2017-04-30: 4th Annual Walk Against Genocide, 1:30-3pm, starting at the New England Holocaust Memorial, 98 Union St, Boston, and proceeding to Armenian Heritage Park, with speakers at both sites. The program will feature survivors and descendants speaking on the genocide and mass killing experiences of Arawak native Americans, Armenians, Ukrainians (Holodomor), the Holocaust, Cambodians, Rwandan Tutsis, Bosnians, Congolese, Darfuris (Sudan), Nubans (Sudan) and Kurds. Co-sponsors include Armenian Assembly of America, Armenian Heritage Foundation, Armenian National Committee of Eastern Massachusetts, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University, Congolese Genocide Awareness, Facing History and Ourselves, Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES), Greater Boston Holodomor Remembrance Committee, JCRC of Greater Boston, Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA), Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina, New England Kurdish Association, Nuba Mountains International Association, and Temple B’nai Brith of Somerville. Flyer here. If you are on facebook, add yourself as an attendee and invite Boston-area friends to join us.
2017-04-27: Screening of The Heart of Nuba, 7pm, screening and panel discussion, National Park Service’ Visitors Center, Salem. This inspiring film is about the plight of the Nuban people in Sudan, under attack by their government since 2011, and focuses on the work of Dr. Tom Catena in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Tom was a finalist for the 2016 Aurora Prize and highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in 2015. Information about the film is online at www.theheartofnuba.com. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Q&A featuring Kenneth Carlson, the producer of the film, and Aymen Korika, from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University. Free.
2017-04-23: 102nd Armenian Genocide Commemoration at the Park 2017, 3-5pm, Armenian Heritage Park, 110 Atlantic Ave, Boston. Guest speakers include His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Former US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.
2017-04-23: Community Holocaust Commemoration of Yom HaShoah, “Raising Our Voices: Music, Art, and Remembrance,” 10:30am, Faneuil Hall, Boston. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and its partners. Featuring speaker Rabbi Joseph Polak. The community commemoration of the Holocaust brings together the Jewish and broader community to honor our local survivors, pay tribute to those who perished, transmit memory and ensure an enduring commitment to preserving this critical legacy. RSVP requested here.
2017-04-21: State House Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, 10:30 AM – noon, House of Representatives Chamber at the Massachusetts State House, Boston. Reception to follow in the Hall of Flags.
2017-04-15: 23nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi, 3-6pm, Boston College High School, 150 William T. Morrissey Blvd Dorchester. Sponsored by Friends of Rwandan Genocide Survivors (FORGES) and Boston College High School. Please join us as we remember the victims, celebrate the resilience of survivors, and raise our voices to stand against genocides.
2017-04-08: 23rd Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, 3-6pm, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham. The panel of speakers will include a United Nations representative, experts on the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust, and a Rwandan survivor. This year we commemorate Kwibuka 23. Please join us, The Rwandan Community of New England and friends of Rwanda, in remembrance of the victims of the Rwandan Genocide.
2017-04-07: Get On the Bus 2017 will feature actions focused on Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tibet/China and Honduras. The annual day of human rights education and activism organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville. Now in its twenty first year, GOTB draws upwards of 1,200 participants riding buses, commuter trains, and carpooling down to New York City to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in NYC in support of human rights. Buses will depart Alewife Station at about 6am and will return around 11pm. Register online here.
2017-04-07: Remembering the Victims of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda: A Panel Discussion, 4:30-6pm, B-400 Land Lecture Hall, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School. Join the Carr Center and a group of Rwandan students from Harvard University for a commemorative seminar in honor of the victims of the 1994 genocide of Rwandans. This seminar will include a panel discussion about crimes of genocide and how the global community can work together to prevent such atrocities from happening again in Rwanda and other countries. The distinguished speakers will engage in an open discussion on how the Rwandan people have transcended the tragedy and how their experience can help shape peacebuilding interventions in other countries in conflict. Panelists: El Ghassim Wane – UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Michael Fairbanks – Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (worked extensively on Rwandan issues & sits on President Kagame’s advisory board), Prof. Timothy McCarthy – Carr Center for Human Rights, Belise Rutagengwa – Survivor Rwandan Genocide & student at Tufts University.
2017-02-12: Screening of The Heart of Nuba, 2-4pm, screening and panel discussion, Rabb Hall at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston. This inspiring film is about the plight of the Nuban people in Sudan, under attack by their government since 2011, and focuses on the work of Dr. Tom Catena in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Tom was a finalist for the 2016 Aurora Prize and highlighted by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in 2015. Information about the film is online at www.theheartofnuba.com. After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Q&A featuring Kenneth Carlson, the producer of the film, and Aymen Korika, from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Co-sponsored by Amnesty International Group 133, Armenian Assembly of America, Bethel A.M.E Church, Investors Against Genocide, Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association, Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, Old South Church in Boston, Physicians for Human Rights, Temple Emunah-Lexington, Temple Isaiah-Lexington, Temple Israel of Boston, and Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord. Flyer here. Tell us you are coming to the event via facebook; this RSVP is appreciated, but not required.