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Bearing Witness in Darfur: Who Will Be My Sister's Keeper? Pastor Gloria White Hammond at the Jamaica Plain Forum Thursday (FREE)
by Sarah Schwartz Sax
Email: jamaicaplainforumsarah (nospam) gmail.com
27 Nov 2007
Rev. Gloria White Hammond, M.D. will speak about her experiences bearing witness to the untenable realities of slavery in Sudan. Rev. White Hammond discusses her work with women in Sudan and their efforts towards reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities.
"Bearing Witness in Darfur: Who Will Be My Sister's Keeper?" Pastor Gloria White Hammond at the Jamaica Plain Forum Thursda (FREE)
Thursday, November 29th, 7:00pm
First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist, Sanctuary
6 Eliot St. (Across from the Monument)
Since her first visit to southern Sudan in 2001, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, co-pastor of Jamaica Plain’s Bethel AME Church, knew that she wanted to stand in solidarity with the women of that country. She had served as a medical missionary during several trips to Botswana, Cote d’Ivore, and South Africa, but it was on delegation of several other African-American ministers to Sudan that, Rev. White-Hammond participated in the liberation of over 6,700 enslaved women and children. Bearing witness to the untenable realities of slavery taking place in the 21st century changed her life forever.
Upon her return to Boston, she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian women’s group that partners with women in Sudan and their efforts toward reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities. Since it’s inception in 2002, My Sister’s Keeper has listen closely to the concerns and opinions of the Sudanese women. It has assisted in community-initiated economic development, healthcare and education projects in Gogrial County, Sudan. Furthermore, by mobilizing resources in the United States on their behalf, My Sister’s Keeper works to lift up the plight of Sudanese women to the World.
This event will be in honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov. 25th), World AIDS Day (Dec. 1st), and Human Rights Day (Dec. 10).
This work is in the public domain
Save darfur: Its not too Late
by Save Darfur
(No verified email address)
30 Nov 2007
save darfur- its not too late
by save Darfur
(No verified email address) 29 Nov 2007
The save darfur movement isn't anti-Muslim- the Darfurians being slaughtered are Muslim
The Save Darfur group is a coalition of over 100 diverse organizations including:
(Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Secular humanist orgs...)
American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA Society)
Amnesty International USA
Citizens for Global Solutions
Darfur Peace and Development
ENOUGH :: The Project to Abolish Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Genocide Intervention Network
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
National Association of Evangelicals
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
Union for Reform Judaism
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Affiliation of Christian Engineers
Africa Faith and Justice Network
Alliance of Baptists
American Anti-Slavery Group
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
American Humanist Association
American Islamic Congress
American Islamic Forum for Democracy
American Jewish Committee
Americans for Democracy in the Middle East (ADME)
Americans for Democratic Action
Arab American Institute
Armenian Assembly of America
Armenian Church of America
Armenian National Committee of America
B'nai B'rith International
Bread for the World
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Christian Solidarity International
Church Alliance for a New Sudan
Church World Service
Coalition for American Leadership Abroad (COLEAD)
Community of Christ
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations
Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations (CSJO)
Council for Secular Humanism
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Cush Community Relief International
Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy
Darfur Association of the USA
Darfur Community Organization
Darfur Human Rights Organization of the USA
How to help save Darfur:
Write to President George Bush and ask that he take the immediate steps needed to help bring peace and security to the people of Darfur.
Send your friends and family an email encouraging them to check out SaveDarfur.org and then write their own online postcard to President Bush.
Wear the green band to show your support for the people of Darfur. Wearing a wristband has proven to be a highly effective way for our grassroots members to engage others in conversations about the crisis in Darfur. To become an effective spokesperson for the people of Darfur, we urge you to check out our backgrounder and talking points.
Letters to the editor are one of the most commonly read items in a newspaper. They serve as a forum to represent the voice of the public. Seeing these letters in print will make it clear to community leaders, elected officials, and national and international officials, that ending the genocide in Darfur is important to citizens.
Team up with other concerned members of your community and organize offline activities to educate your community, lobby your elected officials, and generate local coverage of the ongoing genocide in Darfur.
Is your mutual fund funding genocide?
A thousan apologies
by BIMC Editors
(No verified email address)
06 Dec 2007
To the JP forum for not realizing the disruption caused by some people about Gloria Hammond's speech. We failed to notice them and have now removed those comments that violate our editorial policy.
Disappearance of Bishop Tutu
by Simon Deng
(No verified email address)
09 Dec 2007
Late last month, I went to hear Bishop Desmond Tutu speak at Boston’s Old South Church at a conference on “Israel Apartheid.” Tutu is a well respected man of God. He brought reconciliation between blacks and whites in South Africa. That he would lead a conference that damns the Jewish state is very disturbing to me.
The State of Israel is not an apartheid state. I know because I write this from Jerusalem where I have seen Arab mothers peacefully strolling with their families – even though I also drove on Israeli roads protected by walls and fences from Arab bullets and stones. I know Arabs go to Israeli schools, and get the best medical care in the world. I know they vote and have elected representatives to the Israeli Parliament. I see street signs in Arabic, an official language here. None of this was true for blacks under Apartheid in Tutu’s South Africa.
I also know countries that do deserve the apartheid label: My country, Sudan, is on the top of the list, but so are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. What has happened to my people in Sudan is a thousand times worse than Apartheid in South Africa. And no matter how the Palestinians suffer, they suffer nothing compared to my people. Nothing. And most of the suffering is the fault of their leaders. Bishop Tutu, I see black Jews walking down the street here in Jerusalem. Black like us, free and proud.
Tutu said Israeli checkpoints are a nightmare. But checkpoints are there because Palestinians are sent into Israel to blow up and kill innocent women and children. Tutu wants checkpoints removed. Do you not have doors in your home, Bishop? Does that make your house an apartheid house? If someone, Heaven forbid, tried to enter with a bomb, we would want you to have security people “humiliating” your guests with searches, and we would not call you racist for doing so. We all go through checkpoints at every airport. Are the airlines being racist? No.
Yes, the Palestinians are inconvenienced at checkpoints. But why, Bishop Tutu, do you care more about that inconvenience than about Jewish lives?
Bishop, when you used to dance for Mandela’s freedom, we Africans – all over Africa – joined in. Our support was key in your freedom. But when children in Burundi and Kinshasa, all the way to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in particular in Sudan, cried and called for rescue, you heard but chose to be silent.
Today, black children are enslaved in Sudan, the last place in the continent of Africa where humans are owned by other humans – I was part of the movement to stop slavery in Mauritania, which just now abolished the practice. But you were not with us, Bishop Tutu.
So where is Desmond Tutu when my people call out for freedom? Slaughter and genocide and slavery are lashing Africans right now. Where are you for Sudan, Bishop Tutu? You are busy attacking the Jewish state. Why?
Simon Deng, a native of the Shiluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, is an escaped jihad slave and a leading human rights activist.