Vote Defender Trainings Underway

Ignite NC along with Democracy NC have trained over 200 people to become Vote Defenders. We know this is only one way we are mobilizing to build a better world and fight back against injustice. The trainings are a powerful intergenerational space that is building connection beyond this project. Take a look at some of the photos. Feeling inspired? Sign the Call-To-Action!





Combating Sex Trafficking in NC by Nina Rhoades

Sex Trafficking In the United States: a brief overview

As an introduction to this blog and my work against sex trafficking, Id like to start off with some statistics on trafficking in the U.S. and a basic overview of the issue. Later I’ll go more in depth about the intersectionality of this issue and what can be done to stop it.

According to a literature review by Edward J. Schauer and Elizabeth M. Wheaton, “The United States of America ranks as the world’s second largest destination/market country (after Germany) for women and children trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation in the sex industry (Mizus, Moody, Privado, & Douglas, 2003).”

An estimated 50,000 people are victims of sex trafficking in the U.S. each year, a staggering 96% of them are female and half are children.

The common systems of sex trafficking include truck stops, false massage parlors, false hotel services, and anywhere prostitution is present.

The problem is growing even more serious than drug trafficking and is estimated to surpass it in prevalence in the next 10 years.

During my time in Boone I have worked  to organize events and campaigns to raise awareness and build a broad base of college activist to help bring an end to the practices of sex trafficking in my community.

My work with Ignite NC covers various methods used to combat this issue and their different levels of effectiveness. If you or anyone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). Visit for more information on tips or how to get involved.


Youth ready to monitor polls

NC Vote Defenders monitor the polls for voter suppression at Precinct 212
NC Vote Defenders monitor the polls for voter suppression at Precinct 212

After marching at HKonJ and mobilizing to watchdog county BOE meetings we are gearing up to train our next group of Vote Defenders for the May primary.  We know that youth, people of color, and the elderly are being targeted by new voter suppression measures and we must work to stop it. Every person has a right to vote and we must ensure that. Register for one of our upcoming trainings!