At this early hour, she’s the only one standing. In an hour or two, however, more will join her. The numbers vary with the time, but over the course of 27 hours there will always be someone standing there representing this message. As my fellow students and I go about our busy days, we will pass this makeshift gathering place, looking at the students at the fire with a mixture of confusion and awe. A lot of us know they’re standing for freedom, but we don’t really understand why they have braved the cold at all hours of night and day. The story those students tell shows their determination to fight for a cause in the midst of the college life routine.
Stand for Freedom, part of the END IT Movement and the International Justice Mission, is an initiative on college campuses across the country to raise awareness about global slavery. Students stand for a period of 27 hours, representing the 27 million slaves in the world today—more than at any other time in the history of the world.