February 3, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 2

GC hosts Stop Paying for Slavery Tour

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The signs of hands breaking free from bondage, located on campus, are painted orange, which is the color of freedom.

From Feb. 28 through March 2, Georgetown College will be hosting an event titled the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour. This threeday event, organized primarily by Drs. Regan Lookadoo (Psychology) and Alison Jackson Tabor (Education), will seek to inform students on the prevalence of human trafficking and the initiatives of the Not for Sale campaign.

Looking to this event in GC’s future, it is important to understand what exactly led to its fruition. Though there are now many parties involved with spreading awareness of human trafficking on Georgetown’s campus, the initial driving force behind this project was Dr. Lookadoo.

Lookadoo first became interested in this topic while teaching “Psychology of Women,” in which she discussed violence against women and sex trafficking. In teaching this class, Lookadoo connected with GC alumna Brittany Thomas. Thomas, the Kentucky representative for the Not for Sale organization, began visiting Lookadoo’s class and thus Lookadoo’s connection with Not for Sale was established. From here, in the summer of 2010, Lookadoo began teaching about Modern Day Slavery (another term for human trafficking) in her “Psychology of Slavery” class. It was at this point that she realized she needed to pursue this topic further.

Along with Bryan Langlands, Lookadoo met with Thomas in the summer of 2010 to discuss bringing Not for Sale’s Stop Paying for Slavery Tour to Georgetown College. Lookadoo commented on the decision to bring the Tour to campus, saying: “[Langlands] and I both decided we wanted to bring the Tour to campus the following year…I knew I didn’t want to just bring the tour to campus without any preparation, that is, the topic is too big, too complicated and too painful to just ‘throw’ it on our students. I wanted to very carefully bring opportunities to the campus where students could learn about the issue one step at a time rather than being overwhelmed by a three-day tour.”

Starting last November, GC has featured monthly events which educate the campus about some element of human trafficking. To help with the cause, Lookadoo recruited Dr. Tabor and the two have planned a semester’s worth of events related to this issue for the spring (a calendar of events is featured in a sidebar below this article).

Tabor commented on the overall goal of the project she and Lookadoo have undertaken: “What we hope to achieve in this project is to provide people with tangible, everyday ways to make a difference. Otherwise it is just so frustrating to know this is occurring and experience a diminished sense of efficacy in addressing it.”

In terms of pre-Tour events, there are two just around the corner: a documentary about human trafficking and chocolate on Feb. 10 and on Feb. 15 the Collier Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Barrows who is executive director of Gracehaven, which is a home to offer support to young girls under the age of 18 who have been trafficked. These are just a few of the events which will be featured both before and after the Stop Paying for Slavery Tour.

The Tour itself will feature many events and will provide a great opportunity for students to connect with the Not for Sale organization. Lookadoo explained: “In particular, Mr. David Batstone will be on campus on Tues., March 1. Mr. Batstone is the author of the book Not for Sale, which is for sale in our bookstore, and the founder of the Not for Sale organization.”

In preparation for this monumental event, a number of others have gotten involved including Drs. Carrie Cook, Jonathan Sands-Wise, Tracy Livingston, Rebecca Singer and staff members Bryan Langlands and Vince Swecker. In addition to this, professor Daniel Graham, of the art department, is responsible for the signs placed around campus, signaling an event related to this campaign. Lookadoo explained, saying: “The signs are of hands breaking free from bondage, they are painted orange—which is the color of freedom.”

Upcoming Events in the Stop Paying for Slavery tour

**Feb. 10, 6 p.m. in Asher 218: “The Dark Side of Chocolate” film, fair trade chocolate tasting following film

**Feb. 15 11 a.m. in John Hill Chapel: Collier Lecture with Dr. Jeffrey Barrows of Gracehaven

**Mid-February: The Cochenour Gallery in the LRC will showcase banners about modern day slavery on loan from the Freedom Center.

**Feb. 26: Free to Play basketball games, men/ women. Donations will be taken to support an organization dedicated to ending Modern Day Slavery.

**March 1, 11 a.m. in John Hill Chapel: Mapping Slavery Workshop

**March 1, 7 p.m. in John Hill Chapel: Main Event with David Batstone, author and founder of the Not for Sale Organization.

**March 8, 7 p.m. in John Hill Chapel: In honor of International Women’s Day, Ms. Benedit-Begley will deliver the Jo Shoop Lecture, entitled “Fashion Victims,” where she will discuss the hardships of women working in garment factories.

**March 13: Freedom Sunday—Fair Trade Coffee Challenge. All local churches are encouraged to serve Fair Trade Coffee in the Sunday morning Coffeehouses.

**March 31, 6 p.m. in Asher 112: “Stolen Childhoods” film

Human trafficking facts

* Human trafficking is now considered the number two trafficking industry world-wide, second only to drug trafficking. Human trafficking has bypassed gun trafficking.

* While the numbers are problematic, there are an estimated 27 million people enslaved today.

* The problem is both local and global—the only two countries where human trafficking has not been documented are Greenland and Iceland.

* In the U.S. (and specifically in Ky.), the three most common locations for trafficking and labor exploitation are farms (such as the horse industry), gas stations (often truck stops) and restaurants.

* Consumer choice supports much of modern day slavery—every form of it. First, most of the items we purchase (including everything from food to clothing to technology) have a labor-related problem in the supply chain. The US is obsessed with low prices. This obsession has driven unethical business and production to a new height. Top offenders include: most clothing producers (Hanes), cell phone makers, computers (Apple, for example), coffee and chocolate. All of the chocolate we purchase, except for fair trade chocolate, begins with child slaves who harvest the cocoa. All of the top producers of chocolate know this and have not addressed it. Two websites which use research in several categories to assign an overall rating for companies regarding ethical practices are: betterworldshopper.org and greenamerica.org/programs/responsibleshopper/.


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