HONOR THE PAST, ACT NOW FOR DARFUR
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Lafayette Square, Across from the White House (Pennsylvania Ave and Jackson Pl, NW) Washington, DC
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 19, 2009 survivors from past genocides and mass atrocities including Darfur, South Sudan, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, the Holocaust, and Armenia will join together with faith leaders, leading anti-genocide advocates, and local activists to reflect on these atrocities and call on President Obama to act now for Darfur. The event will begin with a memorial ceremony by survivors to honor the lives that have been lost. Following the ceremony will be a speaking program featuring individuals who have been “upstanders” in the face of genocide. Speakers include:
Carl Wilkens – Director of World Outside My Shoes; only American to stay in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.
Jon Western – Former Balkans and East European Specialist at the U.S. Department of State, Professor
John Prendergast – Co-founder of the Enough Project
Jerry Fowler – President of the Save Darfur Coalition
Mohammed Yahya – President of the Damanga Coalition and Darfuri Leader
Fatima Haroun – Vice President of the Darfur Alert Coalition and Darfuri Leader
Rabbi Steve Gutow – President of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs
Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond – Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, MA, Chairwoman of the Save Darfur Coalition, and Co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper
Music will be provided by Themba Mawoko from Zimbabwe on the marimbas and Verity Norman from South Africa on the violin.
ZIMBABWE HUMAN RIGHTS SOLIDARITY CONCERT
The Festival Center of the Servant Leadership School, 1640 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2009 6:30PM – 9:30 PM
Africa Action & Transafrica Forum
Zimbabwe’s Chiwoniso performs entrancing and uplifting songs with ancient soul and modern spirit infused with the mesmerizing interlocking melodies of the mbira. Chiwoniso’s latest album Rebel Woman has received critical acclaim and topped charts around the world: http://www.chiwoniso.com
Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka and Outspoken & The Essence
Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka are Zimbabwe’s leading protest band, and Outspoken & The Essence is one of the country’s most cutting edge spoken word hip hop groups. Comrade Fatso & Chabvondoka’s album, House of Hunger, is banned in Zimbabwe yet has received praise globally having been labeled as ‘undeniably alluring’ by Canada’s Mail and Globe. Outspoken has performed regularly in Southern Africa having featured at most major poetry festivals in Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
April 18 is Zimbabwe’s independence day so we will hear the latest and reflect on the struggle for human rights and social justice in Zimbabwe.
April is also a month in which millions of lives were lost in some of the worst cases of crimes against humanity and genocide in human history. This includes the genocide in Rwanda, the war in Liberia, the holocaust, and genocide in Darfur. Join us as we take a moment to remember this past and reflect on the sanctity of human life and extend solidarity to calls for peace and justice around the world and Darfur in particular.
Suggested donation – $10
Proceeds will go towards supporting the Zimbabwe Solidarity Fund, which support efforts of grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe.
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