A long-time American Civil Rights activist, Denise Nicholas is the author of Freshwater Road, hailed by The Washington Post as “The best work of fiction – ever – about the American Civil Rights Movement.” Nicholas recently participated in the Museum of Tolerance’s Freedom Sisters exhibition in 2011 and was a member of Artists and Athletes Against Apartheid.
“Freedom isn’t free,” notes Nicholas, “and requires eternal vigilance and creative action, whether here in the United States or across the globe in The Sudan, Darfur or The Democratic Republic of The Congo. I salute Jewish World Watch for their efforts in focusing America's attention on human rights violations which are committed daily to our global brethren."
Don Cheadle, Oscar-nominated actor, producer and noted activist with the Enough Project will address the crowd at the event. Also among the celebrities attending will be actress Lisa Edelstein of House, M.D. and The Good Wife, and actor Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother.
“We’ve been so fortunate to have a great turnout the first five years of the walk,” said Fred Kramer, executive director of Jewish World Watch. Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom, co-founder of Jewish World Watch, urged community residents to participate for the victims of genocide around the world. “Walk in the present,” noted Rabbi Schulweis, “to redeem the future of their oppressed past.”
Last year’s walk attracted more than 2,200 people from local synagogues, churches, schools, organizations, and community groups who raised more than $145,000 to support programs like JWW’s Solar Cooker Project for Darfuri refugees and the Chambucha Rape and Crisis Center in Congo. This year’s walk is expected to bring out more people in Los Angeles and organizers hope to raise even more money to help the survivors of genocide.
In Los Angeles, the Walk to End Genocide is the largest public demonstration in the U.S. to bring attention and support for the people of Sudan where an estimated 400,000 deaths have occurred and nearly 2 million people have been displaced since 2003 in Darfur, and hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance as the Khartoum regime wages a campaign of bombings and man-made famine in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States. In the Congo, over 5.4 million people have been murdered during past 10 years of conflict and countless women and girls have been brutally raped - estimated at 1100 women and girls each day. Americans have an important role in helping victims of human rights violations by calling on the U.S. government to focus efforts on assisting war-torn countries.
ABOUT JEWISH WORLD WATCH: Jewish World Watch, a Los Angeles-based human rights organization, is a coalition of 70 synagogues working together to combat genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. Since its founding seven years ago, JWW has achieved significant success within its three mission goals: education, advocacy and humanitarian relief, having allocated over $6 million in direct assistance to the people of Sudan and Congo. For more information, see www.jewishworldwatch.org or contact Jonathan Golub at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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