By Andrea Bellew
The campus Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM) is hosting two events this week – Holiday Fair Trade Market and Orange Friday.
Faculty advisers Drs. Singer (psychology), Lookadoo (psychology)and Sands Wise (philosophy) alongside a core group of student leaders in the organization have organized a variety of events to focus the campus community’s attention on the global impact of consumerism.
The Holiday Fair Trade Market has been hosted at GC since 2011, and it will be held again on Thursday, Nov. 21 as part of a three event evening.
The first event begins at 6 p.m. and features a talk by Brittney Thomas, director of the Kentucky branch of the international movement Not for Sale. It will take place in the LRC Ward Room. Her lecture is titled “Putting the Move into Movement,” and will highlight recent anti-trafficking legislation in the state of Kentucky. The lecture is also a Nexus credit for students.
The talk ends at 7 p.m., which is when the Holiday Fair Trade Market will begin in the LRC lobby and will end at 9 p.m. The SAM leadership team invites you to stop by and load up on Christmas presents for your friends and family.
All items follow a fair trade model so that consumers can buy with the knowledge that they are supporting a fair industry and not an exploitative one.
Vendors include Lucia’s World Friendly Boutique, which will also have some Equal Exchange products, PeaceCraft, Narimon (a program within ServantWorks – an organization that helps women who have been trafficked in Thailand) and BeadforLife.
When asked about the profit for the night, Dr. Singer assured that, “the vendors keep everything they make. Georgetown is a host for the market to show our support for the fair trade movement and to help fight modern slavery in our purchasing choices.”
In the Arnett Room and LRC 150, SAM leaders will also organized interactive human trafficking exhibits to accompany a short film on catching predators in the child sex trade. Visiting these two stations will also award students with a Nexus credit.
The next day, Friday, Nov. 22, is Orange Friday. Though not a national holiday, Orange Friday is an event specific to Georgetown College. Orange is a color used by many organizations to represent freedom. and it parodies Black Friday, a day of extreme consumerism.
The event will feature a speaker on Giddings steps every hour starting at 8:50 a.m. and ending with the last speech at 2:50 p.m. Each student or faculty member speaking will cover issues related to and solutions for modern day slavery, as well as the destructiveness of consumerism.
Check out both of these events to be a part of fighting modern day slavery and to learn more about what you can do as a student abolitionist.