My friend Martha Boshnick of the Darfur Interfaith Network has been giving me a lot of information, and since this is Genocide Awareness Month, I’d like to pass some of it along to you. There is so much to learn, do, and see!
First, I have to say that I have more than my share of civic pride. I am a native-born Angelena, daughter of native-born Angelenos, and granddaughter and great-granddaughter of native-born Angelenos. Well, as it turns out, our pride in our city is not entirely misplaced. Los Angeles is a leader in fighting genocide, and the new mayor seems to think that this trend needs to continue. Thank you, Angelenos! You spoke and demanded government action, and you got it!
Speaking out works. There are lots of great organizations that organize action against genocide. Here are a few things you can do right now.
Facebook campaigns work. The situation in CAR is desperate. If you have a facebook account, click “demand” and let UNICEF publish publicly on your wall. Bring attention to the genocide, start a conversation, and show world leaders that there is as much support for ending genocide as there is for Betty White to host SNL.
Have a few dollars? $68 will pay a primary school teacher in South Sudan for a month. You can do that.
Are you in DC or Tel Aviv? Attend a Refugee Seder and bring attention to the plight of refugees around the world.
This all seems big, overwhelming, and hopeless much of the time. It’s big, all right. But it’s only hopeless if we act like the pawns of the government, rather than its owner. Own the government. End genocide.