Social Justice Issue Team
The Social Justice Issue Team with Invisible Children Roadies!
In addition to the projects and events below, the Social Justice Team works with the CCE staff to maintain partnerships with the following organizations:
- Invisible Children
- Oxfam America
- Upshur Cooperative Parish House
- Habitat for Humanity
- TOMS Shoes
Social Justice Team Presents the Invisible Children “The Front Line” Tour
On September 28, 2011, over 280 Wesleyan students, staff, and faculty learned that there is a silent, under-reported war occurring in Central East Africa. It spans four countries and has affected millions of people, primarily children who are kidnapped and forced to fight for a rebel army. The Lord’s Resistance Army has affected villages in four countries: South Sudan, Uganda, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Invisible Children began as a way to inform people with power, money, and influence about those who have none at all.
The Social Justice team leaders, Kim Stephens and Danielle Mullins, are so grateful that so many Wesleyan students and such a large portion of the Wesleyan community supported the event. Merchandise and donations made at the event will help Invisible Children as an organization to build radio towers across the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to warn villages of approaching ranks of rebel armies.
The WE LEAD Social Justice team held OXJAM 2011 on Friday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. As a result of their networking skills, student organizers Robby Quarles and Kim Stephens welcomed four bands and the Wesleyan Dance Team to the stage at the event. The bands included local groups “Dog and Gun” and “Two Mans and Some Strings” as well as out-of-town acts, “Sick Bob and the Symptoms” and “Redefined in Red.” In addition to the concert, those who purchased white canvas TOMS shoes in February were invited to ‘style their soles’ at the event by using fabric paint to decorate their new shoes. Representatives from Compassion International also spoke to interested students about sponsoring a child overseas through their program. Participants brought in canned goods and 85 dollars for the Upshur Cooperative Parish House and Oxfam America.