Introduction:Dr. Elizabeth O. Crawford and I met at the 2014 National Conference for Social Studies. I presented a session, Change the World: Local and Global Think-Care-Act Projects, and Dr. Crawford, an education professor at University of North Carolina (Wilmington), attended my session. From our meeting arose our EA/UNCW Think-Care-Act Project Partnership.
For Dr. Crawford’s students, the culminating piece of the Think-Care-Act Projects was to write a guest blog post about their projects. Below, and for the next few blog postings, you will read guest blogs from future teachers, with links for further research and teaching suggestions. This one, by Casie Boyle and Danielle Binkauskas, discusses ending modern-day slavery. Important reading that we hope will lead to thinking, caring, and acting!
Guest Post by Casie Boyle and Danielle Binkauskas,
University of North Carolina Wilmington:
University of North Carolina Wilmington:
End It Movement: Think-Care-Act Project
We are teammates, friends, and now freedom fighters. Casie Boyle and Danielle Binkauskas joined together to fight modern day slavery. Danielle became passionate about this issue from a presentation in high school. She went to a Christian High School, and her junior year she had a guest speaker one day in Chapel. The speaker was a young woman from a developing country. The woman came to talk to the school about sex trafficking and the global issues of slavery. She spoke from her heart and moved the entire auditorium. She shared her testimony with us. She told us about how she was taken and sold. She was rescued and freed. Not a day goes by when Danielle does not think about this woman’s testimony and how so many people are unaware of such a global issue. Casie and Danielle both became re-aware of the issue on February 27, 2015, the day dedicated to the movement each year, when both of their social media pages were blowing up with pictures of friends with red Xs on their hands.
The END IT MOVEMENT began during the Passion Conference in 2013 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia (SurfKY, 2013). In 2013, a movement was born with a mission to shine a light on slavery and speak for those who have no voice. The END IT MOVEMENT is a partnership of many different organizations that have come together to shine a light and end slavery (END IT, 2015). It is estimated that 27,000,000 people are enslaved all around the world (END IT, 2015). To give that statistic a disturbing image, if 27 million people enslaved held one another’s hands they would circle the entire earth one time (END IT, 2015). It is estimated of that 27 million, 60,100 people are in slavery in the United States (END IT, 2015). Could you ever imagine buying a person like you would an animal? Well, some purebred dogs can be thousands of dollars, but the average cost of a human being is $90.00 (END IT, 2015).
The END IT MOVEMENT is in place to do four things: bring awareness, prevention, rescue and restoration (END IT, 2015). The mission of the movement is to create an unstoppable force to end slavery. Through partnering with the movement you become a Freedom Fighter and once you know you have to do something. This statement is saying that once you become aware of the issue at hand, you can’t back away from your responsibility, you must spread the word. The mission helps educate people, from villagers to law enforcement, on how to prevent any more abductions (END IT, 2015). The mission works to rescue those that have been taken and then to support the individual through recovery to try and get back to the most normal life possible (END IT, 2015).
It is said that slavery is “the second largest global organized crime, generating 150.2 billion dollars per year. That’s more than the combined revenue of Amazon, Google, and Ebay every year” (END IT, 2015). Through the END IT MOVEMENT, the three types of slavery trying to be stopped are: bonded labor, forced labor, and human trafficking (END IT, 2015). Nothing can be stopped without awareness. The only solution to this issue is to shine a light and end slavery. Speak up for those who can’t speak. Being a freedom fighter is more than raising money. It’s about spreading the word that men, women, and children all around the world are crying out for you to hear. “In the last two minutes four children have been sold into slavery--that’s 120 an hour” (End It Movement, 2013). Spreading awareness is free-- let’s make sure people know that there is a huge global issue happening right before our eyes.
Teach About It
It is hard to speak about this topic, nonetheless teach about it. We have decided this topic is not appropriate for elementary or middle. This is strictly a high school topic. There are some great videos that are attached at the bottom of this blog along with our TCAP Prezi. We have discovered through research that this movement can be incorporated with Fair Trade and other human rights lessons to younger children. It is all about the presentation of the material and the content. There are great children’s books for teaching about the rights that we all have. But, as stated before, the END IT MOVEMENT is for older students.
What We Did
We began our TCAP with a vision, a picture, black and white, bright red X. We began by researching what our plan of action would be. On the End It Movement website, you can start your own team. We began our own team by each of us donating money. Next, we posted pictures to social media wearing the red X on our hands. With these pictures, we hoped to spread awareness of the issue and to share our team website with our friends and family. We also posted a message to the UNCW Swim & Dive team, hoping that our teammates in the water we become part of a bigger team, a team of Freedom Fighters.
--by Casie Boyle & Danielle Binkauskas, 2015
- For more about how to do Think-Care-Act Projects with students: Read Sue Cannon's blog http://thinkcareact.blogspot.com/2014/11/change-world-local-global-think-care.html
- END IT: Shine a Light on Slavery. (2015). Retrieved April 8, 2015, from https://secure.enditmovement.com/learn
- Movement Started to Fight Modern Day Slavery. (2013, January 8). Retrieved May 7, 2015, from http://surfky.com/index.php/communities/51-top-news-for-all-sites/24817-movement-started-to-fight-modern-day-slavery