OC Walk Against Genocide is this Sunday, April 3rd

Hi everyone,

Living Ubuntu Retreat

Living Ubuntu Retreat in April is on "forgiveness". Click here for more details.

I hope you will join us this Sunday, April 3rd for the 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide in Orange County. Sponsored by our friends at Jewish World Watch, the goal of the event is to highlight the ongoing genocides in Darfur, Sudan and Eastern Congo.

Why now?

  • The Darfur genocide is now in its 8th year, during which 400,000 innocent Darfuris have been systematically murdered.
  • Among the most chilling world conflicts is the brutal war in Eastern Congo in which over 5.5 million civilians have been slaughtered in the past 14 years and millions more face brutal atrocities and displacement.
  • We are facing a world in which there are over 19 conflicts now at high risk of genocide.

Click here to see pictures from the 1st walk.  We hope you will join us as we stand together in solidarity toward ending genocide.  All details are below.

Warmly,

Barbara, Anshul & all of us at
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

PS: Live in Northern Cal?  Attend the Bay Area Walk Against Genocide on Sunday, April 10th.

 

Sunday, April 3rd 2011
8am till noon

Fountain Valley Sports Park – Great Lawn
16400 Brookhurst St.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708Jewish World Watch’s 3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide is Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Fountain Valley Sports Park from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Walk educates and mobilizes the community to act on behalf of ending genocide worldwide. 

The AWARENESS FAIR includes Information and Advocacy booths on Darfur, Sudan, Congo and other human rights abuses, Conflict Minerals Campaign advocacy opportunities, solar cooker demonstrations highlighting JWW’s Solar Cooker Project, remarks from OC’s leading civic leaders, arts and crafts, music and more.

Find out more at Jewish World Watch’s website »

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OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, April 13th

On this occasion last year, marking 15 years since the start of Rwanda’s descent into the inferno of genocide, I bowed my head to acknowledge our faults and our inability to bring the victims back. I said then, “What we can do—both for the victims and for those whose daily lives are still marred by the aftereffects of the genocide—is to rededicate ourselves to our shared commitment to human rights and human dignity. We believe that in war, there are rules. We believe that even in the pursuit of power, there are limits. We believe that even in a violent world, there are rights. We must be voices for action, even if we are sometimes lonely ones.”

I believe that still, for now and forever. Ladies and gentlemen, we have both a duty to mourn and a duty to act. We have both a responsibility to remember and a responsibility to protect. Genocide is not unstoppable. Atrocities are not inevitable. They need not be part of the landscape of world politics—unless we let them be.

- Susan Rice, on the anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide
April 7 2010 (complete speech)

Hi everyone,

Thank you to all who were able to attend our screening of “Rebuilding Hope” this past Saturday. We had close to 50 people attend. For most of us, the most endearing part was having a heartfelt, honest discussion with Wai, Simon, Issac, Ivan and our other Sudanese friends afterward. Thank you for driving down all the way from San Diego to join us. We will be posting the pictures shortly.

The next OC For Darfur planning meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday April 13th at 6:30p. There is a change in the location for this week. We will be meeting at our Living Ubuntu office in Newport Beach. Here is the address:

Living Ubuntu’s office @ 6:30p (*different location this week)
1151 Dove St. #210
Newport Beach, CA 92660

We will discuss:

  • Update on what’s going on in Sudan, Congo and Burma.
  • Trip to San Diego this Saturday for the opening of Sudanese-American Youth Center.
  • Jewish World Watch OC Walk to End Genocide on April 25.
  • The United States and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

If you’d like to get involved, we hope you will join us on Tuesday.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

Should Scott Gration support the elections in Sudan?

Hi everyone,

Earlier today, United States Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration was blasted by leaders of the opposition parties for supporting the upcoming elections in Sudan. We were surprised by his optimistic support despite the fact that most candidates running against President Omar Al-Bashir do not feel them to be free or fair and have withdrawn from the election.

“So he went to the Election Commission and they assured him that they are fair and unbiased. It is like asking a thief to swear he is honest and then believing him” a 26-years old student in Khartoum by the name of Khalid told Sudan Tribune.

Read the complete article here.

There are quite a few events coming up this weekend. Please see the listing below. We hope you will join us as we keep the people of Sudan caught in the middle of this chaos in our hearts and minds.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org


::: EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY THIS WEEKEND :::

Friday April 9, Screening of Children of the Congo: From War to Witches
6:30p refreshments, 7-9p screening and discussion. Hosted by Sister’s of St. Joseph of Orange
Address: St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868

Saturday April 10, The 25th Annual Great American Write-In
9:30a. Sponsored by Women For: Orange County
Address: Lakeview Senior Center, Woodbridge Community Park, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, between Alton and Barranca

Saturday April 10, Screening of “Rebuilding Hope” and panel discussion with Sudanese
7:00p screening and discussion. Sponsored by OC for Darfur, IUCC Peace & Justice Advocates and Amnesty International, Irvine chapter.
For additional information and to RSVP, please visit http://livingubuntu.org/events.

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Global Day for Sudan this Saturday, January 9th

Hi everyone,

2010 is an important year for Sudan. Elections are scheduled to be held in April and the referendum where the Southern Sudanese decide whether or not to stay part of Sudan is only a year away. Will the Sudanese government allow free and fair elections? Will we have genuine peace where the people of Darfur feel safe to return to their homes?

The Save Darfur Coalition and many other groups are organizing a Global Day for Sudan this Saturday, January 9th. The common theme for these events are performers who are drumming for peace. Members of Stop Genocide Now and Jewish World Watch are organizing one such event locally here in Los Angeles. Below are the details.

Sudan on the Brink – a Fire and Drum Rally
Saturday, January 9 at 6:00p

Los Angeles Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Click here for more information. Here is a link to the Facebook event.

I hope we keep the people of Sudan in our hearts and minds and stand in solidarity with them as they go through this unprecedented time in their country.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur
ocfordarfur.org | calendar | photos | shop | blog | facebook | twitter

Over 2000 walk for Darfur in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Walk for Darfur 2009 (from latimes.com)

Los Angeles Walk for Darfur 2009 (from latimes.com)

Jewish World Watch held a hugely successful Rally for Darfur in Los Angeles yesterday.   Over 2000 people attended and they raised over $100,000.

“We . . . made a promise to our ancestors to never forget,” Riter (Rabbi Ted Riter of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks) said, referring to a commitment by fellow Jews not to let atrocities such as the Holocaust go unchallenged.

“You think we’d learn the lesson, and we haven’t,” he said. “We don’t want our kids to have to walk.”

Congratulations to Mina Rush and everyone else at JWW for doing an excellent job in raising the awareness of the genocide in Darfur.  And this after organizing the first ever Rally for Darfur in Orange County.  Kudos!

Read the article in the LA Times.

And the coverage by the Daily News.

Orange County walks in solidarity with Darfur

Click here to see all pictures from the Rally for Darfur

Click here to see all pictures from the Rally for Darfur

The first ever Rally for Darfur this past Sunday, May 17th (organized by Jewish World Watch) was a tremendous success.  We had over 450 people attend from all over Orange County.  And the event was even written up in the OC Register.

The event held at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley brought together about 450 religious leaders, synagogue members, dignitaries and activists to call attention to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

Heather Pritchard from our group asked people in attendance why they were there and their thoughts on the situation in Darfur.  Here are some of her videos.

Watch more videos »

Update from OC for Darfur | Friday, May 15th

Hi everyone,

I hope you will join us at the first ever Orange County Rally for Darfur this Sunday.  This walk is being sponsored by Jewish World Watch and numerous Orange County Synagogues.

When:
Sunday, May 17th at 2:30p

Where:
Mile Square Regional Park
16400 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley 92708
* meeting behind the Rec center (turn in on Heil)


Come with your pets, friends and family.  Click here for more information.  See you Sunday.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur
ocfordarfur.org



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