April is Genocide Awareness Month. April was selected because of the number of genocides that started in April. The Rwandan, Armenian, and Iraqi Kurd genocides all started during this month. Genocide Awareness Month is crucial for educating the world about past and current genocides. As time passes, memories of the atrocities fade. This makes the soil fertile for more violence. It would be nice to think of genocide as something that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but it is happening right now in spots around the globe.
End the genocide in China
People belonging to ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in northwestern China, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, are currently the target of the largest organized detention of an ethnoreligious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained. Detainees are made to work under constant surveillance, with assigned minders and no freedom to leave. Their forced labor contributes to the production of goods for numerous multinationals.
On April 6, we will protest Urban Outfitters’ complicity in using cotton from the Xingjiang region of China. (Note: we have reports that its subsidiary, Anthropologie uses Uyghur cotton)
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at Noon
Where: Urban Outfitters, 521 5th Avenue, NYC
We need to rescue Paul Rusesabagina.
About 589 days ago, the hero from Hotel Rwanda was kidnapped and taken to Rwanda. Once there, he was arrested, tortured, and wrongly convicted (The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) released an advance copy of its opinion on Paul’s case and his treatment) of crimes he did not commit. Now, Paul Rusesabagina’s health has reached a crisis point. He has been denied, along with access to his lawyers, family, legal documents, and anything he could use to work on his case, access to his medicine. Paul is a…