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Gimme 5: Jam for Justice supports efforts to stop human trafficking

Concert featuring three local bands will take place Friday at UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium

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Editor's Note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview about a topic of local interest.

Who: Logan Johnson, UW-Eau Claire integrated strategic communication major and co-organizer of Jam for Justice.

Talks about: The benefit concert to fight against human trafficking and sexual assault.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Where: Schofield Auditorium, UW-Eau Claire.

Tickets: $5 in advance at the Service Center in Davies Center or online at uwec.ticketforce.com; $6 at the door.

Who is putting on Jam for Justice this Friday?

The Jam for Justice is presented by the Eau Claire chapter of the International Justice Mission, a global organization that fights human trafficking and sexual assault. 

This is the first time IJM has held this kind of event on campus, so we’re really excited about it.

Why did you choose to raise money for that cause?

I think it’s an extremely important issue. I feel like a lot of people don’t know human trafficking is still such a problem. They don’t realize so many people are still enslaved. 

It’s amazing that people are willing to put in the time and effort to raise funds to make a change. 

All the money from ticket sales will go to IJM, and we’ll also have a donation box for people who want to give more.

Will you provide information about human trafficking at the concert?

We have created a bunch of promotional pamphlets and fliers that will be available at the event. 

IJM leaders also will talk a little between the bands, and we have a few short videos too that will talk about the issue and what the purpose of the night is. 

How many people do you expect to show up?

We’re hoping for a lot of students to come down as well as community members. 

The capacity of Schofield Auditorium is 600, and we’re hoping to fill it  up.

Who’s playing at the Jam?

The concert will feature three local bands — Last Romantic, LASKA and Nick Anderson and The Skinny Lovers — and many of the band members are past or current UW-Eau Claire students.  

The music will be kind of alternative and folky, like the classic Eau Claire sound. It’s going to be a good time.

— Eric Lindquist, reporter


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