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Genocide, Gender, Awareness, Action - Feb. 28 - Mar. 3

by activistreporter Monday, Feb. 28, 2005 at 9:42 AM

Gender issues in genocide will also be discussed during this week of activities at UCLA

Subject:

Genocide, Gender, Awareness, Action - Feb. 28 - Mar. 3

A dynamic, diverse group of student activists have formed a coalition to

focus attention on

genocide in the past (Armenia, Rwanda, the Holocaust) and the present

(Sudan), while also

remembering those who have perished. Gender issues in genocide will

also be discussed

during this week of activities at UCLA. Outstanding students, scholars,

and activists will be

participating.

Along with the most updated information about the crisis, the activities

are geared to a plan

of action as well -- how people can make a difference, how they can get

involved, what

individuals can do to bring about change to alleviate the crisis.



Crisis in Darfur: A Week of Awareness, A Call to Action

February 28 - March 3, 2005

The violence in the Darfur region of western Sudan intensified in 2003

when two groups,

the Sudanese Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality movement

declared open

rebellion against the government. Khartoum responded aggressively,

allegedly backing the

so-called jinjaweid militias (evil on horseback) which have committed

crimes against

humanity against citizens in Darfur. The UN reports that upwards of

70,000 have been

killed in the conflict though other sources estimate that over 300,000

people have perished

and 2.5 million have been displaced.

Monday, February 28, 6 PM, Kerckhoff Grand Salon

Panel: Genocide and Denial: Past, Present, and Future

Participants:

Jok Madut Jok - Loyola Marymount University (Sudan)

Levon Marashlian - Glendale Community College (Armenia)

Alexandre Kimenyi, California State University, Sacramento (Rwanda)

Richard Eaton--Simon Wiesenthal Center (Holocaust)

Co-Sponsors: Armenian Student Association, Progressive Jewish Students'

Association,

Hillel at UCLA

Tuesday, March 1, 6 - 8 PM, Moore 100

Screening of 'Nightline: A View from the Ground on the Killing in

Northeast Africa'

Speakers: John Prendergast, Special Advisor to the President,

International Crisis Group,

discussing effective ways to take action on the crisis. (confirmed)

Don Cheadle (invited)

Reception: immediately following the event - in Kerckhoff Patio

Sponsor: UNICEF

Wednesday, March 2, 6 - 8 PM, Bruin Walk

Plea for Peace -- Candlelight Vigil

A moment to remember the over 300,000 killed in Darfur and a plea for

peace on behalf of

those still suffering. Special speakers, spoken word, and images of

Darfur.

Sponsor: United Arab Society

Thursday, March 3, 6 - 9 PM, Kerckhoff Grand Salon

Panel "Crisis in Darfur: Responding to Violence Against Women"

6 -9 PM, Kerckhoff Grand Salon

Edmond Keller, Moderator

Participants:

Sondra Hale, UCLA Anthropology, Chair Women?s Studies Dept.

Georgette Gagnon, Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch, Africa Div.

Suliman Giddo, Founder/President Darfur Peace Development

Christine Nadori, MSF Board member (Doctors Without Borders)

Co-Sponsor: Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, UNICEF, Progressive

Jewish

Students? Association, Social Justice Alliance

Daytime Events:

Mock Refugee Camp -- Monday-Thursday (Court of Sciences, Dickson

Plaza)

Speak Out and March -- Wednesday, 12 - 1 PM, Meyerhoff Park

Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is - go to information

booth 6 on

Westwood

Directions: http://www.ucla.edu/map/ or call 310-825-4321 for recorded

directions.



For more information please contact:

Darfur Action Committee at UCLA

Tel: 310-780-0736

ucladac@yahoo.com

Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute, Globalization Research Center

- Africa, Darfur

Action Committee, Armenian Student Association, Progressive Jewish

Students'

Association, Hillel at UCLA, UNICEF, United Arab Society, Feminist

Majority Leadership

Alliance, UNICEF, Progressive Jewish Students' Association, Social

Justice Alliance, UCLA

African Studies Center

African Studies Center - email africa@international.ucla.edu

or phone

310-825-3686

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