Dear RJI supporters,
As the year draws to a close, it is amazing to look back and see the growth of RJI from an idea in someone’s heart to a fully active Richmond-based organization fighting modern-day slavery. There was a successful documentary showing at the Byrd movie theatre, a silent auction, several social fundraisers, talks at local schools and area Churches, an awareness night at VCU and U of R and a symposium at the Police Training Academy to name a few highlights. These events point to something larger: a growing movement within our Richmond community of individuals, churches, families, and organizations that are committed to stopping the trafficking of other human beings. This came out of a growing realization that Modern Day Slavery is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, and the key to stopping it is a community of individuals using their gifts and talents to stop this injustice.
The reality of 27 million individuals in chains today is a call to each of us to become modern-day abolitionists. In the words of Lucy Liu, an actress and UNICEF ambassador: “The reality is detestable, nauseating — but we cannot allow ourselves to turn away. In order to put an end to this worldwide injustice, we must become as organized, as sophisticated, and as relentless as the criminal syndicates who perpetrate it.”
We invite YOU to become a member of RJI, an advocate, an abolitionist, a freedom-fighter in the coming year of 2011. Partner with us by volunteering, praying, spreading the word about RJI, and contributing financially. As a non-profit without any full-time staff, RJI is in need of resources – people, connections, time, and money – as we fight an injustice, which is supported by a sophisticated criminal syndicate.
As a grassroots organization we give abundant thanks to each of you who have made the work of RJI possible this year . . . and we call upon you to join us in the coming year of 2011. We have a very FULL year ahead of us as we are responding to the needs around us. We truly do need “all hands on deck” as we are looking to introduce several awareness/Training programs; Middle school, High school and University Initiatives; Advocacy Campaigns; Internship program development and more!
I want to thank you so much for considering an end of year tax deductible donation that will go directly towards our fight to end Modern Day Slavery. We cannot fight this battle alone and truly appreciate your partnership in your gift and your prayers.
Best of wishes this Christmas season!!
And RJI team!
Donate: Please write your tax deductible donation to:
1836 Park Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Contact Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the Word: Tell your friends and family about the work of RJI!