January Sparks Shine Bright on Social Justice, Health, The Arts & More
The Dawning of a new decade of social justice begins with January. The month stands for social justice around the globe. The new Decade holds exciting promise for societal issues that prominently took center stage and Socially Sparked® our lives over the last few years. Equality, immigration, human rights, #metoo, black lives matter, climate change, gun violence, lgbtq and more.
Celebrate January’s causes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Month, National Mentoring Month and The annual Women’s March. Days to mark on your calendars include National Human Trafficking Day, National Holocaust Remembrance Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. New this year is National CBD Month.
Designated Awareness Days include: I am a Mentor Day on the 4th; Human Trafficking Awareness Day and The Blue Campaign on the 11th; International Mentoring Day on the 17th; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the 20th; Handwriting Day on the 23rd; Complement Day on the 24th and Inspire Your Heart with Art Day on the 31st.
SOCIALLY SPARKED SPOTLIGHT
Wear Blue Day
January 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Host: Blue Campaign, Department of Homeland Security
Description: Get your favorite piece of blue clothing ready for January 11 and take a photo of yourself, friends, family, and colleagues wearing blue and post it on Twitter or Facebook with #WearBlueDay telling us why you wear blue. (Include info about the National Human Trafficking Hotline so all of your friends know that help is available!)
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
The Blue Campaign raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances. The Campaign also offers training to law enforcement and others to increase detection and investigation of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice. To view all available Blue Campaign resources, please visit our resources page.
It has never been as important as now to mentor our next generation of leaders. In honor of National Mentoring Month, we spotlight this important awareness initiative and several mentoring events happening throughout the month.
National Mentoring Month celebrates mentoring and the positive effect it can have on young lives. The awareness campaign focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to help ensure positive outcomes for our young people.
The fourth annual Women’s March will take place on January 18th, 2020 and is readying to be a landmark year. The 2020 focus is on targeted direct action aimed at those who have attempted to impede on women’s rights. #womenrising2020
2020 marks the dawning of a new decade of social justice efforts and holds new promise to resolve some our world’s most pressing issues. There’s lots to celebrate and raise awareness for. Happy new decade! Forever Socially Sparked! — Tweet @sosparkednews