, among other activities.

The only way to end it is if we stand up and are united.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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DC Twestival 2011

My friend Darius first told me about this event via e-mail earlier this week, then my partner-in-crime Ms. Rasberry shared it with me again, so I figured I best take heed and find out what’s going on.  You all know I’m a social butterfly, so I’m game for going out and doing something where I can meet new people.  But this event is a little different.  It allows attendees to help others, too.

The DC Twestival (a combination of the words “Twitter” and “festival“) is a time when you can put a face with the Twitter handle and can also raise funds for a deserving organization.  This year, the beneficiary of the event is FAIR Fund, an organization in DC that brings attention and is fighting to end sexual exploitation and human trafficking around the globe. 

As someone who is still a newbie to social media (ok, maybe not), I’m amazed at what can be done to bring people together for an awesome cause.  This year’s event will be at ShadowRoom on Thursday, March 24 from 6-9 pm.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend 😥 but I do plan on donating.  If you are in the DMV area, you should defintely make your way to this event.  Even if you are not on Twitter, this is the perfect chance for you to go out, meet new people, and stop the exploitation of children all over the world. 

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!