We Must Unite to End Genocide

History:

United to End Genocide is a nonprofit organization that is a large combined advocacy effort that started with the Save Darfur Coalition, the Genocide Intervention Network, and the Sudan Divestment Task Force.  All of these organizations were formed in response to the genocide in Darfur.  To date, more than 300,000 Darufri men, women, and children have lost their lives and many are still vulnerable.

  • The Save Darfur Coalition was founded at the Darfur Emergency Summit in New York City in July, 2004. The organization quickly grew into a network of more that 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations with more than 1 million activists and hundreds of community groups committed to ending the genocide in Darfur.
  • The Genocide Intervention Network was founded in October 2004 with the intention to empower people with the tools to advance initiatives able to directly protect people from the atrocities in Darfur. In addition to its original mission, in 2005, the organization broadened its reach to include programs aimed at educating and mobilizing support for U.S. policies that could help protect people in Darfur.
  • The Sudan Divestment Task Force was founded in 2005 and has launched many successful divestment campaigns around the world. They have targeted university endowments, investment policies, and have worked closely with the Genocide Intervention Network and in 2006, became a part of the organization.  In 2009, the SDTF became known as the Conflict Risk Network (CRN).
  • STAND: Students Taking Action Now: Darfur was another organization formed in 2004 that recruits, trains, organizes, and mobilizes students. Around 2006, STAND became a part of United to End Genocide and in 2013 it transitioned to an independent, self-sustaining organization.

United to End Genocide is a broad merger that came about in 2011 when these organizations mentioned came together to form the new advocacy organization, led by President Tom Andrews.

Mission:

United to End Genocide is dedicated to preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by building a powerful, lasting movement of community activists, faith leaders, students, artists, investors and genocide survivors, and all those who believe we must fulfill the promise the world made following the Holocaust: “Never Again!”

Programs:

End Genocide Network: The organization is built on the belief that in order to prevent mass atrocities and end genocide for good, we must build a large and powerful activist movement.  A movement that will first, sound the alarm, then shine a spotlight on those who cause or enable genocide, and finally demand action from our elected leaders and anyone with the power to protect.  This is a global movement with the idea that the end to genocide can come from all corners of the globe.  The End Genocide Network program works to help connect and support hundreds of community leaders in the U.S. as well as work to reach out and identify new leaders in communities across the nation.  The program and organization provides an online forum to share stories and experience, strategize, build capacity, and create effective advocacy.

End Genocide Survivors: No one in this class can deny the power held in the stories of those who have faced genocide and horrible atrocities.  United to End’s ‘Survivors’ program understands this and works to help these survivors make their voices heard.  They help them build connections and put them in touch with student and community activists.  The program also puts survivors in touch with other survivors to help strengthen the network of voices speaking out against genocide and mass atrocities.

United to End Genocide stands in solidarity of those affected by genocide and mass atrocities and they work to try to make the information about these horrible crimes known, and then they help provide tools and information about how to begin making a difference as a united community.

For more information go to endgenocide.org

-Becky

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