Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Hello to those of you who saw the flyers posted around campus or who were informed by other means.  As you know, the call-out meetings are scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 26th and Wednesday Feb. 27th from 7 - 7:45 pm in Robert Bell 291 (the Writing Center).  We'll be viewing a few video clips about slavery at home and abroad and discussing our relationship to the men, women, and children who are in bondage.  Bring your stories of why you're passionate about this issue and your ideas of how we can work to combat modern global slavery in all its forms (i.e., debt bondage, child labor, the sex trade, etc).  

This group is a chapter of a larger organization called Free the Slaves.  It is based in America but has international reach, having already freed a number of slaves in many countries (click on the link to the right for more information).  Even though FTS has connections with grassroots anti-slavery groups around the world, they have never before sponsored local versions of their organization.  Consequently, they have not given us any rigid plans, procedures, or practices to follow.  We, through collaboration with each other, have control over what we'll do with our time and resources.  In concert with other pilot chapters on the West and East coasts, we can contribute to the dialogue concerning the role of college students in this movement.  

If you're not able to come to either of the meetings, send an email to the address on the right to be informed of upcoming activities and meetings.  Also, keep an eye on this blog, and give your opinions about how we can best work to eradicate slavery around the world.  

1 comment:

Mona said...

Hi, Phil.

I'm a 4th year architecture student and heard about your club from Dr. Ruebel.

This is an issue that absolutely needs to be addressed in this day and age. Kudos for taking initiative.

I'm in Asia right now, so I can't be directly involved, but I'd love to support you guys in whatever way I can.

Some resources you may or may not be aware of: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati has a good permanent exhibit on 'unfreedom' and modern slavery as well as rotating exhibits that may also cover similar topics. They also have a good bookstore. Great fieldtrip material... Also, the book 'Disposable People' by Kevin Bales is an excellent primer on the subject of modern slavery.

You might want to get in touch with Amber Hoskins ( who is president of Peaceworkers, the bsu peace and justice club, too, to see about ways you might cooperate.

Best of luck!!


Mona Luxion