FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2011
Miss Canada, Tara Teng, takes the fight for justice across Canada
Vancouver, BC -- Tara Teng, Miss Canada 2011, is taking the fight for justice on the road this summer in a cross-country tour, Ignite the Road to Justice, that kicks off Monday, August 15 in Vancouver. Ignite the Road to Justice, which runs from August 15 to ending in Toronto on September 4, seeks to ignite a powerful grassroots movement that speaks up for the oppressed, says Teng.
Teng will be joined by fellow abolitionist, author and former Madam, Tania Fiolleau; recording artist, Kevin Boese; and several human-trafficking informants. The team will partner with key anti-human trafficking groups in each community to hold events that provide opportunities to educate and stimulate participation to fight human trafficking. Fiolleau says, "This could be your sister, your best friend’s girl, your cousin, niece or even your mother! Anyone from any background can fall prey to human trafficking and exploitation. We must stop turning the other cheek and grab the bull by the horns, unify and stand up in unity and fight fiercely for the oppressed".
Teng spent the summer traveling through California, Thailand, and Cambodia to speak about social justice and to meet some of the women affected by human trafficking. The 22- year old has been deeply effected by the people she now keeps regular contact with and who have become dear friends. “I have witnessed human trafficking and other forms of injustice all around the world, but the more you learn about it,” she says, “the more you have to start asking yourself hard questions like, ‘How have I directly or indirectly contributed to this injustice?’”
It’s a long, uphill battle but I am encouraged because everywhere I look there are concerned citizens standing up and getting serious about ending human exploitation, says Teng. Teng says we will not tolerate this any longer- not in our cities, our nation or our world and that’s the core of this tour. “Join us, be a voice and let’s end this injustice in our lifetime, “concludes Teng.
To support Tara Teng and friends on the national Ignite the Road to Justice Tour, visit ignitetheroadtojustice.com
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The Ignite the Road to Justice kickoff event will be held at 7 p.m. on August 15, 2011 at Coastal Church, 1160 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC.