The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

Club takes a stand for freedom for 27 hours

Freshman undecided Antonia Meyers stands with sophomore international criminal justice major Jesse Wilson for the Stand for Freedom event on Sanford Mall Wednesday evening. The event, held by the International Justice Mission, invited all Appalachian students to stand all night to raise awareness for slavery taking place around the world today. Maggie Cozens | The Appalachian
Maggie Cozens

Freshman undecided Antonia Meyers stands with sophomore international criminal justice major Jesse Wilson for the Stand for Freedom event on Sanford Mall Wednesday evening. The event, held by the International Justice Mission, invited all Appalachian students to stand all night to raise awareness for slavery taking place around the world today.  Maggie Cozens | The AppalachianFor 27 hours, more than 100 students are taking turns standing for the estimated 27 million slaves in the world today.

The event, Stand 4 Freedom, takes place on Sanford Mall from Wednesday at 5 p.m. to Thursday at 8 p.m and is hosted by the university’s International Justice Mission club, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.

“We just exist for the purpose of raising awareness and educating our campus, as well as fundraising for International Justice Missions,” President of IJM Madisson Barnett.

This is the club’s first semester as an official organization.

“It’s amazing how many people don’t know slavery is still a problem in the modern day and we want people to know, because there are things people can do with their voice,” Barnett said.

Barnett, a senior political science major, hopes to have around 270 students come and raise $2,700 in donations to support the work of IJM.

Currently, they have raised about $1,400, Barnett said.

“I’m really excited and encouraged about reaching our goal,” Barnett said. “We might be poor college students, but we can give up a latte every now and then and just donate $5.”

Barnett said she wants to encourage students to give a little bit of their time and money for IJM.

“When people are aware of things like this, it turns into action because it seems so crazy and unjust,” Barnett said.

Appalachian’s IJM Vice President Taylor Smith came Wednesday night to “raise awareness across campus about the injustices in the world today.”

Smith said he hopes people become more aware and conscience of what’s going on it the world.

“Our generation is a generation of people that want to be involved and want to make an impact,” Smith said. “We’re a very cause-oriented generation and I think this is a cause everyone can agree on and rally behind.”

Appalachian’s IJM Publicity Coordinator Christopher Ward, a senior industrial design major, stood on Sanford Mall Wednesday evening.

Ward said he came out to support what IJM stands for and the 27 million “voiceless” slaves around the world.

“This is our chance to support them and raise awareness for that,” he said.

As publicity coordinator, Ward said it was “exciting” to organize the club’s first big event of the year, and to “unite the campus for a common goal.”

“We’re college students and we’re all poor and starving, but for us to be able to give a little back to people who really need it is a cool opportunity,” Ward said.

Stand 4 Freedom is a fall campaign for IJM, which Appalachian is one of seven universities piloting the campaign.

Donations will be accepted until the end of the semester at ijm.org/campus-chapters/appalachian-state-university.

 

Story: KELLI STRAKA, News Reporter

Photo: MAGGIE COZENS, Photo Editor

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

Donate to The Appalachian
$1500
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All The Appalachian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *