OC for Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, Nov 24th

Hi everyone,

President Obama was in China earlier this week. Many of us in the anti-genocide movement were hoping he would discuss genocide and Sudan with President Hu Jintao. But he chose not to. This was disappointing. Undoubtedly, the President has a full plate with a whole host of important issues that need attention. However, genocide continues because of apathy and “business as usual”. The United States needs to live up to it’s ideals of justice and freedom and advocate for those whose voices do not get heard; who suffer through the consequences of genocide and such gross violations of their basic humanity.

To continue the pressure on the government, GI-Net, in collaboration with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is launching a national campaign to get people to join the movement and Pledge 2 Protect. The goal is to gather 100,000 signatures during the first week of December (1-7). Orange County for Darfur is participating in this effort. And we would love to have your support. If you’d like to help, please attend the meeting this week.

Our next planning meeting is this Tuesday, Nov 24th at 6:30p. We will meet at Patty’s office in Newport Beach. Here is the address.

Patty’s office @ 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300
Newport Beach, CA 92660

We will discuss:

  • Update on what’s going on in Darfur, Burma and the Congo.
  • Launch of the National Canvas in the first week of December.
  • Planning for the screening of The Greatest Silence in early 2010.

If you’d like to get involved and help with the planning of any of these activities, we would love to have you come and attend :)

See you on Tuesday.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur
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OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, Nov 10th

Hi everyone,

Right now, Barbara and I are in Washington DC attending the Pledge 2 Protect conference. Yesterday we heard a panel discussion on the recently released recommendations from the Genocide Prevention Task Force which includes former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. I was surprised to learn that President Obama has not issued a presidential policy directive on Sudan. The message so far has been that on a critical issue like genocide, we need the clear leadership from the President himself.

Also, Jewish World Watch is expanding their focus on the massive atrocities being committed against women in the Congo. Currently some of their members are on a fact finding mission there. You can follow their progress and personal moving stories on their blog.

Our next planning meeting is this Tuesday, Nov 10th at 6:30p. We will meet at Patty’s office in Newport Beach. Here is the address.

Patty’s office @ 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA 92660

We will discuss:

  • Update on what’s going on in Darfur right now.
  • What else does the anti-genocide movement need?
  • Report from Barbara and Anshul’s trip to DC.
  • Planning for our upcoming talk at the "Walk in My Shoes" conference at UCI.

If you’d like to get involved and help with the planning of any of these activities, we would love to have you come and attend :)

See you on Tuesday.

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