Hey UNCC Standers!
Just wanted to remind you to make time to stroll through the MUSEUM OF OPPRESSION!/group.php?gid=52783523534

We just finished setting up the Genocide Exhibit and it looks AMAZING this year! We hope it will inspire and educate many people on the realities of past and present genocidal conflicts. All of the exhibits are worth checking out, so definately make time to check it out inbetween classes! The Museum will be open from tommorow at 12pm until Wednesday at 8pm.!/event.php?eid=197565663600378
& dont forget to invite all your friends and classmates. : ) Have a great week!

Stephanie Mauvlyn Braun
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
UNC Charlotte Chapter

Don’t stand by, STAND UP!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8

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STAND Education News Briefs: February 24 – March 1

A spokesman for the Sudanese government suggested that President Omar al-Bashir may relinquish his 20 years of power over Sudan after his current term expires. Bashir’s decision comes as Student protest have broken out across northern Sudan.
As reports of violence in Libya increase, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry has accused Darfur rebels of involvement in the crisis . JEM leaders have denied accusations that members of its group are acting as mercenaries on behalf of Libya’s leader.
Violence in Darfur escalated for the fifth week in row as Antonov aircraft, MIGs, and helicopters bombed villages including Wadi Mura, Tangarara, Tagala, Magalei, and Kokai. Ground forces of more then 150 vehicles supported the air raids. Violence between Rebels and Sudan’s Government troop continues to displace residents.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Lieutenant Colonel Kibibi Mutware has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the rape of 60 women on New Years day in the eastern Congolese town of Fizi. With numerous observers and victims expecting the death penalty for Mutware and the eight accused soldiers, many of the 2,000 people present at the mobile court expressed anger over the verdict.
In the region of the eastern Congo, 40 civilians were raped in the past two weeks by mostly military groups. UN officials, discouraged by the unending acts of sexual violence in the DRC, have tallied 150 reports of rape since the beginning of 2011.
Six gunmen were killed and an unknown number were captured following an attempted attack on President Joseph Kabila’s house in the capital of Kinshasa. The alleged ‘coup’ was repelled by army forces at checkpoint to the presidential palace.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will return to Burma after a five year absence in response to the government’s military regime. Their presence will help provide life-saving treatments needed by tens of thousands in Burma.
The Burmese government recently deployed tanks and troops near the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). On February 21, a special meeting of the KIO People’s Defense Force was called.
Roads leading to a Shan rebel base have been closed by the Burmese Army since February 20. According to sources within Burma, this may be a precursor to an offensive against the Shan base. 
Areas of Concern
Although NATO claims that Afghanistan is becoming more secure, the UN says that the security situation is worse than it has been since the Taliban was removed from power.  UN relief agencies have regular access to only 30% of the country and almost no access to another 40%.
Following deadly clashes that occurred during Iraq’s “Day of Rage” on February 25 in which thousands of Iraqis protested government corruption, poor government services, and limited freedom of expression, the revered Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqi politicians to listen to civilians’s calls for reform.
The Haqqani network of the Taliban in remains rooted  in North Waziristan, Pakistan, despite a recent surge in drone strikes.  The Haqqani network is regarded as a more brutal faction of the Taliban, and participates in deadly attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In the midst of deadly fighting on February 23, African Union peacekeepers and Somalia Transitional Federal Government troops recaptured important Mogadishu locations that have been strongholds for al-Shabaab, including the former Ministry of Defense.
On the Radar: Libya
In a UN Security Council meeting on February 26, all 15 members voted to impose sanctions (including an arms embargo, freezing assets, and travel bans) on Gaddafi and several of his key government officers and to refer the violent crackdown to the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity.  The U.S. and Switzerland have already frozen assets held by Gaddafi and his associates in U.S.- and Switzerland- controlled banks.  American officials are also considering a no-fly zone to prevent further air strikes against anti-Gaddafi protesters.
-The Education Team:  Aaron Alberico, Bennett Collins, Roberta Barnett, Rosslyn Steinmetz, and Ashton Simmons
AWESOME upcoming event!!
The African Studies Academy at UNC Charlotte invites all interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the public to attend the following presentation: 
Thursday, March 17
“The Role of African Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction”
David Mwambari
Rwandan genocide survivor and Sanejo co-founder (
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Barnard 244
Co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, Office of International Programs, and Department of Africana Studies
As a child in Rwanda in 1994, Mr. Mwambari witnessed a horrible genocide in that country before escaping with his family to Kenya. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at United States International University in Nairobi and another master’s degree at Syracuse University in New York. He recently co-founded a non-profit organization that promotes education to help reconstruct Rwanda and other post-conflict societies. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Beth Whitaker at

Stephanie Mauvlyn Braun
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
UNC Charlotte Chapter

Don’t stand by, STAND UP!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8

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[STAND Core] Notes on Libya

Stand Core update on Libya from Daniel:

Hello All! I’m sure most of you have already heard about the situation in Libya, which is increasingly becoming a crisis of particular concern. We’ve been monitoring the situation along with staff in the DC office, and thought it would be helpful to provide you with an update on our deliberations. We’ll send out a follow-up action email this afternoon with advocacy opportunities. In the meantime, if you have any questions, articles of interest, or suggestions you want to throw out to the group–please “Reply All”–we’d definitely like your feedback, especially regarding your chapter’s capacity for rapid response on this issue. Here’s what we’ve got on Libya:

Potential Actors of Influence:

  • Ambassador Susan Rice: Encouraging UN Security Council action or UN member states action
  • Secretary Clinton: coordinate with Rice; Top level pressure on international actors and Libyan officials
  • President Obama: Demonstrate U.S. leadership with a strong statement on mass atrocities by the Qaddafi regime

Timeline/Ongoing Actions: We won’t know which actor above will be able to exert the most influence until we hear back from the UNSC meeting that took place yesterday. There might be things that come out of that that we were originally asking for and can cross off the list. Allyson (my advocacy counterpart in the GI-NET/SDC office) and I are keeping an eye on the UNSC meeting results, and will be circling back with staff on outcomes from that meeting. We’re narrowing down targets and figuring out which ask is the most crucial right now, so we’ll send out an action email once that becomes clear. Right now, it looks like we’re targeting the State Department with the no-fly zone ask (below).

What we and your chapter members can all do in the meantime: Post on the State Department FB page calling for a no-fly zone in Libya and a stronger statement from the administration on the situation. Read up on some of the articles about Libya being posted on STAND’s Facebook page, comment with questions or concerns, and throw out articles to this group too so every one can stay informed You can also check out my blog post for a quick recap: FB/Twitter posts pubbing the articles you find and sharing them with your chapter Use the messaging points below in your social media posts and emails to your chapter members (Let us know if there’s something else we can provide you with to assist your chapter’s advocacy efforts. We’re working on an action alert you can send out, as well as a one-pager and call-in talking points. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?)

Talking Points:

  •  The situation on the ground: orders to target civilians are coming from the highest level of the Libyan government– stopping intentional large scale targeting of civilians fits directly into our mission
  • Deterrence: Need to send message to other world leaders not to employ “the Libya option” in response to pro-democracy protests (i.e. the intentional targeting of civilians as a tool of domestic repression)
  • Only around 250 deaths are confirmed by HRW, but, by this point, we may be talking about thousands of civilian deaths: 250 deaths were confirmed before the orders were given for planes to shoot on crowds of protesters. See the GI-NET/SDC press statement “While a specific civilian casualty count cannot be determined, the nature of the attacks suggests the death toll increased dramatically on Monday.”
  • Many ambassadors and military officers have defected from the regime and called on international community to intervene.
  • Little information is coming out of Libya, information is coming through on the ground sources using satellite phones; mobile networks have been shut down
  • Threats were issued by the government at the highest levels if protesters didn’t return to their homes — “blood will run in the streets” rhetoric.
  • Potential enforcers of a no-fly zone are the US, Italy (NATO), and Egypt (among others), though the enforcement of the no-fly zone by a coalition force should take place under the auspices of UNSC approval. Enforcement of a no-fly zone encompasses the targeting of Libyan planes or Libyan air assets on the ground.

What’s happening behind the scenes (Some of this is what’s happening in the office, but I wanted to include it so you know what’s happening, who we’re coordinating with, and where some of our information is coming from):

  • The policy team in the DC office is meeting now to talk about the outcomes from yesterday’s UN Security Council meeting and other info they’ve received from partners and other actors. Daniel (not me) is doing targeted outreach to administration officials and international partners Allyson is doing targeted Hill outreach and looking into changing 1-800-G script Josh is monitoring the situation on the ground in Libya Shannon is working on letters to US and world leaders
  • Targets for UNSC: Rice & Clinton Calls to the State Deparmtent could be effective since they do not typically receive constituent phone calls President Obama has not made presidential statement, could also do a push for a statement (maybe via social media?
  •  Other asks: renewing US sanctions on Libya — feasibility/effectiveness TBD, Sam Bell and the policy team policy team are researching
  • Other actors on the scene, need to research potential leveraging opportunities: Oil companies acting in the area Arab League, Italy, China, Austria
  • Sam and the policy team will continue to keep staff updated as needed with talking points, potential targets, and asks

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about the present situation, or the contents of this email.

Again, look out for a targeted action alert later this afternoon, and feel free to toss ideas around on the Google Group.

Talk to you all soon! All the best, Daniel

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STAND Education News Briefs: February 1-7


Hundreds of civilians have fled villages in Thabit, Darfur, as clashes continue  for the third week between rebels and government troops within the region. The JEM is also reporting that Sudan’s air force is indiscriminately bombing areas in North Darfur, targeting civilians and their property.
South Sudan, after overwhelming support for separation, is implementing plans to relocate the capital city from Juba. The current government is looking for another area of South Sudan which is capable of handling the growing infrastructure for public institutions, investments, and the accommodation of diplomatic missions.
Paralleling protest in Egypt and Tunisia, young Sudanese students have risked beatings and arrest to protest the repressive Khartoum government. The protest originated from messages posted on Facebook exclaiming, “The people of Sudan will not remain silent anymore.” 
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
The UN has tallied 53 counts of rape in the eastern DRC within the last month alone. However, the Congolese government stated its reservations on the UN’s figures, calling the reports part of a smear campaign against its armed forces.
The DRC has just opened its first rehabilitation center for victims of rape in the eastern town of Bukavu. The UN-funded “City of Joy” is expected to counsel approximately 185 victims of rape every year.
The United Kingdom is being criticized by the international community for failing to extradite any of the nearly 400 war crimes suspects living within the country’s borders. It has been reported that 26 of these suspects are wanted for war crimes, acts of genocide, and crimes against humanity in the DRC.
Lt. General Thein Sein, Burma’s Prime Minister since 2007, was named the nation’s 8th President by Parliament February 4.  Many observers believe that the newly appointed president is heavily influenced by the country’s military leader, Senior General Than Shwe.
Four villagers in the Three Pagodas Pass area, near the Thai-Burma border, were forced by the Burmese Army to porter on February 2, carrying military supplies.  Despite the Burmese military’s agreement with the International Labor Organization to eliminate forced labor in the country, civilians have been conscripted by the army to serve as porters.  
Burmese authorities look to limit debate in parliament.  The speakers of the Upper and Lower Houses and state-run media advocated against wasting  time on excessive debate. 
Areas of Concern 
The year 2010 saw the highest number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001.  Deaths and injuries average 6 to 7 civilians killed and 8 to 9 injured each day.
A report published by Human Rights Watch on February 1 indicated that government security forces control a secret detention site in Baghdad, and are torturing detainees at another facility in the city.
The UN Refugee Agency announced February 3 that a new military campaign against Taliban insurgents in the Mohmand district near Afghanistan has prompted 22,000 Pakistani civilians to flee.
The United Nations reported on February 2 that the number of children killed or injured by landmines in Somaliland has increased in the past two months.   Somaliland is a region of Somalia that has declared its own independence.

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humanitarian aid and disaster assistance cuts!

We’ve just received disturbing news.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote TOMORROW on unprecedented humanitarian aid and disaster assistance cuts.
Just how much is at stake? $1.7 billion of life-saving humanitarian aid are on the chopping block — funding that directly impacts the lives of millions of Sudanese and Darfuri people.

Contact your representative TODAY and urge him or her to vote against these drastic cuts.

Violence in Darfur is on the rise. South Sudan stands ready to become the world’s newest independent country in less than five months. We simply cannot afford to cut aid for millions of refugees in one of the world’s most volatile regions at this time.
Proposed cuts in programs that provide life-saving aid to Darfur and all of Sudan include:
$431,000,000 in International Disaster Assistance
$582,000,000 in Migration and Refugee Assistance
$687,000,000 in the Food for Peace Program
These severe reductions run counter to the United States’ commitment to peace in Darfur and Sudan. Unless funding is restored to these critical accounts that support Sudan, urge your representative in Congress to vote NO on passage of House Bill 1.
Please, take action today to ensure that this critical humanitarian aid is protected.
Thank you for all you do for the people of Sudan.
Mark Lotwis
Save Darfur Coalition
P.S. If these cuts pass the House of Representatives, the fight is far from over. We’ll let you know what you can do as this fight moves to the U.S. Senate. Thanks again for your help — your actions make a difference.

Thank you STANDERS for your commitment to peace and  protection for these people at such a vulnerable time.


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Awesome Activism Opportunities.

Whats up UNCC Stand and Friends, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about some cool events happening soon : )

“We invite you to this year’s national conference for anti-genocide activists in Washington, DC. Especially given events surrounding Sudan and pending genocide prevention legislation this spring, this event will be an opportunity for the strongest minds on anti-genocide activism to meet, learn, and re-energize.  Save the date!
-WHO: 1,000 activists committed to the mission of a permanent anti-genocide constituency
-WHAT: The first national conference for anti-genocide activists brought to you by the newly merged Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur Coalition
-WHEN: Saturday, April 16th through Monday, April 18th (optional lobby day on April 18th)
-WHERE: Renaissance Hotel in downtown DC*
-WHY: Because Never Again is still not a reality
I am looking into a grant to pay for this so PLEASE let me know ASAP if you are interested !!!


Orphans to Ambassadors Meet and Greet February 17th!

 The Orphans to Ambassadors Volunteer team is having an informal event and we would like to meet you. We’ll hang out and show a short presentation on Orphans to Ambassadors introducing our non-profit and some future projects you can get involved with.
The 27th annual IMPACT Conference
conference focusing on service, social justice and advocacy. 
scheduled for March 31 to April 3
African Studies Academy events Spring 2011
The African Studies Academy at UNC Charlotte will host three exciting outside speakers this semester.


—from former President and founder of UNCC STAND: “Learn more about the genocide in Cambodia. This is a recent video from my trip there. Setting foot in a place where these kind of atrocities occurred gave me a new sense of determination to help prevent future genocides. “
—Us+Electronics=the Funding of Genocide


Stephanie Mauvlyn Braun
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
UNC Charlotte Chapter

Don’t stand by, STAND UP!
“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8

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African Studies Academy Speakers!

African Studies Academy events Spring 2011

 The African Studies Academy at UNC Charlotte will host three exciting outside speakers this semester. Please mark your calendars and share this information widely to encourage many students, faculty, and staff to attend. Reminders and additional information will be circulated as each date approaches.

Thursday, March 17 “The Role of African Youth in Post-Conflict Reconstruction”

David Mwambari Rwandan genocide survivor and Sanejo co-founder

( 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Barnard 244

Co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Fund, Office of International Programs, and Department of Africana Studies Wednesday


April 6 “The Post-Electoral Crisis in Cote d’Ivoire: A Crisis of Legitimacy”

Dr. Guy Martin Professor of Political Science, Winston-Salem State University

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Barnard 244 Thursday


April 28 “The Friction on the Dance Floor: Contesting Popular Music and Power in Post-War Accra, 1945-1960”

Dr. Nathan Plageman Assistant Professor of History, Wake Forest University 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Barnard 244

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology Please let me know if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you at these events!

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