A Change is Brewing Feat. Equal Exchange

 

We always love to highlight organizations that value people over profit, and there’s no better way to do that than inviting Kristen King, an Organizer for Equal Exchange, which has been a leading pioneer in fair-trade productions and ethical production for the past 35 years.

Kristen breaks down what exactly “fair-trade” means and how to ensure the product you’re consuming really is ethically produced.

She also shares the modus operandi Equal Exchange uses, which connects small-scale farmers with a global market and consumers with the farmers behind the coffee, tea, chocolate and other products we all consume everyday.

Fierce Freedom listeners can also get 10% off their Equal Exchange purchase this month by using our promo code FIERCE at checkout.

Listeners are also encouraged to join EE’s free Citizen-Consumer Network to continue the conversation and learning how to transform the food system into a sustainable model throughout all parts of the supply chain.

To check out a list of other ethical orgs you can visit the Fair Trade Federation’s page linked here.

Let’s Talk About Sex! Part IV, Feat. Amanda Casey

 

For the final chapter of our “Let’s Talk About Sex” series, we are joined by Survivor Advocate Amanda Casey who breaks down core beliefs of shame and how it affects our sexuality.

Whether you’re single, married, or a survivor of trauma, Amanda says that the root of shame is universal and it similarly affects our ability to engage with one another and ourselves if it goes unaddressed.

She shares some of her strategies for combatting this toxic mindset by referring to cases working with trafficked and exploited women.

You can also catch Amanda as our keynote speaker at Night of Freedom & Hope, coming up March 5th, 2021 (virtual option available).

Let’s Talk About Sex! Part III, Feat. Joy Skarka

 

Did you know that studies show 1 in 3 women watch porn at least once a week? But so many women who want to come out of their addiction never get help because they feel so ashamed and outside the “cultural norms.”

As part III of our series to take the shame out of sex we invited Joy Skarka, Director of Discipleship for Authentic Intimacy and currently pursuing her Doctorate to study how women find freedom from sexual shame.

Joy shares about her own journey through porn addiction and how others can find true freedom, explaining how the philosophy of just “doing more, and trying harder” doesn’t work with recovery from porn and other unhealthy coping mechanisms.

She also shares about a NEW online study for women based on the book she is writing, Women Struggling with Pornography beginning March 5 – April 23, sign up for this or other great studies on the Authentic Intimacy Website.

Let’s Talk About Sex! Part II, Feat Dr. Doug Rosenau

As Part II of our impactful “Let’s Talk About Sex!” series, we invited Dr. Doug Rosenau, a therapist, theologian and author whose personal mission is exchange how sexuality has been taught through external behaviors with deep heart attitudes.

Doug unpacks how traditional purity culture has largely focused on “how many ways can you say don’t?” and physical virginity, rather than a framework of living life in community, aiming to love and respect others.

He encourages singles to bring their sexuality to a community setting in a healthy way, explaining that while there is a “costly obedience” of choosing to abstain from certain behaviors, there is also great reward in doing so.

Doug’s new book Single and Sexually Whole will be available June 1, check out this and his other fantastic books at Amazon.

Let’s Talk About Sex, Part I – Feat. Keelie & Austin Reason

 

This first episode in our monthly series focusing on taking the shame out of sex. To kick things off we are joined by business partners and spouses Keelie and Austin Reason, whose marriage blog Love Hope Adventure seeks to point couples towards true and lasting intimacy with each other.

They’ll unpack how introducing porn or even romantic comedies can set unrealistic expectations for relationships and how re-shaping the way we talk about sex can lead us to view it in a more healthy way.

Their site features free worksheets ranging from sexy “Truth or Dare” game to “Top Date Night Ideas,” as well as their “5 Foundations for Intimacy in Marriage Course.”

Changing Your Legacy, Feat. John Turnipseed

A first for our podcast, we’ll hear the incredible story of how John Turnipseed, a former pimp, drug dealer and gang leader of the most notorious gang in Minnesota was transformed into a community leader, pastor, speaker and agent for change.

John unpacks how childhood abuse and normalized gang culture shaped him into a hugely notorious gang leader, and shares what he believes to be the number one indicator if someone will end up in a life of pimping, gangs, or prostitution and the “greatest issue facing the world today.”

John also serves as Director of The Center for Fathering and Vice President of Urban Ventures, a 21-year-old non-profit set in the heart of the same Minneapolis gang territory that John and his family terrorized and acting President of MADDADS (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder)

To learn more about the important work he is doing visit his website at: https://johnturnipseed.com/

Building Your Network, Feat. Kara Doan

Today’s episode highlights the importance of building a network of advocacy as an intrinsic part of restorative justice.

To answer this we asked Kara Doan, Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer of Restoration 61 – an organization that provides trafficked victims emergency housing and support – her views on why these partnerships is vital to supporting and reaching victims and how to best begin building them.

Finding Your Calling, Feat. Adri Neitzke

Today we chat with Adri Neitzke, Founder of Trafficking Justice and now Law Enforcement Officer in Nevada.

Adri tells us the story of how her experiences with trafficking abroad became the origins for Minnesota nonprofit Trafficking Justice.

She also shares about her remarkable journey of discovering her calling in the field of anti-trafficking and encourages those trying to find their own that it is a non-linear process and may involve pursuing opportunities, taking risks, and trying on different hats, but the result – she assures is worth it.

Resiliency in the New Year, Feat. James Puckett

To kick off the New Year we invite James Puckett (LPC, NCC, CSAC, MAC), whose counseling expertise lies in in several areas ranging from trauma and stress-related disorders, addiction, human trafficking , domestic violence, suicide and self harm.

James is also a professor of Psychology at UW-LaCrosse, his approach with students is to help apply what they learn in the classroom to their future career. Much of this he attributes from working in the field with at-risk individuals, to see more than a label and responding with empathy.

He also shares his recommendations for “banking up resiliency,” in the face of hard situations, sharing about personal tragedy he experienced this past year and how it re-shaped him.

Coming Full Circle, Feat. Jennifer Lyons

Today we interview Jennifer Lyons, Shelter Coordinator for Bridge to Hope, whose unique background has allowed her to walk through several parts of the trafficking journey.

Listen as Jennifer shares how her own experience as a trafficking survivor equipped her as a Deputy to identify inmates who had been trafficked which then informed her role working with victims of domestic violence as a Shelter Coordinator.

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