Rwanda, 1994 - Survivor of Hutu death camp. Photo by James Nachtwey
Mackenzie Mohr © 2011 ADV325 Robert Kolt
G E N O C I D E AND HOW YOU CAN HELP Future Solutions Today
RAISING AWARENESS Genocide is a terrible injustice that destroys the integrity and the lives of a targeted group of people. We can do something to help.
1. Call 1-800-GENOCIDE, free of charge. Tell your elected officials about genocide-related initiatives. 2. This hopes to raise awareness in Washington, D.C. and in our local communities. 3. The message played on the line will share information about genocide and what you can do to help. 4. You will be asked to enter your zip code to direct your call properly to an elected official. 5. The voice will then ask if you want to be connected with your local representative, state representative, or the Whitehouse offices. 6. The voice will prepare you to talk with a person or leave a message, discussing information about genocide and how the government should be involved in initiatives. The voice will give you things to say and important points to make when discussing genocide. 7. You will then be directly connected to a local or state representative's office or a Whitehouse representative’s office. 8. You now have the opportunity to make a difference by raising awareness of genocide. Let the person know how you feel about genocide and your ideas of helping those in need.
AFTER THE CALL After you have called 1-800-GENOCIDE, here are a few things you should do in order to spread awareness locally. Talk to your friends and family about your phone call to 1-800-GENOCIDE.
Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
Make posters advertising 1-800-GENOCIDE and post them around schools, office buildings, restaurants, etc.
1. Make sure you are capable and have the means by which to support another family in your home, in addition to your own.
Post notices in newspapers or church bulletins advertising 1-800-GENOCIDE.
2. Contact your local organization or parish and ask about genocide refugee programs. If your organization or church does not have any, it will probably refer you to another organization does have one. If not, ask.
Write to newspapers asking them to run a feature on 1-800-GENOCIDE, informing them of how we can help.
SOCIAL ACTION PLAN Goal: The goal of this social action plan is to bring as many families as possible that were affected, or are being affected, by the genocide in Darfur or Sudan over to the United States. They will be temporarily housed in the homes of volunteers until they are prepared to continue life in the United States in their own homes.
Rationale: This plan will succeed because it focuses on small, specific groups of people instead of trying to solve a large problem all at once. Over time, this plan will make a difference. If enough people participate in this social action plan, we have the potential to help or save hundreds of thousands of suffering people. A high number of participants make a world of difference to families.
3. Meet with the representative from your organization or parish and discuss the specifications of the program. This will probably require you to fill out some paperwork. 4. Donate the specified amount of money. You may have to pay for all or part of the refugee’s travel costs, depending on your organization or parish. 5. You will probably have to wait anywhere from a week to several months for the family to actually arrive in the U.S. During this time, you may be given the opportunity to communicate with your family through written letters or e-mail to become acquainted with each other, depending on the organization and the family’s situation. 6. You may be given the option of meeting the family at the airport, but your organization or parish may do so. 7. Once all the formalities have been completed, the family will arrive at your home. 8. Depending on the organization and your own specific capabilities, the family will stay in your home anywhere from a few days to several months. Resources: Volunteers, Money, Living Spaces (house, apartment, condominium, etc.), Food, Clothing.
WANT TO LEARN MORE? A brochure can only say so much; to learn more, go to:
www.GenocideIntervention.net OR CALL