More Activities & Suggestions
(approximate time: 1-3 hours)
Set up a table on campus or a busy sidewalk, pass out literature, and talk to people about modern slavery. It’s a simple way to keep active and recruit new members.
Materials used could include leaflets, face facts, one-pagers, etc. Make sure to include a contact sheet.
You know your campus and “hotspots” of student activity (including high-traffic days and times). Tables can also be set up in cafeterias, dorm common areas, etc. that will have a more receptive audience with high traffic.
(approximate time: 1-2 hours)
A vigil is usually held at night as a quiet event of support and remembrance. You could set a time and place, have a couple of people say a few words about the lives of slaves today, and then everyone can light a candle in hopes that the world’s 27 million slaves will one day know freedom.
At some point, your group might decide to organize a support rally against slavery. This will most likely depend on a specific issue arising, which lends itself well to a demonstration. Some groups have success organizing rallies for any issue under any circumstances, like random rallies against slavery. Other activists find it feasible to hold a rally only when they have a specific and timely focus.
One topic suggestion would be to hold a protest to encourage your university to include modern slavery in their history curriculum or to get Fair Trade chocolate or coffee in your cafeteria. You’ll be able to come up with more topics if and when you decide to hold this type of demonstration.
(approximate time: 1-2 hours)
Teach-ins are great events to let people learn more about an issue. The beautiful thing about teach-ins is that everyone comes knowing that they are going to listen to a speaker or watch a video and learn something. You can’t ask for a more receptive audience. Teach-ins can be well-attended and useful events for everyone involved, and are a great activity to hold a few times a year.
Teach-ins can involve a speaker, a discussion, a panel debate, a video presentation, a workshop, or anything else with the potential to educate. It often helps to have some visual aids or literature to pass out at your event (see materials). Many universities will have a few professors who know something about these issues, and could at least sit on a panel discussion. Often, it is fun to just give the presentation yourselves, and then you know that you’ll communicate exactly what you want people to hear.
At the end, it helps if you have something that everyone can do to help. The best thing would be a letter to write before they leave, or a petition to sign on to. Don’t forget to talk about your Free the Slaves group as well. These events are good places to recruit new members.
(approximate time: 1-1.5 hours)
A demonstration is basically a way of publicly displaying your message, hopefully in a way that is accessible to onlookers. Demonstrations do just what they say; they demonstrate your commitment to an issue. Activists have used this tactic for a long time to raise public awareness and show mass support for their causes.
However, demonstrations are only one part of a long term, committed effort. You should carefully think about your goals and strategy so that you can most effectively use demonstrations. Planning a demonstration can take a lot of time and energy, and some groups mistakenly use the demonstration as the culmination to all their work. They are means to an end, rather than an end in and of themselves. Make sure your actions are results focused rather than demonstration focused. That said, demonstrations can be a lot of fun, and when strategically employed, they can be quite effective. Demonstrations come in a wide variety of styles, so you should be able to find one to suit your purpose.
Ribbons are a method of having a keepsake and constant reminder of the issue of modern slavery and trafficking. Ribbon is a cost-effective activity that is simple and can be widely distributed. Ribbons can be distributed at events, tabling, etc.
If your college or university is religiously affiliated, suggest to have a prayer or mass dedicated to the modern slavery and trafficking cause. This is a way to incorporate both spiritual and educational attention to the issue.