• Petitioned Steven Knapp

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President of The George Washington University
Steven Knapp

Make GW a Slavery-Free Campus

    1. Melissa Arndorfer
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Arndorfer

      Washington, DC

Over 40,000 slaves are in the U.S. right now, working in restaurants, hotels, nail salons, construction sites, janitorial and landscaping crews, massage parlors, private homes, farms, forced begging rings, and more. And over 20 million slaves worldwide are used to produce the commodities like minerals, cotton, cocoa and steel that go into the products we buy every day. This is unacceptable.

And it’s happening right here at GW.

I cannot in good conscience buy coffee from the cafes, t-shirts from the bookstore, and chocolate from the vending machines because I know they may have been made with slave labor.

I want our community to be part of the solution. I want to bring slavery to an end worldwide. And I’m starting right here. I want to know that the products we buy, the services we use, the food we eat, and the labor we benefit from, are all slavery-free.

Join me in asking President Knapp to make GW a slavery-free campus by the 2014 academic year. Together we can lead the way for other universities to eradicate slavery from their communities, because “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Obama Launches the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge

      Melissa Arndorfer
      Petition Organizer

      President Barack Obama announces the launch of the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Campus Challenge to raise awareness and inspire activism among college students and to develop innovative technology approaches to combatting human trafficking. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/09/25/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-efforts-combat-human-trafficki

    3. The GW Hatchet wrote an article about our petition!

      Melissa Arndorfer
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed my petition! Great news. Word is spreading about making The George Washington University a slavery-free campus. GW's student paper, The Hatchet, wrote an article about the Slavery-Free Campus campaign. You can read the article here: http://www.gwhatchet.com/2012/09/24/students-urge-gw-to-focus-on-business-ethics/ Please help us continue to spread the word--ask your friends to sign!

    4. Reached 250 signatures


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