Sunday, March 13, 2011

Stop Traffic

At my school we are very service oriented, every quarter we have a school-wide service day. Every core class devises and carries out their own service project for the community. There is always the fall-back of getting squares of fleece and tying them into blankets, but this time I was able to participate in something a lot bigger. My class, along with a couple others, participated in a flash mob. A flash mob is when you have dozens of people that all meet at a certain place at a certain time pretending to just be normal people minding their own business. Then at a signal everyone freezes in place for a certain amount of time.
I was in a flash mob for "Operation 61". Operation 61 is an organization the combats human trafficking. Most people think that slavery in America is a thing of the past, but there are actually more slaves in the U.S. now then there ever has been before. It's actually quit shocking when you learn the facts.
A group of about 130 of us (students) met at the gateway mall and froze in chained-up positions for five minutes. We did it at three different places downtown. It was awesome to be able to participate in something like that. You can find a short video about it at the Operation 61 twitter page.
Plus most of us got a nifty t-shirt that has a stop sign on it and says "Stop Traffic!". We were debating who to push into the street to see if they worked but the mentors decided that wasn't such a good idea. :)

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