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1. When is the 2nd Annual 2012 Bay Area Walk Against Genocide?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

12 (Noon) - 1PM: Check-in, registration, t-shirt pick-up

12 (Noon): Tabling Begins (See Tables below).

1PM: Program

Speakers & Performance Artists

     Carl Wilkens will speak. As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates evacuated and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the country. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds.

     Mr. Yassir A. Kori was born in 1971 in the Nuba Mountains region of the Southern Kordufan province of central Sudan. He is a member of the Nuba tribe. Mr. Kori fled from his homeland to the United States in 1995 due to the massive human tragedy continuing as a consequence of the Sudanese Civil War that began in 1983. That war took place between the Arabs of North Sudan and African indigenous people of the Southern Sudan and other marginalized areas including the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. Mr. Kori is a Christian man who faced severe persecution due to his beliefs.

     Dr. Gregory W. Stanton will also speak. Dr. Stanton is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Stanton is the founder (1999) and president of Genocide Watch (website: www.genocidewatch.orgwww.genocidewatch.org) , the founder (1981) and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and is the founder (1999) and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide. He was the President (2007 - 2009) of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS.)

     Dr. Stanton served in the State Department (1992-1999), where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  In 1994, Stanton won the American Foreign Service Association's prestigious W. Averell Harriman award for "extraordinary contributions to the practice of diplomacy exemplifying intellectual courage," based on his dissent from U.S. policy on the Rwandan genocide. He wrote the State Department options paper on ways to bring the Khmer Rouge to justice in Cambodia, and drafted the rules of procedure for that tribunal.

Performance Artists

     Martin Luther McCoy, aka, Martin Luther, is a dynamic soul singer with a heavy rock sound.  He seamlessly traverses the soundscape of class soul/r&b and hip hop while maintaining his singer songwriter roots.  Speaks and sings from his heart and has gained a worldwide audience for having one of the most engaging voices of modern times.  Martin has continued to release music on his own label, Rebel Soul Records and is now ready to release this third studio LP entitled 'Love Is the Hero.'  He has toured with The Roots as a member of their ensemble and has shared stages with the likes of Jill Scott and Dave Matthews and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.

     Tumani Onabiyi has been a folkloric artist of African and Diaspora culture for more than three decades.  He has worked with an extensive array of artists from all over Africa and the world, as well as many different groups in the Bay Area including Fua dia Congo, Harrambee, Africa Queens, Ceddo, Bantaba, and many more.  He has travelled and performed in Africa at Festac 77, Cultural Exchange Tour with the Lagos State Council of the Arts, Nigeria, Nelson Mandela Comes to Oakland, National Summit on Africa, San Francisco, and Washington DC.  Tunani has also shared his expertise in educational programs all over the Bay Area for two decades.

     Bhi Bhiman is an American original, and yet he seems transported from an era when songs were more important than the pretty faces that delivered them. His rich, bellowing tenor can soothe or explode at a moment's notice. His lived-in, knowing delivery belies his years. His songwriting, too, is quick to captivate. Bhi's mix of humor and deep empathy puts him in the company of distinguished (and much older) lifelong songsmiths like John Prine, Nick Lowe and Randy Newman. And Bhiman's technical, emotive guitar playing rises to the challenge that his striking voice presents.  T's fitting, then, that there truly is—as far as anyone can tell—only one Bhi Bhiman. His parents, emigrants from Sri Lanka, named the songwriter after Bhima, a central character in an ancient Indian text called The Mahabharata. But Bhiman's own American experience was markedly less exotic than his name would imply—he came of age in the '90s in St. Louis, reared on Soundgarden and Nirvana, and later relocated to the Bay Area, where he lives today. Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder may have first inspired him to write songs, but Bhiman's approach—comical, curious,  whip-smart—remains wholly unique. As a songwriter, Bhi consistently exceeds the expectations that should rightly rest on the shoulders of a well-adjusted twenty-something: He can inhabit any number of disparate characters and make them his own.

     Greg Lawson is a teacher, activist, singer, and songwriter who has been involved with the Save Darfur movement through the group Genocide No More- Save Darfur in Redding, CA, since 2006.  His songs have been used at various anti-genocide events and rallies around the country.  Together with his wife Vicki Ono, Greg has performed throughout Northern California and Oregon, including last April's Walk to End Genocide in Oakland.  In November 2008 Greg was invited to sing at the Gathering of the Tents of Hope Rally for Darfur on the National Mall in Washington, D C. His song "For the Camps" has been featured as part StopGenocideNow's traveling genocide museum "Camp Darfur" across the United States and in a YouTube video highlighting the plight of Darfur's refugees. Greg is especially proud to know that Gabriel Stauring of the I-ACT team has shared his music with Darfur refugees living in camps in Eastern Chad.

     A Tamil American, a sophomore at UC, Berkeley will perform a traditional Tamil dance in the style of Bharatanatyam. This classical art form hails from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is accompanied by carnatic music. By learning this traditional dance, she was able to preserve her heritage.'

2PM: Walk begins and tabling resumes (Walk is an easy 3 miles around Lake Merritt.)


The following organizations will staff tables to provide information about past and current genocides and what individuals with varying skills, talents and interests can and actually do to help end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities and aid victims:

Act for Sudan - Letters to Guisma
American Friends Service Committee
American Jewish World Service
Amnesty International - Lynbrook High School Student Group
Burmese American Democratic Alliance
Center for Justice and Accountability
Coalition of Tamils Against Genocide
The Genocide Education Project
Investors Against Genocide
JFCS Holocaust Center
One Million Bones
Pinwheels for Peace (children's activity)
Refugee Transitions
SF Bay Area Darfur Coalition
US Holocaust Memorial Museum

2. Where is the 2nd Annual 2012 Bay Area Walk Against Genocide?

The Walk will take place at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA. We will gather at the bandshell (0.25 miles from the intersection of Grand and Bellevue Avenues, immediately southeast of "Fairyland", and directly across from the Lakeside Park Garden Center at 666 Bellevue Avenue).Volunteers and signs will direct you. map 

3. What is the 2nd Annual 2012 Bay Area Walk Against Genocide? 

In 2010, the California State Legislature proclaimed April of each year Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.   The Bay Area implements the state's resolution with its annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide, when people of all ages and backgrounds gather to walk with genocide survivors and learn how to stop future genocides and mass atrocities.  

4. Do I have to register to attend or walk? Do I have to walk?

No, but if you register we can send you any last minute updates about the event. So, we ask all participants to register, and you do need to register if you would like to purchase a Walk t-shirt. If you cannot or do not want to walk, we welcome you to attend to visit the information tables beginning at 12 Noon and hear the speakers beginning at 1PM.

5. Do I have to pay a fee to attend or walk?

We ask all participants to pay a small donation fee and to raise funds for the walk. However, if you are not able to pay for registration, we still welcome you to walk. Please register as a No Fee participant. There is no obligation to pay the fee or to fundraise.

6. Is my information secure?

Yes. Blackbaud has made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

7. Where do I park on the day of the walk?

There is parking on Bellevue Avenue, $5 entry fee per vehicle (pedestrians enter free). There is also on-street parking around the park.

8. How can I get there via public transportation?

By BART to the Lake Merritt stop or by AC Transit. The ACT #12 bus stops at the intersection of Grand and Bellevue Avenues.

9. Can friends and family make a donation to a Participant by going through the main website?

Yes. On the home page of the website, friends and family can locate a Participant by clicking on the "Sponsor Participant" button. By typing in the name of the Participant, they will be directed to the Participant's personalized pledge page.

10. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?

Yes. Your donation amount is the amount you paid for registration minus the gift value (if applicable). This donation amount will appear in your running donation totals. 

11. How does Bay Area Walk Against Genocide utilize the contributions?

The beneficiaries of this 2nd Annual Bay Area Walk Against Genocide are the Center for Justice and Accountability (www.cja.org), The Genocide Education Project (www.genocideeducation.org) and the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition (www.darfursf.org), the Walk's sponsor.  

12. Why is the "Sponsor Participant " search not finding the Participant that I know has registered?

You must type in the first name or last name of the Participant exactly how it is spelled. It is not case sensitive. If you have a problem locating a Participant that you are sure has registered, please contact us by visiting our customer support site and we will contact you to help. 

13. How can I see who has donated to me?

Go to the Log-in section on the site. Use the Username and Password that you received when you registered for the event. You can then view your Donor list and the amounts that have been donated. 

14. I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive an email with your username and password. If you still have problems, please contact us by visiting our customer support site

15. All of my Donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?

As your Donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the recognition scroll. 

16. I want to volunteer to help on the day of the walk. How do I volunteer? 

Thank you! We welcome any and all volunteers. Please call 510-286-7919 and leave your name, telephone number and email address where we can contact you.

17. Where do I get the T-shirt I purchase on the website? 

There will be check-in tables at the Lake Merritt bandshell (see above) where you can check in for the event and pick up your T-shirt.  

18. Can I bring a pet on the walk? 

No. Lake Merritt Park rules prohibit dogs in the park.  

19. Will there be refreshments? 

We are able to provide refreshments only for volunteers. Please bring your own beverage and snack, and please dispose of any waste in the receptacles provided.

20. What should I bring? 

This is a rain or shine event. Please dress comfortably and wear comfortable walking shoes. If you like, bring a beverage and snack for yourself as we can provide food only for volunteers. We strongly recommend a small backpack or other bag to hold the materials available at the information tables for you to keep.  

21. How do I create a Walk Team?

From the website left menu, click Participant Registration. On the Waiver/Agreement page, click I Agree . Choose Start a Team, complete the Team fields at the bottom of the form, and continue to follow the prompts.

22. How do I join a Walk Team?


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