Abolition Wisconsin

Abolish demand. End trafficking.

Backpage.com shut down by FBI

An online website, notorious for hosting ads advertising women and children for sex has been seized by federal agencies this week.  According to a report released by a U.S. Senate subcommittee in early 2017, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children‘s data indicates that 73 percent of the child-trafficking reports it receives were related to Backpage.com. (azfamily.com, accessed 4/7/2018).

Congress recently passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children.  The legislation holds internet sites liable for users who post ads on their sites for sex trafficking.  Craigslist.net shut down a similar section of their website on March 23 citing concerns that their services would be legally jeapordized under the new legislation.

I applaud the move on the part of Congress and the federal law enforcement agencies who conducted the operation… but most of all the 17 victims who persevered through years of failure to obtain justice under a convoluted interpretation of protected free speech used by the owners of Backpage.

Now a call to all men to end trafficking by ending the demand.  We need to have the hard conversations with each other about why some of us make the decision to purchase someone’s life for an instant of destructive selfishness!

St. Patrick’s Day 2018

“…can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such a labor of mercy on a people who once captured me…? For by descent I was a freeman… yet I have sold this nobility of mine, I am not ashamed, nor do I regret that it might have meant some advantage to others. In short, I am a slave in Christ to this faraway people for the indescribable glory of everlasting life in Christ.”  St. Patrick

Appropriate that St. Patrick speaks to us these centuries later about engaging the very perpetrators of trafficking.  If you’re interested in joining us to pray, intercede and get God’s heart about this issue Contact us.

Kingdom Justice Summit 2018

We are joining Every Daughter at the Kingdom Justice Summit today.  This event, hosted by Door Creek Church, Selfless Ambition, Zion City Church, and Upper House gives us a venue to invite men and women to go around doing good in Madison and beyond.

More to come…

Demand Abolition

Dormancy doesn’t mean inaction… something is actually getting formed in that cocoon or maybe that seed is just waiting for Spring!  Here’s some of the things forming in the waiting over the past year and a half:

  • Every Daughter is reaching exploited women directly in the Greater Madison area.  They offer a listening ear, practical resources and a way out of CSE (Commercial Sexual Exploitation).
  • bigbighouse is carefully forming a plan to confront the demand for paid sex and get good men involved directly to intercept buyers.  We’re talking to EPIK , a banner organization doing just that, asking them what it looks like for us to get involved.  Check back; we’ll have more details this Spring.
  • Zeteo Community is setting up a safe place where women leaving CSE can restore away from the darkness and chaos.

Thank you for tracking with us!


Keeping the Flame in 2016

Once again, without giving up or giving in, we’re holding the flame for marching in 2017.  Start checking back around Valentine’s Day 2017 for the run up to our Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade event.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789 regarding abolition, “Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils.”

Let’s get the job done thoroughly, Wisconsin.


Contending For The Future In 2015

Without giving up or giving in, we’re not going to march this year, but anyone who reads this and cares about the abolition of all trafficking in Wisconsin is encouraged to volunteer at the Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade THIS Sunday.  Fill out the Volunteer Registration Form, scan it and send it in by TOMORROW.

See you there or see you next year to MARCH!

Looking Ahead…

This year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the coldest we’ve had, but a few hardy souls came out and carried the banner for Abolition Wisconsin in honor of St. Patrick, himself a victim of slave trafficking, and for the survivors of trafficking.  Next year’s march appears to be scheduled on Sunday 15 March 2015, but check back for confirmation because the St. Patrick’s Day Parade website hasn’t been officially update yet.

Thanks to Johanna and Claira for joining Brian in doing the 2014 parade!

Join us next year…

Calling all Abolitionists of Wisconsin!

Join us as we march in the Madison St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, 16 March 2014 @ 1:30 p.m..

We march in honor of St. Patrick, a trafficking victim who came to full restoration, even giving forgiveness to his captors and spending his life working for the good of their country.

This is a FREE event.  There is NO CHARGE to join us and march.  For organizations: want your logo on our banner?  Call or text us at 608/520-7535 and let us know you’re coming and how many of your there will be.

Gather around the ‘Abolition Wisconsin’ sign at 12:30 p.m. on the corner of N Pinkney St and E Mifflin St.  The parade route and parking map is right here.  If you’re driving, you’ll likely have to park at metered parking or one of the parking ramps around the capital square and walk over to the corner of N Pinkney St and E Mifflin St.

Anchor Organization: bigbighouse & co.

We marched today…

Thank you to the 15 people who joined Abolition Wisconsin’s first event today, some marching in the Madison St. Patrick’s Day Parade, some helping with the preparation.  Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day shout out to: Daniel, Hannah, Abigail, Ella, Tessa, Laurie, Clair, Linda, Kiersten, Brian, Ben, Paul, Evelyn, Jason and Doug!

See you next year at the parade.

We march today…

It’s happening!  We’re marching in the Madison, WI St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, 17 March 2013 @ 1:30 p.m..

Gather around the ‘AbolitionWisconsin’ sign at 12:30 p.m. on the corner of N Pinkney St and E Mifflin St.  The parade route is at this link.

If you’re driving, you’ll likely have to park at metered parking or one of the parking ramps around the capital square and walk over to the corner of N Pinkney St and E Mifflin St.

Call Brian Doty at 608/520-7535 if you’re lost.