Red Sand Project

Red Sand Project


I began my journey in learning about
human trafficking after reading an article. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t
know that human trafficking was happening and that over 40 million
people are enslaved today–at that time they were saying 27 million people–but
you hear there that many people affected and you think, “There’s nothing I can
possibly do.” So I started partnering with organizations and asking what I could do. Trying to support them in any way I could and they all told me they
needed help raising awareness. I created this work called the Red Sand
Project and the idea is to bring conversations about human trafficking
into public dialogue literally out onto the streets. So, you take red sand and you
put it in a sidewalk crack on the street and you look silly doing it so people
ask, “What are you doing?” and it starts a conversation about human trafficking –
which they don’t think they’re going to be having when they see
someone on the street putting red sand in a sidewalk crack. And the sidewalk
cracks were a perfect metaphor for human trafficking because it’s about
addressing the vulnerabilities that lead to exploitation it takes the
conversation and moves it more deeply and it localizes it. Sidewalk cracks are
everywhere! The project’s been done in all 50 states, over 70 countries, and I’ve
yet to find a city that doesn’t have a sidewalk crack. I think
having the coffee shop is a really helpful way for people to think about it
because it thinks about how their everyday action – buying a cup of coffee –
relates to something much bigger and we’re all part of a network and every
action that we take every day affects other people and so with the sidewalk
cracks I’m asking people be mindful of things that we overlook and people
overlook where they get their coffee or their chocolate or their socks, you
know? So, asking people to be mindful about all those things where you get
your… everything! Sometimes it feels like you’re not making progress but like
these little grains of sand add up and they transform the sidewalk crack so all
of our actions they might seem inconsequential alone
but when they’re put together they add up and they can be transformative please
pick up a red sand project packet at A 2nd Cup. And if you can’t get to A 2nd Cup, get to A 2nd Cup! If you can’t go on redsandproject.org and
order a packet we’d love to have your information just so we know who’s part
of this network and join the network join the fight
saying that you care about ending modern-day slavery by hashtagging #redsandproject so not only do the project but hashtag #redsandproject post your
photo to Instagram or any social networking site. And if you don’t have
red sand just post a picture of any crack you don’t need to have the red
sand in it we need numbers to show that there’s a movement and that people care
about ending slavery

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