the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, RISE UP FOR CHILDREN is an awareness campaign initiated by Operation Underground Railroad. It was inspired by Founder and CEO Tim Ballard’s remarks he made in this video on Sunday, July 12. Child trafficking is not a conspiracy theory. It is the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the world. 2020 has been a horrific year for our children. Since COVID-19 hit, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has experienced a 90.46% increase in CyberTipline reports between January – June 2020 versus the same time period in 2019, and the numbers are rising.
WHY JULY 30TH?
July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Please note: Human Trafficking Awareness Day is in January, so please say “World Day Against Trafficking” when you spread the word.
Take the Pledge of Commitment
By registering as a participant of this O.U.R. event, you are agreeing to the following:
My Commitment as a Participant in the RISE UP FOR CHILDREN Demonstration
I understand that my participation in this demonstration means that I will be a representative of O.U.R. during this event. The phrases I say and the messages I write on any signs will accurately reflect the fight against child sex trafficking. I will commit to being peaceful and positive if I am encountered by anyone who passes by who may be disrespectful to our demonstration. I will strive to keep the environment family-friendly as there may be children participating. I will not shame any companies that have been in recent conspiracy theories, as I understand those theories are not confirmed. I will not be disrespectful to other recent protests. I will not use the word “DEFUND”.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Event Date/Time:Thu, Jul 30, 2020 – 7:00 PM to 9:00
Event Meeting Location:
Van Neste Square Park Ridgewood NJ
S Walnut St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
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