#NotInMyCity is a movement launched by Paul Brandt under his Buckspring Foundation that is raising awareness and taking collective action to prevent and end sexual exploitation and trafficking, focusing on children and youths. Following the success of it’s initial launch in July 2017, Four Strategic Directions were developed to inform #NotInMyCity’s work and projects. The #NotInMyCity movement continues to build partnerships to support, facilitate and advocate for the development and mobilization of a strategic, integrated plan to bring about transformational and sustainable change at the grassroots, practice, policy and legislative levels.
THE YELLOW ROSE
#NotInMyCity has become known for the iconic yellow rose created by renowned Canadian designer, Paul Hardy. The rose is a symbol of support, and a statement that you stand in solidarity with trafficking victims and survivors as an Ally of #NotInMyCity.
“Roses typically symbolize hope, new beginnings and promise. But there’s an interesting opposing tension with these flowers, because they possess thorns, which commonly represent loss, pain and thoughtlessness. We decided to use this bloom to show both sides of the issue – the flower and the thorn – to be brought forward in awareness, conversation and action. We often equate yellow roses with friendship, so the yellow rose also represents a community standing in solidarity
with the victims.” - Paul Hardy