Barbaralynn Moseman ’13 of WeSTAND writes in to tell y’all ’bout this real cool talk that’s happening Tuesday evening:
WeSTAND Presents: A Rwanda Nonprofit’s Perspective
Come to hear Michael Brotchner, founder of Generation Rwanda and Wes Alum speak about conflict in Rwanda and working as the first executive director for Generation Rwanda. Food from typhoon will be served!
Date: April 19
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Come to STAND’s informational meeting of the semester to learn about what we do! We discuss, fundraise, and plan events about the conflict in Darfur, and we will be expanding our view to look at other conflicts in Africa as well as what’s happening right now in Egypt. Come get involved!!
- Date: Tomorrow, Feb. 7
- Time: 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM
- Place: Usdan 110
From Barbaralynn Moseman ’13:
The ICC was created in 2002 to attempt to apply the rule of law worldwide to protect the most basic human rights. “The Reckoning” is a documentary film which outlines the history of the ICC in international politics and brings personal stories from prosecutors’ investigations, victims, perpetrators, and local activists in the first four conflict situations where the ICC intervened (northern Uganda, Colombia, Darfur/Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo). Join Wesleyan Students Taking Action Now Darfur for a showing of this film. Dinner and discussion to acccompany film!
- Date: TODAY, Nov. 8
- Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Place: Woodhead Lounge/ESC 184
From Shelby Arnold ’12:
First WeSTAND Meeting of the Year!!
WeSTAND (Wesleyan Students Taking Action Now for Darfur) is having its first meeting this Wednesday! Come discuss plans for fundraisers, speakers, film screenings and other projects for this year! Bring all of your ideas and friends!
(Delicious snacks will be provided.)
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Time: 9:00 PM – 10:00 AM
Place: Usdan 110
Shelby Arnold ’12 and Geri Rosenberg ’12 write in to tell us about WeSTAND, a student group advocating to help the people in Darfur:
Kick off second semester by joining WeSTAND!!!
When: Mondays, 10 PM
Where: Usdan 110
WeSTAND is a student group advocating help to the refugees of the Darfur Crisis. The Darfur region of Sudan has been undergoing harsh genocide for the past 6 years. Last semester, we went into the local high school to educate others about the crisis, held movie showings, and much more. This semester we want you to be involved to help us do even more to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur.
Come see Sand and Sorrow, a film about the conflict in Sudan and the genocide in Darfur, directed by Paul Freedman and narrated by George Clooney.
The movie will be followed by a discussion with members of WeSTAND, baked goods will be provided for FREE!
Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 7 pm
Place: Shanklin 107
WESTAND presents: The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Since 1998 a brutal war has been raging in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over 4 million people have died. And there are the uncountable casualties: the many tens of thousands of women and girls who have been systematically kidnapped, raped, mutilated and tortured by soldiers from both foreign militias and the Congolese army.
The world knows nothing of these women. Their stories have never been told. They suffer and die in silence. In The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo these brave women finally speak.
Emmy Award winning producer/director Lisa F. Jackson spent 2006 in the war zones of eastern DRC documenting the tragic plight of women and girls in that country’s intractable conflict. She was afforded privileged access to not only the grotesque realities of life in Congo (including interviews with self-confessed rapists) but also to examples of resiliency, resistance, courage and grace.
Jackson was herself gang raped in 1976 and shared her experience with the survivors she interviewed. These women in turn recount their stories with an honesty and immediacy pulverizing in its intimacy and detail. The film is a journey into a literal heart of darkness, a search for survivors who pay witness to their own experiences, and break the silence.
Background, context and opinion are provided by interviews with peacekeepers, politicians, activists, doctors and priests. But above all there is the wrenching testimony from dozens of survivors of sexual violence who recount stories of chilling barbarity. This film gives them dignity, a face and a voice that will finally break the silence that surrounds their plight.
Date: Thursday, May 1st
Time: 6:00 Free Dinner
6:30 Film Screening
Place: PAC 002
For more information: http://www.thegreatestsilence.org/
On behalf of WESTAND, Katie Krauss ’08 writes:
It is extremely important that anyone who is in favor of mandating genocide education in Connecticut secondary schools attends this hearing. Currently the Connecticut legislators sponsoring this bill are advocating for a bill that only recommends genocide education be provided rather than mandating it. At this hearing, we will be thanking the Education Committee for introducing a bill that creates a genocide curricular resource guide, but also asking them for a bill that makes genocide education a permanent and sustainable part of secondary school curricula. Come and show your support!
This is a great opportunity and it requires very little effort! WESTAND would also like to film the event and conduct interviews for our documentary.
Check out this site to learn more, and email Katie for more information and to arrange rides.
Date: Friday, Feb. 29
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: State Capitol (Hartford, CT)