In order to understand and to adjust to cultures and behaviors we don’t like or find “strange,” it is helpful to remain open for the signals we receive from people around us. Especially from people who we might label as being “different” or whose behavior we interpret as “weird.” To allow input even though it’s uncomfortable, to not look the other way when we feel uneasy is also a quality needed to identify injustice.
When I began looking for a cause and an organization we as a company could support, it was clear that there needed to be alignment of the missions. The Culture Mastery’s mission is to make the world a more peaceful place by helping people from different cultures understand each other better.
Now, how can there ever be peace, if people do not live in freedom?
How can we ever understand somebody else’s view of the world, if we fail to realize that this person isn’t able to freely talk about their situation?
That’s exactly the conversation I had with Jerry Redman, a friend of mine who is one of the main drivers behind Second Life of Chattanooga. This non-profit organization creates an awareness for the epidemic of human sex trafficking and they drive action in order to end this crime against humanity. One of the biggest misconceptions about human trafficking is the assumption that “this doesn’t happen in our area.” In fact, human trafficking is a global, multi-billion dollar business which can be found in nearly every zip code of the United States. There is no way to sugarcoat this: human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.
Jerry and I agree: to make an impact, to change what’s wrong and to end injustice we need to start in our own backyard. Second Life of Chattanooga has already taken their excellent work several steps further and is working to weed out sex trafficking on a regional and state level.
Partnering with Second Life is a no-brainer for us and our team is proud to be able to support Jerry and his team in their battle against this crime. If you want to learn more about the issue and the work Second Life does, please visit their website.
If you feel moved to contribute to this cause, I encourage you reach out and contact their team.
Let’s create peace. Let’s end human trafficking. Now.
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