“Like a Yelp for Slave-Free … “
Whenever we try and explain what a LOGOFF App is, “Yelp, but slave free” is inevitably one of the first explanations. Here, Mike Notley explains a little bit more what we’re making and why.
By Mike Notley, former InterVarsity student and current NYCUP Intern
What do we do when cultural norms and systemic complacency allow injustice to continue in our world? We create catalysts for change!
LoGOFF is a movement started within our partner project, the NYC Urban Project, as a way to combat human labor trafficking. It stands for Local, Green, Organic, Fair Trade, & Slave Free. We see it as the catalyst for the change in how we consume everything things while fighting for worker rights and their protection. On this past April 28th, people gathered together to brainstorm what this change would look like.
This is what we came up with…
At All Angels Church on the Upper West Side, people of many different backgrounds came to show their support and offer their skill-sets to see God’s kingdom lived out through the act of justice in consumption. We started the day with Worship, acknowledging that we are thankful for a God who is bigger than us and our problems. That if He is the way, the truth, and the life than we know He is fully capable of ending this injustice of Human Trafficking and that we can take comfort in placing our hope in Him because there is victory in His death.
During the afternoon tracks were held that we strategically picked for our first meeting. They included Theology, Design, Development, Data Collection. After collaborating for a couple hours we were excited with the result. We could actually see congruence within all the groups as we began to think big about what this LOGOFF App could look like, what it could do, and how it would help others to easily “LOGOFF of what is easy and LOGON to what is right.”
Keep an eye out on what’s new for LoGOFF in the coming months, our NYCUP Summer Immersion Project where students will be collecting data for the App, and how you can participate to make this a reality!