Clark Brands Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking

Clark Brands is pledging its commitment to help end human trafficking through a partnership with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT), a program of national nonprofit IN OUR BACKYARD (IOB), to provide education, life-saving materials and awareness to more than 1,000 locations.

“Clark Brands believes that our locations can join law enforcement, elected officials and non-profit leaders in the anti-trafficking movement and help disrupt human trafficking,” declares Stacey Yimet, CEO of Clark Brands. “In addition to training our staff, Clark Brands is supporting CSAT with a donation so that this life-saving program can continue to grow.”

In addition to employee training on recognizing and safely reporting the signs of human trafficking, CSAT also provides Freedom Stickers which contain the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to be posted in restroom stalls—often the only place a victim of human trafficking is alone and safe enough to reach out for help.

Sara, a survivor whose story is featured in the CSAT training video, shares that she visited convenience stores sometimes multiple times a day while she was being trafficked. “I wish IN OUR BACKYARD Freedom Stickers had been in bathrooms when I was trafficked a decade
ago—I could have gotten out a lot sooner,” declares Sara.

“Human trafficking—commercial sex or labor induced through force, fraud or coercion—is the second-largest and fastest-growing crime in the world. Traffickers exploit the most vulnerable who live in and pass through our communities, whether adults, teens or children,” states IOB Program Director Juliana Williams.

“Convenience stores care about their communities and with more than 150,000 locations that serve half the U.S. population daily, they can be the eyes and ears in the community to spot human trafficking and save lives,” continues Williams. “We are so thankful for the support from Clark and Crown locations to be a part of the solution to this atrocity.”

Clark Brands joins convenience store industry leaders representing more than 12,000 locations across the U.S. and the addition of Clark and Crown locations expands CSAT into a total of 47 states.

About Clark Brands, LLC
Clark Brands, LLC (based in Lisle, Illinois) licenses both the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and is a trusted petroleum payment processing solution for over 1,000 independent petroleum marketers and retailers from Minnesota to Louisiana, and from Maryland to Arizona.

About CSAT
CSAT provides no-cost, industry-specific training and resources to equip c-stores to recognize and safely respond to potential victims of human trafficking that visit their stores. To take a stand against human trafficking and sign up for CSAT, or for more information, contact: Juliana Williams (juliana@inourbackyard.org).

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Crown to be Featured at Baltimore Museum of Industry Exhibition

America’s love affair with the automobile began in the early 1900s. But it took inexpensive, plentiful gasoline to transform desire into reality. Enter petroleum pioneers such as Louis and Jacob Blaustein and Henry Rosenberg Sr., who brought Crown Central Petroleum to
Baltimore, where it became one of the nation’s largest independent integrated oil companies. This past year Crown celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Known as an innovator in the petroleum industry, Crown has been credited with introducing the first licensee program designed to give jobbers and their dealers a wide range of custom alternatives that successfully compete with conventional branding programs. The Crown name is an iconic brand with locations serving thousands of people each day.

Opening on Friday, February 23, Fueling the Automobile Age is an original exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry that explores how the products and innovations of these two local oil companies helped fuel America’s automobile age – and encourages visitors to consider what technologies and innovations will fuel the next transportation age.

“As a museum exploring the industries of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, we’re excited to show how one Baltimore family made an historic impact on car culture, while we also consider how the current demand for electric cars, ride-share services, and public transit shapes a new era in transportation,” says Anita Kassof, the museum’s executive director. Inspired by the exhibition, the museum is planning a variety of public programs that will encourage visitors to consider these issues.

The exhibition explores America’s dependence on cars, growing from just 8,000 registered vehicles in 1900, to 26 million in 1930, to more than 270 million today. Plenty of hands-on opportunities for visitors are integrated into the gallery, exploring a 1953 Packard sedan (both inside and out), playing the part of gas station attendants, and envisioning what cars of the future will look like.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, American Trading and Production Corporation, and Lord Baltimore Capital, with additional support from Clark Brands, LLC and McGuireWoods LLP.

ABOUT THE BMI:
The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy and shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and collections engage visitors in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who shape the region’s future.

VISITOR INFORMATION:
The Baltimore Museum of Industry is located at 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. The BMI is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and closed Mondays and some holidays. Free on-site parking is available. Admission prices, general museum information and directions can be found at www.thebmi.org. Follow us on Facebook at BaltimoreMuseumofIndustry and on Twitter at @BMIatWork.

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