Harvard Business school panel on perspectives and possibilities
The genocide in Darfur continues to decimate the Western region
of Sudan, and
millions of refugees are still living precariously in camps in Chad.
the situation like? What should be done? What can be done? How can
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F O R U M O N D A R F U R:
PERSPECTIVES & POSSIBILITIES
Tuesday, Nov. 1 @ 7 p.m.
202 Hawes Hall
Speakers include: Alex de Waal, Allan Ryan, and others
Dafur Call-in Day
October 18 , please join thousands around the
country in a National Call-In Day for Darfur coordinated
Genocide Intervention Fund , the Save
Darfur coalition, and the
Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Last year, Congress and the Bush administration declared that genocide
was underway in the western Darfur region of Sudan. Today, even amidst
reports of spiraling violence, Congress has failed to take action
to address the ongoing crisis. In recent weeks, attacks against civilians
in camps, humanitarian workers, and most recently, African Union
(AU) peacekeepers, have prompted the AU Peace and Security Council
to call on the UN Security Council to address the deteriorating security
situation in Darfur.
Members of Congress need to hear from constituents that there is
strong public support for promoting peace and accountability in Darfur.
Please take a moment tomorrow to call your senators and representative
and ask them to support the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act – an
important piece of legislation that outlines necessary next steps
toward ending the violence in Darfur. Information on contacting
your members of Congress and a sample script to help you make the
calls is included below.
Thanks very much to all the organizations and individuals who joined
in calling Congress this week to urge cosponsorship and passage of
Darfur Peace and Accountability Act. Staffers have told us their
phones were ringing off the hook for Darfur! Staff in Sen. Brownback's
office reported receiving a surge of inquiries from other offices
about the bill, and five new cosponsors have already been added to
1462. In conjunction with the call-in, Sen. Brownback made his own
speech (PDF) on Darfur this week on the floor urging passage of the
bill. Discussion in both House and Senate of how to move the bills
forward before the end of the session is now underway with renewed
energy thanks to the efforts of so many people across the country!
Behind Rebel Lines
A photo presentation by Mark Brecke
photographer embedded with the Sudan Liberation Army
Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Mark Brecke is a seasoned war photographer,
who recently returned from
the refugee camps of Eastern Chad and 5 weeks as an "embedded
photographer" with the Sudanese Liberation Army in Darfur,
Don't miss your chance to witness his photo presentation and a brief
film from both his trip and his tireless efforts to spread the word
about what he saw.
SPOTLIGHT ON DARFUR
5-7pm Thursday, May 19th
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave
Reception to follow.
* Andrew Loewenstein, Lawyer and member of the Atrocities Documentation
Team commissioned by the U.S. State Department to investigate genocide
* Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director of Physicians for Human Rights
* Jennifer Leaning, Professor of International Health, HSPH
* Rebecca Hamilton, Harvard Law School '07 and co-founder of the
Darfur Action Group
Sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Student Council,
Students for Global Health, Physicians for Human Rights, and
the Ethics and Health Program of the Division of Medical Ethics
Prevent Hotel Darfur Campaign
of Silence, March 17th
On March 17th, 2005, Harvard held a Minute of Silence for the victims
of Genocide in Sudan at 3:00 pm. The Minute of Silence was a national
event initiated by the United States Holocaust Museum’s Committee
Over 150 Harvard students, faculty and
staff convened on the steps of Memorial Church and many more held
a minute of silence in their classrooms or offices. i-Abolish speaker
Francis Bok shared his personal experience as a former Sudanese
slave with the crowd, encouraging all to take action. The leadership
committee of the (then) Darfur Action Group invited the crowd to
sign petitions supporting the Accountability Act and suggested
various ways of helping stop the genocide, including donating to
the Genocide Intervention Fund. Then the bells struck 3:00 pm,
silence, broken one minute later by a gospel sung by Harvards’s
For more info, visit: http://www.darfurminuteofsilence.org/
Silent Protest for Divestment, April 4th
Dressed in black, nearly 250 students gathered at the steps
of Widener Library at 10:30am, and proceeded in silence to the Loeb
House to make their presence known at the Corporation Committee on
Shareholder Responsibility meeting. The students were joined by the
Spotlight on Darfur Week, April 4th-8th
CAMBRIDGE, MA – As academics and activists around the
country commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this
week, Harvard University is putting considerable resources into focusing
much needed attention on the current genocidal crisis in Darfur. The
various human rights centers across the University have come together
to support a week of events planned by Harvard’s Darfur Action
Group, a coalition of undergraduate and graduate students, formed
last year in response to the atrocities that have claimed an estimated
300,000 lives in the Darfur region of Sudan.
The kick-off event begins at 7PM, Monday April 4th at the Kennedy
School Forum, with hundreds of students and faculty expected in attendance.
On Wednesday April 6th, the Genocide Intervention Fund -- an initiative
conceived by Swarthmore students through which private citizens can
support African Union peacekeepers to stop the atrocities -- will
make its Harvard debut. On Friday April 8th, Harvard Law School will
be hosting an event to address questions of accountability and justice
The Darfur Action Group’s co-founders
Chad Hazlett (Kennedy School of Government), Rebecca Hamilton (Harvard
Law School) and Sabine Ronc (Harvard College) emphasize that the
publicity the Harvard brand name attracts can be channeled in a
positive way to focus students and academics across the country
The week of events will bring a host of high-profile speakers to
the campus, including Ian Martin (Special Advisor on Human Rights
in Sudan to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), John Prendergast
(Special Advisor to the President of the International Crisis Group),
Haile Menkerios (Director, African department, UN Political Affairs)
and Gayle Smith (former director of African Affairs at the National
Security Council). In addition, faculty and visiting fellows at Harvard
including Samantha Power, Justice Richard Goldstone, Alex de Waal,
Lt-General Romeo Dallaire, Martha Minow and Michael Ignatieff will
Other events throughout the week will keep
attention on Darfur and provide ways for students and faculty to
become directly involved. Early Monday morning (April 4th), many
students are expected to participate in the “Silent Statement in Support of Divestment,” sponsored
by an undergraduate group, the United Front for Divestment. Other
events during the week include a luxury fast (in which students will
be donating money they would otherwise spend on items such as coffee
and chocolate), a screening of recent film footage from Darfur, and
an advocacy workshop that will coordinate students’ lobbying
activities. Tables throughout each participating school will give
students a chance to write letters to U.S. leaders, and to buy green
“Not on My Watch” wristbands with a contribution to the
Genocide Intervention Fund.
DARFUR: CAN THE WORLD STOP THE HORROR?
Monday April 4th, 7PM
John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Forum
Speakers: Haile Menkerios, Samantha Power, John Prendergast, Alex
Moderated by: Fernande Raine
A Humanitarian Perspective on Sudan:
Tuesday, April 5th, 3PM
A Discussion with Kenny Gluck, Operational Director of Doctors
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Fainsod Room
GENOCIDE INTERVENTION FUND: Can
private citizens halt genocide?
Wednesday April 6th, 7PM
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wiener Auditorium
Speakers: Mark Hanis, Gayle Smith, Rebecca Hamilton, Lt-Gen. Romeo
Moderated by: Samantha Power
FILM SCREENING: Bedeekee Darkee
(Message from Home): Interviews with civilians in Darfur
Thursday April 7th, 5PM
Harvard College, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Introduction by: Jen Marlowe
Followed by: Advocacy workshop
Moderated by: Chad Hazlett & Sabine Ronc
IS ACCOUNTABILITY A PRE-REQUISITE
TO SUSTAINABLE PEACE?
Friday 8th April, 12.30PM
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall 101
Speakers: Justice Richard Goldstone, Michael Ignatieff, Ian Martin
Moderated by: Martha Minow
Luxury Fast for GIF, April 7th
As part of a nationwide effort coordinated by Georgetown STAND, the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and MTVu, students gave up
luxuries such as coffee and chocolate for a day, instead donating
money they would have spent on these items to the Genocide Intervention
HBO Films: Sometimes in April, April 20, 2005, 6:00 PM
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Institute of Politics
Harvard Square Loews Theater
HDAG will be collecting donations for GIF.
Hotel Rwanda, April 25, 8pm
Hotel Rwanda being shown at Boston University's GSU Student
Center; hosted by Helping Africa Through Understanding and Action
(HATUA) and community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega; for more
information contact Sara Fernandes at firstname.lastname@example.org
HATUA Darfur Night, April 26th, 7:30pm
HATUA will be holding a Darfur Night in the College of Arts and Sciences
Building, Room 211. It will feature Andrew Karlsruher, a BU communications
freshman who recently returned from Darfurian refugee camps in Chad
filming a documentary for mtvU. He will be sharing his still photos
and the documentary. Everyone is welcome and admission is free (any
donations will benefit GIF).
BENEFIT CONCERT AT BU, April 26, 7:30pm
"United Voices": concert to benefit victims of violence
and AIDS in Africa; proceeds are going to Save Darfur and Nelson Mandela's
AIDS organization; located at Boston University's Photonics 206; cost
is $5 at the door or $3 if you have an AIDS or Darfur bracelet; hosted
by Helping Africa Through Understanding and Action (HATUA) and the
co-ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega; for more information
contact Sara Fernandes at email@example.com
The Carr Center for Human Right Policy presents
General Romeo Dallaire
HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Weiner Auditorium in the Taubman Building, Kennedy School for
Government, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Carr Center will screen the film based on General Dallaire's book
before his presentation.
Speakers: Lt-Gen Romeo Dallaire, Former Force Commander, United Nations
for Rwanda (UNAMR) and Carr Center Fellow Peter Raymont, Director
Ignatieff, Carr Professor of Human Rights Practice
Winner of the 2002 Caine Prize for African Literature
THURSDAY, April 28th, 4:30pm at the Cafe Gato Rojo, Dudley House
AWAKENING TO A HUMAN SUDAN
"Beyond the River Yei: Life in the Land where sleeping is a sickness"
INFORMATION: 857-204-8770 or www.zamanifoundation.org
sponsored by Zamani Foundation and American Culture Society
Wesleyan Oudoors Afrobeat, April 30th from 1-6 PM
Wesleyan is hosting an outdoors Afrobeat
festival for DarfurThe festival is featuring top notch
underground acts Wunmi and Akoya (both on the ASAP compilation),
as the Wesleyan Afrobeat Ensemble and West African Drumming Ensemble.
There will be a circle of tables around the festival area, with
everything from letter signing to call-in stations to information
on the conflict to divestment petitions, etc.
SURVIVING GENOCIDE, May 4th
Surviving Genocide, a discussion with Ernest Rugwizangoga
Ernest Rugwizangoga, an ethnic Tutsi, sought refuge inside the walls
Catholic seminary when the genocide began, along with 10,000 other
refugees... 100 days later, only 3,000 had survived. Today, Ernest
activist and youth organizer helping others recover from their traumas.
On the Ground in Darfur, an update from the field with Andrew
Want to know what is going on in Darfur?
Get your information first-hand. For the most recent stories, photos,
interviews about the genocide in Sudan, come hear from a legal expert
just got back from the field.
Screening of the movie Hotel Rwanda
Sponsored by the Darfur Action Group and the Lowell House Race,
and Diversity Initiative
*as always, all are invited*
RALLY for Darfur in Central Park, NYC, May 8th 4:30 pm.
Cost: Round-trip bus fare.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to sign up.