Take a stand against genocide

Take a stand against genocide

From the UST chapter of the Genocide Intervention Network

The crisis in Darfur, Sudan, is becoming increasingly more urgent. Recently, five members of the African Union peacekeeping force were killed. Since fighting began in 2003, more than 400,000 innocent civilians have been killed and more than 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes and villages.

We each can do something to take a stand in the face of the 21st century's first genocide.

The Genocide Intervention Network will host a conference, "Fighting Back: Organizing the Anti-Genocide Constituency,” from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Thomas. This is a free conference for people who want to learn how to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.

Speakers include: Alex Ergolin and Susan Fink from the American Refugee Committee, who will give an overview and updates of the situation in Darfur; Dr. Stephen Feinstein, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota; Minnesota Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul), sponsor of Sudan divestment legislation in the Minnesota Senate; Scott Wisor, national director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force; Bob Hughes, public relations expert from the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and members of Wellstone Action, who will lead workshops on advocacy and organizing.

To register, e-mail Dr. Ellen Kennedy.

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