Just Love society are standing outside the library for 24 hours

It’s gonna rain as well

Just Love are standing outside the library for 24 hours to raise awareness of the slave trade and human trafficking.

The society will be there, rain or shine, from midday tomorrow for “Stand for Freedom”, an annual event run by International Justice Mission.

The Tab spoke to one of the members of Just Love, Helen Dunn, to find out more about the event.

Helen Dunn

Helen Dunn

Helen said: “Just Love started in Oxford with a student who thought Christian students could be more engaged with issues of social justice and so he started a group where they would look at why it is important to pursue justice and then do something about it.

“It has since spread to seven other unis, Glasgow being one of them. We have been in Glasgow since last year.”

Helen went on to stress why Stand for Freedom is so important in raising awareness for social issues. She said: “Stand for freedom is run every year by a charity called IJM (International Justice Mission) and seeks to raise awareness for the slave trade and the human trafficking industry.

“We wanted to run it in Glasgow as we think it’s such an easy thing to turn a blind eye to.  Actually there are more slaves today than there have been at any time in history – there are approximately 36 million – and we wanted to try and do something to stand with them.

“We are getting a really positive reception from people we’ve chatted to about it, the sad truth is most people are actually unaware of the facts and when they hear them they have the natural reaction of being horrified and also wanting to do something about it.

“So far 30 people have said they’ll be popping along to support us and we have a brave 19 people who have volunteered to stand at the stall come rain or sun (more likely rain).

“My fave quote which is used a lot but is what I like to think of with Stand for Freedom is ‘You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know’ which was said by William Wilberforce.”