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Let Freedom Ring! Human Trafficking Event in South Carolina

January 7, 2013

Human trafficking,

January 15 is the SC Human Trafficking Awareness & Slavery Prevention media event will seal the profound journey of the new law against human trafficking while setting South Carolina on a forward swath to end this most egregious crime against humanity. Survivors of trafficking in persons ,that is, of slavery and involuntary servitude, have a rallying cry:

Forever Free !  We can now make that happen. Please join us, at the State House on the first floor lobby. 

Many of you have already said you’ll be there — can hardly wait !  Please again ask everyone you know to ring bells at Noon, and let the media know about this event. I’ll send a notice again to my media list; and other news releases will be sent between now and the event.  We know Columbia media will be present. We would like the media from other areas of South Carolina to be there, or at least to know about it.
Now for the good news:  Governor Haley signed a Governor’s Proclamation yesterday on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and she proclaimed January 2013 as South Carolina Human Trafficking Awareness Month!
Double Good News:  Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell will open our event and will read the Proclamation. His deep sense of history and service to the people of South Carolina will bring a most profound meaning to event, as through this event, we raise public awareness about human trafficking and engage all South Carolinians in the drive to end it, and for all people to be forever free.
SC Human Trafficking Awareness & Slavery Prevention Media -Public Event
January 15, 11:30 Prompt, State House First Floor Lobby, Columbia, SC

11:25 AM     Patricia Ravenhorst, SCIVN                            Welcome

11:30 AM      Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell                       Opening Statement & Historical Milestone

Reading of the Governor’s Proclamation

AG Alan Wilson                                                          Significance of SC Act 258 – Human Trafficking

Rep. Nelson Hardwick – Sen. Bradley Hutto   Bill to Law: SC’s Stand & Citizens Politics

Congressman Robert Smalls (1865)                  Reading of the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution

Solicitor Duffie Stone                                              Closing Statement: Taking the High Road &    Citizen Engagement & Impact on SC Future

Congressman Robert Smalls                                Call to Ring the Bells: Forever Free

11:55 AM     Q & A

12:00 PM – 12:05 PM                   Ringing of the Bells & Honking Horns

Note 1:  Congressman Robert Smalls Profile
*From Wikipedia:
Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, became a ship’s pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, the CSSPlanter, in Charleston harbor, and sailing it to freedom beyond the Federal blockade. He was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. After the American Civil War, he became a politician, elected to the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives. His example and persuasion helped convince President Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army. As a politician, Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States.
Note 2: Significance of the Bells 
Shaped by national and world events, the power of the 2,000-pound Liberty Bell’s message grows in strength: a wreath is laid beneath the bell to commemorate the Thirteenth Amendment, which made slavery illegal in the United States; a crowd gathers outside the Liberty Bell Pavilion for a candlelight vigil to exercise their First Amendment right to disagree with their government; and tourists from all over the world come to see this international symbol of freedom.
Ask me for Trade Fair mini-chocolates and the National Human Trafficking Hotline Number cards. I’ll have plenty on hand.
See you Tuesday,
Betty


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