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Tis the Season | #GivingTuesday Momentum

Continuing Momentum from #GivingTuesday!

  1. Donate. This is what comes to mind for most when the topic of giving arises. So, give what you can. For more information about the Featured Organizations we support, click here.
  2. Time. This seems near to impossible right now. However, this resource is another form of money, so again, give what you can. For perspective, I recommend the NY Times Op Ed, The ‘Busy’ Trap.
  3. Presents that Give Back. Jillybeads 4 Justice supports social ventures & 501c(3) organizations moving the cause of social justice forward. For each piece of jewelry purchased, you will be able to select an organization from our current list of Featured Organizations and a $10 donation will be made to further their mission. Give the gift of Jewelry 4 Justice!
  4. Warmth. With temperatures dropping as we get closer to the official start of winter, remember that warmth is a luxury, so consider donating a coats, hats, gloves, and blankets. Check out: One Warm CoatOperation Warm,and Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Drive.
  5. A Resolution to Do Good in 2014. The possibilities are endless on this one, so think of fun ways to support friends, family, and your community. In fact, make this commitment publicly by posting an #unselfie.

  FUN FACT: The word “selfie” is the 2013 International Word of the Year!

More Ways 2 Show Support…

Searching Online. It’s easy. and pick a cause you care about, ranging from national to local ones. Then, as you go about your daily activities, you’ll be raising money for that cause — at no cost to you! You can watch the dollars add up, and, as you share  your actions with your friends, you can inspire them to also make a difference every single day. Sounds like a win-win!

Moving Your Body. Charity Miles is a free app that allows you to earn money and raise awareness for charities by walking, running or biking – all courtesy of corporate partners.

Joining Our Kiva Team: Team Justice. For every friend that joins Kiva using this linkJillybeads 4 Justice‘s Team Justice can earn a $25 bonus! It’s THAT simple, so what are you waiting for?! Join here.

The Case Foundation is adding a twist to #GivingTuesday with what they are calling the “5 Giving Tuesdays” from now through January 6th, t Each week they will feature stories and resources showcasing the different ways you can give back to make a greater impact in your community. To sweeten the deal, they have $100,000 in grants and prizes up for grabs. All you have to do is click here and tell them how you’re giving back this season. It’s quick and easy!

Coming January 2014…A New Look on Our Website!!!

Food 4 Thought | During This “Busy” Season…

It’s hard to find anything to say about life without immersing yourself in the world, but it’s also just about impossible to figure out what it might be, or how best to say it, wthout getting the hell out of it again. ~ Tim Kreider, The ‘Busy’ Trap

The “Princess Machine”

The ad for GoldieBlox went live early this week (11/17/13) and in just a few days has gone viral with over 7 million views. It came across my radar thanks to Facebook and my wife, Stephanie, who’s a teacher. Let’s just say, this is the type of girl toy ad I’ve been waiting for and just in time for the holiday season! I look forward to supporting the company. For more info, visit:

Credit: GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg, & Beastie Boys

J4J Challenge Month #1: Raising Awareness and Funds for Global Seva (Kerrie Kauer’s Challenge)

This is a guest post by Kerrie Kauer.


This month I am grateful to be collaborating with Jillian Roth, visionary for Jillybeads 4 Justice, a unique company that educates, advocates, and creates beautiful art for social justice causes. Jillian and I met in graduate school at the University of Tennessee in 2004, and shared a passion for creating social change, particularly around the empowerment of girls and women in sport. Eight years later, we are connecting again around our shared passion for social justice advocacy, and I couldn’t be more delighted!

During the month of October, I am part of Jillian’s “Challenge Month,” which will highlight Off The Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva as an organization Jillybeads 4 Justice is showing extra LOVE to from Monday, October 1 – Wednesday, October 31 by doing the following:

– Donating $5 from each piece sold;
– Offering free shipping on all custom orders; and
– Giving Voice to the Cause through a guest post on the J4J blog.

In addition, Off The Mat, Into the World’s Global Seva will be one of the three international “Featured Organizations” that customers can select to have their $10 donation go to with the purchase of each piece. As Jillian sees it, “It’s the kind of win-win we at Jillybeads 4 Justice strive towards—a piece of jewelry is sold and great work is supported!”

My work with Off The Mat, Into the World (OTM) has unfolded over the last two years and began with a 5-day leadership intensive. I had experienced a great deal of personal transformation through my own yoga practice, and I was particularly drawn to OTM’s politics and advocacy around social justice issues. While many non-profits often serve to reproduce paternalistic and imperialist agendas, particularly in developing nations, I saw the philosophy of OTM replicating a strong transnational feminist and social justice framework that worked with communities, and instead of for communities. My background in social justice education and feminist research prepared me for the intellectual work I do, but OTM has prepared me for the activist work in an entirely different way. I learned to feel sources of injustice in a more embodied way and work through some of my own tensions that wasn’t serving my activism (or research) very well. I have been taught to think critically about organizations, albeit sport or other non-profits, that enter into communities thinking soccer or basketball is a panacea for the injustices or poverty these communities face. OTM is not that organization, and they recognize that yoga, as a physical practice, is just a piece of the puzzle. They value the reciprocal relationship between personal transformation and social action; the core of this imbedded in Patanjali’s first two limbs of the 8-limbed path of yoga where the yamas (personal restraints) and niyamas (social observances) do not act in isolation of one another.

I feel confident in the work that OTM is doing, so much so that I recently became part of the Global Seva Challenge to raise awareness and funds around the issue of sex trafficking. As part of the Global Seva Challenge, I am charged with raising $20,000 that will go to sustainable efforts for six organizations in India. Many of these organizations are working with survivors of the sex trafficking industry through education, healing movement, micro-financing, and policy change. While the Global Seva Challenge will directly impact survivors in India, the awareness created around this issue can cross international borders, and speaks to a broader volume of cultural, economic, and gender injustices that are occurring worldwide. 100% of the money I raise will go directly to 6 different grassroots organizations (See here: that are currently working with survivors of sex trafficking. OTM has partnered with amazing organizations that are already at the forefront of this issue and are working to make a difference.

According the Trafficking in Persons report, over 2 million children are subjected to the global commercial sex trade; “Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possible death.” This is a global social justice issue, but for me I also see this a feminist issue. Approximately 80% of those trafficked are girls and women. While some women in the west have experienced equality on some fronts, I am reminded of Audre Lorde’s reflection that, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” Off The Mat, Into The World embodies this quote; recognizing that we are all connected and the unity among us can be our greatest strength. I must recognize that I am those women and girls who are enslaved, and that my own liberation as a woman is bound up with the liberation of other women and girls around the globe, even if their circumstances look entirely different than my own.

I am honored to collaborate with Jillian on this project, and know that a deep level of love and commitment to social justice is manifested through her art. Each piece holds her intention and energy around making difference, so buying her jewelry is a win-win for you too!

Check out Jillybeads 4 Justice’s Jewelry 4 Justice!!!

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