BBC students focus community attention on slavery, trafficking

BBC students focus community attention on slavery, trafficking

BBC students are powering two Scranton-area events in April, drawing community attention to modern-day slavery and ways to make a difference.

The Wednesday, April 9 Scranton Stand for Freedom is a 24-hour event on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Students are connecting with local residents, area churches, and other colleges to raise awareness, connect with each other, and forge new paths in this International Justice Mission-connected event. It will include opportunities to learn, pray, and go forward with activities and more.

BBC&SThe local Stand is part of a nationwide effort of IJM, a non-profit Christian organization that uses the criminal justice system in nations to combat human and sex trafficking, forced-labor slavery, police brutality, and illegal land taking. Relentless violence is an everyday reality for the nearly 30 million people trapped in slavery around the world, leading to the event theme: One day for their every day.

Register online to stand for any time period during the day -- from 15 minutes to the whole time -- at Read more about IJM at

On Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Cinemark in Moosic is a special Northeastern Pennsylvania screening of #standwithme.

The impressive, expansive documentary makes the brutal issue of modern-day slavery accessible. Portland-based filmmaking studio Stillmotion's movie introduces viewers to a 9-year-old who started a lemonade stand to help end child slavery and explores how others can make a stand against it, too.

Tickets are available online at View the trailer for the movie at

Student Impact
The events grew out of the interest of students to make a difference on matters of worldwide importance.

Rachel Mowers, a junior Communications major who grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and is now from Preble, NY, attended Louie Giglio's Passion Conference in Atlanta in 2013. There, she heard IJM president Gary Haugen make the statement "awareness is doing the work." She realized a local event is something she could bring back to BBC and the region to make an impact on her fellow students and the community.

"As Christians we are called to 'do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God,'" she said. "I am going to spend my life using the talents God has blessed me with to help give a voice to the voiceless."

"I want this to be an experience, not just an event. My desire is that those who participate in the Scranton Stand for Freedom will come away with a better grasp of what slavery is, how we can be links in the chain of modern-day slavery, and how we can start to break that chain."

Leah Talarico, a senior Literature major from Lake Arial, PA, sees the #standwithme movie as a way to engage a wide local audience with the problem.

"As we come together to view #standwithme, we are exposing the reality of modern-day slavery, taking a stand against it, and reflecting the very character of God and His desire for justice," she said.

"Justice doesn't always wear a suit, but takes on the form of everyday decisions we can make as informed individuals, conscious of the great injustice that is running rampant across the globe."

Updated information on the events is available via Facebook at and Twitter at @scrantonstand.

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Posted on: 4/1/2014 9:17:51 AM

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