Genocide Intervention Network members attend D.C. leadership summit

Genocide Intervention Network members attend D.C. leadership summit

Three members of the Genocide Intervention Network-Minnesota attended the Genocide Prevention Leadership Summit March 24-25 in Washington, D.C. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Genocide Intervention Network.

Two years ago, the Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Conscience declared the crisis in Darfur to be genocide and hosts an exhibit about the atrocities. Jenny Le and Heather Schommer are pictured at the exhibit.

The summit brought together 150 leaders from colleges and universities, human rights organizations and civic and religious groups to build an anti-genocide constituency; to consider strategies for peace in Darfur, Sudan; and to enact the United Nations 2005 mandate of a "responsibility to protect" civilians at risk.

GI Net-Minnesota president Jenny Le, advisory board member Heather Schommer and state coordinator Dr. Ellen Kennedy attended the summit. They also met with Adam Peterman, senior legislative assistant and aide to Rep. Jim Ramstad (R.-Minn.), to urge Ramstad's greater advocacy for an end to the genocide in Darfur  As a result of the meeting, Ramstad has joined the Congressional Sudan Caucus.

Questions? E-mail GI-Net representatives:

  • Le, for information about the St. Thomas GI-Net chapter
  • Kennedy, for information about the state chapter

Also, visit the state GI-Net Web site and the national Web site.

To participate in an upcoming free conference about the Darfur crisis, go to the state GI-Net's conference Web page.