Who Is… Samantha Power?

Samantha Power addresses reporters on evidence of Syrian chemical weapons attacks collected by U.N. investigators.-photo by: Stan Honda

Personal Background and Education

Ambassador Power was born in Dublin, Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of nine.  She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Power’s first profession was that of field journalist.  She covered the Yugoslav Wars and reported from Rwanda and Sudan.  Power was later the Founding Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1998 to 2002.  Here, she also became the Ann Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy.  She is married to Cass Sunstein, and they have two children.

Professional Experience

On August 2nd, 2013, Dr. Samantha Power became the acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN (she replaced Susan Elizabeth Rice as the nominee in June) and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet.  Dr. Power’s previous posts under the Obama administration include Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Council from 2009 to 2013.  During this time she also directed the fledgeling Atrocities Prevention Board. In these positions, Power directed efforts toward UN reform, advocated for LGBT and women’s rights,  addressed human trafficking and the safeguarding of religious minorities.

Now, in case you are feeling a bit winded just from reading a resume (I know I am), there is a reason why Power’s work, and resulting appointment as U.N. Ambassador, is so crucial to organizations like Living Ubuntu and the victimized and oppressed around the globe… her unwavering commitment to human rights, specifically in the Middle East, North Africa, Sudan and Burma.

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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.


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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When Anxiety Holds You Back (Saturday, January 30th)

Hi everyone,

Mac Eaton Workshop in July 2009

Read about Mac Eaton's workshop in July 2009

Lately it seems uncertainty is everywhere, and for many people that means more anxiety. On the global front, the elections in Sudan are scheduled for April of this year and few of us trust them to be free or fair. In addition, the economy remains shaky, wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East continue, our politicians continue to bicker over health care, and now the earthquake in Haiti… we often get pulled in many different directions all at the same time. Is it any wonder we feel so frenzied?

From time to time we hear people talk about how hard it is for them to feel justified in attending to their own needs when they think about the extreme suffering in Darfur. Perhaps it is human nature to compare, yet when this comparison leads us to feel guilty about taking care of our own needs, it is destructive. It is as if knowing of global horrors is supposed to nullify the hardship we have in our own life. “If others are living in extreme poverty, how can I speak up about my family having trouble in this terrible economy?” Or, “If atrocities are occurring in so many places in the world, what right do I have to tell you about feeling insecure?” Yet, this is a recipe for disaster. The over-givers who inadvertently practice self-neglect are at risk of winding up with less to give others, and hitting burn out sooner.

So, how do we remain caring about others who suffer, and still manage to find room for ourselves? Our pain? Our anxiety? Our daily struggles in life?

In Living Ubuntu, we seek to help people find this balance. As part of this effort, last year we launched a workshop series (in collaboration with Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis) to address such issues. At the end of this month, Mac Eaton PhD, one of the senior members of SCIBA, will be presenting, When Anxiety Holds You Back. Mac offers a wealth of experience and heart as a psychotherapist and we are honored to have him speak to us. As with all our events, if there are any financial concerns, please do get in touch with us. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All details are on the website. We hope you will join us.

Barbara & AnshulOrange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

“The defenses we erect to protect us create the very condition we are trying to avoid. Thus, when someone builds a castle to protect his liberty, he ends up as a prisoner in his own castle because he dares not leave it… No person is free who is tied to a defensive position.”
– Alexander Lowen

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When Anxiety Holds You Back


Mac Eaton, PhD

I Dreamed That Love Would Never Die

presented by

Living Ubuntu
Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis

Saturday, January 30 2010
9:00a – 12:00p

17100 Gillette
Irvine, CA 92614

Those of us who are anxious often feel compelled to keep what we are afraid of a secret. Join us in this workshop where we explore the nature of anxiety and learn how to overcome this shame.

Advance registration is required for this event. Please visit http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information.

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