Did you miss Monday's udpate? Go back a page! Vote for WiT at TWC to see my art for the Comic Creators Alliance against human trafficking! Speaking of that, in other, more important news, here's a message from Lora Innes, the major force behind the CCA:
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is a sanitized term for slavery. There are over 27 million people enslaved in the world today, and most if it is young girls being sold into forced prostitution--both over seas and yes, in the United States. In the United States there are only 39 beds at facilities for victims in the entire nation--and at least 16,000 people being trafficked into the US from other countries each year! Not to count the domestic victims already living here.
The money that the CCA raised last year was split between two organizations, one global--Love 146, and a local shelter trying to get up and running--Gracehaven in Ohio. (Toledo, Ohio is one of the largest trafficking hubs in the U.S.) Both organizations were able to expand their particular fights against this heinous problem in 2010. Love 146 is setting up Task Forces around America, local groups of concerned citizens bringing the fight and awareness to their own corners of the nation. Internationally, Love 146 set up the Cambodia Border Officers Project. This is total prevention: officers patrol the border crossing, looking for possible victims and the kids they rescue will never know the horrors they might have. Gracehaven used our funds in the ongoing renovations that are necessary to bring the house up to code--plumbing and air conditioning were installed, along with two new bathrooms. They hope to be up and running soon but must first have six months of operating expenses in the bank. They are currently at one fifth of their goal--let's see what we can do to help them!
The Donations Drive goes live January 11th on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and will last for 2 weeks.
Send me your Paypal recepit after donating to the CCA, and I'll add that amount to the extra page pot in the sidebar at left for Monday What it Takes updates.
Mary Sneddon of Avernyght has yet again made me another FABULOUS fan art. Her previous two were for The War of Winds, but this one...heheheheh...this one is for What it Takes, AND it's based on historical ideas of manly coolness (or somesuch). View it here! I will add it to the fan art gallery here soon.
Octosue: Hehhehheh. Oh no. Your alter ego did NOT get away. ;)
Darwin: Thanks, Darwin! Glad you hear you found a way in your version.