On October 15, Charlotte will participate in a global fundraising and awareness event called the #WalkForFreedom. The purpose of the event is to shine a spotlight on the 27 million men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today. A21 is taking a global stance to end this injustice by raising awareness through Walk for Freedom.
With 200 walks in 28 countries participating in last year’s event, A21, a global anti-human trafficking organization, aims to raise even more funds and awareness with their 3rd Annual Walk For Freedom 2016. This year, A21’s audacious goal is to raise $1 million to restore the lives of 2,000 human trafficking survivors. Joining our global community, Charlotte is one of over 260 locations around the world participating this year in abolishing modern day slavery!
Christine Caine, A21’s founder, says, “One step at a time. One dollar at a time. One life at a time. We will abolish modern-day slavery.”
The Walk For Freedom’s key distinguishing factor is a single-file line of participants dressed in black, with black tape covering their mouths to represent the 27 million slaves who have no voice. As the line moves throughout each city, information about human trafficking is distributed to onlookers.
The Walk For Freedom exists to eradicate modern-day slavery, a global reality that affects every continent and economic structure. The goal of the walk is not to protest, hand out flyers, or simply stay fit. The goal of #WalkForFreedom is to take a united stance that will turn awareness into action. The true multiplication of this freedom message will be seen around the world through media coverage and pictures distributed on social media.
The Walk For Freedom in Charlotte will begin at Romare Bearden Park at 9:30am on Saturday, October 15, 2016. We will move throughout the city, passing major Charlottean landmarks such as the Fahrenheit building, Duke Energy, and finally the Panthers stadium to return to Romare Bearden Park.
To sign up for a walk, visit A21.org/Charlotte
Walk For Freedom Event Details for City:
Date: Saturday, October 15
Check-in Time: 9:30am
Walk Time: 10:30am - 12pm
Place: Romare Bearden Park
Distance: 2 miles
What to Wear: All Black
Official Hashtag: #WalkForFreedom
A21 is a global anti-human trafficking organization with 12 offices around the world. A21’s work is based on a four-paradigm strategy which includes: Prevention (awareness and education), Protection (crisis shelters and transition homes), Prosecution (legal response), and Partnership (government, police, and community).