My favorite "Chicken Soup For The Soul" story was the one about the thousands of starfish relegated by a storm to the shores of a desolate beach, and a man who was methodically picking up the starfish and throwing them back in, one by one. A passerby stopped and asked him why he was doing that: "Look around you man, there are thousands of starfish on this beach. You're not going to be able to save all of them. You won't even make a difference." The man looked at the passerby, threw another starfish into the water and said: "Made a difference to that one!"
One person CAN make a difference! We each have certain issues we are concerned about. Some have embraced preserving the environment, others have a soft spot for human rights. As a mother, my concern has always been for kids in general.
The subject of child safety against predators is not accorded the kind of attention it deserves. In July of 2006, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act was signed by President Bush. Unfortunately, the bill signing was merely symbolic, because of a lack of funding. A year and a half later, the House Judiciary committee held hearings outlining law enforcement efforts to battle child pornography on the Internet. The law enforcement simply lacks the resources to go after these predators. With the new administration, perhaps more measures will be taken in this regard. As parents, we should stay on top of this.
In the United States, between 1.6 and 2.8 million children run away every year, and half of all runaways are girls. Within 48 hours of hitting the streets, one-third of these children are lured or recruited into the underground world of prostitution or pornography. In 2000 Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. There is a fatal flaw within the act: because they are US citizens, domestic victims of human trafficking can not be certified, therefore they are not eligible for the services outlined and authorized under this act.
As a group, Realtors can have a huge voice. We come from many other professions. Real Estate is usually a second, or third career. We are attracted to this profession, because we care about people. I suggest that we get involved and stay involved. Maybe this issue is not yours. Find your issue, and make a difference!
Kids and everything related to them is my issue. When I hear the word "Mom", I still turn, even when the child uttering it is not mine. I was at a party once and a young kid fell in the pool. I was in that pool retrieving the child so fast, that even I was startled at what had transpired. Automatic pilot kicked in and there I went. I am not unique in any way. Most parents feel the same way. That's why I bet I'm going to find a captive audience here!
US House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/writerep/
Complete list of E-mail addresses and fax numbers of All federal representatives and Governors: http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm
Klaas Action Review Fall Newsletter http://www.klaaskids.org/newsletters/Fall_2007.pdf
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN! HERE IS TO THE POWER OF ONE!