Examining the Anti-Genocide Movement




The Encyclopædia Brittanica defines a social movement as a “loosely organized but sustained campaign in support of a social goal, typically either the implementation or the prevention of a change in society’s structure or values.”  Social movements have leveraged enduring change in the U.S. and around the world, from the civil rights movements to organizing workers’ rights, and to ending apartheid in South Africa. 

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11 million reasons to remember




The history of the Holocaust is well-documented; between 1939 and 1945, Nazis and their sympathizers murdered an estimated eleven million people in their quest to fulfill Adolf Hitler’s dream of a more perfect world devoid of Jews, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), homosexuals, people with intellectual or physical challenges, and beyond. I have to admit that one of the things that really grinds my gears

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Genocide Demands Our Attention




This blog was originally posted by Atlanta Jewish Times by Melanie Nelkin It’s tempting to get annoyed by the lost keys, angry drivers, long bank lines and other trivial annoyances that seem to collect by the end of the day. Realistically, they are “First World problems,” and they could be a lot worse. This year the Georgia General Assembly passed its fourth annual resolution

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Moving Beyond Witness: Organization Sign On Letter to President Obama




This letter to President Obama was sent on March 30, 2015 as part of Moving Beyond Witness. Moving Beyond Witness is a Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month (GAPM) national campaign to inspire community led initiatives to mark April 2015 as a month that nationally commemorates the past century of genocide and creates solidarity among people willing and able to respond to ongoing modern day

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Climate Change Talks and Human Rights Crises




This past year, International Human Rights Day, December 10, fell on the same day that negotiators gathered in Lima, Peru for the United Nations Climate Summit. It has long seemed that human rights and environmental justice are in two different arenas. The tactics to address the issues and strategies to ease negative impacts of each have remained separate. Human rights and environmental sustainability, however, could

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The Sinking of Sewol Sparks Terre Haute in Korean Community Engagement in the U.S.A.




On April 16, 2014, the South Korean ferry, Sewol, sank in the sea near Jindo County in South Korea. Many high school students drowned because of design flaws and from following wrong instructions from crew members for escaping the ship. South Koreans in and out of the country were devastated and angry about the news. In Terre Haute, Indiana, the South Korean families that lived

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Solidarity in Humanity




I hear frequent expressions of disillusionment not only from colleagues, but also from members of my community. They’re frustrated by daily reports of violence at home and abroad. They’re disturbed by expressions of intolerance and ignorance worldwide. They’re weary from the past ten years, which have been marked by economic instability, military interventions, and escalating violence in an increasing number of hot spots. I’m

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Theo Commits to Social Change




Have you tried an amazing Theo chocolate bar? I have always been partial to the brand because this Seattle based company shares its name with my husband, but even deeper than that connection, is the company’s commitment to social change. Theo chocolates has paved the way for a conversation and is significantly shaping the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). While the

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Sustainable Advocacy




Last quarter I wrote about why I believe the long, hard work of mass atrocity prevention is worth the struggle. While I deeply believe it is, the question how a person can sustainably spend a lifetime fighting injustice remains. How do you work in the darkest parts of the world, while still keeping your head above water? How do you not just survive, but

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