I got an email from Tenth Avenue North about a really cool ministry that they are involved with. Here is the email they sent.
We have a special announcement! Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and to help raise awareness and fight human trafficking, Tenth Avenue North has partnered with the Not For Sale Campaign to bring you an awesome opportunity to own a very special shirt. We helped them design a limited run shirt that is made at the Not For Sale Campaign factory in El Salvador. The workers who make these shirts are rescued women from sex trafficking and in order to help them have a better quality of life, they are given jobs at the factory.
This particular shirt is part of their Free2Rock campaign. 100% of the proceeds go toward ending slavery in Amsterdam and around the globe. They are launching a catering project that will employ women rescued out of sex trafficking. It will begin with a training program, catering food for the girls in the windows of the red light district, then will move on to serving major companies in Europe to create long-term sustainable employment for them.
Keep in mind this shirt will only be available for sale online from January 11–25th, so go to notforsalestore.org now and get one before time runs out!
Check out our video about the shirts!
Every time you buy a product you are making a small impact in the chain of supply and demand. Most clothing is unfortunately manufactured under poorly regulated labor somewhere around the world. Usually the difference of a low cost fashionable clothing item is made up by someone, somewhere. That can mean employees are in poor working environments under lengthy hours and with very little pay. The Not For Sale Campaign fights to change the status quo of today’s standards of business and help underprivileged people find their voice. In most cases sexual slavery is the foremost issue of oppression. If you caught us during our Fall 2010 tour, you heard us talk about our passion in bringing awareness of this dark issue to whom we can. This is a small part of that puzzle. By buying ethically proven clothes or clothes that provide a means to help someone out of poverty, you are helping to give them freedom.
I’ll admit, I don’t know where most of my clothes come from outside of the country’s name on the tag, but I do know where some of my clothes are made, and we do know where these shirts are made and the impact they will have when you purchase one.
We also wanted to share a video we made this summer at Lifelight Festival in South Dakota to try and communicate why we do what we do as a band. We hope to answer some of the questions we get most often, like why we play shows and how we wrestle with “entertaining.” We love this this little 7-minute film by our friend Noah Carlson and we hope you will too.
As you may have gathered from our Twitter feeds, we are in the studio recording our third album. You may disagree, but we think this will be our best yet. Can't wait to share it with you.
See you soon on the Rock & Worship Roadshow!
Jeff and the boys
The Rock & Worship Roadshow
MercyMe with Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, Hawk Nelson, Disciple, Sidewalk Prophets & more
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