Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy (Thursday, July 1st)

Hi everyone,

As many of you are already aware, OC for Darfur has expanded its focus to include additional regions where mass atrocities are occurring, such as Burma.

It can be challenging to understand the complexities of ethnically based violence in any country. In Burma, a country that does not allow journalists on the ground, information often gets out only through the underground courage of those who put their lives at risk to tell the story.

We are very excited and grateful to be partnered with University Synagogue and the Irvine Chapter of Amnesty International to offer an event, Thursday, July 1st, entitled, Understanding Burma: An Evening with Tim Aye Hardy.

I had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Tim through the Genocide Intervention Network Carl Wilkens Fellowship. He was born and raised in Burma, and a student organizer of the 1988 protests. His participation in this left him needing to flee the country because his life was endangered.

We will be screening the Academy Award nominated documentary Burma VJ, and having a conversation with Tim after the film. It is a rare opportunity to get him out here to Orange County from his current home in New York. We look forward to hearing his firsthand account of life in Burma and really hope you will join us for this event.

Barbara English
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
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Understanding Burma:
An Evening with Tim Aye Hardy

Understanding Burma: An Evening With Tim Aye Hardy

Thursday, July 1st 2010

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612


What is going on in Burma? How is a military machine of 500,000 soldiers able to deny a country of 50 million it’s most basic rights? Why has Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Price Laureate been under house arrest for over 14 years?

Join us for a screening of Burma VJ and a conversation with Tim Aye Hardy.


http://livingubuntu.org/events for more information. Please RSVP on the website.

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Genocide Today: A Discussion with Mark Hanis | Wed, June 17th

Mark Hanis, co-founder and President of GI-Net

Mark Hanis, co-founder and President of GI-Net

Hi everyone,

Mark Hanis, co-founder and President of Genocide Intervention Network is visiting Southern California this June.  We are honored to have him speak at University Synagogue on Wednesday, June 17th.

Genocide Intervention Network’s mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. As a grandchild of four Holocaust survivors, Mark has a deep understanding of individual persecution, and of hope and opportunity. Outraged by the international community’s inaction when the Darfur conflict began, Mark began on a journey that still continues today.

All details are on the website.  If you’re planning to come, please RSVP.  Hope you can make it.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur

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Never again? A Darfur refugee speaks


Jewish World Watch joins with University Synagogue and the Irvine United Congregational Church (IUCC) in hosting a talk by Adam Abakar, Darfuri activist and survivor of the genocide in his country.

Adam will speak at University Synagogue about his experiences in Darfur and a call to action.  Our Religious School students will give Jewish World Watch a check for money that they raised by selling Potholders for Peace.  At the reception following the talk, we will have an opportunity to be part of a digital postcard urging President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to take action immediately to end the slaughter in Sudan.

Come to this moving and important event.  Here is the flyer for the event.

Talk by Adam Abaker
Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30p

University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612