Week 2 of Human Trafficking Awareness Month includes the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition 4th Annual Shop Smart: A Fair Trade Shopping Market. Simply shopping fair trade will give you an opportunity to learn more about human trafficking and ways to combat it through conscientious purchases. The event will highlight the importance that shopping fair trade has on eliminating human trafficking.
This year’s event features a larger space with lots of great vendors and door prizes. Join HRRC to learn more about conscious consumerism, make a difference in the fight against slavery, and get a head start on your holiday shopping!
Please stop by anytime between 10 am – 2 pm; however, prizes will be announced at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30 pm.
A partial list of vendors includes:
Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition Fair Trade Bake Sale
The LoVE Project
Paul Devine Photography
Ten Thousand Villages
Women Craft Social Enterprise
Butterfly Project Jewelry
Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)
Night Light International
Fe y Justicia Workers Justice
Colores del Pueblo
Audrey Omenson, Artist
A 2nd Cup
This summer, I took a class at the University of Houston Law Center on Human Trafficking. Each week, different speakers would present their area of work as part of the fight against modern-day slavery. The course opened my eyes to these crimes against humanity as well as to the large network of organizations all working together to fight this growing problem.
This September is Houston’s 6th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Month, during which the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, along with many community partners, is hosting a variety of events. These events serve as a way to spread awareness and to inform the community on how it can help take a stand against human trafficking globally, and in our area.
Take a few minutes to inform yourself by looking around the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition website, or attend an event. For more information, visit: http://www.houstonrr.org/htam-events/
Katy offers an extensive variety of activities geared toward seniors. This September’s calendar alone offers group walking, Bridge, piano lessons, Rummikubs, Dominoes, water aquatics, line dancing, Pinochle, an Astros game, Mah-jong, art and painting classes, crocheting, ceramics, jewelry making, a trip to Colorado, a trip to New Braunfels, Bunko, and Bingo. Wow! There is no time to get bored!
Computers, DVD’s, iPods… all great, but don’t forget that the most important tool in your child’s school bag is a library card! The ability to read is key to any child’s academic success. The American Library Association reminds parents this month that a library card is the most important school supply of all. A library also serves as a sanctuary, a safe meeting place, and a place to explore new innovation and the world. In addition to books and computers, libraries offer programs for infants through senior citizens, homework help, job search assistance, and financial information.