In April 2009, the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition with two partners initiated lobbying efforts to have the California State Legislature pass a resolution to commemorate April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in California. In April 2010, their efforts were successful as the California State Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 144 proclaiming April of each year as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.
This is a great sucess and I wanted to share an invitation I received for the first annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition (SFBADC). The event is on Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 12 noon untill 3pm at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA.
The Bay Area Walk against Genocide will include amazing speakers, several organizations working in conflict resolution, peace-building, genocide awareness and prevention, and a fundraising walk around the lake with an expected turnout of over 600 participants.
The proceeds from the walk will be donated to American Jewish World Service, Catholic Relief Service, and the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition. Tickets will cost $20 family/ $10 standard /$7 student / $5 child. For more information, questions or to purchase tickets please call 510- 286-7919 or click here. Please go out and support the walk against genocide.
The San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition will continue to work to highlight Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month by (1) building and growing a community of annual participants, (2) raising visibility and voices of survivors and descendants of past genocides, (3) creating opportunities for genocide prevention advocacy, and (4) raising funds for ongoing conflict zone services and advocacy efforts to end genocide.
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Go out and join the Walk against Genocide, and let us know if you would like to share your pictures or experience with us.