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the fact that most candidates running against President Omar Al-Bashir do not feel them to be free or fair and have withdrawn from the election.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


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

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Facing Disappointment… Heartbreak in your life, your community, the world (Saturday, April 24th)

Hi everyone,

“Stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur and keep them in your hearts”
“Write a letter, sign this postcard, and end the genocide”
“Rally, protest, shout… call your congressman and urge him to do more!”

Is all of this really going to make a difference? Can we really stop the genocide? Am I really helping the people of Darfur?

These are not simple questions. And have no easy answers.

One of our goals in Living Ubuntu is to address trauma not only at a global level (genocide), but also at an individual/personal level. To truly live “ubuntu”, requires being open not only to the pain of the people of Darfur, but also our own pain. Pain is pain. And most of us have elaborate ways to not fully ‘feel it’. And ‘act it out’ in various ways.

Are we genuinely open to the pain of the victims?
Or are we frantically acting because we don’t really want to feel that kind of helplessness and vulnerability?
Are we acting out of guilt, obligation or ???
How do we balance our daily struggles of life against the immense suffering of the people of Darfur?
How do we sit with the pain of being witness to the horror of their suffering?

This is why it feels very timely to present a Workshop on Disappointment, Grief and Heartbreak (issues all too common in the non-profit and activist world). We are honored to have Vincentia Schroeter PhD present on such a difficult topic. Vincentia has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years and brings a unique capacity for heartfelt sensitivity, wisdom, and strength to these issues. This workshop is a service to the community and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All details are on the website. I hope you will be able to join us.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

Facing Disappointment

Heartbreak in your life, your community, your world

Vincentia Schroeter, PhD

Facing Disappointment, workshop by Vincentia Schroeter

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, April 24 2010
9:00a – 12:00p

4010 Barranca Parkway, Ste. 253
Irvine, CA 92604

What does it mean when it keeps hurting? Why do some people move on more easily than others? How can we deal better with the endless chaos in the world?

Join us for a workshop on healing from loss, grief and heartbreak. This is a not-for-profit event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Advance registration is required for this event. Please visit for more information.

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