|Sent on:||Monday, April 23, 2012 1:28 AM|
Dear Fellow Abolitionists,
The time has come to vote for new leadership! All nominees went through a thorough discernment process in which they read about what this role entails and in many cases met with me personally. They considered whether leading DCSMS was the best fit for their skills, aspirations, and life at this time. As a result of this discernment process, two people have decided to accept their nominations and move into the candidacy phase.
Over the course of these next four days (until Thursday at midnight), you have the opportunity to vote for Ashley Marchand or Paramajit (Preet) Kaur for the role of Lead Organizer of DCSMS. I have included their photos and biographies below. Thank you for taking a second to share your opinion.
Collectively, we can harness our talents to not only raise awareness about human trafficking, but also to take action against it. As engaged citizens of the greater Washington, D.C. area – and as part of a larger global community of abolitionists – we can work with law enforcement, government officials and non-governmental organizations to promote a culture where policies are intolerant of slavery and where those impacted by slavery receive the resources needed to start life anew. As Lead Organizer of DC Stop Modern Slavery, I would seek to empower our citizen voice against slavery. We would gather together for monthly meetings in-person and would work together on one specific action per month, joining our voices together to sign a petition or lobby for legislation, for example. I have actively been a member of DC SMS for 2 ½ years -- most recently serving as Director of Communications -- and would consider it an honor to work with you as Lead Organizer.
As a graduate student in psychology with an intense interest in the human rights arena, I have several competitive advantages: years of international travel, multicultural exposure, multi-lingual abilities, and a wide range of experiences, such as working at World Vision, CrisisLink and Free the Slaves. I also spent a summer at an orphanage in Thailand, working closely with victims of trafficking. To address the goals of the DC SMS group, I hope to provide a platform to address two key components: (1) Raise awareness, and (2) Increase Community Engagement. Imagine the possibilities when a community that is close to 1200 member strong is mobilized to take action to end modern day slavery. This is my vision for this group and I believe we can do it together. I am confident that given the opportunity, I would have an impact and also be impacted by this position at the DC SMS group.