Some cool Super Bowl 2016 images:
Farmville United Methodist UMW- Umbrella defense against human trafficking
Image by UMWomen
From Valerie Montgomery, 105 Steven Street, Farmville , VA 23901
Social Action Coordinator of Farmville United Methodist ,UMW Unit in
Farmville, VA 23901
Hello, UMW Women District Social Action , Farmville Herald and Southside
FYI in case you want to use this, as the Super Bowl approaches.
Our United Methodist Women at Farmville United Methodist Church spend time,
money and effort on social awareness and action. One focus of UMW nationwide
is efforts to raise awareness of and action on human trafficking because it
has pervaded the United Sates, not just far away nations. Trafficking
involves all people, including children, and is not only for "sex trade."
Unfortunately, the Super Bowl is a major event for these purveyors of human
trade. Our photo is be one of many to be used by National UMW in various
venues to illustrate the concept of providing shelter for these victims.
Valerie Montgomery ph 434-223-7614
Social Action Coordinator for Farmville United Methodist Women
Names( if needed), l to r in both photos: Susan Parks, Judy O’Steen, Marge
Fuller, Deb Mcwee, Brenda Hawkins, Regina Hux, Valerie Montgomery, Linda
Hogan, Jane Smith, Susan Browder, Cindy Davis, Donna Fuller, Sunae Pletcher,
Sarah Belle Evans, Rebecca Maxwell, Betty McBride, Sarah Stokes, Donna
Intercept the Traffickers!
Open Your Umbrellas to Intercept the Traffickers
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On Sunday, February 7, 2016, the Super Bowl will take place at Levi’sR
Stadium in Santa Clara, California. And like any big sporting event, a game
like this intensifies the space where human trafficking can occur. That’s
why United Methodist Women has asked members to join the Intercept the
Traffickers photo campaign and open your umbrellas to raise awareness of
human trafficking. Thousands will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to
take part in Super Bowl festivities. Among the travelers will be those
arriving by force, fraud, or coercion-they will not be there of their own
free will but as victims of human trafficking.
The Super Bowl ranks second only to Thanksgiving as the day on which
Americans consume the most food, and some of those who are trafficked will
be serving food in restaurants or at catered parties related to the Super
Bowl. Others will clean hotel rooms, wash dishes, tidy nail salons, deliver
dry cleaning, or wash windows. Some will be trafficked as sex workers for
escort services or in "gentlemen’s" clubs.
YOU Intercept the Traffickers Photo Campaign
Diagram of the umbrella defense.
Yellow dots in the graphic represent players in umbrella defense formation.
To express our belief that we can help survivors of human trafficking live
as whole persons, we invite you to join us by Opening an Umbrella to form a
virtual line of defense around Levi’sR Stadium, to prevent and protect those
who may be victimized by human trafficking.
If you plan to be in the San Francisco Bay Area for the Super Bowl, we hope
you will join us as we open umbrellas together on the streets of San
Francisco and all around the Bay Area! If you aren’t traveling to Levi’s
StadiumR this Super Bowl season, you can still be a part of our umbrella
line of defense.
What is an "umbrella" defense? It is named after the football defensive play
created by New York Giants coach, Steve Owen. The innovative formation (it
was 1950) enabled the Giants to shut out the then-formidable Cleveland
As writer, Cedah Mayo wrote in her poem Umbrella Protection:
Many lives before I have been beaten down
My spark crushed by the cruelness of mankind
My trust broken by selfish hearts
I dream of when I shall return to the land of dreams
Until then I must build my arms stronger
To hold my umbrella for longer
To protect my human me from the negativity that I face
From the human race.
Under an Umbrella, we are shielded the storm and protected from the heat.
Our Umbrella Defense will shield trafficked women and girls from the glare
of insensitive bystanders;
Our Umbrella Defense will show that we care and encourage survivors to hold
on a little longer;
Our Umbrella Defense will form colorful ribbons of hope-hope for more beds,
more money and more prosecutions;
Our Umbrella Defense will be a sign of Recovering Grace
So, Open Your Umbrellas!
Let’s name human trafficking as the crime that it is. Let us commit
ourselves to ACTS of prevention and protection so that those who are
victimized can move from trauma to thriving. Behind your umbrella chart a
strategy to pass laws that prosecute the traffickers, not the victimized.
Let our umbrella line of defense bear witness to the strength of survivors
and to our partnership in their journey to wholeness.
Open your umbrella and take your defensive position to intercept the
traffickers so that justice can reign.
United Methodist Women members are called to listen to the mandate of our
faith to help the vulnerable. Between now and January 29, 2016, take a
picture of your United Methodist Women’s group holding umbrellas together
with letters spelling out, "We are United Methodist Women opening umbrellas
to intercept human trafficking." The photo of your umbrellas will be
connected to others we receive, and you will be part of our Umbrella Line of
Defense around the stadium. In your neighborhood, at church, in the grocery
store, and at work, become a part of our circle of protection and prevention
to intercept human trafficking.
The 800,000 members of United Methodist Women can open umbrellas that shut
down the traffickers and embrace survivors. What a powerful statement of our
ongoing work to say we can form the line of defense to intercept human
trafficking, wherever it exists in the world! In your church, the store, at
work; Let’s Open Our Umbrellas!
Everybody can join the United Methodist Women’s Umbrella Defense to
intercept the traffickers!
Sharing our #UMWumbrellas photos will be a great way to show how we
intercept human trafficking and will help raise awareness that this crime
affects families and communities everywhere.
Send your pictures to your conference communicators to share on conference
websites and in newsletters.
Share on social media: Tag United Methodist Women on Facebook or Twitter
(@UMWomen) and use #UMWumbrellas wherever you share.
If you would rather e-mail your digital photos, send them to the United
Flickr account as
. Please include caption and credit information in the body of the e-mail.
You can mail your
physical photos to:
Intercept the Traffickers Photos
c/o David Cherrytree
United Methodist Women
475 Riverside Drive, Room 1504
New York, NY 10115
United Methodist Women
coordinates with secular as well as ecumenical partners to work against
Partners include: WILPF,
R.I.S.E., Missey, Regina’s Door, Pillars of Hope, Freedom House, KCCD, Help