Was it only ten days ago that I joined the silent caterpillar of about 80 people, mostly dressed in black and walking in single file through yummy mummy Stocksbridge, Edinburgh? Participating in this event, lasting a little over an hour, generated some enduring images and insights. I’m no Ivan Denisovich but have written about one… Continue reading Wear Black Walk Silent
On the 16th of October, SOHTIS in partnership with Broughton High Scool, Edinburgh, hosted A21’s 7th annual Walk for Freedom. Politicians, campaigners and faith leaders came together with abolitionists all over the world, to shine a spotlight on modern slavery and human trafficking. Human trafficking, the buying and selling of men, women and children has… Continue reading Walk for Freedom
Coltsfoot is a flower that is inconspicuous in appearance, often ignored by travellers passing by. Despite the ignorance of the world, Coltsfoot still grows strong, blooming within obscurity. It wasn’t until a botanist recognised this humble flower for its remarkable scent that remains during a season when all others have faded. With the help of… Continue reading Justice Shall Be Done You
'When Work Doesn't Pay' explores how perpetrators of labour exploitation in Scotland use online platforms to recruit.
Women victims of human trafficking experience higher levels of PTSD than those fleeing from war or mass violence. #choosetochallenge exploitation.
Book Week Scotland 2020 is almost here! A wonderful week of indulgent celebrating for all of us avid readers. As I use it as another excuse to stick my nose in a book and research my wish list of all my next reads. I have been reflecting on some grim but essential reading I have… Continue reading Nose in a Book
In 1865, Major General Gordon Granger landed in Texas announcing the end of the civil war and the final group of African Americans free. The day came more than two years after the emancipation proclamation. 157 years on, despite the tireless and courageous work of abolitionists and the ownership of people being illegal in each… Continue reading 21st Century Trailblazers
Fourteen of Edinburgh's wonderful Sutherland Independent staff team have participated in the national 2.6 challenge, raising funds for the vicitms of trafficking. This leading team of financial advisors, who have a track record in raising funds for charity, have used ten days of their lockdown exercise time to walk or run 2.6 miles and raise… Continue reading Financial Planners Walk for Victims
Scottish artist, Linda Hoskins is a maker and Fine Art graduate of Grays School of Art. Using light, landscape, colour and texture, she creates work that has an ethereal outcome. She uses texture and a layering technique to create unique painting and want to draw you into a world of peace using colour to capture… Continue reading Weaving Creativity & Justice
The streets are empty, the shops are closed, the sound of quiet. Nothing seems normal at present; social distancing is the new norm. Where are the car wash workers? Where are the nail bar workers? Where are the women and men trapped in sex slavery? Where are those being forced to cultivate drugs? Life may… Continue reading The Sound of Quiet