They fight….for real justice…… The Justice Rogues

There are lots of reasons I like superheroes. But, if you had to pin me down, I would say the main reason is…

I have a burning sense of justice, especially when the weak, the defenseless, and the downtrodden are brutalized.

As all of you know, geeks are starting to rule the world. We rule computers. We rule the movies. We rule the whole cultural discussion. We have a lot of power.

It’s time we start using that power for good, just like we learn from comic books.

So….fellow geeks…..I give you….

The Justice Rogues

What are The Justice Rogues? Well, that will be evolving as time goes on. But, the basic idea is we will fight human trafficking around the world. Each Wednesday, in honor of comic book day, I’ll be highlighting a different organization that fights human trafficking. If it’s in the states, I’ll be giving a link so, if its in your state, you can participate. If it’s International, I’ll do the same.

The goals for this will be as follows:

1) Raise awarness for the global human trafficking fight among the Geek community;

2) Encourage participation in the *Modern (lower case the M) day abolition movement in the Geek Community;

3) Fight human trafficking through gathering the power of the Geek community around the world by legal means.

So, to this end, I’ll begin with my home state of Ohio.

 

Allow me to present the real heroes of Central Ohio Rescue and Restore.

From their website:

The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition is the 21st of its kind to be established in the United States under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist victims of human trafficking; rescuing victims through increased public and law enforcement awareness and restoring lives through social service support.

Since its inception in July 2007, the coalition has grown to include over 90 members, comprised of both concerned citizens and those who represent social services, faith-based, medical and law enforcement organizations.  The Coalition’s work is focused in five area committees:

Public Awareness
Social Services
Law Enforcement
Legislation
Demand Reduction

Each committee meets monthly separate from the general body and works cooperatively towards the strategic goals identified by the Coalition as a whole.  This allows for members to choose the area they would most like to focus in and gives way to many volunteer opportunities.

Our mission is to end human trafficking through public awareness, service to trafficked persons, advocacy, demand reduction, and resource and training support to law enforcement.

 

So, Ohio Geeks, help out the Central Ohio Coalition. Find out how you can get involved. Be a Justice Rogue. Tell them that the Geek Goes Rogue sent you.

P.S.- Any graphic artists out there who would be willing to make a crazy, awesome logo for The Justice Rogues? I can’t pay you anything, but the satisfaction of using your artwork to fight injustice.

photo by: Ira Gelb

About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out early next year along with a powerful new Young Adult Trilogy, Revolution of the Wolf and a moving middle grade series, Ghost Bear.

  • Kurt

    This isn’t exactly human trafficking, but in order to fight crime, you must tackle demand. And the current culture of “person = object” permeates society in many different levels. I would encourage geeks and superheros to check out and support a comic book project:

    http://www.gofundme.com/HollabackPHILLYComicBook

    If you love comic books and justice irl, please give it a glance and then maybe your $.


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