Justice. Can it really even be defined by the simple words we’ve come up with in our language? We discussed this around a table today in the Love146 office and while I was overwhelmed with more questions than I had answers, I could not help but feel empowered. I was surrounded by people who cared so much for the same cause that I too cared about. Being there as a collective whole made the seemingly impossible task of defining this word not so defeating when we ended with no specific conclusion.
It was just over a week ago I arrived in New Haven, CT from a distant land, the South. Nashville, TN is where I call home and am currently in the process of getting my Master’s degree in Community Development and Action. When I made it here, I didn’t know what to expect from this foreign city or from my new internship in the U.S. Prevention and Advocacy department at Love146; I walked into that office on Monday morning asking myself a question that I ask often, can I really make a difference? Love is powerful and was felt exuding from the office the moment I stepped in. In my short time I have been here, I have already learned an important lesson from them.
Yes, I, can make a difference but even more importantly, people working together can make an even greater difference. St. Francis of Assisi said, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” Well, imagine how much harder it would be to extinguish several candles; how much harder it is to silence many voices as opposed to one.
In November, Love146 is hosting the Collective Shout Conference where we will be talking about how love changes the story. Love can change any story and has proven to do so over the course of human history. The conference is going to bring together people from all over the anti-trafficking world, from those working against it, to those who have survived it and all in between. This is our opportunity to identify how we can work together to not be a bunch of chatter but emerge as one collective shout against slavery and the injustices that occur far too often in our world. Everyone is welcome, even if you are asking the same question I am faced with often… Can you really make a difference? Come and feel empowered by being surrounded by people who share that same passion and leave fueled and ready to make a difference in your community. Add your voice to the mix and join me and several others in November so our collective shout can be that much louder and we can come even closer to the day modern-day slavery ends!