Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Report from the Washington State Supreme Court

Gene (not shown) demonstrated against Backpage.com and attended oral arguments as Backpage's lawyer asked the civil suit against them by three victims be thrown out. The essence of the arguments were:

'A lawyer for Backpage.com told Washington’s Supreme Court that a lawsuit filed by three sex trafficking victims should be thrown out because the website has immunity under a federal communications law. Jim Grant told the justices Tuesday that Backpage did not create the ads that allegedly caused harm so they can’t be held liable.

But the lawyer for the victims said that was not true. Erik Bauer said Backpage gives instructions to pimps on how to post an ad that works and that makes them an “information content provider.” Since they participate in the creation of the ads, they lose their immunity.' (Washington Post, Oct 20, 2014)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Have a safe Halloween

www.netsmartzkids.org has fun activities and a video for your children all designed to teach them how to be safe this Halloween. Check it out!

Juvenile sex trafficking

Juvenile sex trafficking is the focus of a seminar to be held on November 4, 2014 at the WEA Olympic Uniserve Office, Poulsbo from 4:30 to 8 pm. The event is sponsored by the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary service group for leading women educators in Kitsap County.

Participants for the November seminar may come from any public or private school, community social service and mental health agencies, churches and the general public. Register by emailing dkgkitsap@yahoo.com with “seminar” in the subject line, and include name, phone, email address, and affiliation. There will be a limit of eighty participants so early registration is encouraged.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Backpage.com, an online advertsing site, on Trial

On October 21st at 1:30pm, our WA State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on an unprecedented liability lawsuit against Backpage for knowingly profiting from the sale of girls. We applaud attorneys Erik Bauer of Tacoma and Mike Pfau of Seattle for their courage in filing this suit on behalf of three girls who were raped and otherwise brutalized hundreds of times while Backpage.com profited from this practice.

What you can do? 
Our State Supreme Court Justices need to know the sentiment and passion against the sale of children online, and we need the press to publicize this case. YOU can volunteer to do one of the two below:
  1. Call people to attend and fill the inside and outside of the courtroom.  WAEngage is organizing groups: admin@waengage.com to volunteer.
  2. Attend the oral argument and/or rally outside the courtroom.

1.    Wear a red shirt (or wear Shared Hope International activist T-shirts)
2.    Nick and Jo Lembo will have Shared Hope stickers for everyone to wear on the front of your shirt. Ambassadors wear your nametag!
3.    Meet on the state capitol steps at 12:30 pm with your signs. After we make our appearance, we will go up to the hearing room together.  NOTE: Depending on the turnout, we may not all have seating in the hearing room but your presence is still important! Posters are allowed on the steps, but NOT inside the building. Create  your own to say “NOT IN MY CITY” in bold black letters on white paper.
4.    Contact NICK LEMBO if you have questions.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Workshop on Strengthening Families

Lunch For A Change

Lunch for a Change at Calvary Chapel. A FREE event to learn about modern day slavery, how it impacts you, and what you can do to stop it!

October 19 at 1:00 pm
919 Division St NW
Olympia, WA
Child care not provided.

RSVP: sharedhope.org/calvarychapel

Friday, October 10, 2014

Showing of Photographs

Jak’s CafĂ© of Poulsbo is having a showing of Gene and Sandy’s photographs. Profits from the sale of these photos goes to support Freedom13. Please stop by 19355 Jensen Way NE, Poulsbo, have coffee, breakfast or lunch and enjoy the photos and remember, Christmas is just around the corner. They have gluten free items as well. Please forward to your friends.