Screening of “Worse Than War” next Saturday, March 12th

Hi everyone,

Part of the challenge for us in OC for Darfur is to how to increase awareness and advocacy, without traumatizing people or inadvertently contributing to compassion fatigue in volunteers and activists.  We are dealing with human rights abuses that are deeply disturbing.  Feeling a sense of belonging within a community of supportive like-minded others is essential in order to expand our capacity to remain engaged over the long haul.

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. In advance of that, we have chosen to screen a film in March that provides a meaningful overview of the genocides in our recent history.  We invite you to join us next Saturday, March 12th for a screening of Worse than War, as we seek to find it within ourselves to bear witness.  All details are below and on the website.

Genocide is ultimately the most extreme form of assault on our humanity that we live with on the planet today.  The horror of it can feel unbearable.  It takes a toll on us and tears at the very core of the beliefs we want to hold onto about our humanity.  It is only within our connection to one another that we find both vulnerability and strength to sustain us.

Hope you can join us!

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

Screening of “Worse Than War”

Screening of "Worse than war"

“By the most fundamental measure – the number of people killed – the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war…”
– Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Worse Than War

Saturday, March 12th
6:45p refreshments
7:00p screening
9:00p discussion

Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, California 92604

Cost:
Free

How and why do genocides start?  Why do the perpetrators kill?  Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner?

Join us as we screen this searingly honest examination of the causes of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Visit http://livingubuntu.org/events or call (949) 891-2005 for more information. Please help us in planning for the event and RSVP on the website.

presented by:
Advocates for Peace & Justice, Irvine United Congregational Church
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

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OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, Feb 16th

Hi everyone,

We have a continual struggle to live with. On the one hand, horrors beyond words are taking place in Sudan, Congo, Burma, and other places also. On the other hand, we need to maintain focus on our own life here. Often we see people opt for a black and white perspective, "I can’t worry about these other issues, I have my own problems." Other times we have heard the guilt some people feel when they are concerned about the difficulties in their own life, saying, "I know my problems are nothing compared to those in Darfur."

Orange County for Darfur continues its efforts to raise awareness of what is happening in Sudan, Congo, Burma, and about issues relevant to preventing future genocides. Our challenge in part is to remain caring about one another, including the day-to-day struggles we live with here, while returning to the place inside ourselves that can open just a little bit more in caring about those far away. Ultimately, we need a worldview that is large enough that we can all fit into it.

We hope you will join us at our next meeting this Tuesday, February 16th 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, Congo and Burma.
  • Huntington Beach Reads events in February
  • Worse Than War, The Greatest Silence and Burma VJ screening
  • Orange County Walk Against Genocide in April.

If you’d like to get involved and help with the planning of any of these activities, I hope you will join us :)

See you on Tuesday.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur
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